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Well said. And dire.

I’m giving up for now.

Merrick Garland, Chris Wray, DeJoy, Biden ...all are failing.

Biden is worst of the bunch with Fist bumps to MBS and bear hugs to the internationally lawless Netanyahu.

Biden has increased our national jeopardy by ignoring international law instead of rebuilding it.

George Carlin’s clip is making the rounds again about how he gave up on the human race and felt happier knowing there was nothing left to do to stop America from circling the drain.

Several clearheaded powerful Black women are unfairly carrying the American spirit. We all know who they are. And they are taking no BS.

For the moment they are my only inspiration. The rest of the country deserves a middle finger.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Wherever You are at, STAY!

Because there’s inhabited inside you a spiritual cry for OUR DEMOCRACY I NEVER GET ENOUGH OF!

After November 8 2016, You were the first writer I found who put into words my complete dread, labeled, categorized, and explained in unerring detail the EXTREME VISCERAL REACTION, the impending sense of doom, I had to learning that thing had won the election,...

As your prophecies continued to pile up & MM continued to fail the American People only made it more devastating.

We all would be wise to both listen AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, ACT as each of us can to make the choices that provide us, our children and grandchildren, the opportunities to avert COMPLETE DISASTER!

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Absolutely love your writing. Powerful, elegant, beautiful - and always full of compassion for what can and should be. When the notice of a new piece from you hits my email I run to it. As a 73 year old African-American in the last third of his life now more than ever I appreciate truth telling down to it's bones. As appropriate, I'm still sending friends copies of your 2016 article in the Correspondent, This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump. It's as relevant today as it was then - even as we recognize and battle the corruption and failure of our judicial, legal, political, and media institutions. As a matter of fact my suggestion would be that you do a refreshed version based on the failures and wisdom gleamed over the past eight years of witness and get it in as wide of a circulation as possible. With what's potentially coming and what's here people will need to know how to care for themselves.

Finally, there seems to be a despair bubbling up in some of the comments. I would say, don't go there in any permanent way. Momentarily, yes, but don't stay there. One of my friends recently said, "I'll fight these dark hearted fools until Hell freezes over, then I'll fight them on the ice." To that I say, AMEM. None of us know yet what that looks like, but we continue to need folks like you to shed the light. Thanks for being who you are.

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The Civil War never ended. It just went cold. The fascists running Wall Street attempted a coup against FDR. They tried again in 2020. Pretty much every corporation in the country is funding the fascists for lower/no taxes and no health, safety, or environmental regulations. The Tories are selling off the UK to the corporations as I type this. Charter cites, freeports, and SEZs. It's coming to the US, too. Biden is a neoliberal capitalist and he's pro profit and anti choice. He's a practicing Catholic and abortions make him queasy. He's gone around Congress to supply bombs to Israel and bomb Yemen.

As the late, great George Carlin once said, "It's a big club and you ain't in it."

https://youtu.be/-54c0IdxZWc?si=jMABLFkXrLTIuNv1

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

And again, I shake my head and nod, yet again, at your insight. Here are a few of my favs from this essay:

• I am in Iowa but there is no way I’ll cover the caucuses. I don’t care who wins.

I already know who lost, and it’s me. And you. And the rest of us.

• He has spawned boring clones, a chain of dolls cut from tracing paper, flat pale demagogue ghosts. The fringes were pulled to the center, the center was pulled to the right, and every politician sounds like Trump because they think his impunity is contagious. They think it’s something you can catch, like covid, only instead of killing you, it kills the rest of the country, so there is more left for you to steal.

• 2024 is our first post-coup (which never ended), post-covid (which never ended), post-truth (which never ended, because I’m still telling it to you whether you want to hear it or not) election.

•The 2024 election is a pale horse race for the American political apocalypse. You cannot run against an existential threat three times. The third time you are just living inside one and not admitting it.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

This is a fantastic read. I am a professor and try to inform all my students about the realities of American life as presently constructed. I am typically met with blank stares and, increasingly, hostility. Sometimes I consider giving up but it is comforting to know that a group (albeit small) of people, share my observations and sentiments. I am not sure what to do with this realization but I just wanted to share it.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Wow! As a longtime history & political science freak, I’m blown away with your words! I must read them again to clear my head! Thank you,Sarah, for stirring the pot!

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Thank you. It's all posturing to mark time before their inevitable submission to the demon they pretend to reject.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Amen to this! The 2024 election feels like a total joke, and a facade of a democracy. I have lost total interest in following the chatter about it. But I do still care about civic engagement, even beyond the ballot box. I think that’s what will usher in true democracy again, because we need it.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Sarah, I feel like your exceptional, gut punching substack articles are vignettes leading up to your new book, The Last American Road Trip.

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Jan 14·edited Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

Thank you for giving language to ~the heartbreak that is the current state of the human condition~ motions vaguely at everything.

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Excellent, as usual! I really like "The Usual Place". You may have made me not care who wins the election also, the situation in Gaza has made me numb.

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Wow, just wow, how you write to tear life out of this dead poll. I relish the sentences. I remember flat boring Iowa from 1969 when we were driving through it, my parents and my sisters in a Mercury where the back window could scroll down. That it contains the marvels you describe i learn only now. I did peruse a fascinating encyclopedia back then at friends of my mother we visited. So i know there are treasures hidden there, before all.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

I hear the winds blowing through your soul. You are not alone in your despair or wondering. Thank you for putting words in this strange limbo, we are living in.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

A stunningly good piece of writing… tragic in many ways, but for me it’s also hopeful.

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Jan 14Liked by Sarah Kendzior

"A cold coming we had of it,

Just the worst time of the year . . . "

Can't think of anyone else whose searing insights have so often conjured the endlessly quotable Thomas Stearns E. in response. It's not easy to be so clever and so genuine at the same time, to speak such damning truths with such irresistible wit. It's a gift that you have and maybe even a greater one that you share with us, however trying the giving must (at least sometimes) be for the giver. "[W]ere we led all that way/ For Birth or Death?" The answer is yes, and gratefully so. Thank you, Sarah. https://allpoetry.com/The-Journey-Of-The-Magi

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