Poor Paranoid Karl

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Billmon gets Karl Rove exactly right. In the face of an unpopular war and failed attempt to abolish Social Security, the Republican strategist is just looking for a scapegoat. Take some responsiblity for yourself, Karl! Yeah, sure, American liberals want to hold hands with all the terrorists and skip through the fields singing and laughing to the sound of music. Right after we set off a few IEDs all around Texas. The black helicopter crowd might lap that all up, although judging from the video of Rove’s speech, even New York Republicans seemed a touch uncomfortable listening to Rove’s paranoid fantasies—I don’t know, perhaps because they actually know a few liberals and know full well that they’re just as against terrorism as anyone else? Perhaps.

Also, here was another of Rove’s unhinged remarks: “I don’t know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground.” Well then it’s a good thing that someone in the Bush administration had the “moderation and restraint” not to, say, nuke all of Afghanistan after 9/11. Keep Rove away from the big red button, thanks.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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