Friday, January 08, 2021

HELP ME GOD – The Sequel

Ralph Bristol
by Ralph Bristol, reposted from Facebook 1/8/2021 - In keeping with my promise to respond to some of the more pervasive reaction my 1-7-21 column, “HELP ME GOD,” I’ll start with… 

Many Trump supporters are trying to deflect the blame for Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol to Antifa, a political protest movement whose members have previously been blamed for the violence in what started as peaceful protests orchestrated by Black Lives Matters and their partner groups. Most of the video and photos of the participants of the attack look more like the same people I see in the crowds at Trump rallies than they do like the alleged members of Anfita that I have seen in other protests that turned into riots. In fact, most of them look no different that the people I have seen at Tea Party rallies or at my Second Amendment IS Homeland Security rallies. 

Authorities have arrested more than 50 people already and are looking for hundreds more. Yesterday, authorities identified some of the participants as adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory, but none so far have been identified as Antifa members. If it’s true that Antifa members and not Trump supporters are responsible for storming the capitol, overwhelming the Capitol Police force, and occupying and vandalizing House and Senate chambers and offices, it’s also true that the hordes of Trump supporters present for the rally and protest did nothing to stop them, after providing them the Trojan Horse in which to hide. 

I did hear from Trump supporters who say they and others left the protest when others began to storm the Capitol, wanting to disassociate from that group. I hope you will eventually take that disassociation farther and come to regret your support for Trump’s efforts that crossed the line between constitutional and unconstitutional challenges to the certified results of an election. When the future unveils the history of 1/6/21, I believe it will conclude that millions of patriotic Americans evolved into enemies of the Constitution by pledging loyalty to a president they mistook for a defender of the values of the Constitution against the onslaught of a socialist political and cultural tide, when in fact he was one of the Constitution’s biggest offenders, and did nothing to stop that socialist tide, but was instead its biggest enabler. 

WHICH BRINGS ME TO the second most common criticism of my post. #2 was a combination of “You’re no longer a conservative,” and “this is why you’re no longer on the radio.” I’ll take them in reverse order. Readers who actually listened to my last day on the radio before I was fired remember that I was fired for releasing internal communications discussing my latest request that the station get rid of the “must run” recorded commentary by a CNN medical doctor who was propagating the claim that President Trump suffered from “heart disease” because he took a pill daily to control his cholesterol level. The irony never escapes me that I was fired for defending President Trump, but as I have learned repeatedly, ironies are frequently blessings in disguise. Although getting fired lowered my personal annual income from $200,000 a year to near poverty levels, it has blessed me with retirement, which had delivered many more rewards than even I imagined. 

My brother Ray told me it would happen, and I was nearly ready to test his advice when I finally got fired on my fourth challenge to the station management’s rules, and decided to retire rather than looking for another job. I have no regrets for defending Trump when the attacks against him were without merit, and I have no regrets for condemning his actions when I believe they deserve it. If I had remained on the radio for the duration of the Trump presidency, it is very possible that I might have been fired for a different reason, because the last two years of history suggests my ratings would have fallen significantly if I had continued to tell the truth, whether or not the truth was on Trump’s side. I would have either had to sacrifice my honor or my ratings, and I can only hope that I would have sacrificed my ratings, which would likely have led to being fired. Fortunately, I was fired for defending Trump when he deserved it, so God spared me that test, and the reward was retirement, which is far more glorious than I imagined. 

AS TO THE CHARGE that I’m no longer a conservative, I plead ignorance. I no longer know what “conservative” even means these days. I’m happy to tell you what I believe in, and it’s something that has not changed and never will. I believe in small government, low taxes and personal freedom coupled with personal responsibility. I believe in paying your bills with your own labor because when you cannot, you subject yourself to the will of others, which denies you the freedom that my American soul seeks. I want every human on earth to experience the glory of the level of the independence I know. Most important, I believe the U.S. Constitution is a divinely inspired plan for achieving independence, not in a year, or even a century or three, but over time, with changes in the design allowed only after years or decades of debate, to eventually create a society that gives every American the unmatched glory of true independence. 

