Here’s another exciting and informative episode of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!
The Christian Nationalism that has overtaken the Michigan Republican Party is trying to take control of the entire state. While Democrats have control of state government for the first time in 40 years, and progressive values have achieved some major victories, right wing Christian Nationalist are taking control of local governments throughout the state. And they are leveling their extreme and dangerous worldview on the people through book bans, defunding of libraries, defunding of local health departments, attacks on public schools and teachers, and by attacking marginalized people. The Christian Nationalist movement is backed by a rich donor base, which wants to divide us just enough so they receive more power and massive tax cuts. But what’s worse, is that all of these attacks on marginalized citizens throughout right wing media leads to violence, which is another dangerous aspect of right wing, white Christian Nationalism.
That’s why we progressives can’t afford to be on the defensive, and we must as I always say, “take the battle to them!” Progressives win by pushing our narrative straight to the people, and bypassing the corporate media structure which remains stuck in pushing a corporate right wing agenda. That’s what this podcast is about, but it’s what other great progressive organizations are about, too, like Distill Social. Gina Keller, co-founder and Digital Director of Distill Social, joins me to talk about the organization, and how it’s utilizing digital media to reach progressives, younger voters, and independents. Distill Social is becoming a force in our state politics because they helping progressives connect, communicate, organize, and more importantly, win through effective messaging!
My Last Call wraps-up how the right wing only cares about dividing people through fear, racism, and fear. Meanwhile, they have no agenda to help people, and have no desire to improve the lives of working Michiganders. For example, Michigan’s congressional members are silent when it comes to the UAW fight against the Big Three automakers. If the right wing truly cares about average Michiganders, they’d be voicing their support for the UAW, and unions in general. But they remain quiet because the main goal is to enrich its rich donor base.
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Distill Social tweet on Michigan Republican Congressman John James’ work to change retirement age from 67-69.
Distill Social’s attempt to interview Michigan Republican Congressman Jack Bergman’s desire to raise the retirement age.
“Prosecutor says 3 men accused in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer wanted to start a civil war.” By John Flesher & Ed White of The Associated Press (courtesy of The Detroit News)
“Killing over Pride flag follows far right’s years of criticism of the LGBTQ symbol.” By Matt Levietes of NBC News
Ottawa County Health Dept. tweet on the extreme Ottawa Impact’s move to slash its funding.
Ronald Reagan’s “States’ Rights” speech in Neshoba County, Mississippi in 1980.
Stand Against Extremism in Livingston County tweet on Fowlerville School Board decision to ban holiday decorations
“Hamtramck City Council bans Pride flag from city property.” By Steve Nealing of The Detroit Metro Times
“Michigan Congressional Dems rally with UAW for ‘fair contact.’” By Ken Coleman of Michigan Advance
“What Would a UAW Strike Mean for Michigan?” By Kyle Kaminski of The Gander