Brian Sando

What affects the common American citizen more? Russian troops near Ukraine or rising costs of living? Families and working people in this country need jobs, homes, affordable healthcare and childcare, not more Cold War rhetoric. The White House should be reviving its Build back Better plan, not threatening Putin with sanctions that don’t work anyway.

And until we ensure all Americans’ civil rights are respected and our police do not have military-grade equipment we have no justification to claim upholding democracy abroad. When women have the right to choose across America, when minorities are no longer disproportionately stopped by law enforcement, then our beacon of liberty will shine through.

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Tyranny of the Republican Party

How ironic that the Republican National Committee voted to censure two of their own House members for serving on the committee investigating the Capitol riot.

The RNC resolution claims Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger are “disloyal”. For all we hear about Republicans calling Democrats “socialists” in order to spread fear of dictatorship, this move by the RNC is draconian. Today the Republicans sent a totalitarian message that no one should dare go against the beloved Party.

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The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the Supreme Court will hear a case in which Kentucky’s attorney general wants to appeal in defense of the state’s 2018 law banning abortions. The fact an anti-abortion law is on the books in Kentucky in the first place is the real issue. Religious conservatives have flipped the religious liberty idea in order to mix church and state and pass laws coercing women to accept the opinion of religious people about when life begins. Our country’s founders meant for religion to be protected privately, not in government. As author Coy Barefoot writes: “religious freedom stood for both a freedom of religion PRIVATELY practiced AND a freedom from religion IMPOSED BY GOVERNMENT”.

Pro-life activists have every right to protest abortion peacefully; they do not have a right to pass laws enforcing their religious opinion on others.

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Time to cut defense spending

Recent horrific shootings in Colorado and Atlanta and the Pandemic show that domestic threats to our lives, health and economy are just as real as missiles and foreign armies. The time has come to shift priorities away from tanks and other obsolete weapons. At least Democrats are trying to fix our roads, bridges and education. And if we didn’t have so bloated a defense budget maybe they wouldn’t have to discuss increasing taxes. Military spending is detrimental to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of our people, and it prevents us tackling inequality.

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The Capitol police shouldn’t request the National Guard to stay longer around the Capitol. That’s Congress’s job

If the Capitol is the people’s legislature, which it is, then the people’s representatives in the House and Senate should vote on a request to extend National Guard troop deployments at the Capitol. The military is meant to be subordinate to the civil power of America’s elected officials. The Capitol Police are not elected by the citizens and have no authority to make the request Congress should put to a vote.

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