#1464 Fighting to Preserve Democracy With Only Democrats to Turn To

Air Date: 1–5-2022

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Today we take a look at a few of the recent failures and challenges facing the Democratic Party in the face of an oncoming wave of anti-democratic forces bent on establishing an entrenched, minority-rule government through aggressive gerrymandering and voter suppression.

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Ch. 1: Julie Hollar on Moving Democrats to the Right - CounterSpin - Air Date 11-13-20

Blaming the left has been the practice of elite Democrats and their media abettors for decades.

Ch. 2: “Unacceptable”: Rep. Jamaal Bowman Slams Manchin After Senator Says No to Build Back Better Plan - Democracy Now! - 12-20-21

President Biden’s signature $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package appears to be dead after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced on Fox News this Sunday he would not support the plan to expand the social safety net

Ch. 3: Nancy Pelosi DEFENDS Stock Trading In Congress - The Young Turks - Air Date 12-6-21

Congress has been noticeably inconsistent when it comes to enforcing the STOCK Act, a law that is supposed to stop insider trading and conflicts of interest for Congress members and high-ranking staffers.

Ch. 4: Remembering the legacy of Sen. Harry Reid - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 12-28-21

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has died at the age of 82. Faiz Shakir, a senior adviser to Sen. Reid joins Chris Hayes to discuss his legacy.

Ch. 5: Dems control the House by only 3 seats. Here’s how redistricting efforts could affect that - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 11-24-21

Political lines are changing, as states across the country redraw their congressional maps — a process with huge implications for the balance of power in Washington, especially heading into 2022 elections. Lisa Desjardins explores.

Ch. 6: What Can Biden Do For Voting Rights - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 7-14-21

Ari Berman recaps President Biden's major speech on voting rights which comes at the same time as some GOP-controlled legislatures have pushed ahead new state laws restricting ballot access.

Ch. 7: 'These are no ordinary times' Warnock calls for action to stem erosion of democracy - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 12-14-21

Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock talks with Rachel Maddow about the need for Democrats to take it upon themselves to prevent the continued dismantling of democracy in the United States before there is too much damage to repair.

Ch. 8: Activism: Demand Democrats Pass Voting Rights and Election Protection Legislation


Ch. 9: Remembering the legacy of Sen. Harry Reid Part 2 - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 12-28-21


Ch. 10: Thanks for making me coherent - Nick from California New

Ch. 11: To essentialize or not - Scott from Canada


Ch. 12: Final comments on why essentializing race or sexual attraction is not good or even correct


MoveOn January 6th Vigils and Voter Registration Drives

Find Your Poor People's Campaign State Committee

Find Your Local Government Website/Meetings 

Become a Poll Worker

Secretary of State Elections in 2022

Gubernatorial Elections in 2022

State Legislature Elections in 2022


How to Save American Democracy (Center for American Progress, 2022)

The Filibuster Explained (Brennan Center for Justice, 2021)

How Does This End? (Vox, 2022)

Raphael Warnock’s plan to neutralize a GOP takeover of Georgia elections, explained (Vox, 2021)

Stopping Gerrymandering Can’t Wait (The Brennan Center, 2021)

Civics For Change: The For The People Act v. The Freedom To Vote Act (The Andrew Goodman Foundation, 2021)

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Description: Poster on the side of an electric box which reads “SENATORS! MAKE GOOD TROUBLE. DEFEND DEMOCRACY. GET IT DONE! #GetItDone #GoodTrouble #JohnLewis” and a graphic rendering of the late U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis. 

Credit: “Good Trouble on Capitol Hill” by Mike Licht, Flickr | License | Changes: Cropped, increased brightness and increased contrast 


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  • Jay Tomlinson
    published this page in Episodes 2022-01-05 20:43:45 -0500
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