I wish that progressives were even half a match for conservatives

Gilead

Gun nuttery


Fig. 1. “Rally Against Gun Control ‘Come and Take it’ flag at the Minnesota State Capitol,” photograph by Fibonacci Blue [pseud.], April 28, 2018, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

I guess we’ll eventually see what the Supreme Court thinks of this:

Since passing in November, [Oregon’s gun control] measure has faced a number of legal challenges, with the NRA’s legislative action arm lamenting it as “the nation’s most extreme gun control Initiative.”

But [U.S. District Court Judge Karin] Immergut’s ruling maintains that while the Second Amendment does protect against “bearable arms” as listed in the US Constitution, large-capacity magazines are a “subset of magazines” – and therefore, not considered a bearable arm.[1]

I wish that progressives were even half a match for conservatives. Donald Trump’s supporters can vote for him knowing that Republicans will make a real effort to pass their priorities and to confirm judges who will protect those priorities.

Progressives, on the other hand, are stuck with the Democrats, whose fealty is to neoconservatism and thus, as a moral imperative, to neoliberalism.[2]

Michelle Watson, “Federal judge rules Oregon gun law doesn’t violate Second Amendment,” Cable News Network, July 16, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/16/politics/oregon-large-capacity-gun-law-ruling/index.html


Imperialism

Russia

Ukraine


Fig. 1. “Destroyed Russian military vehicles located on the main street Khreshchatyk are seen as part of the celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kyiv, August 24.” Photograph by Gleb Garanich for Reuters, August 24, 2022,[3] fair use.

Matthew Mpoke Bigg, Daniel Victor, and Ivan Nechepurenko, “Russia Pulls Out of the Black Sea Grain Deal,” New York Times, July 17, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/17/world/europe/ukraine-russia-grain-deal.html

Nicolas Camut and Veronika Melkozerova, “Blasts reported on key bridge linking occupied Crimea to Russia,” Politico, July 17, 2023, https://www.politico.eu/article/kerch-bridge-blast-reported-link-occupied-crimea-russia-war-ukraine/

Shaun Walker and Emma Graham-Harrison, “Two dead after explosions on Kerch Bridge linking Crimea and Russia,” Guardian, July 17, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jul/17/explosions-reportedly-hit-crimeas-kerch-bridge-as-russia-cites-emergency-situation


  1. [1]Michelle Watson, “Federal judge rules Oregon gun law doesn’t violate Second Amendment,” Cable News Network, July 16, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/16/politics/oregon-large-capacity-gun-law-ruling/index.html
  2. [2]Gertrude Himmelfarb, “Irving Kristol’s Neoconservative Persuasion,” Commentary, February 2011, 25-29.
  3. [3]Reuters, “Ukraine puts destroyed Russian tanks on display in Kyiv,” August 25, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ukraine-puts-destroyed-russian-tanks-on-idUSRTSALV9Q

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