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Although I am a progressive Democrat, I am now beginning to question whether I should be a Democrat at all because these Democrats are a total embarrassment to freedom of speech and to respectful disagreement.

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Thank you so much for your excellent summary! I can’t watch ANOTHER SECOND of mouthpiece non voting member Stacey Plaskett

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This is gut wrenching. I can’t recognize our government anymore.

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Thank you immensely for reporting on this.

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Jul 20, 2023Liked by Meryl Nass

Imagine what it would be like if the reps had to be under oath like their victims. Something is wrong with a system that requires a person to tell the truth or face the consequences when testifying before congress (the folks elected by the people) but does not require members of congress to tell the truth to their constituents and be held to the same penalty for intentionally lying.

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I was able to watch the first session, but not this last one. I don’t know if I would’ve made it through without my head exploding. These Dems, quite literally, have lost their minds. Plankett, in particular, is quite vile. No matter, the truth will come out as nothing can stop it. And if there is no Justice for these idiots in this life, there most certainly will be in the next.

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I watched much of it: it was a true s--t show, where the gloves came off and the vultures picked and clawed at Kennedy, trying to savage and defame him in any way possible. It was a disgusting and immoral corruption of our government's authority. Kennedy kept his cool, but this didn't stop the mercenaries of hate from trying to rip him apart further using every dirty trick in their tool-bag. I can hardly believe I have been voting Democrat for most of my life. The Democrats have stooped so low that they not only have become untethered from morality, but from sanity. We need to clean house. What happened in this hearing is truly a perversion of what our Founding Father's envisioned in creating this country and the Constitution.

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The Deep State is very afraid of RFK Jr. I didn't know how afraid until I watched this hearing. Mr. Kennedy has the ability to unite the country. He is promoting kindness and respect for one another across political aisles. He is talking about the cost of groceries, the war, the trafficking across the border. He knows real problems can be solved again if American's are given the chance to work together with the free dissemination of ideas and information. It was outright eerie watching members of Mr. Kennedy's own party attack him with clear lies, and just stating them over and over again and interrupting his ability to respond. It was painful to see Democratic women turned into hatchet-bearers aiming for a scalp. Yikes.

One gets the sense Mr. Kennedy is aware of the crucible he is in running for office. It is inspiring to see he is well up for the challenge. His responses were strong and saavy but not cruel or disrespectful.--when he could speak. He can call a spade a spade without lowering himself into the gutter. That is an amazing feat of itself, to hold oneself sober and strong in the fray. No human being can withstand these attacks ad nauseum without support for they are dark and destructive. In addition to financial contributions, let us pray, each in our own individual faith/belief system for Mr. Kennedy, for blessing, for protection, for wisdom and for encouragement so that he knows and feels uplifted. Forward ever.

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Jul 20, 2023Liked by Meryl Nass

I am reminded of my mother (may her memory be a blessing) making us watch the Watergate hearings because of their historic significance (which, truly, at that age, lol, we cared more about boys and getting go go boots), but I do recall the eloquence of Senator Sam Ervin. Here is his speech, given 50 years ago: (thank you so much Dr. Nass, you get a few umbrella drinks for staying with this and not exploding lol)

A Black Cloud of Distrust

[May 17th, 1973]

We are beginning these hearings today in an atmosphere of utmost gravity. The questions, that have been raised in the wake of the June 17th break-in, strike at the very undergirding of our democracy. If the many allegations made to this date are true, then the burglars who broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate were in effect breaking into the home of every citizen of the United States.

If these allegations prove to be true, what they were seeking to steal was not the jewels, money or other property of American citizens, but something much more valuable—their most precious heritage, the right to vote in a free election. Since that day, a mood of incredulity has prevailed among our populace, and it is the constitutional duty of this committee to allay the fears being expressed by the citizenry, and to establish the factual bases upon which these fears have been founded.

The Founding Fathers, having participated in the struggle against arbitrary power, comprehended some eternal truths respecting men and government. They knew that those who are entrusted with power are susceptible to the disease of tyrants, which George Washington rightly described as “love of power and the proneness to abuse it.” For that reason, they realized that the power of public officers should be defined by laws which they, as well as the people, are obligated to obey.

The Constitution, later adopted amendments and, more specifically, statutory law provide that the electoral processes shall be conducted by the people, outside the confines of the formal branches of government, and through a political process that must operate under the strictures of law and ethical guidelines, but independent of the overwhelming power of the government itself. Only then can we be sure that each electoral process cannot be made to serve as the mere handmaiden of a particular Administration in power.

The accusations that have been leveled and the evidence of wrongdoing that has surfaced has cast a black cloud of distrust over our entire society. Our citizens do not know whom to believe, and many of them have concluded that all the processes of government have become so compromised that honest governance has been rendered impossible. We believe that the health, if not the survival, of our social structure and of our form of government requires the most candid and public investigation of all the evidence…. As the elected representatives of the people, we would be derelict in our duty to them if we failed to pursue our mission expeditiously, fully, and with the utmost fairness. The nation and history itself are watching us. We cannot fail our mission.

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Why the repubs never call out the lies and disinformation the dems say in their little rants makes me scream. The one dem saying it was all about public safety when we know it was anything but just frosted my ass. Rfkjr not being allowed to respond to outright slander is simply wrong.

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founding

Throw the bums out...

Every

Last

One

of

Them!

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You are a brave man, Mr. Kennedy, sir! In the face of all the corruption in our government, there is nothing better we can do than pray, pray and pray some more! Surely we are seeing a heightening of the spiritual battle here on earth.

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OMG - what a waste of everyone’s time.

But maybe writing about it will open some eyes?

Sadly, my experience with liberal friends is that we’re dealing with INTENTIONAL ignorance......

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Thanks Meryl, I went to Rayburn to be there, sat with press. I was hoping to connect with Dennis. 19 years ago I was with him at the DNC in Boston as part of his policy advisory group. Your analysis is very clarifying. Even if the comment about Ashkenazi Jews (I am 97%) and Asians was accurate, which it is not, it does not fit the definition of anti-Semitism, which I have studied. My diagnosis is political hysteria.

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50 years since Watergate! Wow!

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Thank you -- I feel I have to bathe after reading about the targeting of RFK Jr.

Have they no decency?

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