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Yay, Democrats, but F the DCCC and DNC. #MedicareForAll #PartyOfBotterman

Stream of consciousness from the screaming hell of caffeine addiction, My love/hate relationship with my party. Campaigns and Elections. Adam’s wild years. Political economy. Election2020. Honoring Veterans.

Keep your hate, clipped and distant
Keep your luck, a two-headed cow
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn, take a turn
Take a fortune, take a fortune – R.E.M.


Adam’s random thoughts on DCCC, 2019 Patrick Botterman Award Breakfast, and #MedicareForAll. Plus, Lisa on #MedicareForAll
Piss DCCC – image from last night’s deleted tweet. I meant what I said but didn’t want to slam the DCCC the same day the DEM HOUSE did some good work.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky IL-9 and Lisa
Jan and Lisa
Rock star in his own mind Adam Broad with True Rock Star Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

#Trumpgate is a tragic-comic diversion from the dysfunctional establishment that foisted him up in the first place.

Someone on Facebook asked me what stood out from the Mueller Report. The first thing, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION” vs “This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” Certainly “Putin won” is going to jump out for a lot of people.

So far nothing has really surprised me. I was a professional opposition researcher for 5 years up to the point Trump got elected and having been a close follower of both GOP and mob politics, I was confident enough to bet 100 bucks on him not completing his first term of office before he was sworn in. The guy reeked of Russian mafia and money laundering before he ever set foot in the White House.

To me, the corruption, vice, and impeachable offenses are just comic diversions from the damage the Republican party has done through his administration legally: the castration of the EPA, the insane fiscal policy, the Trillion dollar boost in the defense budget that imbeciles applaud and that my party rolled over on… because the big stupid wall was a deal breaker but more nuclear weapons and the untold burden of storing new nuclear waste for centuries moving forward was not worth a protest. Can’t be seen as weak on armageddon, I guess.

Meanwhile we don’t have enough money to spend less on healthcare for better outcomes with Medicare For All because Jesus Christ died for insurance giants to make hundreds of millions fisting people out of their benefits and giving us automated call systems to whisper sweet nothings at us while we go broke on medical costs.

Furthermore, fighting for the pre-born these days means not caring about measuring the cancer cluster from your local EtO provider. Just like Reagan was the doofus they pulled off the ranch to play the new Warren Harding while the scumbags had a field day, this sad sack #45 gets to wear the blame for stuffing his pockets with foreign money and pay-to-play deals while the puppet masters rake all the more without consequence. This is a real shit sandwich and we all get to take a bite.

I’m still waiting for the comprehensive report on the Crosscheck purge. But then again, there’s not much to say about votes being legally stolen.


J-Street: STATEMENT ON THE CURRENT DEBATE OVER ANTI-SEMITISM AND CRITICISM OF ISRAEL

I stand with J-Street and the Peoples Resolution. – A.B.

“For the sake of the US-Israel relationship and for the long-term benefit of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians alike, we urge Congress to do more to help bring a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and take care not to contribute to a climate in which inexact or insensitive phrasing is quickly weaponized to limit the space for discussion on these issues.”

https://jstreet.org/press-releases/statement-on-the-current-debate-over-anti-semitism-and-criticism-of-israel/?fbclid=IwAR3CiS54Xp2JKh_x8Uugk9QieSEjOTq4HvkAXndp2Jvl7IQfQqxnmpI1PLQ#.XH8gjS3MyqB

The American political debate over Israel and the Palestinians grows more polarized and  less productive by the day. Name-calling, twitter fights and congressional posturing grab headlines while substantive discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and how to end it – gets pushed to the back burner. The issues at stake – peace and security, prejudice and racism, foreign policy and geopolitics – are vitally important and deserve better than the political grandstanding we’re seeing today.

J Street is dismayed by some of the rhetoric and imagery used by some critics of Israeli policy. Harmful language that echoes long-standing stereotypes and anti-Semitic tropes concern us deeply. It is also our view that the far greater threat to the Jewish community – to its security and its values – comes from the surge of ethno-nationalism and racism that forces on the right, including President Trump, have unleashed here and across the globe.

We agree with and support the sentiments expressed in the resolution which House Democratic leadership plans to introduce this week in opposition to anti-Semitism. We support members voting for this resolution to show their agreement with these sentiments. At the same time, we are concerned that the timing of this resolution will be seen as singling out and focusing special condemnation on a Muslim woman of color – as if her views and insensitive comments pose a greater threat than the torrent of hatred that the white nationalist right continues to level against Jews, Muslims, people of color and other vulnerable minority groups in our country. 

By narrowly focusing on progressive critics of Israeli policy and the politics surrounding Israel-related issues, much of our current debate bears little relation to the reality of anti-Semitism in the United States today. This plays directly into the hands of the president and his allies, who act in bad faith to weaponize the debate for political gain. 

To make clear their commitment to standing against all forms of hatred plaguing our nation, we urge congressional leaders to also urgently pass legislation expressing clear opposition to Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia and all forms of racism. 

Recognizing the charged atmosphere around these issues, J Street urges those looking to criticize Israeli policy and actions to do all they can to keep the debate focused on the merits of the issues by (1) acknowledging and committing to fight the very real scourge of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and prejudice; (2) explicitly clarifying that their critique is of Israeli government policy, not of the Jewish people or of the right of the state of Israel to exist; and (3) focusing as much as possible on how American policy can help substantively to end the occupation, resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and address the legitimate needs of both peoples.

The United States, the Jewish community and Israel will only benefit from an ever more robust debate over time regarding US policy in the Middle East. Attacks on those members of Congress who criticize Israel’s policies should not be allowed to limit debate on the merits of the issues they are raising.

The US-Israel relationship is supposed to be based – as political figures consistently reinforce – on the interests and values that the two countries share. The primary challenge to that relationship right now is that the current government of Israel is regularly taking actions that run counter to American interests and implementing policies that call into question its commitment to core shared values. 

For the sake of the US-Israel relationship and for the long-term benefit of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians alike, we urge Congress to do more to help bring a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and take care not to contribute to a climate in which inexact or insensitive phrasing is quickly weaponized to limit the space for discussion on these issues.

Sign on: People’s Resolution Rejecting Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Racism, and Xenophobia

https://www.bendthearc.us/peoplesresolution


IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION & DATES – Lake County, IL

IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION & DATES (please copy and repost widely – information courtesy of Matt Lowry, Fremont Township Democrats chair):

Sept. 27–First day of early voting only at your county clerk’s office.
Sept. 27–Vote by mail ballots begin to be mailed out
Oct. 9–Voter registration ends*
Oct. 22–First day of early voting throughout your county
Nov. 1–Last day to request a ballot by mail
Nov. 3–Last day of early voting throughout your county
Nov. 6–General Election Day–vote at your assigned location

*Oct. 10–Grace period registration/address change begins only at county clerk’s office
**You can also register to vote or change/update your registration at any early voting site or at your voting site on Election Day.
Find early voting locations and hours on your county clerk’s web site. For Lake County – https://www.lakecountyil.gov/343/Voting-Options


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