While socialism is one enemy of the U.S. Constitution and the independence it seeks, it is but one of many. All actions against the Constitution constitute a threat to its promise, no matter how well intended. Unfortunately, even independence does not shield individuals from disaster, natural or political. Any number of natural or political events may threaten even the most independent person, but that person will also be more capable of surviving the threat. Eventually, the end will come, for all of us, but until then, I plan to live as independently as possible and preach the glory of independence to anyone who cares to listen. I don’t really care whether that makes me, in the eyes of the public, a conservative or something else. 

FINALLY… …to the occasional charge that my wife is responsible for my alleged political evolution, I have to plead “no contest.” I don't believe I'm guilty, but I can’t deny that her contributions to my civic education and her critique of my public statements over the past 25 years have influenced my opinion, as have many others whom I consider defenders of the constitution. I will leave it to history to judge whether those contributions have drawn me closer or farther from my reverence for the divinely inspired U.S. Constitution. I personally have no fear that both God and history will judge both Marianna and me with favor on that particular score.

Ralph Bristol is a former popular local conservative radio talk show host with Super Talk 99.7 (WTN 99.7) where he worked for 11 years. He is now semi-retired.

Rod's Comment: Thank you Ralph Bristol.  Like Bristol I have been accused of no longer being a conservative and have been called a "traitor." My views have not changed.  I still believe is small government, personal responsibility, rule of law, fiscal responsibility, and fidelity to the Constitution.  The definition of "conservative," among enthusiastic Trump supporters has changed.  It means one can embrace a war on free trade, big deficits, governing by executive order, reallocation of money contrary to Congress's intent and can argue a $600 handout to every American is insufficient and it should be $2000. President Trump has achieved some impressive conservative achievements but essentially Trumpism is not conservatism but a form of populism. It is a movement that appeals to peoples emotions rather than their reasoning. It has to stir up anger and have enemies to flourish.  It thrives on resentment. 

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How Tennessee's legislators voted in challenging the Electoral College votes.

Going into the Wednesday night vote to confirm the results of the Electoral College, both Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Haggerty had said they would support objections to accepting the votes from some states where President Trump claimed the election was rigged.  Both changed their mind and voted against the objections. Below is how the Tennessee delegation voted:

Senator Marsha Blackburn voted against objections.
Senator Bill Haggerty voted against objections.

Congressman Diana Harshbarger, District 1, voted in favor of the objections. 
Congressman Tim Burchett, District 2, voted in favor of the objections.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, District 3, voted in favor of the objections.
Congressman Scott Desjarlais, District 4, voted in favor of the objections. 
Congressman Jim Cooper, District 5, voted against the objections. 
Congressman John Rose, District 6, voted in favor of the objections. 
Congressman Mark Green, District 7, voted in favor of the objections. 
Congressman Dave Kustoff, District 8, Against the objection to Arizona, but in favor of the objection to Pennsylvania. 
Congressman Steve Cohen, District 9, Against the objections. 
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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Lt. Governor Randy McNally congratulates President-elect Joe Biden extents well-wishes.


Rod's Comment: I am pleased to see our Lieutenant Governor make this statement. I share the sentiment.  Unfortunately, his Facebook post is getting lots of angry faces and sad faces and some really mean comments.  It is still hard for me to believe how mean-spirited Trumpinistas can be.  I gave him a thumbs up. 

It is time for all Republican leaders across the country to issue a similar statement. This used to be routine. It is simply good manners.  It is sportsmanship. It is what people do in a civil society.  Is there a certain amount of hypocrisy in wishing well someone you just tried to defeat? Yes, I guess so. But manners are often a form of hypocrisy. When you meet the new spouse of your ex-spouse at your child's school function or at some other pubic function, you may be polite and smile, when you do not feel like smiling. Being polite keeps us from killing each other. 

