Foreigners serve sentences in the manner prescribed by Russian law

Lee Heidhues 11.11.2022

Brittney Griner, the American basketball star, has been transferred to a Russian penal colony to serve what could be a nine year prison sentence.

Her arrest, sham trial and imprisonment by Vladimir Putin is a human rights outrage. The worldwide media has paid some, but not enough, attention to this crime against humanity.

At this point it is painfully obvious that Putin is not going to release this American woman. Brittney Griner never should have been arrested, jailed, tried in a kangaroo Russian Court and sent to Prison.

The world must continue speaking out and demand her release.

Excerpted from New York Times 11.9.2022

Wherever Brittney Griner was on Wednesday, one thing was clear: The American basketball star imprisoned by Russia was not heading back home, despite a concerted U.S. campaign to win her freedom.

Ms. Griner was instead being transferred from a jail outside Moscow and thrust into Russia’s vast and opaque penal colony system, lawyers said.

Beyond that, little was known.

American basketball star in handcuffs on the way to a Russian penal colony

Asked whether foreigners are treated any differently, a senior official with Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service said some years ago that they were not. The only difference is that they have a right to visits from consular officials from their home country, the official, Sergey Esipov, was quoted as telling the RIA Novosti news agency.

“There are no special conditions,” he said. “All foreigners serve their sentences on the grounds and in the manner prescribed by Russian law.”

Ms. Griner’s legal team said in a statement that her intended destination was unknown and that it expected to be officially notified, along with the U.S. Embassy, once she had arrived. The process can take up to two weeks.

Brittney Griner in happier days as a professional basketball All Star

American officials have repeatedly denounced the treatment of Ms. Griner, and they did so again on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, in a statement, called Ms. Griner’s transfer to a penal colony “another injustice layered on her ongoing unjust and wrongful detention.” And President Biden directed his administration to “prevail on her Russian captors to improve her treatment and the conditions she may be forced to endure in a penal colony,” the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said in her own statement.

Ms. Jean-Pierre said the United States was “unwavering in its commitment to its work on behalf of Brittney and other Americans detained in Russia,” including Paul Whelan, a former Marine who in 2020 was sentenced to 16 years in a high-security Russian prison on espionage charges.

Penal colonies are notorious for abusive treatment of inmates, overcrowding and harsh conditions. Political prisoners like Aleksei A. Navalny and members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot have previously been sent to them to serve sentences.

At any given time, there are usually around 350 foreigners from what the Russians call “far abroad,” meaning countries that were not part of the Soviet Union, serving sentences in penal colonies, prison officials have said. Usually, about a third are jailed on drug charges, they said.

The People Triumph on JFK Promenade. Victory Party Begins

Lee Heidhues 11.9.2022

It was less than 24 hours after Proposition J prevailed by a landslide 60 percent victory to permanently preserve JFK Promenade.

A large hardy band of campaign veterans assembled on a chilly late afternoon on JFK Promenade near the roller skating area to hug, congratulate each other and celebrate.

The local media was present chronicling the happy event for posterity.

The celebrants had plenty of company as the community traveled back and forth on foot, bicycles, strollers, walkers and plenty of canine companionship.

This historic vote now puts Golden Gate Park in particular and San Francisco in general as an international City that knows how to do it.

David Miles, The Godfather of Skate and Minister at The Church of 8 Wheels, has spent 40 years pursuing his Dream

Liz Heidhues, a San Francisco native, celebrates Prop J victory on JFK Promenade | Camille Cohen/The Standard
An obviously happy Jeffrey Tumlin Director of Transportation addresses the victory party
The crowd on JFK Promenade
Runners, cyclists and a celebrant with his cane in hand enjoys the party on car free JFK Promenade

Bikes bikes bikes on JFK Promenade…and a dog, too
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight looks on as she gathers notes for her next story
The late day view on JFK Promenade as famous Doggie Diner looks on from afar
Liz Heidhues with friends
Blogger Lee grinning from ear to ear with his 40 year old Made in America Trek 311 as Luke Bornheimer, a driving force behind JFK Promenade, looks on.
Another runner cruises by on JFK Promenade
The Free Golden Gate Park Shuttle which is always available on JFK Promenade

A smashing Victory. The People won. JFK Promenade forever

Lee Heidhues 11.9.2022

It is a smashing hard fought historic victory.

