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Got a minute? Call for Impeachment

It only takes a few minutes to make a call or send an email demanding that our government votes to impeach the criminal. These are the email addresses of a few of the Republican Senators. Let them hear from you today.

Up for Reelection or Retiring in 2020

ALASKA – DAN SULLIVAN
https://www.sullivan.senate.gov/contact/email

ARIZONA – MARTHA McSALLY
https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/contact_martha

ARKANSAS – TOM COTTON
https://www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=contact

COLORADO – CORY GARDENER
https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory

GEORGIA – DAVID PERDUE
https://www.perdue.senate.gov/connect/email

IDAHO – JIM RISCH
https://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email

IOWA -JONI ERNST
https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-joni

KANSAS – PAT ROBERTS (retiring)
https://www.roberts.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailPat

KENTUCKY – MITCH MCCONNELL
https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform

LOUISIANA – BILL CASSIDY
https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/contact

MAINE – SUSAN COLLINS
https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact

MISSISSIPPI – CINDY HYDE SMITH
https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/contact-senator

MONTANA -STEVE DAINES
https://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

NEBRASKA – BEN SASSE
https://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-ben

OKLAHOMA – JAMES INHOFE
https://www.inhofe.senate.gov/contact

NORTH CAROLINA – THOM TILLIS
https://www.tillis.senate.gov/email-me

SOUTH CAROLINA – LINDSEY GRAHAM
https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact-form

SOUTH DAKOTA – MIKE ROUNDS
https://www.rounds.senate.gov/contact/email-mike

TENNESSEE – LAMAR ALEXANDER – retiring
https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email

TEXAS – JOHN CORNYN
https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

WEST VIRGINIA – SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO
https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

WYOMING – MIKE ENZI – retiring
https://www.enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-senator-enzi

Call your congressman today

Watching the impeachment hearings, it becomes evident that crimes have been committed. It is time for justice.

Call your House Representative and your Senators and tell them you want them to go on the record supporting impeachment.

The crimes have been going on long enough. Time for justice or our democracy means nothing.

You can get your representatives’ contact information by following this link: https://t.co/9DMAVNBTDR?amp=1

Call today

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day America and the rest of the world as well. Remember, labor unions have been one of the best things to help Americans live the America Dream. You can’t get ahead if your employer has you over the barrel. As long as you’re fighting among yourselves, the company can ask for and demand anything.

Happy Labor Day and thank a union

The Crime Party Formerly Known as the GOP

The Republican party has become criminal and completely out of control. There are so many crimes by the Republican party and Trump that we will only be able to investigate and exact justice for a small portion of them.

Let’s not forget the Epstein case. The GOP is not even trying to hide their crimes anymore:

-We are to believe a rich man arrested for human trafficking,
-tried to commit suicide
-put on watch for only a week
-was suppose to have a cell mate
-one guard wasn’t a regular
-both guards fell asleep
-missed 3, 30 minute checks
-both cameras have gaps
-and Barr un-recused his recusal?

Saving the lives of Babies

Trump has gone from tear-gassing families seeking refuge to imprisoning kids in cages and is now actually killing kids that need medical attention by returning them to a home where there is no help, no medical services.

Yet, the Republicans support this monster and the unethical party, the GOP, that shields Trump.

The Republican can never again use the term pro-life, ever. The party has traded in the last of their hollow values to support the works of a madman.

And, don’t try to fool anyone. Saying you don’t agree with it or saying you wouldn’t have voted for him had you known, are all just child’s play. Everyone knew who Trump was. And if you’re really aghast at his crimes, you would be out in the streets getting your mistake removed from office. But, you’re not. You are doing nothing, thereby giving him more cover for his continually escalating crimes.

This is a sickening and disgusting era in American history and the Republican politicians and the Republican voters will go down in history as the evil corrupt people they obviously are.

Trump’s Failure – the Government Shutdown

Trump demonstrates, yet again, that he is out of his league. A huge majority of Americans know this to be true but not enough are pissed off enough to actually do anything about it. But that is changing.

As long as the criminal GOP has control of the Senate, they will continue to aid and abet the criminal in the White House. I just hope that when this is all over, they each get investigated with the ferocity that they demonstrated for the endless Benghazi hearings and that the criminals get the prison time or the death sentences they deserve for being traitors against our country.