I do wish Biden well as he leads this nation.  I certainly wish him good health.  I wish him wisdom to make the right decisions in dealing with our adversaries.  I wish him courage and resolve in resisting those who would pull him further to the left. I hope he utterly fails at advancing his party's agenda, however.  

I hope he fails at packing the supreme court, at passing the Green New Deal, at defunding police, at abolishing the electoral college, at statehood for D.C and Puerto Rico, at raising taxes, at opening the borders to illegal immigration, at destroying America's energy independence, at socializing health care, at infringing on the Second Amendment and other Democrat policy objectives. 

Disagreeing with his agenda and hoping he fails to achieve these policy objectives however, does not mean we have to be disagreeable personably.  We can be the loyal opposition without being jerks.

Congratulations Mr. Biden on your victory and I wish you well. 

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Ralph Bristol
by Ralph Bristol, reposted from Facebook 1/7/2021 - I wonder how many people in the mob at the Capitol yesterday have ever taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. 

The attack on the capitol that disrupted Congress’ constitutional duty to count and confirm the votes of the electoral college was not an attack on “democracy” as it has been described repeatedly, but something much more serious. It was an attack on the Constitution. 

It was an attack launched for the expressed purpose of preventing a constitutionally-mandated action. If a citizen of the U.S. attacks the Constitution, that by definition makes him or her a domestic enemy of the constitution.

The only gray area is determining who has self-defined themselves as enemies of the constitution by their actions leading to the actual storming of the capitol for the purpose of preventing a process mandated by the Constitution. One could argue reasonably that any attempt to coerce the vice-president to shirk his constitutional duty would also represent at least an attempt to attack the constitution, even if it failed, just as an attempted robbery that fails is still illegal.

That argument would certainly include President Trump, who held a rally just as Congress was meeting to perform said constitutionally mandated duty, urging his vice-president to show the “courage” to violate his constitutionally mandated duties. It might also include those who attended the rally and those who supported the effort on social media.

In short, it can be reasonably argued that January 6th, 2021 is a date that will live in infamy as the date that tens of millions of Americans either participated in or supported a failed attack on the Constitution. I would personally not include in that group any of the House and Senate members who agreed to object to the Electoral College votes, however misguided they may have been. That is allowed for by the Constitution. To the best of my knowledge, none of them sanctioned any attempt to disrupt the constitutionally mandated proceedings or the encouragement of Vice-President Pence to shirk his duties.

The oath I took freely when I joined the Air Force ended with the words, “so help me God.” If you take it as a solemn oath, as I did and do, you appreciate the last four words even more than the others when the rubber meets the road.

Even the most dormant believers sing God’s praises after surviving an ultimate test of the oath. Unfortunately, surviving one test does not preclude another, and another, and another, and it never gets easy.

I don’t know yet what to do with the fact that 1/6/21 exposed so many of my Facebook friends and maybe even a few actual friends, as enemies of the Constitution that I have solemnly sworn to defend. So…please help me God. 

Ralph Bristol is a former popular local conservative radio talk show host with Super Talk 99.7 (WTN 99.7) where he worked for 11 years. He is now semi-retired.

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President Trump has orchestrated a campaign to cause an insurrection

Phil Scott

06 JANUARY 2021,  Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, today issued the following statement: 

This is a very disturbing time for our nation. What we are seeing today at the U.S. Capitol is not a peaceful protest – it is an unacceptable attack on our democracy. The rioters have actively assaulted police officers, and they should immediately evacuate the Capitol building or be removed. 

Make no mistake, the President of the United States is responsible for this event. President Trump has orchestrated a campaign to cause an insurrection that overturns the results of a free, fair and legal election. The fact is the results of this election have been validated by Republican governors, conservative judges and non-partisan election officials across the country. 

There is no doubt that the President’s delusion, fabrication, self-interest, and ego have led us – step by step – to this very low, and very dangerous, moment in American history. The fabric of our democracy and the principles of our republic are under attack by the President. Enough is enough. 