The amazing 60-40 landslide of Proposition J and the demolition of the Dede Wilsey Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s insidious so called ‘Access for All Alliance’ is a historic event.

Tens of thousands of San Franciscans stayed the course since the creation of car free JFK Promenade and The Great Walkway. Undaunted by the whining and complaining of the motorists.

The Entitled motorists and their camp followers waged a vicious, expensive and dishonest campaign to destroy less than three miles of car free spaces.

Personally,  Liz and I have been criticized and lectured on Nextdoor, The Chronicle Conversation page and The Richmond Review. Neighbors and friends took us to task for not drinking the kool aid that motorists and their camp followers have an unlimited right to drive anywhere, anytime.

The voters have spoken emphatically. They no longer have this right of entitlement on JFK Promenade and The Great Walkway.

Following are several photos from the 14 events Liz and I have participated in to preserve JFK Promenade and The Great Walkway since March 2021.

First JFK Promenade rally – March 2021
JFK Promenade sign – I am a survivor of a traffic crash – March 2021
Cycling by the DeYoung Museum – April 2021
Gathering marking one year of car free JFK Promenade – April 28, 2021
First Annual JFK Promenade holiday party – December 19, 2021
JFK Promenade Party. Cyclists, unicorn, people and dogs – December 2021
JFK Promenade rally – February 12, 2022
JFK Promenade – February 2022
Victory party following passage of legislation by San Francisco Board of Supervisors creating JFK Promenade – April 28, 2022
Mayor London Breed signs legislation creating JFK Promenade. Recreation and Parks Director Phil Ginsburg wearing I Love JFK Promenade who was instrumental in pushing JFK Promenade beams happily – May 7, 2022
Liz Heidhues proudly displays her ‘Granny Loves Car Free JFK’ – May 7, 2022
Proposition J campaign kickoff – August 27, 2022
Prom in the Park on JFK Promenade – October 8, 2022
Even the dogs are out at Prom in the Park – October 8, 2022
The final rally in the rain to preserve JFK Promenade – November 5, 2022
David Miles, The Godfather of Skate, 40 year fighter to create JFK Promenade – November 5, 2022
Campaigning in the rain one last time to preserve JFK Promenade and The Great Walkway along the Pacific Ocean 11.5.2022

Dede and the DeYoung continue funding JFK Destruction Derby

Lee Heidhues 11.7.2022

The vote which will decide the fate of JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park and The Great Walkway along the Pacific Ocean is tomorrow.

San Francisco needs to make a statement that it cares about the environment and wants to provide two car free recreation spaces for all its citizens.

Dede Wilsey and the wealthy connected patrons who run the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are sparing no expense to destroy the two car free venues.

All in the name of greed and profit. Doyenne Dede Wilsey, Dow Chemical scion and lavish supporter of Donald Trump, cut the 200K check paying mercenaries to qualify Proposition I for the ballot.

As judgment day approaches Dede Wilsey just chipped in another $10,000. Which for her is virtually nothing. But to those who are watching her callous political effort it means a lot.

Report to San Francisco Ethics Commission showing Diane ‘Dede’ Wilsey’s latest 10K contribution to ‘Access for All, Yes on I, No on J, sponsored by Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums and Open the Great Highway Alliance

The FAMSF have argued that the car free JFK Promenade has stifled attendance at The De Young Museum. This argument is a total fiction. Last Saturday Liz Heidhues and I visit the De Young and had lunch in the cafeteria. The Museum was packed.

Entrance at the DeYoung – November 5, 2022

Since launching its campaign just five months ago Dede Wilsey and the FAMSF have received officially $762,105.01. Of course some of these so called ‘contributions’ have been Dede’s own money funneled into the campaign as Contributions.

