September 18, 2020 – Letters from an American and my friend Pat C wrote….

“She tried valiantly to hang on for us women and our country knowing the significance of her own death. We owe so much to this truly remarkable woman, who fought so brilliantly using her intellect and understanding of law, history and humanity to change the lives of so many.

She was not only a remarkable woman, but will remain an all star among both sexes in her chosen profession, winning 5 out 6 cases she argued before the Supreme Court. A win rate that puts her in a rare class and a legacy of impacting equality for generations.

In her first appearance before the court, her quote of nineteenth-century abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sarah Grimke: “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” was not only relevant for the times, but today seems sadly and perversely prescient.

As Heather shares – “Upon hearing of Ginsburg’s death, former U.S. Attorney and law professor Joyce Vance tweeted, “We should honor the life of RBG, American hero, by refusing to give in, refusing to back down, fighting for the civil rights of all people & demanding our leaders honor the rule of law. This is our fight now.” Rest in power, Justice Ginsburg.”

We can no longer leave this fight to so few remarkable women. We must grab the baton with equal conviction, determination and perseverance. This must become our fight. We must rise to the greatest challenge of our time. Let us not let her down. Let us not squander the legacy she has left. Speak up, take action, and most of all vote. Future generations of your children, grandchildren and beyond are depending on us.”

Tonight, flowers are strewn on the steps of the Supreme Court, where “Equal Justice Under Law” is carved in stone. More than a thousand people gathered there tonight to mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died today from cancer at age 87.
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September 17, 2020 – Letters from an American – and my friend PAT C wrote — To read this, prior to our current reality, you would have never thought this could be about this country. It is beyond me how we have gotten this far down the rabbit hole. And worse, how there are still people that can vote for this administration.

It feels like power is slipping away from Trump and his administration, and they are trying desperately to claw it back. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his team are trying to criticize the president without getting sucked into his orbit, so they can focus on moving the country forward.
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September 15, 2020 – Letters from an American – Heather has provided an excellent breakdown of things past. Catch up with her and her great ability to put things in clear and concise way for great consumption.

Exactly a year ago, after about a six-week hiatus during the summer, I wrote a Facebook post that started: “Many thanks to all of you who have reached out to see if I’m okay. I am, indeed (aside from having been on the losing end of an encounter with a yellow jacket this afternoon!). I’ve been moving, setting up house, and finishing the new book. Am back and ready to write, but now everything seems like such a dumpster fire it’s very hard to know where to start. So how about a general overview of how things at the White House look to me, today….”
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September 14, 2020 – Letters from an American by Heather Cox Richardson and I ask In just a few words what is happening to the United States and what is next?

Today’s big story is the growing threat of violence on the part of Trump loyalists in the administration, including the president himself. On September 10, Trump’s friend and adviser Roger Stone appeared on Infowars, the show run by the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses before they testified concerning the ties of the 2016 Trump campaign to Russia, Stone publicly asked Trump to commute his sentence and, in exchange, promised to campaign for him.
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September 12, 2020 – Letters from an American – via Heather Cox Richardson –

I am tired. I feel like I am living in drama / horror novel about how Trump has placed his puppets in positions of power in all areas of the government and hope for a fair and final election is dwindling away drip by drip. Now he is talking invoking the insurrection act along with Roger Stone who feels that if he wants to Trump will send our military in to our cities to try and assure he wins the election by hook or by crook. Even if he loses which hopefully he will he will take actions against American citizens who do not support him. He is hell bent on destroying our way of life, our democracy, our republic.

“Last night, at about 10:30, reporter Dan Diamond posted another blockbuster story in Politico. Political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services have been altering the weekly scientific reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the course of the coronavirus pandemic. They believe the reports are undermining Trump’s cheery pronouncements about the disease, and claim there is a “deep state” at the CDC determined to hurt the president.”
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