James Wagstaffe at Real Security writes that it's "Time to Reconsider the 14th Amendment for Trump's Role in the Insurrection," and he's right. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of our Constitution states that no one who has "taken an oath...to support the Constitution of the United States" but who has then "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" our nation, "or given aid and comfort to the enemies thereof" can hold office in state or federal government again. Surely Mr. Trump took that oath in January of 2017, and just as surely he "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" over a 2020 election result he didn't like and gave "aid and comfort" to those who stormed the Capitol on January 6 -- and all Congress would have to do is pass, via majority vote, a resolution affirming all of that. Maybe Senate Republicans can filibuster that resolution -- but maybe we should make them do that! Hence you may want to call your Reps and Senators and tell them to support barring Donald Trump from future office using the 14th Amendment.
Meanwhile, President Biden announced weeks ago that it would release an Executive Order concerning our police departments getting surplus weapons from the military, but, strangely, hasn't released the Order. Was he trying to get some unearned good will? Possibly. Did someone get to him and tell him you can't do that when we just had an insurrection at the Capitol? Possibly, but that someone would be an idiot, since we've already witnessed police use military weapons on protestors of color, and they sure didn't do that at the Capitol on January 6. Maybe it was just me, but they didn't even seem all that enthused about using pepper spray. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk and your President that it's time for action to keep military weapons out of the hands of police. If you want police to respond to situations more appropriately, you don't give them grenade launchers -- and grenade launchers don't help you find drug dealers, nor do they help you find financial predators.
In other news, Roots Action helps you helps you tell President Biden to cancel all federally-held student loan debt in America. Objections to this action that go I paid my student loan debt, why can't they? should be met with jealousy is not a good foundation for public policy. I mean, yeah, I'd rather I had the sense to consider this years ago, too, but the best time to do the right thing is always now, and cancelling federally-held student loan debt (which is most of it) is the right thing to do, and not just because it'll stimulate the economy like gangbusters. Basically, we sold Americans a bill of goods when we signed them up for these giant student loans! We, as a nation, told them a college degree is the only way to enter the middle class (a claim our grandparents would have dismissed!), and then we extorted them for considerably more than that education is worth, and certainly more than anyone should pay. College was affordable only a few generations ago, and we'll have to work to make it that way again, but a jubilee in the meantime is a good first step.
Finally, Daily Kos helps you tell Facebook to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's Congressional and campaign pages permanently. You need not agree or disagree with her politics to sign this petition -- Ms. Greene has undeniably violated Facebook's terms of service with her various social media actions supporting violence and absurd conspiracy theories, and that's that. Ms. Greene herself would warn that booting her off Facebook would just make her stronger, but I doubt that, and even so, it should be hard to find right-wing nutjobs, just as it used to be hard to find pornography. I'm sure some folks will say this makes it harder for her to communicate with your constituents, but Facebook sure ain't the only way to do that -- what's wrong with having townhalls and meeting with constituents (which you can do even during a pandemic)? I suspect what's "wrong" with them is that politicians don't like facing accountability. But we need to make an America where accountability is what politicians should expect from Americans.