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.

You want a rebel flag?

The definition of irony: guys who wave the confederate battle flag questioning my patriotism or my concern with the national security of the United States.


Fake News: John Adams commenting on the 2016 Election

“The poor man’s conscience is clear; yet he is ashamed… He feels himself out of the sight of others, groping in the dark. Mankind takes no notice of him. He rambles and wanders unheeded. In the midst of a crowd, at church, in the market… he is in as much obscurity as he would be in a garret or a cellar. He is not disapproved, censured, or reproached; he is only not seen… To be wholly overlooked, and to know it, are intolerable. If Crusoe on his island had the library of Alexandria, and a certainty that he should never again see the face of man, would he ever open a volume?” —John Adams, Discourses on Davila, from Hannah Arendt.

Market Forces vs The New Deal and Social Democracy

The roads, the electrical grid, the indoor plumbing… didn’t just happen because a bunch of raggedy, barefoot, outhouse dwelling poor folk created a demand for multinational corporations to fill. It was the liberal reign of terror in the New Deal.

Change.org starter speaks out on President Trump’s #SCOTUS pick.

Change.org starter speaks out on President Trump’s #SCOTUS pick.

Our petition is being forwarded to the U.S. Senate

Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, it occurred to me that we could not allow the GOP to be rewarded for unjustly blocking nomination hearings for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court justice. It seemed like there could be no basis for moving forward on nominations to the court without honoring President Obama’s selection. I started a petition on Change.org and within the first week it received the first hundred signatures. In three months, that has grown to over 129,000.

We stand in full support of a Democratic filibuster and urge those Republicans and Independents who respect Rule of Law to stand with us and the Democratic filibuster.

No confirmations for Trump nominees until Obama’s nominee confirmed to Supreme Court.

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