Election Time 2018

As a committeeman for my ward in South Philadelphia, and as an American, I urge you to get out there and VOTE in the general election. The last day for voter registration is October 9; the last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot if October 30; and the election itself is on November 6. Here are the candidates I endorse:

US Senate from Pennsylvania, Bob Casey; and

Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolfe.

Not only must we get out and vote, but we must do so in record numbers, to show the politicians of both parties that we the people are conscious of what is going on in our nation and in our communities, and we want to hold them accountable and not take us for granted.

Later on the Presidential elections will come up; and hopefully the Democratic party leadership will have learned not to cheat the progressive element of their voice or votes, that the progressives of the party are raising serious issues:

trade treaties that move manufacturing, and the jobs that go with them, out of local communities and cause unemployment for workers, with its accompanying sense of hopelessness;

gun violence that kills young lives;

banks receiving virtual welfare-such as grants from the Federal Reserve-while delivering perks to executives and buyout deals for incompetent CEOs;

tax benefits for corporations and the wealthy which, in spite of the myth, do NOT simulate the economy, but stay in the foreign bank accounts of billionaires;

and the racism crawling out of the woodwork, thanks to (sarcasm alert) the wonderful example set by our commander-in-chief.  This list just scratches the surface.

Not only must you vote, but inform yourself of what goes on in the community an the world, so the politicians see you are paying attention to what is going on.

 

 

 

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Today’s Shooting Tragedy

I am appalled and disheartened by the shootings today in Virginia, where a gunman shot at members of Congress, injuring one of them, and the shooting at the UPS facility in San Francisco. Human lives are precious, and we need to sound the alarm for ending the gun violence that plagues the nation.

Unfortunately, some of trump’s partisans are  making political hay out of the shooting in Virginia, during a fun baseball game among Republican Congress-members.  The shooter supposedly took part in the Bernie Sanders campaign, and Sanders himself stood on the Senate floor to express his outrage at this tragedy and to state his opposition to violence. The right-wing media madhouse is raving that Democrats and liberals conspired to terrorize Republicans and trump; they were quick to jump on this tragedy to bash anyone on their left.

I have a fearful thought-might this tragedy be used by the trump regime to repress its opposition, just as Hitler used the burning of the Reichstag to call for emergency power and establish his dictatorship? I wouldn’t put it past trump or his allies, they don’t have the SLIGHT-EST idea of honor or decency.