Daily Politics Thread

The Leftorium Stands With Amazon

Friends, orange president continues to make a mockery of our brave institutions and in doing so, furthers his unrelenting assault on our national morale. But all hope isn’t lost for out of the ashen depths, a hero emerges. I am, of course, referring to Jeff Bezos founder of Amazon; a company that has become the latest battleground in our resistance to Trump’s sunday-morning, toilet-seat attacks on our democracy. Now, I know what you might be thinking when you hear that Amazon is being bullied by the president. You’re probably thinking surely there’s room in our resistance for some agreement that Amazon has indeed gotten too big and there should be some checks put in place against the amount of power the company has. You’re probably thinking Amazon treats its workers like shit, avoids paying federal taxes, takes advantages of state and local governments through tax breaks, and for these reasons, they are actually bad. I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. These are strange times and strange times make for strange bedfellows. Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos must brook absolutely no criticism. This is not up for debate; any attempts to criticize the company along these lines will be viewed as a tacit endorsement of Trump and you will be summarily expelled from the resistance.

In the news this week:

Local TV outlets owned by Sinclair Holdings(?) have been running propaganda for the current administration through its anchors. Weirdest development in this story is finding out the journalists can’t quit in protest without paying huge sums to Sinclair as stated in their contracts.

Teachers’ Strikes are currently underway both in Kentucky and Oklahoma. It matters very little what their politics are. The least helpful thing to do right now would be to shame strikers for their politics.

Somewhat close to home down here in Tarrant County, Texas where I grew up, a black woman has received five years in prison for mistakenly voting while on probation while the white woman who deliberately voted twice for Trump in 2016 got two years probation. In related Tarrant County news, Affluenza Teen Ethan Couch has been released after a two year sentence for violating terms of the probation he received for murdering four people. TLDR the justice system continues to be a joke.

In international news, the IDF fired on unarmed Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border leaving fifteen dead and many injured. So far, not much public inquiry has been conducted by major news outlets stateside.

And lastly, the Fresh Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman continues his greatest hits tour of the U.S., playing for such luminaries as Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Oprah, John Kerry, Michael Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, and of course Henry Kissinger. What a show!

What else is happening in your world?