Here’s how Dems can + must do more than wait for an election. Let’s start w/ why: - 7 of the 9 justices were appointed by a party that hasn’t won a popular vote more than once in 30 years - 1 of those seats was stolen - Several lied to Congress to secure their appointment…
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- 1 justice’s family (Thomas) was paid by right wing groups for years and he never disclosed it, violating Federal law - Same justice’s spouse participated in 1/6 and he used his SCOTUS seat to vote to keep potential info related to his wife from investigators in Congress…
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- 2 justices stand very credibly accused of sexual assault And that’s the tip of the iceberg. Election or not, the Supreme Court has a legitimacy crisis and the public reaffirms it: 75% of the US public reports lacking confidence in SCOTUS, & those numbers were *pre-Roe ruling*
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In a legitimacy crisis, the solution Biden + Dem leaders must offer can’t just be one of voting, but of statute & authority. Compared to Exec + Leg branch, checks on Court overreach and misconduct are little to none. Leaders must share their plans for Roe AND a rogue court.
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Past Presidents, from Lincoln to FDR, understood the dangerous stakes of allowing an unchecked Court overreach its authority and threaten our democracy. Lincoln ignored the court to issue the emancipation proclamation. FDR, in the plunges of the Great Depression, also sought…
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to confront the Court’s structure (and core gerontocracy problem of lifetime appointments) via public appeal. While he did not succeed, that check came from the ppl & Congress, NOT scotus. The ruling is Roe, but the crisis is democracy. Leaders must share specific plans for both
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The President & Dem leaders can no longer get away with familiar tactics of “committees” and “studies” to avoid tackling our crises head-on anymore: - Restrain judicial review - Open clinics on federal lands - Court expansion - Expand Fed access/awareness of pill abortions - etc
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For the moments when we DO insist on elections, we must be PRECISE with what we need and we will do with that power: How many seats does the party need to Codify Roe? Dems must SAY THAT. Not just “go vote” or “give us $6 to win.” That is demoralizing, losing, unfocused nonsense
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Dem leaders must tell voters the plan: What’s the *actual* need? Which specific seats are we focused on? WHAT votes do we need & WHERE (what states + races?) And, what’s the return? What is Biden/Congress ACTUALLY willing+able to do at 52/60 seats? Be honest. Details motivate
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Replying to @AOC
Not sure if you know this, but we need to pick up seats in the Senate in order to enact any legislation to codify Roe. Maybe instead of blaming Dems in 15btweet thread tweet you should be out there campaigning for Senate candidates. Better use of your time.

Jun 25, 2022 · 6:25 PM UTC

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Replying to @BigDogMom3
I am glad that @AOC takes the time to tweet solid steps. Winning votes requires clarity of plans with goals and objectives. The Dems are blowing up our phones with requests for $$ despite how often we donate. It angers me.
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These aren’t solid steps. She could name the people we need to support in senate contests (it’s not hard). This is positioning to try to gain traction with the kids.
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Replying to @BigDogMom3 @AOC
She said 52 seats. I think she means this to be a campaign strategy. But yes. Not enough attention to the forces against us now
if the democratic party doesnt start carrying some message, we will LOSE seats in both houses. MANY seats. this is NOT a "single issue election"!
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Replying to @BigDogMom3 @AOC
Yes, will someone please explain the senate rules to AOC? Then maybe she will stop with the pointless statements.
Replying to @BigDogMom3 @AOC
She knows, she’s just giving 1/2 truths to get people riled up.
Replying to @BigDogMom3 @AOC
How do you convince people to vote for a do-nothing party that seems to be best at snapping defeat from the jaws of victory?
Replying to @BigDogMom3 @AOC
Texts & tweets are doing something.. People read them & maybe learn something or see a different point of view or new idea. I get 'Action' seems more effective but anything anyone can do or say helps. So those who educate & those who knock on doors & make phone calls I thank you!