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!
Stand and Speak
From Our Platform
We will strengthen the operation of tribal housing programs, and reauthorize the Indian Housing Block Grant Program. We will increase affordable and safe housing and fight to significantly reduce homelessness on and off Indian reservations, especially among Native youth and veterans. We will invest in Indian education from early childhood through higher education. We will fully fund the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), strengthen self-determination to enable culturally-tailored learning unique to each tribal nation, and help to recruit and retain qualified teachers for Native learners. Democrats will continue to support President Obama's Generation Indigenous initiative that has made important strides in promoting new investments and increased engagement with American Indian youth, including by continuing efforts to reform the BIE to provide students attending BIE-funded schools with a world-class culturally-based education. We also support the elimination of school and sports mascots that reflect derogatory stereotypes and that perpetuate racism.
We will strengthen tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdiction by enacting laws and policies that enhance the ability of Indian nations to govern their territories, keep their communities safe, and prosecute crimes committed on tribal lands. We will build on the important provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which reaffirmed the right of Indian tribes to prosecute perpetrators regardless of race who commit domestic violence on tribal lands. Democrats will continue to work to address criminal justice gaps that undermine the safety of tribal communities. And we will back these efforts through robust investments in effective tribal law enforcement and tribal courts.
We believe that health care is a core federal trust responsibility, and we support a robust expansion of the health care provided by the Indian Health Service. We will work to fully fund the Indian Health Service, Tribal, and Urban Indian health care system and to ensure that all American Indians have adequate, safe, and affordable access to primary care providers, including oral health, mental health practitioners, and substance abuse treatment options.
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Susie Gestrine, Chair of the Kingman Democratic Women's Club and Mohave Democrats District 1, presents a donation of $100.00 for student lunches to Alex Mayo, Director of Food Services for the Kingman Unified School District
From the Trenches. . .
I spent from 3:30 AM to 5:45 AM this morning reviewing the Texas Primary election results. As a former Texan (is there such a thing?), I was very interested in the things that came out of the races. There were the number of women who ran in the primary, the number of run-off races, and the tremendous number of Democrats who voted. I remain hopeful and impressed at the same time about the 2018 elections.
I will be out-of-town from Monday night, 3/12 through Noon 3/20. I will be available by phone: if I don't answer the phone right away, leave me a message. As always, when I am out-of-town, Danny Baker will be in charge of the chair's office. I am taking the opportunity to go to Texas to see grandsons and parents.
Just a reminder that petitions for the election of 2019—2020 precinct committee persons will be accepted from 4/30 through end of business 5/30. Applications are available from your District chairs and the MCDCC office. It is very important that we fill these spots for two reasons: 1. 2020 is a national election year and PCs are critical to that process; and 2. we get one delegate to the ADP for each three PCs that are elected. Appointed PCs do not count in that situation.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU!
What a great event the Lincoln-Obama dinner was last Saturday night in Lake Havasu. We had ticket sales for 101 people, the food was great as were the servers and cook. The room was awesome and the Gateway Band was wonderful.
A great big out-of-this-world thank you to the MCDCC events committee: Danny, Ginny, Deni and Marianne, and to the officers and people of the Lake Havasu Democratic Association; and to our speakers, Carol Comito and Dr. David Brill. Another thank you to the District for the raffle prizes — what a wonderful, awesome job by all!
And then there was the band, "Gateway Band" — weren't they just wonderful? I, personally, loved the "special" song they did for us. We are going to try to book them for our annual picnic!
As soon as Danny Baker finalizes the event's records, we will report the results to you.
From my heart and from my heart full of pride in you all, as chair of MCDCC — thank you!
From the Trenches. . .
We have turned the corner and we are solidly into the 2018 election cycle. Our country has the opportunity to change the political climate of this nation. We have to focus on registering voters, listening to our candidates, and then making the best personal choice for each of us in selecting our candidates and Getting The Vote Out!
Towards that effort, we at MCDCC, are having a county-wide meeting open to anyone who represents a progressive political agenda in the county to join us in an alliance with one focus in mind — and that is to register voters and turn out the vote. That meeting will be in the last part of March and we will let you know more about it as the time gets closer.