President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress.

Rod's Comment:  I agree.

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Marsha Blackburn reconsiders, to vote in support of certifying the electoral college results

 Marsha Blackburn reconsiders, to vote in support of certifying the electoral college results, condemns violence. Thank you Marsha.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Local Trumpinistas rally before heading to Washington. Please don't go.

To watch the video of the rally, follow this link
by Rod Williams- Those still standing by Trump and who want him to hold on to power no matter what or those who believe Trump won the election and it was stolen from him and want to keep fighting are headed to Washington for a super rally on Wednesday January 6th.  Yesterday about a thousand people gathered for a rally in Franklin to support the President.  

I was not at this rally and will not be taking the bus trip to Washington.  I think it is over.  Trump lost. It is time to move on.  

Wednesday is when Congress meets in a joint session to formally count the votes of the Electoral College.  At 1 p.m. legislators from the House and Senate will gather in the House chamber.  Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, will be presiding and he will open the sealed certificates submitted by each state and hand them to clerks to read.  Normally this is a pro forma affair.  We already know the outcome and sometimes it is done in as little as 30 minutes.  This time it will take longer.  While the outcome is pretty much certain to be that Joe Biden is elected president, we can expect some drama.

There are expected to be objections from some Republican legislators to accepting the votes of the electoral college from states won by Joe Biden that President Trump claims were rigged elections. Those objections must be presented in writing and there must be an objection from a member of the House and the Senate. If that happens, then the joint session ends, the members go to their respective chambers and vote on the challenged electoral votes. In order for the votes in question to be dismissed, both chambers must vote to reject those votes.  Members can speak on the challenged vote up to five minutes but the total time allotted to deliberate over the challenged vote is two hours.  After the bodies vote, they reconvene in joint session. If this happens with multiple votes, confirming the results of the electoral college could take a long time.  

Meanwhile, thousands of protestors supporting Trump will be in the streets.  I really don't know if thousands of Trump supporters are going to change any votes as Congress counts the electoral votes, but it certainly will add to the drama and make a good visual in future Trump commercials. While none of the Republicans I know are likely to riot or even litter, some in the liberal establishment media are reporting that radical groups like the Proud Boys are planning violence.  I don't know if this is true, but as this fight over the election results have lingered, there has been a radicalization of some Trump loyalist. They are mad. 

I suspect that the Electoral College vote will be confirmed by Congress and Trump supporters will go home disappointed.  That is what I expect to happen.  However, Trump has advisors who are urging him to declare martial law.  I don't think he will do it.  I think Trump's game plan is to create a loyal fan base who feel the election was stolen and who will stick by him and support his effort to recapture the White House in 2024.  Trump has raised vast sums of money off of fighting this "rigged" election and is stockpiling it.  With a lot of PAC money and a loyal mad fan base, he can swamp any primary challenger in 2024 and in the House race of 2022 he can exact revenge on those  Republicans who, in his view, didn't sufficiently fight for him to change the election outcome.

So, while I don't expect Trump to declare martial law, he might.  If he is going to do it, the perfect time would be after Congress votes to confirm the election of Joe Biden and thousands,  maybe hundreds of thousands, of Trump loyalist are filling the Washington Mall. From my reading on Facebook and some new Trumpist media, many Trump supporters would welcome a declaration of martial law.  He would probably combine it with some promise to have a redo of the election soon and promise to then accept the results.  If he made his declaration of martial law and then made an appearance to the crowd, the crowd would go wild showing love for their leader.  It would make a good news visual and would be seen around the world.

I urge anyone reading this to not go to Washington to be a prop for Trump on January 6.  Put loyalty to your country ahead of loyalty to Donald Trump. 

