…from Politico, by GARY FINEOUT

[ Editor’s Note: We see a creeping emergence from the Republican Party to exert maximum political control over more and more aspects of society as a way of consolidating their power.

Of course doing that within their party, and in candidate selection and promotion is all part of the political contest. But we are seeing more and more of this creeping into public institutions, publicly funded, to tilt them politically.

This is a dangerous trend which needs to be addressed, starting with what is shown below, Republican donors effectively being able to buy their way into prestigious government institutions.

This should be addressed in Blue States, also. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander. If such beings still exist anymore, we need really independent boards to pick these positions and actually take them away from the politicians, the least qualified, and to remove any hint of a political fix.

With Trumpers going balls to the wall, to take control of America by any and all means possible, they feel they have nothing to lose, so bending and even breaking the rules is not a deterrent. The Trumper brownshirts cheer with joy when they see this happen, and donate more money.

In a way, one could say we are in a situation where we lost a war, and are occupied by forces who feel there should be no bounds on what they want to do. It is going to take some major heavy lifting, and intense cooperation to withstand.

We certainly don’t see this the from the progressive Democrats that are killing Biden’s ratings, knee capping him in his first year, and which is killing their chances of keeping control of Congress in 2022, where what they have done can just be reversed, and will be… Jim W. Dean ]

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“…a Repbulic if you can keep it.”

First published … November 02, 2021

Free fallin’ — Leaders at the University of Florida — the state’s “flagship” university that has been touting its recent rise in national rankings — tried last night to quell the backlash over the school’s decision to block three professors from providing expert testimony to the long line of groups challenging the state’s contentious new voting law.

Don’t do me like that — The conflict spilled out in the open after UF’s decision was revealed in a court filing where the groups challenging the law want to know more about why the university contends it would pose a conflict and be “adverse to UF’s interest” to have the professors testify.

Jammin’ me  UF President Kent Fuchs and Provost Joe Glover asserted that they remain committed to academic freedom and free speech rights…that “if the professors wish to testify pro bono on their own time without using university resources, they are free to do so.” This caveat was not included in the initial notices that barred the professors from participating.

Into the Great Wide Open — The DeSantis administration said it did not tell UF — directly or indirectly — how to enforce its conflict of interest policies. But the governor does appoint six of UF’s trustees. Those six appointments have collectively given him or the Republican Party of Florida he controls nearly $900,000 in political contributions.

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  1. We’d like to think everyone in positions to influence outcomes of overall consequence to America’s general welfare would be making decisions in everyone’s interests.
    Maybe that’s too much to hope for.
    But to think it doesn’t go without question, means all is not as well as it should be.

  2. The Republican Party has been effectively taken over by the Cult of Trump. As you mentioned, Jim, these folks are not your ordinary political hacks who can be bought and sold. Far from it, they are true believers in every sense of the term. The more they invest in the Cult of Trump, the more value they place in Trump and, as a consequence, be more resistant to facts, evidence or reality that contradict this belief. (Wikipedia)

    Donald Trump capitalized on a return to America’s mythic past, at least for white people. US Christian Zionists have turned evangelical Christianity into a crude fundamentalism that longed for a halcyon time when America was predominately white and the Blacks knew their place. This has become the heart and soul of the new ReTrumplican Party. The culture wars are well underway.

  3. I would say it is not progressives fault. If anything they have been derided for acquiescing too much to the right wing dems.
    The position we are in, is due to the legislation passed after OKC and 9/11, and the reluctance of either party to walk back extra powers in the executive branch. The extra powers and the dragging of the feet of dems, (zero anti-war positions) has created this.
    The progressives are new, and they are not the problem. The democratic disconnect became obvious when Hillary placed as NYS senator, and nothing has changed since. On one hand they get the wealthy vote by sticking to lobbyists and losing tons of votes for not doing anything for labor. The only way to win midterms, is to fix that. The republicans simply vote by color. Progressives actually look at issues.

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