Campaign Disclosure Statement Summary Page ‘Access for All, Yes on I, No on J, sponsored by Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums and Open the Great Highway Allianceshowing total contributions of $762,105.01.

San Francisco voters cannot allow themselves to be swayed by this tsunami of corporate money and greed.

The People will Prevail
A Richmond District home near JFK Promenade proudly displays the No On I – Yes on J campaign banners

Top photo – Diane ‘Dede’ Wilsey

It’s time for the big wave to solidify The Great Walkway

Lee Heidhues 11.5.2022

Tuesday is election day in San Francisco and with two days to go a hardy band of supporters to preserve The Great Walkway along Ocean Beach and JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park gathered for the final push.

The Sunday crowd was joined by District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar, whose district is near the Pacific Ocean and The Great Walkway. The Supervisor pointedly reminded her listeners that a defeat of Proposition I is essential to preserve the shoreline and protect the Westside Wastewater Treatment facility.

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar urged the People to vote No on Proposition I and Yes on Proposition J – to preserve JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park
Talking No on Proposition I and Yes on Proposition J on a Sunday morning along The Great Walkway
Seniors and people with mobility issues are able to take stroll on The Great Walkway with The Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais in the background. Absent this Pacific Oceanside oasis these citizens will lose a safe haven to exercise unthreatened by cars.
Sign of the times – VOTE NO ON I No 80M Seawall
What the Great Walkway is all about. A car free recreational spot for all People
The No on Prop I distributed rolls of Toilet Paper to neighbors living near The Great Walkway with a clean message. “Vote No on Prop I. Or be prepared to clean up sewage on Ocean Beach.
A little bicycle maintenance on The Great Walkway
Even the birds can have some peace and quiet on The Great Walkway
The Great Walkway. A place where a Seabird can fly high
Remember. Vote Yes on Proposition J for JFK Promenade. Vote No on Proposition I

JFK Promenade the rallying place as election day approaches

Lee Heidhues 11.5.2022

Election day is only three days away and on a rainy Saturday the supporters gathered one last time to preserve JFK Promenade.

The People in San Francisco who are working to preserve less than three miles of space as a car free oasis in Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean at The Great Walkway have waged a 2 1/2 year struggle.

Now the battle is reaching its judgment day as the voters of San Francisco will decide. Those who want these areas where people can mingle and not fear the automobile have to fight back against an entrenched community of motorists. In addition the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has poured its vast resources to destroy JFK Promenade and The Great Walkway.

On the march on JFK Promenade
The people rally on a drizzly Saturday to save JFK Promenade
People of all ages on a rainy afternoon on JFK Promenade

Liz Heidhues and David Miles, The Godfather of Skate, parley on JFK Promenade
Rallying for Yes on J – Safe Parks for All
David Miles and the merry band of skaters do their dance for Yes on J
Cycling along on JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park at The Rose Garden

After the JFK Promenade event Liz and I went into the De Young to check out the action and despite the false cries of Museum management that car free areas negatively impact attendance we found large throngs of visitors.

The crowds were attending the various exhibits and the Museum Cafe was totally packed with lunchtime diners. Including Liz and me.

The deep lines at the DeYoung Museum entrance
De Young Museum guests throng to the Ramses Exhibit
An exhausted Baby Boomer outside the Ramses Exhibit
In order to prevail on election day the voters must Vote YES on Proposition J to preserve JFK Promenade and Vote NO on Proposition I. The Measure placed on the ballot by the DeYoung Museum. It would destroy JFK Promenade as well as The Great Walkway at the Pacific Ocean, miles away from the DeYoung Museum.

“I am disturbed that Jenkins improperly disclosed confidential information.”

Lee Heidhues 11.5.2022

Lost in the reporting about interim DA Brooke Jenkins  illegal handling of criminal files is the specific case being prosecuted.

