Update, November 8, 2018

On Election Day, November 6, I worked the polls in my division, as Clerk in my division’s election board, helping my fellow board members set up for the voting, and helping people, citizens of our country, exercise their right to vote, which people have died for. It was a long and crazy day, but it was worth it, as I was part of a movement to take our country back from plutocrats and their deranged front man in the White House.

The election results? Not all I hoped for, to be honest; the Republicans, a reactionary parody of their former selves, still have control of the Senate, but the Democrats regained the House; and there are several new members of the House-many of them women, and young, Hispanic, and native-American, reflecting the reality that America is a vast, diverse country, and non-white people are taking part in the system.

Yesterday, I was at the meeting of Philly For Change, at Tattooed Mo, on 5th and South streets. There were no speakers, but we celebrated the victories of our endorsed candidates, Joe Hohenstein and Malcolm Kenyatta in the State House of Representatives. We also discussed he campaign itself,  like how we communicate to voters, the campaign strategy of trump, and how to plan for the elections in 2019.

What concerns me is the temptation by the Democratic congressional leadership to think the old rules of politics-sit down with the other side, make deals, and work something out to get things done-are still in effect. This is no longer the time of Lyndon Johnson, who was able to meet with Republican leaders like Everett Dirksen to pass Civil rights legislation; the republican party had “learned” that the way to get ahead in politics is to slander the opposition, not just way they’re wrong but that they’re evil, and never compromise with them, and force your congressional leaders to take extreme stances-the tactics Newt Gingrich was famous for.

As we progressives are working inside the Democratic party, we must demand some backbone from our leaders, and not give in to their demands for greater tax cuts for the plutocrats; the destroying of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; the weakening of regulations on the pollution of our air and water; and tolerance for discrimination against racial and religious minorities; we must also push for the end of being close to wall street, to gain campaign contributions, but to overturn the Citizens United decision and stop treating campaign contributions-to the millions of dollars-like “free speech.” We must prepare for a fight, for our families and our democracy.

This is democracy-people, working people, retirees, young people, claiming a stake in the political system that affects all of our lives. It is an opportunity where a neighborhood person,  man or woman you know in your block-such as a retiree-can be a political player. I urge you, in this dangerous period in our nation’s history, to play your role in reclaiming our government and making it work for working people.

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Health Care Battle

In spite of majorities in both houses of Congress, the republican leadership failed-again-to wipe out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare;” all they had to replace it with was either tax breaks for billionaires, or nothing at all, just straight repeal.

Fortunately there were Republicans who paid more attention to their constituents that to their leaders, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan; as short as “Obamacare” falls in covering all Americans with health insurance, it was a great improvement over  how it used to be, when fifty-five million Americans had no coverage at all. Still, we must continue to  work towards a single-payer health insurance system, as in Canada-“Medicare for all.”

Public activism-people demonstrating in the streets, in town halls, and in congressional offices, phoning or e-mailing Congress-members-definitely turned the tide against the republican “plan,” showing that people power can override Washington power brokers and lobbyists.

It’s something to keep up; we can no longer count on the Democratic National Committee leadership to fight the republican onslaught, they being all to willing to try to make a deal-with people who don’t believe in compromise, and with a party dominated by the most extreme and violent elements of American politics. we the American people are the real opposition party; let’s keep fighting, and we’ll keep winning.

DC Mayor Vows To Move Forward With Marijuana Legalization Despite Republican Threats Of Jail

THIS, from the Republican party, the party of “limited fedeeral government” and “we listen to the people.” Unless, of course, it’s a district full of people the Republicans love to bash for political purposes.

DC Mayor Vows To Move Forward With Marijuana Legalization Despite Republican Threats Of Jail

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What\\\’s in a Name: Senate Subcommittee Drops \\\’Civil Rights and Human Rights\\\’ From Name | Bernice A. King

Conservatives have constantly been in denial of the need for dealing with Civil Rights; after the ‘sixties, their attitude has been, “We don’t want to talk about it, ever.”

What\\’s in a Name: Senate Subcommittee Drops \\’Civil Rights and Human Rights\\’ From Name | Bernice A. King

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Joni Ernst\\\’s Family Got Hundreds Of Thousands In Farm Subsidies | Crooks and Liars

I KNEW that “barefoot in poverty” line was a fraud. THIS is the face the Republican party wants to present? Fables of poverty to try to relate to working and poor people, while taking corporate money in the BILLIONS?

 

Joni Ernst\\’s Family Got Hundreds Of Thousands In Farm Subsidies | Crooks and Liars

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In 2014 America Abandoned Its Constitution And Devolved Into a Fascist Theocracy

In 2014 America Abandoned Its Constitution And Devolved Into a Fascist Theocracy

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Congress Passes 2015 National Defense Authorization Act

So, we see the priorities of our CONgress, skimp on the men and women charged with defending this country, imposing unneeded hardship on top of what they go through already, while enriching even more billion-dollar defense corporations, and WE, the taxpayers, pay for weapons even the military brass doesn’t want or need, and aircraft that couldn’t fly. Couldn’t THIS be called a national security problem? This is WAY wrong.

 

Congress Passes 2015 National Defense Authorization Act

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GOP senator blocks veterans\’ suicide prevention bill | TheHill

How’s THIS for a disgrace? Coburn is the kind of “representative” who sends young men and women in harm’s way, so he can look like some big, strong he-man, then, when these kids come back mentally and pphysically damanged, he does nothing for them. Tom Coburn, remember that name for shame.

 

GOP senator blocks veterans\’ suicide prevention bill | TheHill

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Republicans\’ Plan To Cancel \’State Of The Union Address\’ Gaining Traction – |

Republicans\’ Plan To Cancel \’State Of The Union Address\’ Gaining Traction – |

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