But getting back to the government shutdown – this just demonstrates Trump’s total inability to actually deal with real people, his total failure to negotiate, his total inability to understand his job or even the extent of the harm he is doing to our country and to the people affected by his silly, childish shutdown temper tantrum.

We need to get the GOP out of the Senate immediately. We need to start recalls on each and every vulnerable Republican senator and even some who aren’t feeling well. We have to clean up the GOP mess right now. 2020 just may be too late.

The Criminal GOP

America is, at this moment, abandoning our promises. This is a big deal, bigger than most of us realize. When people don’t trust your word, you are nothing, and Trump and the GOP are backing out of one promise after another.

It will take decades to restore our integrity, if we can ever do it. Who will ever believe a promise from or a contract with America ever again? We have proven that a single rogue president can break each and every promise we have made to our friends and neighbors over the centuries. We are letting a single president sully the reputation of our great nation.

But it’s not all about Trump. The real criminals are the complicit Congressional Republicans who are shirking their responsibility to enforce a balance of power to prevent this. We have three branches that are supposed to be working together to check and balance each other. But now that the GOP controls all three, they are neglecting their sworn duties.

It’s not sufficient to just vote them out of office. They are criminals, and not just criminal negligence, but downright complicity. The only way to cure this disaster is to disband the GOP, their propaganda, and their think thanks and then investigate each and every politician in the party.

It sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But not as harsh as destroying America’s word, destroying faith in America, worldwide. Yes, it is harsh. But it’s the only way to clean the poison out of our blood stream. Send the crooks to prison and it will discourage future criminals from trying to take over a political party in the future.

And, we can only hope that this will start to restore America’s good name.

Another Fine Republican

We often get hate mail and have considered publishing them for the sake of humor, but we decide against it. We believe everyone knows just how rabid people can get over politics. This message came in on our “Contact” page. It true fine Republican form, it is divorced from reality to the point border on humorous. Humorous, with a sprinkle of sad. Here it is. Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with this.

David,
To call out the Republican party which led right now by DT is more of a third party than ever before is not only ridiculous its a bit irresponsible the upside is not many read this blog. Fascists came to power by hindering opposition, skewing how news is reported and consistently used the media as well as movies to promote their agenda. This is exactly the playbook of the left right now and interestingly enough before Hitler’s true colors FDR often talked about how progressive and insightful Hitler’s plans were, FDR sent a group over to Germany to study his economic plans. The Reich used false dossiers to have his rival killed (sounds familiar). BO left the world burning and I have to say I don’t particularly care for DT’s style but it is working both repubs and dems are getting exposed by DT bc he could really care less what anyone thinks. He sees what we have done for years has been burying our future economy. Basically your last paragraph was just a typical cheap shot by the left who love say things loud as if that makes them true. The current left is that of the nobility of convenience.

Where does one begin with so many misconceptions? I’ll start at the top but have no interest in disprove all the lies that have been debunked so many times before.

  • To call out the Republican party which led right now by DT is more of a third party than ever before is not only ridiculous its a bit irresponsible

The Republican Congress could oppose Trump as their oath of office demands, but they are complicit. Not a single one of them wants to oppose Trump. The GOP is the party of Trump. Trump is not a 3rd party but the natural culmination of the party since the adoption of the Southern Strategy.

  • This is exactly the playbook of the left right now

Demonizing the press is exactly the GOP and Trump’s playbook. Have you not been paying attention? Ever heard the phrase, “fake news,” or, “enemy of the people?” It’s not the left saying that. Where have you been? What rock are you finding your news under? Please tell me you’re not foolish enough to believe Fox or the other GOP propaganda.

Okay, I’m tired of this. Feel free to come back with some credible links to back up your assertions. Doing the research to accomplish that just might open up your eyes to the lies your being fed.

Anyone else want to comment?

Don’t Touch That State Constitution

Beware of ballot measures amending your state’s constitution.

Like Oregon, many states have ballot measures for amending their state’s constitution.

Don’t do it!

Our constitutions are not meant to be trivially fiddled with to reflect everyone’s hot topic of the day or year. Our constitutions are supposed to last forever, with minimal disruption.

The same goes for our nation’s constitution. There have been very few amendments over the years – about ONE change per decade.