Troy McAlister is the parolee who ran down and killed two women on New Year’s eve 2021. This incident became a linchpin for the Recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin.  For the next 18 months this crime was a main cudgel swung to politically lynch the Progressive DA on June 7, 2022.

Brooke Jenkins had no involvement in this prosecution when she worked for Chesa Boudin. Yet, after handing in her resignation in October 2021 and before exiting her job, she transmitted crucial files to Don duBain at his personal email. He, too, resigned from Chesa Boudin’s staff and went to work on the Recall.

The reason Jenkins and duBain took the McAlister case files as they walked out the door is painfully obvious. They planned to use these protected criminal case files to destroy Chesa Boudin.

Brooke Jenkins and Don duBain did just exactly that.


Following is a statement released by the San Francisco Public Defender on November 4, 2022.

SAN FRANCISCO – This week, Mission Local reported that days before Brooke Jenkins and Don du Bain were slated to leave the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in October 2021, Jenkins improperly sent records to du Bain’s personal email which pertain to Troy McAlister, including his rap sheet. Jenkins and duBain never worked on Mr. McAlister’s pending case, but referenced information contained in those materials as the two campaigned for the recall of their former boss, Chesa Boudin. Today, Deputy Public Defender Scott Grant, who represents Mr. McAlister, issued the following statement:

“As Troy McAlister’s attorney, I am extremely disturbed that Brooke Jenkins improperly disclosed confidential information pertaining to Mr. McAlister, including his rap sheet, which is subject to stringent confidentiality requirements in our criminal system. Neither Ms. Jenkins nor Mr. du Bain ever appeared on the Troy McAlister case, were assigned to the case, or were supervisors of the prosecutor on the case. I have no reason to think that Ms. Jenkins and Mr. du Bain had any legitimate basis to access the records, not to mention disseminate those records outside of confidential channels.

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Our criminal legal system gives law enforcement and prosecutors exceptional powers, including access to incredibly sensitive information. Our system justifies this power by requiring that the information will only be used for legitimate prosecutorial reasons, not personal or political reasons. When prosecutors use information for personal or political reasons, it destroys all trust that the prosecutor can carry out their public duties in an unbiased and ethical manner.

Mr. McAlister has already been used as a political pawn, and this revelation just makes clearer that his case has become about politics.

We are exploring all of the options available to address the violation of Mr. McAlister’s rights, including the possibility of filing a motion for the court to disqualify the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from the prosecution.”

Statement from Troy McAlister’s Public Defender on the DA Sharing of Confidential Case Files

Attached is one of the original reports about the Incident.

Top photo – San Francisco police investigate the scene of a fatal hit-and-run on Second Street just north of Mission Street on Thursday. Parolee Troy Ramon McAlister, 45, has been accused of killing two pedestrians. 1.1.2021



DA Jenkins going down. “This would be a firing offense… It is a misdemeanor.”

Lee Heidhues 11.2.2022

Predictably, the Apologists for the interim 153K “Volunteer” DA are in full throttle dismissing as so much sour grapes her incompetence, lack of ethics and, now, illegal actions.

London Breed is going to reap a political whirlwind for appointing this unqualified Political Hack who she thought would cover her own wrongdoing.

Both London Breed and Brooke Jenkins deserve to be tossed from office. NOW!!!

By the Way. Joe Eskenazi is the Mission Local reporter who broke this story. The same reporter who broke the story on the illegal residency of Leanna Louie in D4 (a close  associate of Brooke in the political lynching of Chesa Boudin). Within days Louie’s candidacy was halted by an Order of the San Francisco Superior Court. That was a marker for the troubled interim DA.

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Soul sisters Leanna Louie and Brooke Jenkins. Collaborators in the ouster of Chesa Boudin

Leanna Louie’s illegal behavior, brought to light by Joe Eskenazi, is a Marker for the interim DA. She’s skating on thin legal ice.

Even her benefactor and protector, the equally compromised London Breed, will not be able to save Brooke Jenkins.


