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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.
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.
It should be noted that when Rep. Rita Mayfield and Rep. Curtis Tarver sided with Republicans and voted no and stopped an effort to Lift The Ban on Rent Control, it wasn’t a vote against a particular form of rent control. It was a vote against any form of rent control anywhere. It was a vote against democracy supported mostly by the real estate industry and developers, people who stand to profit from predatory rental agreements and gentrification.
Once again, we have profits over people. Money speaks for money while low-income people are not organized to protect themselves. With this vote we see the results of that. It is telling that the victory statement by the Chicagoland Apartment Association admitted that “affordable workforce housing… is currently lacking in supply, but the concept of rent control would make the goal of providing additional affordable housing less attainable because it would reduce the supply and quality of rental units to select from.” Simply put, the inability to force people out of their homes with sudden extreme rent increases will limit the number of units on the market. People with the least privilege and risk are expected to be left vulnerable so that wealthy and secure people are not inconvenienced in their effort to become wealthier and more secure at the expense of working people forced into homelessness.
The Democratic party, with a historic super majority in the Illinois general assembly, remains saddled with Koch Brothers/ALEC legislation that was implemented with regressive intent to serve the interests of the powerful and make sure every dollar earned by working families ends up in the company store with IOU notes added. There will always be a well-funded slick argument to support a grand pyramid scheme, but if a Democratic super majority cannot find the political muscle to stand up for people, it’s time to change the name of our party to GOP LITE.
“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.
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.