Most of today’s ballot measures are being driven by special interest groups, many funded by billionaires. The billionaires even have an amendment proposed in Oregon that will require a 2/3 vote in order to change the revenue. There is no better way to destroy a government than to put such foolish restrictions on addressing their budgets.

But the billionaires and special interest groups don’t care what happens to the state or the country, long term, just so long as they get their way today.

Always vote NO on any ballot measure that changes the constitution unless there is a major and compelling reason to change the constitution forever. Most, if not all the ballot measures would be better addressed at bills and laws, not constitutional amendments.

Just say “why” when being asked to change your state’s or country’s constitution.

And, ALWAYS, just say “no” to billionaires and special interest groups that don’t reflect the people’s needs and best interests.

It is no joke, Today’s Conservatism is a treatable sickness

I’ve seen it discussed on this blog on numerous posts but it’s so important that it’s worth bring up again. Spend a moment or two reading about the Authoritarian mindset and how it’s poisonous to a free country.

Read about the Milgram studies showing people absolutely acquiescing to authority to the point of possibly killing people who were the target in the studies.

These are exactly the kind of people that made Hitler and so many of the other brutal dictators in our world’s history.

Read Martha Stout’s book, The Sociopath Next Door and you will get a feel for how these damaged authoritarian followers are such easy prey for a monster. All such easy followers are harmful to a democracy.

And the good news is they can be fixed once we admit we have a problem.

Human Rights Violations

America! You know, the home of brave, land of the free?

With the Republicans in control of all three branches of the US government, we are now criticized for “human rights violations” by the UN and most of the world.

Let that sink in for a minute. America! We are no longer the shining city on the hill or any of the many other classifications the Republicans of old used to say about America. We are now a third world country that abuses people and kidnaps their kids  and houses them in dog kennels.

And, we aren’t talking about little violations here and there. We are talking about kidnapping over a thousand kids.

Now, Trump will tell you that it’s someone else’s fault, but as it is with everything else Trump says, it’s a lie. His policies and only his policies are responsible for the awful and criminal behavior that has the rest of the world in horror.  However, no one is in disbelief. This is the exact kind of stuff Trump has been doing since his election, and the self-proclaimed “deplorables” couldn’t be happier with him.

When will America wake up? The Democrats in Congress are doing everything they can to keep some semblance of control over this tyrant but the entire GOP is aiding and abetting this criminal and his criminal administration.

If you’re as horrified as the rest of the world is of this mistake in the White House, contact your GOP representative today and tell them to put an end to Trump’s crimes. It’s time for impeachment hearings.

If you think Trump can do no wrong, then this should be fine with you as you must believe he will be found innocent. On the other hand, if you object to hearings, then you’re lying to yourself and everyone else and you know Trump is guilty and will be found as such.

Wake up, America. This is not us. We do not kidnap and imprison thousands of innocent little kids.

2018 Oregon Special Election

More Campaigns to Circumvent Democracy

A hearty Thank You to JustSayWhy for allowing me to participate in the blog. I’m from Oregon and expect to have occasional news and interesting topics both local and national. Please consider following my posts.

Today let’s talk about Oregon’s Special Election scheduled for January 23, 2018. This special election is about a proposed 1.5% assessment on Oregon insurers and a 0.7% tax on some hospitals. The proceeds from this penny and a half fee on the dollar for insurers helps alleviate the shortfall in health services for the poor.

The actual ballot measure isn’t really the issue at stake. The problem is that big money is trying, again, to influence Oregon voters. We Oregonians have been suckered before by nice sounding ballot measures submitted by billionaire pacs that turned out to be quite harmful to the state.

This ballot measure is being opposed by a secret group called, “Oregonians Against More Healthcare Taxes” that is funded by secret donations. The figurehead for this group is a Republican politician Julie Parrish.

As we always see with billionaire attempts to interfere with the will of the voters, their frame is misleading, the argument is being called a “tax” and they pretend it’s going to affect kids and puppies, and little baby kittens, oh, and did I say, puppies.

If you noticed a little sarcasm in the last paragraph, you’re right. But the lies and misconceptions are very real. Here are some of the actual arguments they frame deceptively:

Don’t Hide a Tax by Calling it Something Else

In other words, if it’s a business expense that gets filtered down to the customers, it’s a tax so we should never expect businesses to pay anything or it’ll be a tax somehow. No, really, that’s the level of integrity and forethought these notes of opposition express.

