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My Top Two Reasons To Vote For Bernie and Top Two Reasons Not To Vote For Bernie


Top Two Reasons To Vote For Bernie:

1) Uncle Bernie’s grab-bag of good policy reclaims democracy for the people and takes a drastic U-turn away from ecological catastrophe.

2) He is the ultimate long-distance runner of politics. 30 years ago he had the vision to know what this country needed to do. He organized and spoke truth to power and the country finally caught up with him. We need that long distance vision to put us on track for where we need to be 30 years from now.


Top Two Reasons Not To Vote For Bernie:

1) The nails on chalk board effect of the billionth time he mentions the billionaire class.

2) The continuous deafening lamentations of ignorant Never Bernie people followed by Bernie’s exhortations to respect these people.


Coffee Talk With Adam

A preliminary discussion about MESSAGE (Something about Bernie or Bust)

Coffee Talk with Adam – Something about Bernie or Bust.

Post-Game: Tonight’s Dem Debate

Some of my Lake County Dems and MSNBC were very impressed with Kamala. This is my response: She was impressive, but I’m worried that she’s Hillary 2.0. Sends the Dems vs. Trump without the Left, without Independents. Not sure a prosecutor can mobilize those low income inner city voters that like to stay away from elections.

It’s telling that our party has become so corporate and rightwing on the fiscal side that we falsely label bandaid solutions and simple civility as progressive rather than seeking bold systemic change. It’s like some kind of horrible reality game show. “Who Will Be America’s Next Chief Technocrat?”

We need a long view of where we want to go and practical ideas of how to get there. What we’re getting is a lot of platitudes and job interview talking points.

Kamala has a narrative, intelligence, and management skills, but is she a functionary or someone that can build a movement? We need to spark 30 years of consistent social and economic transformation. We need a new scheme that takes out the big bruisers. No offense to Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, but we need more than another system-oriented game management QB at this stage of the game. We need big plays.


My wife Lisa is Not running for Congress

Why is it I have to work outside the party to empower low income people, people the system is not working for, people who are being crushed by our health care system?

Editor’s Note: Since the time this blog was posted the Facebook Live video was hacked and pieces of video and audio are missing. It probably makes a little more sense that we’re singing ABBA’s Fernando after I announce that AAA just called and Fernando is coming to tow the car.

…And the way REPUBLICANS sold out their constituents…

got cut off at the end of my comment asking “Are we seeing the same thing with Democrats”

Editor’s Note updated 6/23/19 – After putting out an SOS, the hack/glitch was anonymously resolved. Thanks, Anonymous! – And Now it’s broken again. Effin’ WordPress.

Fun with Facebook Live outside of Cupitol in Evanston. It’s Great To Be Alive!

MEMO FOR Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats: Maybe you didn’t get the previous memo. Don’t let the money and status fool you. You are not popular.

Are we actually seeing what we saw with the last Congress? Where Democratic (Congressional Representatives) now have to run and hide from their Democratic constituents because they are selling us out… the way Republican Congressmen sold out their constituents? And what a surprise… they all get money from the same people.

Sell the house. Sell the kids. We have to pay our health insurance corporation to bankrupt America.

RE: Political Director of the Vernon Township Democrats

I have resigned my elected post as Political Director of the Vernon Township Democrats, effective immediately.

Let there be no further confusion that I am speaking for or representing the Vernon Township Democrats.

I hope to continue serving my term as Township Trustee in a constructive way. I will not seek re-election for this post.


Trolling Congressional DEMS to save lives and livelihoods: Behind The Scenes on the National Emergency Ambulance Tour #MedicareForAll

Editor’s Note: an earlier version of the blog listed an incorrect text number. Please re-post this corrected version early and often to help correct that and get the word out.

Text “M4A” to 83-224 to support Medicare For All

CHECK. CHECK. TESTING. TESTING 1-2-3. CHECK. 1-2-3. 1-2-3. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Thursday morning in the LOOP. Our Revolution and Refuse Fascism share a rally outside a $1000 pr plate fundraiser for Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3). Our Revolution is promoting Medicare For All and protesting Democratic party efforts to block progressive primary campaigns against corporate conservative incumbents. Later in the afternoon, after the #MedicareForAll National Emergency Ambulance visited Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5), Our Revolution received parlay invites from Quigley, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11).

It was around 10 pm Wednesday night that Our Revolution activist Colleen LaVigne asked me what time she needed to leave to arrive on time for a Thursday morning rally and protest outside a fundraiser for Rep. Dan Lipinski. My wife Lisa had the answer for her. “Now,” she said.

Chicago is funny that way. Distance is irrelevant. Time is everything. Depending on time of day or luck of the draw, that projected 15 minute ride might take hours. If you’re running into unexpected construction or an accident, it’s bad. If you run into both, forget about it. Get a room and try again tomorrow.

Such predicaments can deter even the most experienced Chicago drivers, but with so much at stake, the National Emergency Ambulance Tour had to forge ahead to Help Our Congress Help Us by sharing facts they continue to ignore. Rep. Lipinski was perhaps too busy counting his money from a $1000 pr plate fundraiser to join us. Besides, he might be over-confident because of a Democratic party blacklist threat against any vendors that would help a pro-choice, pro-Medicare-For-All challenger against him.

Other Democrats targeted on the tour chose not to remain ignorant. Three democratic legislators in the Illinois contingent are meeting with Our Revolution to take a longer look at the facts concerning #MedicareForAll.

Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution national director, delivers a pointed message and exhorts the live stream audience to text “M4A” to 83-224.

Joseph Geevarghese kicks off the rally outside the Lipinski fundraiser
A Message for Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Kerri Barber – Our Revolution McHenry – talks about the economic impact of Medicare For All
Linda Horn from Refuse Fascism – Chicago and Richard Rodriguez
Text “M4A” to 83-224 – Our Revolution
The Closer – The Cubs could have used Joseph earlier in the season. He is bringing the heat.

Next stop: Northside!

Reality TV on Facebook: The National Emergency Ambulance Tour visits the north side of Chicago. Rep. Mike Quigley’s chief of staff set up a meeting for the Congressman to further discuss #MedicareForAll

Medicare For All DAY OF ACTION IN CHICAGO -SATURDAY – Blue Cross Blue Shield Building – RALLY – MARCH – Die-In – PROTEST THE AMA

Join Our Revolution, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians For National Healthcare Program, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, National Nurses United and several other groups for a #MedicareForAll Day of Action in Chicago.

SATURDAY June 8, 2019 NOON RALLY Blue Cross Blue Shield Building 300 E. Randolph (north end of Millennium Park along E. Randolph Street at the NE corner of Randolph and Columbus Dr.)

Speakers at 1:30 followed by a MARCH (there’s an ADA complaint vehicle for those who can’t) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the American Medical Association is hosting its annual meeting. 

During the MARCH to the PROTEST there will be a DIE-IN representing those who have died due to lack of healthcare. The AMA opposed Medicare before its inception in 1965 and continues to obstruct single payer healthcare. Last year the AMA in a coalition with insurance and pharmaceutical companies formed Partnership For America’s Healthcare Future. They spend millions to lobby against Medicare For All/Single Payer to defend our inefficient for-profit system that is bankrupting families and businesses and results in lack of healthcare or death for tens of thousands of Americans.

Saturday June 8, 2019 3 PM The National Emergency Ambulance rushes out to visit Rep. Underwood at 3S 101 Rockwell St. Warrenville, IL


Welcome To Planet Brad

I’m slowly trying to get support among Republicans and I think it’s there, because they want the same thing. -Rep. Brad Schneider

Rep. Brad Schneider continues to ignore the facts about #MedicareForAll. This is his alternative plan: Slowly trying to build support among Republicans.

No surprise, then, that Our Revolution is bringing the National Emergency Ambulance Tour directly to his office Friday June 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

Our Revolution volunteer activists Dr. Lisa Peck, Colleen LaVigne, and Kerri Barber will be sharing those facts our Congressman is ignoring. Help Brad help us by showing up and adding your voice.

Our Revolution: Show up for the #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour

Our Revolution #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour:

8:00 AM Thursday June 6 – Rep. Lipinski at 300 N. LaSalle Chicago, IL

NOON Friday June 7 – Rep. Bill Foster 815 N. Larkin STE 206 Joliet, IL

4:30 PM Friday June 7- Join Our Revolution Buffalo Grove and Our Revolution Lake County with the National Emergency Ambulance Tour.

Brad Schneider’s office 111 Barclay Lincolnshire, IL

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

#MedicareForAll DAY OF ACTION IN CHICAGO -SATURDAY – Blue Cross Blue Shield Building – RALLY – MARCH – Die-In – PROTEST

Join Our Revolution, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians For National Healthcare Program, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, National Nurses United and several other groups for a #MedicareForAll Day of Action in Chicago.

SATURDAY June 8, 2019 NOON RALLY Blue Cross Blue Shield Building 300 E. Randolph (north end of Millennium Park along E. Randolph Street at the NE corner of Randolph and Columbus Dr.)

Speakers at 1:30 followed by a MARCH (there’s an ADA complaint vehicle for those who can’t) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the American Medical Association is hosting its annual meeting.

During the MARCH to the PROTEST there will be a DIE-IN representing those who have died due to lack of healthcare. The AMA opposed Medicare before its inception in 1965 and continues to obstruct single payer healthcare. Last year the AMA in a coalition with insurance and pharmaceutical companies formed Partnership For America’s Healthcare Future. They spend millions to lobby against Medicare For All/Single Payer to defend our inefficient for-profit system that is bankrupting families and businesses and results in lack of healthcare or death for tens of thousands of Americans.

Saturday June 8, 2019 3 PM The National Emergency Ambulance rushes out to visit Rep. Underwood at 3S 101 Rockwell St. Warrenville, IL

Monday June 10, 2019 1 PM #M4A/End DCCC Blacklist National Emergency Ambulance Rally 2401 4th Ave Rock Island, IL

ACTION ITEM ADDED – FROM NATIONAL NURSES UNITED:

The Ways & Means Committee is set to hold hearings next week on H.R. 1384: The Medicare for All Act of 2019. Brad Schneider sits on this committee but has not yet signed onto the bill. Please call Brad before the hearing. Just dial 202-858-1717 and enter your zip code to be connected with his office.

Colleen debriefing on Facebook Live after Rep. Brad Schneider’s Town Hall last Saturday morning after asking, “What will it take just to get the bill out of committee?” We appreciate the Congressman making himself available afterwards, but we are losing patience with Brad’s “How will we pay for it?” objection. We answered that question repeatedly and the answer is in the bill itself.


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