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by Senator Ben Sassy: Why I will not be voting to overturn the election on Jan. 6th

Sen. Ben Sassy
by Senator Ben Sassy- In November, 160 million Americans voted. On December 14, members of the Electoral College – spread across all 50 states and the District of Columbia – assembled to cast their votes to confirm the winning candidate. And on January 6, the Congress will gather together to formally count the Electoral College’s votes and bring this process to a close. 

Some members of the House and the Senate are apparently going to object to counting the votes of some states that were won by Joe Biden. Just like the rest of Senate Republicans, I have been approached by many Nebraskans demanding that I join in this project. 

Having been in private conversation with two dozen of my colleagues over the past few weeks, it seems useful to explain in public why I will not be participating in a project to overturn the election – and why I have been urging my colleagues also to reject this dangerous ploy. 

Every public official has a responsibility to tell the truth, and here’s what I think the truth is – about our duties on January 6th, about claims of election fraud, and about what it takes to keep a republic. 


Yes. A member of the House and the Senate can object and, in order for the vote(s) in question to be dismissed, both chambers must vote to reject those votes. 

But is it wise? Is there any real basis for it here? 

Absolutely not. Since the Electoral College Act of 1887 was passed into law in the aftermath of the Civil War, not a single electoral vote has ever been thrown out by the Congress. (One goofy senator attempted this maneuver after George W. Bush won reelection in 2004, but her anti-democratic play was struck down by her Senate colleagues in a shaming vote of 74-1.) 


No. For President-Elect Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College victory to be overturned, President Trump would need to flip multiple states. But not a single state is in legal doubt. But given that I was not a Trump voter in either 2016 or 2020 (I wrote in Mike Pence in both elections), I understand that many Trump supporters will not want to take my word for it. So, let’s look at the investigations and tireless analysis from Andy McCarthy over at National Review. McCarthy has been a strong, consistent supporter of President Trump, and he is also a highly regarded federal prosecutor. Let’s run through the main states where President Trump has claimed widespread fraud: 
  • In Pennsylvania, Team Trump is right that lots went wrong. Specifically, a highly partisan state supreme court rewrote election law in ways that are contrary to what the legislature had written about the deadline for mail-in ballots – this is wrong. But Biden won Pennsylvania by 81,000 votes – and there appear to have been only 10,000 votes received and counted after election day. So even if every one of these votes were for Biden and were thrown out, they would not come close to affecting the outcome. Notably, Stephanos Bibas (a Trump appointee) of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled against the president’s lawsuit to reverse Biden’s large victory, writing in devastating fashion: “calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” 
  • In Michigan, which Biden won by 154,000 votes, the Trump team initially claimed generic fraud statewide – but with almost no particular claims, so courts roundly rejected suit after suit. The Trump team then objected to a handful of discrepancies in certain counties and precincts, some more reasonable than others. But for the sake of argument, let’s again assume that every single discrepancy was resolved in the president’s favor: It would potentially amount to a few thousand votes and not come anywhere close to changing the state’s result. 
  • In Arizona, a federal judge jettisoned a lawsuit explaining that “allegations that find favor in the public sphere of gossip and innuendo cannot be a substitute for earnest pleadings and procedure in federal court,” she wrote. “They most certainly cannot be the basis for upending Arizona’s 2020 General Election.” Nothing presented in court was serious, let alone providing a basis for overturning an election. (
  • In Nevada, there do appear to have been some irregularities – but the numbers appear to have been very small relative to Biden’s margin of victory. It would be useful for there to be an investigation into these irregularities, but a judge rejected the president’s suit because the president’s lawyers “did not prove under any standard of proof” that enough illegal votes were cast, or legal votes not counted, “to raise reasonable doubt as to the outcome of the election.” (
  • In Wisconsin, as McCarthy has written, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against President Trump, suggesting that President-Elect Biden’s recorded margin of victory (about 20,000 votes) was probably slightly smaller in fact, but even re-calculating all of the votes in question in a generously pro-Trump way would not give the president a victory in the state. (
  • In Georgia, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation complete audit of more than 15,000 votes found one irregularity – a situation where a woman illegally signed both her and her husband’s ballot envelopes.
At the end of the day, one of the President Trump’s strongest supporters, his own Attorney General, Bill Barr, was blunt: “We have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” ( 


