Hang on tight, folks. It's going to be a rough and tumble ride through the next two years till November of 2018. We have our work cut out for us, and we will flip both the house and the senate. There will be a national braying of our Democratic donkey. Those of us who live in Mohave County know what a ruckus our beloved wild burros can put up when things don't go their way. Mourning is not an option; morning is. A new morning every day till 2018 and a steady slog through to 2020. Hang on, it will be bumpy, but we will make it.
Well, That Happened!
Uncertain, fearful, frightened, bewildered, confused, and angry. That is the state of mind the senate Republicans under the mesmeric sway of Mitch McConnell have created in the American public. Millions of people: children and their parents, disabled citizens, low income workers, unemployed persons, homeless veterans, and more; all of them face the prospect of life without health care access along with the imponderable threat of an early death. This is the dream of the Republicans and they simply cannot wait to make it a reality. Contact Jeff Flake and John McCain and protest their participation in this vile attempt to destroy the lives of our neighbors. Join us. Enlist to Resist! Resistance to the new Republican administration in multiple forms is the order of the day and will continue for four years. Call us at 928.753.0006 or click on the Resist! link to get started.
From the Trenches. . .
So far, the Senate's version of Trumpcare has failed to pass! now it is Trump's move to just completely repeal the ACA and let the cards fall wherever they may. The cards will fall squarely on the backs and lives of the 98% who can't afford health care without some assistance. Do not relax on this issue; let your legislators know that repealing the ACA is not a good idea.
Today is a good day: there is a Precinct Committee Person (PC) in the Headquarters office making phone calls on their VAN lists. It is always a good day when one or more of you volunteer at the party, volunteer as a PC, or volunteer in any number of ways to assist, is busy in our office advancing our goals of getting more Democrats elected and getting more Democrats to vote!
I had a conversation this morning with a PC about how to control the anger they feel at the insane actions of the holder of the office of president. I wish I had a stellar answer because this is something that bothers a great many of us. For me, I have to take time to breathe and remember the Democratic principles that I believe so deeply in, especially the one that all of us are equal. Just because I am not a billionaire doesn't mean I am not of the same value that the billionaire claims to be; and that under the laws of the United States, I am an equal to all, never rising above, but an equal.
I think we sometimes need to take a break, not a permanent break, but a short time out: a mental health time so to speak, to practice the disciplines that empower us, whatever they may be. For instance, at our house, Maria laughs at me a lot because I am an ardent fan of the Bachelorette TV show; but when I am watching it, I'm not angry at the man who is doing a very bad job of being the president, or frustrated at the lack of volunteers in our office, or more than frustrated at the actions of our state elected officials.
My question to you is: What does your relaxation method look like, and more importantly, do you have a method for leaving the insanity of our national political offices behind?
Jobs, Livelihood, & Children
So, the call goes out for Indivisiblegroups and activists to hold our legislators? feet to the fire. And while we're at it, we need to let those elected representatives and senators know that we as Democrats are bound and determined to see that America's politicians work to promote policies that address everyone's jobs, livelihood, and children. Join us. Enlist to Resist! Resistance to the new Republican administration in multiple forms is the order of the day and will continue for four years. Call us at 928.753.0006 or click on the Resist! link to get started.
Let's Get Started
One of the responsibilities of the Chair of the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee is attending the various District meetings in Kingman, Lake Havasu, and Bullhead. I confess that this responsibility is one of the best parts of being the Chair. I like being out among you! In attending these meetings, I'm finding people are at all levels of recovering from election day; most of all I find a sense of "How did this happen?" And that's okay, we will all heal from the acute disappointment in our own way and style.
However, what I am also finding is a new sense of "Okay, what do we do now?" And in that sense of searching, I see an intense level of peaceful activism and civil disobedience sprouting up. That is the answer my friend to "What do we do now?"
We, at headquarters, are creating a new program of resistance based on the information and work found in the handbook "Indivisible." Look for it by the end of January, or if curiosity won?t let you wait; read it and download it at Indivisible Guide.
In addition to joining the Indivisible protest, thirteen of us will going to Las Vegas on Sarturday, January 21st, to join in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Many of us are ready and already are calling Representative Gosar and Senators McCain and Flake to let them know we object strongly to President-Elect Trump's choice on his cabinet members. And we will do more as time goes by.
I just want all of us to remember that America's democracy is very unusual. It is driven by a constitution and rule of law. Unless we want to lie down and play dead, we can harness all of the things that we hate about the incoming presidency, and turn the tide back to a civil society. Is this a Pollyanna view on my part? No, I don't think so.
Senator Flake's re-election is in 2018; I think he will listen to his constituency now. Yes, for we Democrats and informed Independents are going to have a rough four years and will have our voices heard. We have lived through this before; we will do so again. The reason we need to be active now is that I believe the Republican majority that elected Trump will go through a horrible disappointment as it becomes clear that he is not qualified to govern from the White House. Our time will come again! We must continue to work for it and be ready for it. We must be able to challenge the Trump White House in ways that are sane, intelligent and polite, while avoiding ineffective gutter language and biting facebook posts. Remember: Our time will come again. Be ready for it and work now for change in 2020.
Lest We Forget!
We the People of the United States,
● in Order to form a more perfect Union,
● establish Justice,
● insure domestic Tranquility,
● provide for the common defence,
● promote the general Welfare,
● and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Midterm Election Day
November 6, 2018
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