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The Runback: Let's Give Thanks, 2023 Edition
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News and Politics
The Most Organized Pre-Transition in History: Trump's pre-transition is the most organized pre-transition in the history of transitions. Mind you, the transition looks to implement a radically authoritarian government that is completely at odds with the Constitution, conservative principles, and 250 years of American democracy. But nobody will ever enter the Oval Office with the ready-to-go personnel changes like what Trumpworld will have ready to implement.
November 2023 Maryland U.S. Senate Power Rankings: The herd is being thinned.
CASA’s Bigotry Should Not Be Funded By Maryland Taxpayers writes former Senator Bobby Zirkin in a guest post
The Monday Thought
As always, people are way ahead of the curve decorating for Christmas. We still have much to be thankful for, even when things don’t always seem the best.
What am I thankful for?
That nobody is above the law, even a former President of the United States;
That freedom of speech exists in this country, so the most terrible people can self-identify;
That I have regular access to the Mass and the Eucharist;
That almost every American, no matter how much they have, continues to have a higher standard of living than many people in the entire world;
That the Orioles are really good again;
Making it another year around the sun with my family.
So as I have in the past, for this Thanksgiving I ask you to join me in giving thanks by decompressing this week.
The rest of the week, I’m not going to write a single piece on this site about politics. I might write about other things, but not about politics this week. I’m going to try (emphasis on try) to not talk about politics on social media. I’m going to enjoy time with my family, enjoy the holiday, and enjoy football.
Politics has become too much of a part of everyday society, a longtime gripe of mine. Instead of focusing on that this holiday, focus on what’s in front of you and what you already have. This Thanksgiving, don’t pass judgment; just pass the stuffing.