And I mean more than just platitudes on Twitter.

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From the moment he announced his desire to run for President through a video in which he discussed how he felt we were engaged in a battle for the soul of the nation, Joe Biden’s campaign has revolved almost entirely around platitudes and empty words. Words that have been designed to spark a sense of nostalgia, and longing for an end to the turbulent Trump era. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the platitudes and calls for unity and healing have not particularly changed even after he has been elected. …


With the last move he had at his disposal now gone, it will be as concerning as it is interesting to see what happens next.

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Carlos Barria / Reuters

In the days and now weeks that have passed since the election, the behavior of the Trump administration in response to their loss was not at all surprising, but surreal nonetheless. If nothing else, it has served as a reminder of how fragile what’s left of our “democracy” really is, and how easily it can be bent almost to the breaking point by one individual who makes the conscious decision to exploit every single fundamental weakness they can find within it. …


I am so tired of the gaslighting and abuse.

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As political discourse and demographics have shifted in recent years, the Democratic party has undeniably been forced to grapple with intensifying and increasingly vocal opposition coming from the left. After organizations such as Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, and The Sunrise Movement have continued to grow and mount successful campaigns for candidates like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman, and Cori Bush, it should come as no surprise that the more corporate wing of the Democratic party has taken issue with the left using their political clout to identify their legitimate grievances with the more conservative Democrats.

Recently however, perhaps one of the most absurd and bombastic shots across the bow coming from corporate Democrats was published in Politico. …


The cruelty of the Senate Majority Leader knows no bounds.

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Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Like many on the left, it’s no secret that I have a number of grievances with the Democratic party. To be sure, 2020 and all of the stress and the trauma it has inflicted upon the American people has served as a damning indictment of the Democratic party’s ineffectiveness, and the unwillingness among many of them to do what is necessary in order to help get their constituents through this crisis. But as inept and as arguably sociopathic as corporate Democratic lawmakers might be, there are few among the legislative ranks more cruel, sadistic, and indicative of the rot that pervades throughout the American government than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. …


A response to one of the latest tweets of the President-Elect.

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Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

It should go without saying that since before Joe Biden even officially announced he was running for President, I have been less than optimistic about the realities of what his administration would look like. Now President-Elect, leave it to Joe Biden — with a single tweet — to compel me to reach new levels of disgust I frankly never knew existed.

Biden’s Twitter shared a tweet that read:

“Here’s the deal: Because President Trump refuses to concede and is delaying the transition, we have to fund it ourselves and need your help. …


Regardless of whether he succeeds, Trump’s efforts to overturn this election will bring this nation to the brink.

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Doug Mills | NYTimes | Getty Images

Since before he even took power in January of 2017, many have felt compelled to address the fact that all signs indicated Donald Trump would not concede the loss of an election. Perhaps the long-held knowledge that Donald Trump would behave exactly as he is, is why so many people seem to be hesitant to take it seriously. Donald Trump’s frivolous lawsuits and his last ditch efforts to force legislators in key states to overturn the popular votes in their states in order to give him their electoral votes probably won’t succeed, but it seems as though each and every day there’s a new reason to be alarmed at how far he is actually willing to take this. …


It’s time for a long, honest conversation about Democrats and their approach to the modern Republican party.

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U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Courtesy Photo

On November 17th, Kamala Harris returned to the Senate floor for the first time since the election elevated her to the position of Vice President-Elect. There, an interaction took place between her and a fellow lawmaker that — I’m ashamed to admit — genuinely surprised me, even for her. On Twitter, The Recount posted video footage of Vice President-Elect Harris extending her fist out, waiting for the “bump” to come from whoever it was that she was hoping to share the friendly interaction with.

As the video goes on to show us, the person, interestingly enough, happened to be GOP Senator and top Trump ally, Lindsey Graham. …


Yeah, it’s looking pretty bleak.

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Ryan Collerd / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

Even without the help of President Donald Trump and a “smooth” transition, Joe Biden is moving forward with the transition process and making picks to join the inner circles of his administration. Before Mr. Biden even became the Democratic nominee, the left has been all too aware of what a Biden Presidency would realistically entail, and how bleak the prospects of actually being able to push him left were once he was in power. But perhaps one of the most devastating blows came with the recent news that Biden tapped Representative Cedric Richmond to be a senior advisor.

Natasha Korecki and Alex Thompson with Politico…


Healing from the Trump era requires far more than carrying on as though it never happened.

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AP: Evan Vucci

On November 15th, the Democratic Party’s official Twitter account tweeted:

“Americans will have the leadership they deserve in 66 days and this chapter of darkness will finally end.”

Except, it won’t.

Among “resistance” liberals and loyal Democratic party voters, there seems to be this fetishization of the idea of moving on, and acting as though the moment Biden is sworn in everything about the Trump era can simply be put behind us. The thought that the country came this close to a takeover by an autocratic fascist is certainly uncomfortable, but going “back to brunch” and relishing in the idea that they will no longer feel obligated to pay attention is perhaps one of the most dangerous responses to the past four years that the nation could engage in. …


The corporate Democrat may have singlehandedly ruined the party’s chances of having a majority in the Senate, and much, much more.

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Long before the election took place, I and countless others on the left have been arguing that regardless of who wins, the left stands to lose either way. If Trump won, Democrats would have vehemently insisted that the left was responsible for costing them the election, and run further to the right in an effort to distance themselves from the ever-growing populist sentiment building behind them. With Biden now the winner, Democratic lawmakers and pundits alike are — like clockwork — insisting that not only was the left of no help to them in re-taking the Presidency, but they were directly responsible for the rather disappointing showing in the otherwise lackluster election for Democrats. While it was always a given that the left would emerge from this election as the prime target regardless of the outcome, the two runoff Senate elections in the state of Georgia seem to have encouraged this sentiment with an increased sense of urgency. …

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Lauren Martinchek

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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