political limerick by Skip Tenczar
Fox News is Donald Trump’s sucker,
On his butt they shamelessly pucker.
They won’t carry the hearing
Cause they might be fearing
It’ll offend their golden boy Tucker.
We discuss with our panel the January 6 hearing, and the most graphic descriptions. “I was sliding in people’s blood”, as recounted by one of the Capitol police officers. The testimony was very personal, and described unprecedented violence, with all of it pointing to Trump. The Republican party should be held accountable for condoning and excusing the violence. This includes the mass shootings.
The obstacle to this approach is the Senate. The gun violence experienced by Americans is due to a misinterpretation of the 2nd. Amendment, which presumes a right to weapons. Rather, the current interpretation is a threat. We are living with a government by an armed, fascistic minority, and the filibuster reinforces this. Changes are needed, not only in voting patterns, but also in how the Supreme Court is perceived. Perhaps it is time to see its role as advisory, rather than decisive.
Stephen Pimpare is a poverty expert and is currently the director of the Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of The New Victorians: Poverty, Politics, and Propaganda in Two Gilded Ages (2004); A People’s History of Poverty in America (2008); and Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen(2017) and Politics for Social Workers (2021)
Lincoln Mitchell teaches in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.He covers the politics of NYC and San Francisco as well as International politics. He is the author of seven books and is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, the San Francisco Examiner and Brussels Morning.
Dave Levinathal is deputy Washington Bureau chief for Insider, where he writes about the nexus of politics, policy and power in the nation's capital and helps manage the bureau's team of 12 journalists.From 2020 to 2021, Dave was Insider's senior Washington correspondent. Prior to joining Insider's Washington Bureau, Dave served as editor-at-large for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization in Washington, DC. During his seven years there, Dave's work as an editor and reporter won numerous honors, including the Goldsmith Prize, Edward R. Murrow Award, National Headliner Award, Kaleidoscope Award and EPPY Award.
Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College. He is the author of A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy (Princeton 2020), which charts the way power-seekers marshal conspiratorial fabrications to elevate themselves and at the same time degrade democratic institutions. Muirhead has also written books on party polarization in American politics (The Promise of Party, 2014), and the moral meaning of work in democracy (Just Work, 2004). He is an veteran moderator of Aspen seminars. Before Dartmouth, Muirhead taught at Harvard, Williams College, and the University of Texas at Austin. Russ is currently a state representative in the NH House representing Hanover NH