Open Thread | The Issue for the 2024 Election – It really is this simple

It’s down to one issue on the ballot. It’s not taxes, it’s not abortion. The one issue is: do you believe in democracy, or do you believe in authoritarianism? That’s what we should be voting on.


Take your pick.
This is your choice.

Either you believe that we are a constitutional republic or you do not.
There is no in between.

It’s because this choice is so stark, I have no patience with the 2023 Incarnation of the ‘ EARN MY VOTE’ crowd.
The ones threatening to not vote for President Biden for this reason or that reason. Used to be Student Loan Forgiveness, but, now, it’s Gaza. Mind you, 99.99% of these people hadn’t made one video, tweet or commented on Israel/Palestine before October 2023…but, that never mind.
This is the same crew that told me in 2016 that they couldn’t be scared into voting for Hillary because of the Supreme Court.

” You can’t scare me with the Court.”

And now, that we have the consequences of their actions, they are one of the first ones whining about the Court, and how Biden is supposed to come up with some magical plan to expand the Courts. They always want some Green Lantern/Thanos solution to problems that they had a hand in, but don’t want you to bring up their responsibility for our present condition. That it’s not just the Supreme Court that is our problem, but, all the other judges that Trump got to appoint during his time. All those appointments that were held up and blocked so that President Obama couldn’t fill them. It’s why we have right-wing organizations continuing to go judge shopping for these right-wing lunatics on the bench with LIFETIME APPOINTMENTS, to hand down these hideous decisions that then get fast-tracked to the right-wing Court.

All these decisions with, at the bottom line, to strip us of our rights, and place us under minority rule? They get their foundation at some right-wing judge, more than likely one that Trump appointed.

So, those clowns from 2016, have that responsibility on their hands – just not the Supreme Court.

It must be made clear – the right wing has already told you what they’re going to do if they win the Presidency and regain control of the Senate and hold the House.

They are going to do Project 2025.

They are not hiding it. They are not hiding their plan to put us under minority rule and strip of us of our rights.

And, yet, we still have clowns that tell us that now, ‘ They can’t be scared with Project 2025’.


I have told you, and will continue to tell you – if you find someone who is telling you that both parties are the same.
That there’s no difference between Biden and Trump.
That they have to take a ‘ principled’ stance and vote 3rd Party.
Or, that the only choice is to not vote at all.

They are either fools or paid saboteurs sent in to depress Democratic Party Voter Turnout.

The GOP cannot win if everyone who can vote does so. They can only win if they depress turnout by voter suppression.

These paid saboteurs are part of GOP Voter Suppression.

Great comment I found on another blog:


OCTOBER 31, 2023 AT 1:21 PM

Authoritarianism is a good umbrella for a group of unpopular Republican positions. It covers voting rights (you should get less), Ukraine funding (we won’t support democracies but do support authoritarians like Putin), abortion and LGBTQ+ rights (we want to meddle in your personal decisions and behaviors even when they have zero effect on others) and a number of other issues. This election really is that stark.

When I say fascism, I mean White people subjected to fascism. 

I am Black. I am from people who were brought over here in the hulls of slave ships. 

Post Emancipation, my ancestors were subjected to fascism. It was called Jim Crow and they were subjected to it until the mid-20th Century, for almost a century. 

So, I know exactly why I’m fighting. My ancestors fought and marched to give me the opportunities that I have. And, also the opportunities for me to fight to keep this republic in a way that they did not. 

I fight because I respect and honor all that they suffered through for almost a century. There’s a reason why Reconstruction isn’t taught in our schools – it was the last chance America really had to live up to its creed/ promise and do course correct on our original sin – Chattel Slavery. 

But, they didn’t, and we had American Apartheid – Jim Crow. 