I started with the courts for a reason. From where I sit, the single-most telling fact is that there a giant gulf between what President Trump and his allies say in public – for example, on social media, or at press conferences outside Philadelphia landscaping companies and adult bookstores – and what President Trump’s lawyers actually say in courts of law. And that’s not a surprise. Because there are no penalties for misleading the public. But there are serious penalties for misleading a judge, and the president’s lawyers know that – and thus they have repeated almost none of the claims of grand voter fraud that the campaign spokespeople are screaming at their most zealous supporters. So, here’s the heart of this whole thing: this isn’t really a legal strategy – it’s a fundraising strategy

Since Election Day, the president and his allied organizations have raised well over half a billion (billion!) dollars from supporters who have been led to believe that they’re contributing to a ferocious legal defense. But in reality, they’re mostly just giving the president and his allies a blank check that can go to their super-PACs, their next plane trip, their next campaign or project. That’s not serious governing. It’s swampy politics – and it shows very little respect for the sincere people in my state who are writing these checks. 


No. 160 million people voted in this election, in a variety of formats, in a process marked by the extraordinary circumstance of a global pandemic. There is some voter fraud every election cycle – and the media flatly declaring from on high that “there is no fraud!” has made things worse. It has heightened public distrust, because there are, in fact, documented cases of voter fraud every election cycle. But the crucial questions are: (A) What evidence do we have of fraud? and (B) Does that evidence support the belief in fraud on a scale so significant that it could have changed the outcome? We have little evidence of fraud, and what evidence we do have does not come anywhere close to adding up to a different winner of the presidential election. 


I take this argument seriously because actual voter fraud – and worries about voter fraud – are poison to self-government. So yes, we should investigate all specific claims, but we shouldn’t burn down the whole process along the way. Right now we are locked in a destructive, vicious circle: 
Step 1: Allege widespread voter fraud. 
Step 2: Fail to offer specific evidence of widespread fraud. 
Step 3: Demand investigation, on grounds that there are “allegations” of voter fraud. 

I can’t simply allege that the College Football Playoff Selection Committee is “on the take” because they didn’t send the Cornhuskers to the Rose Bowl, and then – after I fail to show evidence that anyone on the Selection Committee is corrupt – argue that we need to investigate because of these pervasive “allegations” of corruption. We have good reason to think this year’s election was fair, secure, and law-abiding. That’s not to say it was flawless. But there is no evidentiary basis for distrusting our elections altogether, or for concluding that the results do not reflect the ballots that our fellow citizens actually cast. 


When we talk in private, I haven’t heard a single Congressional Republican allege that the election results were fraudulent – not one. Instead, I hear them talk about their worries about how they will “look” to President Trump’s most ardent supporters. 

And I get it. I hear from a lot of Nebraskans who disagree with me. Moreover, lots of them ask legitimate questions about why they should trust the mainstream media. Here’s one I got this morning: “We live in a world where thousands and thousands of stories were written about the Republican nominee’s alleged tax fraud in 2012, but then when Harry Reid admitted – after the election – that he had simply made all of this up, there were probably three media outlets that covered it for thirty seconds. Why should I believe anything they say?” As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has watched for four years as lies made up out of whole cloth are covered as legitimate “news” stories, I understand why so many of my constituents feel this in-the-belly distrust. What so much of the media doesn’t grasp is that Trump’s attacks are powerful not because he created this anti-media sentiment, but because he figured out how to tap into it. 

Nonetheless, it seems to me that the best way we can serve our constituents is to tell the truth as we see it, and explain why. And in my view, President-Elect Biden didn’t simply win the election; President Trump couldn’t persuade even his own lawyers to argue anything different than that in U.S. federal courts. …


The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking – first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress – to overturn the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote. 

