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Ohhhh, I get it now

Happy Betsy Ross Day.

I’m starting to get how it is that right wingers can obsess about the flag and yet spit on democracy in general.

They pledge allegiance to the FLAG and to the republic for which it stands. So, if the definition of that republic changes, they pledge allegiance to the flag of that republic. Liberty and Justice for all could have many definitions.

Justice for all, well, who’s to say? There’s got to be a reason why black people keep getting in the way of bullets. Who are we to question the authorities?

And Liberty has been around since the beginning of the Constitution and it didn’t say anything about Liberty for everybody. Like women. Same with the vote. Not everybody got the right to vote in 1792. Poor people with no property, why should they get to vote? (I’m looking at you, Ohio)

So, if the right wing party says Liberty means the ability to compete in a dog eat dog world and get everything you want without worrying about the lives, needs and feelings of others, what’s wrong with that?

Just an aside here: I read a sci-fi book a few years back about a mage navigator who needs to visit a planet run completely by libertarians. You had to buy your own oxygen and bounty hunters roamed the terminal looking for bodies they could turn over for cash. Visitors were warned they were on their own. Everything had a price. Like breathing and hydration. They didn’t just give that stuff out for free. Do they look like a charity??

I love speculative fiction. It takes crazy ideas to their logical conclusions.

Ok, I’m back on topic.

So, anyway, this flag thing. Lauren Boebert is part of a subversive, anti-democratic coalition that lives off of the supporters it lies to. It feeds its followers emotions, rage, misdirection. The result is that the press, voting, Liberty and justice are being threatened.

But by golly, they sure do love their flag. It stands for their version of America and they will pledge their allegiance enthusiastically.

You know what would be cool? If we asked Gomert, Gaetz, Graham, Boebert, McCarthy and Green exactly what their definitions of Liberty and Justice are. Like, get them to elaborate on that and their philosophy. I’d love to hear that.

If they say whatever the former Oval Office occupant says (he’s not coming back. Sorry), let’s get it all out so we can look at it.

I’m going in

Today is my first day back in the office since early March 2020. I already made a couple of mistakes. I didn’t find my refillable bus pass. Also, I forgot my mask, had to go back to the car to get it and missed my bus. There will be another one in a few minutes. I hope.

Also, about work clothes. Stuff is a bit snug. So I wore a black pleated skirt that I’ve had hanging in my closet for a year. Some people should not wear pleats. That’s all I’ll say on that.

My morning latte might be detoured to Starbucks instead of my customary Crazy Mocha. All of the Crazy Mocha shops are “temporarily closed” downtown. Whatever that means. I got a little panicked about that and felt like calling the company. “What does that mean, temporarily closed? You mean like until 7am? When will you open back up? How many weeks? I can’t wait that long.”

It’s going to be rough this morning. Very rough.

How is your morning commute?

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Let’s get the blood pumping from bus stop to office with The Walker:

I’M IN!

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Starbucks is closed too! Is there nowhere in downtown Pittsburgh where a human being can get a medium skim latte?? I am being forced to drink alternative coffee substance. It’s like a dystopian nightmare.