Unless you’re a particularly civic-minded resident of the Pittsburgh area, “Jeremy Shaffer” is not a name you’ve probably ever heard in relation to the 2022 midterm elections. It’s one of those names that might as well be a stand-in for “generic politician” — in this case, a generic Republican who has a very good chance of winning his race this week to become the next Representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district. Much as I’m loath to comment on anyone’s physical appearance, you gotta admit: Shaffer is pretty much a dead-ringer for what you’d mentally imagine if you had to close your eyes and conjure up an image of “Republican elected official his early-to-mid 40s.”
Thanks for again reminding me that tomorrows "Most Critical Election Ever" (tm) is essentially meaningless.
This is (please excuse the profanity) f*cking terrifying.
Politicians who run away and hide most likely have a hidden agenda. I used to prefer the professional looking, well spoken, well educated and ‘’qualified’’ seeming politicians but the truth is those types usually don’t have the guts to go against the party line and support the views of the voters they’re supposed to represent. The people who make it to the top are usually the best bootlickers.
I now prefer the sh!t disturbers, the loudmouths and the outspoken oddballs who won’t shut up and don’t play well with others and don’t run away from a reporter. At least those ones can be counted on to defend free speech if only because they have a personal stake in the matter.
The smooth talkers are the worst types of politicians because they’ve become experts at bald face lying to their constituents and usually ‘yes’ men to their superiors (donors or Party leaders). What could be worse? Not even severe brain damage in my opinion. Looks like two armies of bootlickers so probably there will be a Ukrainian ‘’surge’’ no matter which army wins. The bootlickers will survive it’s possible nobody else will.
It's all such a pathetic joke, the entirety of our elected officials in Washington.
State and local level initiatives are the only reason I bother voting at this point. Washington is so fully owned by corporate influence it is legitimately hopeless to envision any positive change.
"I'll have to look into that." = "I'll have to see which lobbyists come and visit me."
"You can vote for whomever you want, but you can't change the government"
If you are a single issue voter and that issue is war, you are never going to vote for anybody but Mickey Mouse again. That's just it. It doesn't meant to give up, but that's the reality. And they know what they're doing does not align with what American people across the political spectrum want. That's why they dive into cars and throw temper tantrums when asked. (And I'm really sad about J.D. Vance right now.)
Beyond that, the actual difference between the parties (if not universally the candidates) is inversely proportional to the rhetoric. In short, the less difference there is, the crazier the rhetoric. Right now there is *no* difference, really, particularly when it comes to Ukraine, so we have to suffer through "Putin's puppet" and "election denier" and "existential threat to democracy." In large part, this is because the party that is supposed to represent people, supposed to be anti-war (ha-ha) is the very party pushing the war, so Republicans really have no way to respond. The Democrats stole all their best lines.
Thank you, Michael !!
It looks truly hopeless -- a bipartisan foreign policy serving ONLY the needs of arms industry donors.
And a mystery — if our beloved US is basically a bipartisan fascist non-democracy - why is it fashionable for GOP RINOs to call fascist Democrats — communists (?!) and “left” (?!) ?
We have a Potemkin government.
If the uniparty agrees about one thing it is WAR. what are American interests in Ukraine? Essentially none but I’d prefer my Govt to be a force for peace. This is clearly going to end by negotiation it’s just a question of how much death and destruction is caused first. AMERICA FIRST.
Why should American taxpayers support a corrupt Ukraine at all? The hatred of Putin by americas corrupt ruling class seems the most problematic theme, and likely will cause America’s demise, but it won’t be Purim’s fault.
Vote third party.
I fear you are correct. A GOP run congress will almost certainly continue the identical shoveling of good money after bad to Ukraine after the election. The forever wars are the only thing that is truly bipartisan in this country in regards to the ruling caste.
The democrats will sponsor "anti-war" rallies but only at the Capitol, and only with GOP members of Congress, even though their bad actions will be identical to what democrats are doing now.
Is this substack still active?
Cancel Culture --- https://substack.com/inbox/post/83954106
After publicly promoting the event, and changing the venue due to "high demand," peace activists withdraw their invitation to Scott Ritter -- 11/11/2022
(Note – the article includes more – it is about Scott’s incredible persecution by “American Justice”)
Scott Ritter has been my hero for a long time -- because of his demonstrated high integrity, courage and patriotism. Until now I was unaware of the suffering and horror inflicted on him by the “American Justice”.
Thanks to Scott and by now famous video we know that the corrupt criminal monster, Joe Biden, knew with 100% certainty that Iraq had no WMD but Biden brazenly denigrated Scott’s testimony calling him “Scotty boy” and led us into Iraq war.
Let’s hope that he stays well and safe although Scott is on Nazi-Ukraine’s Kill list (with full knowledge of Biden and the US War party). Total censorship and oppression are now mandatory in the US so that bipartisan War party can conduct its proxy war against capitalist and democratic Russia and support the Nazi-dominated puppet government of Ukraine.
Let’s stand with Russia -- it fights for all of us. In regard of US proxy war against Russia, as Scott stated: “Russia is on the right side of history.”
Thanks for elaborating on the Bognet exchange.