Excerpted from Mission Local 11.2.2022

In a potential violation of state law, then-Assistant District Attorney Brooke Jenkins last year sent sensitive files from the DA’s office to a fellow district attorney’s personal email account — and subsequently used the materials in the political campaign to oust DA Chesa Boudin.

Multiple calls, texts, and emails to Jenkins and her office made over the course of just shy of 24 hours have not been returned. 

Mission Local shared the details of the situation — but not the names of the individuals involved — with San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. He was unambiguous in his assessment. 

“In our office,” he said, “this would be a firing offense.” He added: “It is a misdemeanor offense to share a rap sheet for any purpose other than doing the prosecution.” 

Former Los Angeles DA Gil Garcetti concurred. “You should not be sending police reports or rap sheets to anyone who does not have a direct interest in the particular case,” he said. “If you cannot articulate a reason to get a rap sheet, you should not have it.” 

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How much longer will the troubled interim DA be able to parrot the law and order line?

The email, since obtained by Mission Local, was sent from Jenkins’ work account  to fellow Assistant District Attorney Don Du Bain on Oct. 9, 2021 — after both Jenkins and Du Bain had given notice and an interoffice email was circulated announcing their pending goodbye party. Both left the office on Oct. 16 of last year according to Department of Human Resources records.

The subject line of Jenkins’ email was “Troy McAllister Police reports.” It contained three police reports regarding the serial offender who, while driving intoxicated on Dec. 31, 2020, struck and killed two pedestrians. All three police reports were unredacted and — significantly — one contained a lengthy, unredacted rap sheet for McAllister dating back to 1993.

Where’s the San Francisco Chronicle?SFPD facing growing questions nationally.

 Lee Heidhues 11.1.2022

The San Francisco Chronicle is lazy.  Or the Chronicle doesn’t want to ruffle feathers in the cloistered San Francisco Police Department.

Here is an important story about the attempted assassination of Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on October 28.

Am I reading it in The San Francisco Chronicle?  The City’s daily newspaper of record.

Why is The Chronicle not first on top of this story?

Answer:  The cozy relationship between The Chronicle, the SFPD and City Hall which The Chronicle fears to disrupt.

Instead, I’m reading it in the Washington Post.  The Chronicle should be intimately familiar with the Post.  And, not just because it is famous for breaking the story in 1972 about the Watergate break-in scandal which brought down President Nixon.

The Chronicle’s current Editor, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, is a former Editor at the Washington Post.

Excerpted from The Washington Post 11.1.2022

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San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott

San Francisco police officials also are facing growing questions nationally and locally, including from Nancy Pelosi’s neighbors, about why there wasn’t a more consistent presence outside the speaker’s home, given the intensity of the threats that she and other lawmakers have faced as well as previous incidents at the residence.

Officials with the San Francisco Police Department repeatedly declined to comment on security measures around Pelosi’s house in the city’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood, including whether there was an alarm system at the residence that would have triggered an alert with the department.

Inside the command center for the U.S. Capitol Police, a handful of officers were going through their routines early Friday morning, cycling through live feeds from the department’s 1,800 cameras used to monitor the nearby Capitol complex as well as some points beyond, when an officer stopped. On a screen showing a darkened street nearly 3,000 miles away, police lights were flashing outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), officials say.

If the Capitol Police were going to stop an attack at the home of any member of Congress, they had perhaps the best chance to do so at Pelosi’s, according to several current and former law enforcement officials, many of whom spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity because the break-in remains under investigation.

The officer in D.C. quickly pulled up additional camera angles from around Pelosi’s home and began to backtrack, watching recordings from the minutes before San Francisco police arrived. There, on camera, was a man with a hammer, breaking a glass panel and entering the speaker’s home, according to three people familiar with how Capitol Police learned of the break-in and who have been briefed on or viewed the video themselves.

On Friday, the Capitol Police never received an alert from the home security company, that person added. It was unclear if the system was armed at the time of the break-in.