…Because politicians are pricing us out of an affordable education.

Following this silly logic, if we tax any business that deals with education we’re “pricing us out of an affordable education.” No, seriously, that’s about how silly these arguments are. If these businesses can’t afford to pay $0 .015 on the dollar to repay the communities that make them rich, then shut them down.  Businesses like this leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Middle Class Oregon Families Can’t Afford a Healthcare Sales Tax

I can’t believe that the billionaires funding this disinformation campaign are really this ignorant. This is not a tax on “middle Class Oregon Families.” It’s not a tax at all and even if it was, it’s not a tax on the people. I would classify this one as a blatant lie, just the kinds of lies we’re accustomed from the other billionaire propaganda campaigns. How many years have you heard them lie to us saying there’s no global warming while our world melts around us?

And, now comes my favorite and most obvious propaganda piece of the bunch:

Racist, Bigot, Hateful, White Supremacist, Extremist, Heartless, Evil

Wow, that convinces me. Either I’m in one of those groups or I like hearing the words, or I’m emotionally immature or Mars is in retrograde or something. What, exactly do these labels have to do with a 1.5% assessment? Well, nothing, really, but, hey, like any real propaganda, it made you look, didn’t it?

It’s time we took big money out of our elections and especially here. In Oregon we have been the brunt of many of these “measures” that have been passed due to billionaire marketing for weeks before the vote. Eventually many of us vote against the best interests of our community when we hear the billionaire talking points often enough. That’s why marketing works.

We should demand to get this type of corporate and big money influence out of our elections, and not just here in Oregon but everywhere in this great nation.

Year’s End Letter to the Democratic Party

Dear Democratic Party

“Something’s happening here”

The Democrats won Alabama. Revel in the glory. But, stop, take a breath, and look at it in perspective:

You lost to the worst president in the free world and the worst example of humanity that we’ve seen ever in our presidency. Got that? You lost to TRUMP! Really? Would you even stand a chance against Hitler? I question it.

But, hey, you won Alabama. You won against someone suspected of and accused of child rape on multiple occasions, hatred, bigotry, misogynist, racism, and who really knows how low it goes? It took everything you had to beat an opponent as lowly as this.

Think about that for a moment. If you don’t come away realizing you’re in a world of hurt, you’re just not paying attention. You might win a seat or two but no matter how energized you get your new voters, they’ll all give up on you if you don’t go back to your roots and start standing for things that matters to Americans.

As much as Hillary will blame others for her loss, the problem is that she represents the same old song and dance that has gotten the Democratic party where it is today.  It appears, though, that she is waking up. Will the rest of the DNC be able to wake up?

Take a look at what the Republican party looked like 50 years ago and you’ll see that the Democratic party is now far to the right of that. You have lost your way.

Go back to your roots. Go back to Progressive issues that affect everyone. Here are just a few, in case you’ve forgotten:

  1. Free healthcare for all
  2. An end to the huge separation of wealth by:
    1. Implement a 92% tax on billionaires
    2. Implement a wealth tax to bring the monied gods back earth. I suggest 100% on anything over one billion dollars. No one needs any more than that.
  3. Clean up the media. We are, today, suffering from the loss of the Fairness Doctrine. Pass something that gets the teeth out of any propaganda like the GOP machine. This also includes fully funding public radio and make it more difficult for the future GOP to poison it.
  4. Get money out of politics. This is a no brainer.
  5. Rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
  6. Require unions in businesses

I can already hear your moans, “oh we can’t do that.” That moan is exactly what has helped get you were you are, almost losing to the Moores of the country. We CAN do anything we set our minds to do. Do it!

But, you know that the GOP courts (as they have packed almost all the courts throughout the country) will shoot down anything serious you propose. This means you will have to pick which of these issues are important enough to exclude the court from interpreting. You have the power to pass laws while forbidding the courts from interfering. Do it.

The GOP will do everything in their power to destroy anything good you do for this country. This means you will have to temporarily nuke the filibuster. It is being abused so it must go.  Nuke the filibuster for 10 years, to fully reinstate after that time unless passed by a continuing vote of a simple majority.

But will you do these things? It will mean that the monied interests will oppose you. What is more important? Standing to your principles or caving to the money? You’ve been doing the later for 35 years now and see where it’s gotten you.

Wake up! Do it now!