An Oath Keeper convicted. A greater mayor elected. Are issues getting higher?
Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it’s Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Welcome to the ultimate month of the yr, which after all means there are solely 73 purchasing days left till Valentine’s Day. Let’s look again on the week in Opinion.
I’m reluctant to put in writing this for concern of sabotaging progress, however since a good variety of you’re eager to name out my alarmism on every little thing from local weather change (responsible as charged) to Donald Trump, I owe it to the universe to forthrightly acknowledge equilibrium once I begin seeing it. So right here goes.
Rep. Karen Bass will probably be sworn on this month as the brand new mayor of Los Angeles. Leaving apart the historic achievement of the primary girl and second Black Angeleno serving as mayor, the sight of a mainstream liberal main this metropolis can be unremarkable. What is outstanding is that this: Bass ran a grassroots marketing campaign that stitched collectively a historically progressive, racially various coalition to fend off the most costly mayoral marketing campaign ever waged in an American metropolis, at a time when billionaires wield extra political energy than ever. Bass’ marketing campaign was good, grounded deeply on this metropolis and relied closely on her merely being extra certified than her impossibly rich opponent.
Merit beat cash, which is (and let me examine my notes on this) the way it’s imagined to work in a democracy.
Next up is the grindingly sluggish, methodical Department of Justice investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, rebel. As I’ve written right here earlier than, there’s a pressure between eager to see a swift, virtually cinematic decision — the place the assailants are scooped into custody and the coup is definitively, dramatically put down — and permitting the very establishment below assault to work as it might in opposition to any legal exercise, thereby exhibiting that our authorities can defend itself utilizing the equipment that makes this a democracy. The latter choice, favored by Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland, is but once more paying dividends and setting us up for a remaining decision. As op-ed columnist and former U.S. Atty. Harry Litman wrote about Oath Keepers chief Stewart Rhodes’ conviction for seditious conspiracy:
“A jury trial represents our system’s ideal of authoritative fact finding, a process enshrined in the Constitution for getting as close as a society can to the truth of a matter that is in dispute. And the jury in this trial plainly took its duty seriously and exercised its power with meticulous attention to detail….
“The effect of these guilty verdicts, in a trial conducted with thoroughness and care, will be to marginalize the apologists for Jan. 6. They can’t help but look more and more like wingnuts or monsters now, inveighing against what a critical mass of society has accepted and denying a jury’s account that squares with what the whole country saw in real time.
“That goes for history as well. The Oath Keepers convictions (and the other sedition prosecutions) will be among the rare trials — perhaps one or two a generation — to appear in high school history books. And what future students will learn is that the trials mattered deeply because they vindicated the truth about Jan. 6, 2021.”
Are issues virtually beginning to really feel … regular? Check again after the brand new Justice Department particular counsel has had extra time to dig into the Trump investigation and Bass will get her palms on the a few of the further reasonably priced housing cash courtesy of Measure ULA.
This received’t look very regular: With the Republicans set to take over the House, prepare for the type of “angertainment” that may make these incessant Benghazi hearings look sober as compared. Columnist Robin Abcarian previews the spectacle: “MAGA Republicans are particularly licking their chops over potential investigations of Hunter Biden and whatever information is contained on the laptop he seems to have abandoned in a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019. The former president’s henchmen are seeking — but unlikely to find — proof that Joe Biden was involved in son Hunter’s shady business dealings…. Will hearings that ransack computer data belonging to the president’s son fix inflation, high gas prices and illegal immigration, the issues Republicans claimed to be laser-focused on during the midterm campaigns? Of course not.” L.A. Times
L.A. Metro reveals how transit funding can construct a stronger center class. The federal authorities will spend virtually $2 trillion within the coming years on infrastructure, and L.A. County’s transit company is slated to undertake a coverage requiring deprived employees to be given a shot in any respect these jobs constructing the buses and trains. The editorial board believes Metro is setting an instance for the remainder of the nation: “Metro’s manufacturing careers policy will be the most comprehensive program of its kind in the country, advocates say. And it’s a model for how public agencies can prod private industry to create higher-quality jobs.” L.A. Times
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We’re not the one ones drying up. This one goes out to these clamoring for “simple” options to California’s water disaster that don’t contain conserving, corresponding to a continent-spanning pipeline from the humid japanese U.S. to our aridifying environs. And if the next excerpt sounds acquainted, perceive that it’s not concerning the over-allocated Colorado River to our near-east, however the mighty Mississippi, usually instructed as a supply for us to siphon: “This critical river and its tributaries … has been stricken by drought since September, amid a time of global grain shortage and soaring food prices. While water levels will recover modestly this week, thanks to some upstream rain and snow, the long-term forecast remains dry.” New York Times
With Republican post-mortem investigators like these, who wants election deniers? If this sounds acquainted, it ought to: The GOP was in a superb place to take complete management of Congress, with a good election map and a public agitating for accountability. Then the candidates began speaking, and voters understandably rejected far-right ideologues who wished to remove ladies’s proper to decide on. The Republican Party sobered up, evaluated itself and promised to appoint higher nationwide candidates. That was in 2012, and the social gathering would go on to present us President Trump and MAGA fanaticism. Kurt Bardella, a former GOP operative turned Democratic advisor, explains why one other Republican post-mortem of an election failure 10 years later received’t produce higher outcomes. L.A. Times
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