Officials with the San Francisco Police Department repeatedly declined to comment on whether there was an alarm system at the house and if the department received an alert about the break-in besides the 911 call.

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After the assault. Law enforcement is on the scene at Speaker Pelosi’s home. The FBI is a presence.

The 911 call and the struggle inside the home that followed have led to charges of attempted homicide of the speaker’s husband, and attempted kidnapping of the speaker, who is second in line to the presidency. The incident has also put a spotlight on the immensity — and perhaps the impossibility — of law enforcement’s task to protect the 535 members of Congress at a time of unprecedented numbers of threats against them.

The Capitol Police first installed cameras around Pelosi’s home more than eight years ago; she has an around-the-clock security detail; and for many months after the attacks of Jan. 6, 2021, a San Francisco police cruiser sat outside her home day and night. But hours after Pelosi left San Francisco last week and returned to D.C., much of the security left with her, and officers in Washington stopped continuously monitoring video feeds outside her house.

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Lots of yellow crime scene tape from the SFPD as questions go unanswered

Since Friday, neighbors said, at least three San Francisco police squad cars have been positioned outside the residence, along with unmarked black SUVs and plain-clothed security officers — often signals that the speaker is at home.

Pelosi’s house is also protected by a private security system, two people said. When tripped, that alarm is supposed to notify San Francisco police and, secondarily, the Capitol police, one of the added.



Assassination attempt. “Unquestionably, we can expect more incidents like this.”

Lee Heidhues 10.31.2022

It’s Halloween and it’s a genuinely Scary time in America.

The Reactionaries are totally unhinged and David LePape’s attempted assassination of Paul Pelosi, husband of Nancy Pelosi – second in line to the Presidency – is both a warning sign and a message of the shape of things to come.

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Future assailant David LePape at San Francisco City Hall – 2013

Excerpted from The Nation 10.31.2022

Last week’s attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at the couple’s San Francisco home represents another in a long series of stress tests for American democracy.

And as at past such inflection points—the January 6 insurrection, the mobilization of a vast corps of election-denying and conspiracy-mongering candidates in the GOP, the pillaging of social media platforms by feckless billionaires—the system is showing every sign of impending breakdown.

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January 6, 2021

An assassination attempt targeting the person third in line for the presidency—Paul Pelosi’s hammer-wielding assailant, David LePape, reportedly shouted, “Where is Nancy?”: the same refrain raised by January 6 rioters vandalizing the speaker’s office—largely registered within key segments of the American right as a regrettable and over-ardent case of propaganda-by-deed , if not indeed another conspiracy targeted at their movement.

“Unquestionably, we can expect more incidents like this,” says Joe Lowndes, political science professor at the University of Oregon and author of From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism.

“We’re at a moment when Republican elected officials can use the language of violence openly and demonize opponents as enemies in a way that’s as harsh as it gets.”

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At the same time, Lowndes notes, the recourse to violent intimidation has deeper roots among right-wing leaders and activists. He observes, for example, that Fox News’s rapid transposition of DePape’s ideologically motivated attack into another campaign-cycle crime story directly echoes George Wallace’s response to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, which he attributed to generalized “lawlessness” and a “breakdown of law and order in this country.”

The migration of such responsibility-dodging rhetoric into the political mainstream is another symptom of the American right’s overt authoritarian makeover in the Trump era.

“The clichéd way to say it is that the needle has moved on the legitimacy of political violence on the right,” Lowndes says. “Not only is more of it allowed, but the very logic of it has shifted, as the GOP has become a far-right party of the European variety.”

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Fascist reactionary in Speaker Pelosi’s office – January 6, 2021

While American politics has been steeped in violent confrontation going back to the origins of the republic, he adds, “what’s distinctive now is that one of the two major parties seems to be all in for political violence.

Before, the party system had served as this mediating institution between citizens and government to siphon off these tendencies. But now you have a party that sees itself as the outlet for them.”

Top photo – Insurrectionist occupies Speaker Pelosi’s Chair in the House of Representatives – January 6, 2021