Angus King: Democracy is In Danger

October 25, 2021

Senator Angus King (Ind., Maine) addressed the U.S. Senate last Tuesday on behalf of the Freedom to Vote Act. Republicans later blocked consideration of the bill, but his words (above) deserve a hearing.

Excerpts:

“It’s important to remember that most failures of democracy started with legitimate elections, but once in office, the leader manipulated the electoral process to consolidate their hold on power, just as was attempted here last winter. And once power is seized, the control and reach of the modern surveillance state is truly terrifying. Ask the Uighurs in China, or members of the opposition in Russia, if you can find any alive.”

“Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, and Hungary are examples of the slide into authoritarianism just in our lifetimes; those countries still have elections, but they don’t mean much.

And what if the current wave of voter suppression legislation succeeds and keeps tens of thousands of people from voting, or what if in 2024 a partisan legislature in a swing state votes to override the election results and send its own set of electors to Congress? Then it won’t just be Republicans who distrust elections, and we will be left with a downward spiral toward a hollow shell of democracy, where only raw power prevails and its peaceful transfer becomes a distant memory.”

Read the full transcript here.

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Someday You’ll Need My Love

October 24, 2021

Someday You’ll Need My Love,” written by Jackie Avery and John Farris, recorded by Betty Willis, 1960. Great voice; tragic life.

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You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving

October 24, 2021

“You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving,” written and recorded by David Bowie in 1999 but unreleased until 2021. He originally recorded the tune in 1965 in the band Davy Jones and the Lower Third.

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I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)

October 24, 2021

“I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More),” written by Eula Mae Jackson for Barbara George, recorded by Antoine “Fats” Domino, 1968.

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Peanut Butter

October 24, 2021

“Peanut Butter,” written by Cliff Goldsmith, Fred SmithH.B. Barnum, and Martin Cooper, recorded by The Liverbirds, 1966. Four birds from Liverpool, get it? Originally recorded by The Marathons in 1961.

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Meeting In The Sky

October 24, 2021

“Meeting In The Sky,” recorded by Rev. Stanley Keeble, 1990.

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Don’t Worry Baby

October 23, 2021

“‘Don’t Worry Baby,” written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian, recorded by Ronnie Spector, 1999. Originally recorded by The Beach Boys in 1964.

Ronnie Spector website

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Lookin’ For a Love

October 23, 2021

“Lookin’ For A Love,” written by J. W. Alexander and Zelda Samuels, recorded by the J. Geils Band, 1971. Originally recorded by The Valentinos in 1962.

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Everybody’s Talkin’

October 23, 2021

“Everybody’s Talkin’,” written by Fred Neil, recorded by Patty Larkin, 1999.

Patty Larkin website

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Ye Wench Jolene

October 23, 2021

The tale of ye wench yclept “Jolene,” penned by Dolly Parton, rendered by Hildegard von Blingin’ in the Year of Our Lord MMXX.

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I beg of thee, pray take not my lord
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I fear, from thee, ‘twould take naught but a word

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