Monthly Archives: April 2017

Elections have consequences

Gorsuch has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Republican politicians throughout the 2016 election cycle emphasized repeatedly the importance of stacking the Supreme Court. Progressives were divided by the Bernie vs Hillary drama and the decades-long Hillary is the wicked witch narrative. The Most. Qualified. Ever. message strained an already shaky credulity and, again, played into the Republican message by making it a battle about defining Hillary Clinton as a person or defining Donald Trump as a person or defining the respective supporters as people rather than the concrete consequences of one side winning versus the other.

I respect protest politics. I started in protest politics. My Change.org petition to block Trump nominees is one demonstration that I still engage in protest politics, but there is no substitute for winning elections.

I’ll repeat now what I posted on my Facebook immediately after the General Election: Don’t Mourn — Organize.

Organize to win elections. Keep fighting. Surrender is not an option.

I give thanks to people on Change.org ¬†for taking the time to sign my petition. Signing a petition was the first political act of my adult life. Attending a rally followed that. Then, volunteering on a campaign…

Today I am one of four newly elected Democratic Trustees of Vernon Township. Republican front groups controlled Vernon Township for the last 40 years. They ran and won unopposed 4 years ago. The Vernon Township Democrats held a caucus in January. 15 people were there and four of us got nominated as Trustee candidates. From that 15 we grew into an organization of over 2000 voters. We are rebuilding the Democratic party from the ground up. My advice to all the people who signed the petition or anyone who is wise enough to care about the fate of democracy is do the same… volunteer for a campaign… run for office… be the change you are waiting for…

In solidarity.


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