Let’s be clear what is happening here: We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. But they’re wrong – and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government. 

We have a deep cancer in American politics right now: Both Republicans and Democrats are growing more distrustful of the basic processes and procedures that we follow. Some people will respond to these arguments by saying: “The courts are just in the tank for Democrats!” And indeed the President has been tweeting that “the courts are bad” (and the Justice Department, and more). That’s an example of the legitimacy crisis so many of us have been worried about. Democrats spent four years pretending Trump didn’t win the election, and now (shocker) a good section of Republicans are going to spend the next four years pretending Biden didn’t win the election. 

All the clever arguments and rhetorical gymnastics in the world won’t change the fact that this January 6th effort is designed to disenfranchise millions of Americans simply because they voted for someone in a different party. We ought to be better than that. If we normalize this, we’re going to turn American politics into a Hatfields and McCoys endless blood feud – a house hopelessly divided. 

America has always been fertile soil for groupthink, conspiracy theories, and showmanship. But Americans have common sense. We know up from down, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We need that common sense if we’re going to rebuild trust. It won’t be easy, but it’s hardly beyond our reach. And it’s what self-government requires. It’s part of how, to recall Benjamin Franklin, we struggle to do right by the next generation and “keep a republic.”

Senator Sassy was elected to the Senate from Nebraska in 2014. For more information, follow this link. 

Rod's Comment: I appreciate Senator Sassy for providing this detailed explanation of why he will not be joining those, like our own two senators, who are trying or at least posturing as if they are trying to overturn the result of the election.  Form my studying of the issue, I think Sen. Sassy's analysis is exactly right.  Senator Sassy is a principled conservative who is putting loyalty to his country ahead of loyalty to Donald Trump. 

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Rents in Nashville are down by 4.8% since the start of the pandemic in March.

From Apartment List - As we enter the new year, our national rent index has begun to stabilize after a wild 2020. Rents are down 0.4% month-over-month nationally, a seasonal dip consistent with what we’ve seen in prior years. That said, there has been significant regional variation in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; while our national rent index is down by a fairly modest 1.5% year-over-year, many markets are experiencing greater volatility. 

The urban cores of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, and New York City continue to see rent prices fall rapidly, while many smaller markets and suburbs are actually getting more expensive. For more analysis of the newest monthly data, check out the full January Apartment List Rent Report

Here are some of this month's highlights: 
  • Rents in Nashville decreased 0.8% month-over-month, and are down by 4.8% since the start of the pandemic in March. 
  • Year-over-year rent growth in Nashville currently stands at -3.9%, compared to 4% at this time last year. 
  • Median rents in Nashville currently stand at $1034 for a 1-bedroom apartment and $1192 for a two-bedroom.

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Nashville ranked 49th out of 150 cities as best place to live without a car.

by Rod Williams - A group called LawnStarter ranked 2021’s Best Cities for Living Without a Car. They compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 20 key metrics, from a city’s walkability and transit ridership to its climate. 

Nashville ranked number 49, sandwiched between Austin Texas at 48th and Miami Florida at 50th. The rankings for other Tennessee cities was Knoxville at 132, Chattanooga at 140, and Memphis at 142.

New Orleans a city I am familiar with ranked 66th. That kind of surprised me.  I thought they would rank higher than Nashville. The top five cites were San Francisco, Portland, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York city. 

Being ranked 49th out of 150 is not bad.  If we spent the money allocated to build sidewalks, actually building new sidewalks instead of replacing only slightly worn sidewalks we would have more walkability and perhaps rank higher.  I live in an area with sidewalks about two miles from the heart of downtown and walk almost every day for exercise.   Before everything was locked down, I walked to a destination but now, I just walk.  

My biggest complaint about walking in Nashville, is that drivers will run you over when in a cross walk.  Cars just keep turning and you are taking your life in your hand crossing a street.  I would like to see more police enforcement of traffic rules and an emphasis on pedestrian safety.

To read the full report and see the rankings, follow this link

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