Friends, our lefty countrymen aren't messing around: they've declared a full-blown RED ALERT in response to our fascist, white supremacist, terrorist master plan to end American democracy. Their rhetoric grows more alarmist by the day. This stuff matters, people! By posing as the defenders of democratic norms, the Left gives itself the perfect excuse to override those norms, if need be, to stave off an even greater threat. Emergencies are precisely when democracies are in the greatest peril! As you'll note here, establishment voices in the Democratic Party, like those of the New York Times and Chuck Schumer, are fully on board with this over-heated rhetoric. Again, they're right about one thing, even if they're wrong about everything else: a nation in which the people have no or little confidence in the fairness of elections is one in which ALL BETS ARE OFF.
A funny thing happened this past year in polling. The mainstream media and major polling organizations decided that they're no longer interested in who the "most admired" person might be. In Britain, this was because the likely winner was J.K. Rowling, who believes there are only two genders. What a fascist! In America, it's because the top dog in popularity is almost certainly DJT. A double fascist! The remedy for this problem? Just stop asking people what they think. Start telling them what to think. Way safer.
Just when you thought Joe Manchin had forsaken the Dark Side of the Force, it seems he's still negotiating with the White House to pass some of the elements in the "Build Back Better" plan. Say it ain't so, Joe! Manchin really is all over the place. Don't be surprised if the Dems pass something -- anything! -- in 2022 just to make it seem like they're not a total trainwreck of a governing party.
Lastly, in one more sign that the U.S. economy is cooling, manufacturing growth is tepid. Does this mean we're on the express train to recession-ville? Not necessarily. Omicron might liberate us from COVID, and that's guaranteed to give the economy a shot in the arm (as it were)...