When people come on social media, and talk about  ‘ this isn’t the America that I recognize’, my response is that, ‘ Yes, it is. But, it doesn’t have to be. ‘

Black people in polls usually come up looking optimistic about the state of the country and its future. It’s because of our experiences in this country. I look at what my ancestors went through, and I can say, no. I have agency  to do that. To fight on levels that my ancestors could not have dreamed about. Can use political levers that they never had. 

We have a party committed to fascism, because its roots are in White Supremacy. The elevation of a Black man to the Presidency of the United States broke them. The society for which Barack Obama represented – a more inclusive society where all are welcome, and that you can produce , be successful and build dreams in America – is the society that the other side wants no part of. They would rather burn this country down than share its fruits with everyone. 

I don’t think that’s something that a lot of White people, particularly on the Democratic side, and especially in the MSM, want to admit. Their family members would rather this country burn, than for a true, pluralistic society succeed. 

I know that Joe Biden is the man for THIS time. He is the White man that is needed. The Elders in my community understood this in 2020 before I did. I now see the wisdom of their selection of Biden. You gotta fight with the best tools available. President Biden is our best tool. It helps that nobody is more clear about the choice for 2024, and because he understands it so clearly, he is able to articulate it with pinpoint precision. 


Democracy vs Fascism

Bottom line. 

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9 Responses to Open Thread | The Issue for the 2024 Election – It really is this simple

  1. rikyrah says:

    Frankie Valli and The Commodores 👀👀👀

  2. rikyrah says:

    This group of friends went as insurance commercials😂😂😂
    They really did commit…LOL😂😂

  3. Liza says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks Out Against Israel’s “Segregationist Apartheid Regime” After West Bank Visit
    STORY NOVEMBER 02, 2023

  4. Nan Mykel says:

    Couldn’t agree more with everything you wrote! Thanks for the energy spent.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Swing Left (@swingleft) posted at 11:06 AM on Wed, Nov 01, 2023:
    If the VA GOP gains total control of the General Assembly, they’re going to pass Glenn Youngkin’s abortion ban. Together, we have the power to stop them.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Heart is broken. One of my all-time favorite characters on GH.

    Tyler Christopher, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Is Dead at 50
    Mr. Christopher won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2016 for his role as Nikolas Cassadine.

    By Rebecca Carballo
    Published Oct. 31, 2023
    Updated Nov. 1, 2023, 1:22 p.m. ET
    Tyler Christopher, an actor best known for his long-running role as Nikolas Cassadine on the TV soap opera “General Hospital,” died on Tuesday in San Diego. He was 50.

    His death was confirmed by his manager, Chi Muoi Lo. A former co-star, Maurice Benard, said on Instagram that Mr. Christopher died in his apartment on Tuesday after a “cardiac event.”

    Mr. Christopher played Nikolas Cassadine on “General Hospital” from 1996 to 2016, the year he won a Daytime Emmy Award for best lead actor in a drama series. After leaving the cast of “General Hospital,” he played Stefan DiMera for two seasons on “Days of Our Lives,” another soap opera. He also appeared in several other TV shows and movies.

    “Tyler was a truly talented individual that lit up the screen in every scene he performed and relished bringing joy to his loyal fans through his acting,” Mr. Benard said in his Instagram post. “Tyler was a sweet soul and wonderful friend to all of those who knew him.”

    He described Mr. Christopher as a mental health advocate, adding that he spoke openly about his struggles with bipolar disorder, depression and alcohol.

    Mr. Christopher wrote about his struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse in Reader’s Digest. He said he regularly saw a psychiatrist and a therapist and took medications to treat his mental health conditions.

    In a social media post last year, he reflected on how far he had come since turning 40.

    “In the decade since then my daughter was born, I won an Emmy, was the lead actor in 4 television shows, completed a dozen movies, lived in a half dozen states, relapsed and recovered, survived a traumatic brain injury,” he wrote.

    He said he was looking forward to a “quieter life” with his two children.

  7. rikyrah says:

    How do we have a Speaker of the House without a bank account?

    None listed on his paperwork

  8. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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