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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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I agree

I think the whole "run government like a business" model always backfires for us for that reason (and many others). Business and government should be kept as far apart from each other as religion and government JMHO.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Sep 21, 2022, 04:23 PM (0 replies)

It could have been worse

but if he sat around and watched everything unfolding and not lifting a finger to do anything (which all evidence currently indicates) or actively inhibited a response (which is also suggested in regards to National Guard deployment), then, as POTUS, he still was negligent in fulfilling his responsibilities and should be held accountable accordingly for what DID happen IMHO.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Sep 12, 2022, 10:06 AM (0 replies)

I am seriously wondering

if election denialism has been about right-wingers getting control of the voting/election apparatus all along?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 6, 2022, 03:04 PM (1 replies)

All of the instances where Trump was allowed to operate under different rules

1. The FBI didn't disclose they were investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia during the 2016 Election while Comey was publicly commenting at every opportunity about the HRC e-mail server investigation even though no charges were determined to be warranted, even leaking just before the election that undeniably damaged HRC at the last minute just because they were supposedly afraid of Republican backlash.
2. Trump got to appoint a SCOTUS Justice right out of the gate, since Senate Republicans kept Obama from nominating Garland to fill the late Scalia's seat all throughout 2016 because of a principle/rule that never existed before.
3. Trump could never be indicted, charged, stand trial, etc. because of some obscure OLC memo even though Clinton had to stand trial/get deposed in a civil suit during his Presidency.
4. Trump couldn't be impeached/convicted in 2020 because Republicans said that the voters, not the Congress, should decide whether he is fit for the office (even though it is Congress' duty to respond to an out-of-control executive and they certainly felt strongly about that when it came to Bill Clinton).
5. Republicans hypocritically reversed themselves on seating SCOTUS justices near an election and rushed to install yet another Trump Justice WHILE PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY VOTING in 2020.
6. Trump couldn't be impeached/convicted right after instigating a coup in 2021 because he was leaving office (consequently, now he can still run in 2024 or beyond and threaten the country and democracy again).
7. Now all of this insane "Special Master" business with the Mar-A-Lago doc raid.

Feel free to add any others you think of.......
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Sep 5, 2022, 09:47 PM (4 replies)

Also:

-Calling LGBTQ people "groomers" and banning Transgender people from sports and taking away their gender affirming health care and sending CPS out to investigate families whom affirm rather than punish their children for being Transgender
-Sending troops to the border indefinitely for a publicity stunt
-Book banning/censorship
-Taking away people's reproductive freedoms just because you could and threatening to take away other rights that deal with bodily autonomy
-Asking states to ignore the will of the people and certify somebody else as the winner of a free and fair election. Especially divisive coming from the wife of sitting Supreme Court Justice.
-disenfranchising people who have just been enfranchised and then arresting them when they try to vote even though they thought they could
-Firing elected officials for specious reasons and replacing them with cronies
-Attacking companies for attempting to be inclusive

To paraphrase Captain America, we can do this all day!
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Sep 2, 2022, 09:41 AM (1 replies)

Supposing this is even true (which is extremely doubtful)

The FBI buried the Trump Russia investigation while blabbing about their Hillary private server investigation in 2016 and we didn't get a do-over or a Trump removal or HRC replacement, so I guess we're all even at this point?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Aug 30, 2022, 11:26 AM (0 replies)

I don't understand

Has this *always* been a thing and nobody noticed it before? I didn't know that running or serving in elected office shielded anybody from normal legal processes until now? We've always had political officials investigated, deposed, indicted, arrested, prosecuted, and even jailed while serving in or running for offices before. When did it change that suddenly elected officials are becoming more shielded from being subject to the same legal processes as everybody else just because there is an election coming up that they are running in?! They subjected Clinton to everything, including depositions WHILE he was in office because Judges determined that he had no absolute legal immunity, even while actively serving as POTUS.


BTW how does it make sense to allow individuals whom are investigation to evade accountability while they are running to hold elective office no matter how close or far it is to the election? Shouldn't people be able to make sure that they're not electing a crook or a very bad person to elected office, especially to the Presidency?!
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Aug 29, 2022, 11:24 AM (3 replies)

Seems less and less ironic/funny nowadays

Now thatís itís essentially the platform of the Republican Party
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Fri Aug 5, 2022, 10:08 AM (0 replies)

Is The Hill doing satire now?

AOC has some admirable qualities to be sure, and she may be a good future candidate for higher office in the years ahead, but I REALLY wish people would quit trying to write Joe Biden's political obituary right now, especially when he's starting to have a good streak of legislative accomplishments at the moment and we're more than two years out from 2024 and there's been no indication that he's *not* running for re-election.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Aug 3, 2022, 10:30 PM (0 replies)

Question

*If* hypothetically a CC is called, what is the structure of it? Who participates in it? What are the rules for it? Seems like there is an appalling vagueness about the process for something so important as a CC.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Aug 1, 2022, 02:00 PM (1 replies)
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