It is time for all of us who believe in a progressive America to stand up and quit putting up with the nonsense that is coming out of Washington DC. It has long been known that absolute power corrupts and our current government is corrupt! Absolute power has taken over Washington DC: one party controls the White House (if control is what you call it) and the Congress. And now the disease of "oneness" is creeping into the judicial branch.
I, for one, am done and I'm not going to take it any more! (as my friend Mark says). I'm committed to getting out the vote, registering others, and putting reason and freedom for all back in the government of this country.
Please join me in this effort because we are the hope of a floundering nation. We don't have to like the current system for getting people into office, but we are the solution — not the problem. We become the problem if we don't participate!
Ask yourself, are my neighbors, my family, my co-workers registered to vote? Join me please in putting our shoulders to the wheel of change and starting it to roll back toward equality for all.
From the Trenches. . .
Have you heard, #45 has instructed the Pentagon to prepare a military parade honoring him showing off America's military might?
How absolutely stupid! And doesn't that just smell funny and bring to memory the strutting military parades of the 3rd Reich, the Russians, the North Koreans and other world dictators
In a time when we already are at an all-time low in the world as to how people view us — he wants a military parade — and yet, tomorrow night, we face another government shutdown — and trump's reaction to that — "bring it on" unless he gets a wall.
I just can't wait until 2020 and the opportunity to bring back class, intelligence, government understanding of governing for all people back to the white house. Do you know where that starts? It starts right here, right now with the 2018 elections.
We have to get out the vote, get people registered, get out and see the candidates (our officer's are bringing them in droves to Mohave County), support them financially and then and only then will we turn the tide back to a government that is based more on:
● government for the people —
● government by the people —
● government with the people —
In the meantime, call your congressmen and women, and senators. Ttell them your do not want another government shutdown and we do want a solution to the DACA issue that is equitable to all.
In short, we deeply and vehemently disagree with the "bring it on" style of government. That is just plain stupid!
From the Trenches. . .
This week as the world is in the process of celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa I have been thinking about life and things in general.
I think about going on vacation; we will leave tomorrow. I will be out of town from Friday the 22nd through 6:00 pm on 3rd of January. Danny Baker will be in charge of the office and the acting MCDCC chair until my return. Remember the office will be closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 3.
Maria and I have packed, hired the house and dog sitter, and are so looking forward to getting away. Also, at the end of our vacation I will be meeting some of my family that I have never met; it's amazing to me how family becomes more important as one gets older. One of the very special gifts I am receiving this year is that family has never been close to me and now that we siblings are down to two — they have become very important.
I guess it's in the same way that what I believe in gets more important as I get older. I believe so solidly in the principles of the Democratic Party that I am almost giddy, excited about the opportunity to challenge the narrow mindedness in Washington during the 2018 elections and beyond. I believe that the governing party, and in part the Democrats, have made a mess out of government by and for the people: The Republicans for becoming the party of the very rich and to hell with our natural resources or the little guy or the disadvantaged; and the Democrats for falling on our noses during the 2016 elections. Also, I believe compromise in the capitol is dead — we haven't seen it since the work of Ted Kennedy. And that my friends is our fault. We did not care enough to send the very best to Washington during the 2016 elections and 2018 is our opportunity to fix it. I'm excited.
I'm excited because we have an infrastructure in MCDCC to support our PCs and to get people registered.
I'm excited because Arizona has been recognized by the DNC and ADP as one of the top five states in the 2018 elections and are providing the money and personnel it will take to pay attention to Arizona.
I'm excited because there is absolutely no reason we should not be able to send a Democratic senator to Washington in 2018 due to Flake's retirement.
I'm excited because we will be electing a new ADP chair in January and I believe that whoever that is will have the support and talent to lead us forward in this state.
In case you haven't figured it out, I'm excited because opportunity liess all around us and it is just ours to pick up and run with it.
And yes, I'm excited to know and serve all of you!
Happy Holiday to all!
From the Trenches. . .
A couple of things:
1. The Senate is trying to tie a proposal to eliminate the required insurance mandate of the ACA to the proposed tax reform bill. Pay attention folks, this could be another disaster in the making. Call or write your senators and ask them to help stop this. I have never seen such an effort to stop something that is wanted by the majority of the people as the Republicans are doing with Obama Care. We must remain vigilant!
2. The elections in some of the Eastern states last week gives us great hope in that the backlash of government by the very rich and mostly white business politicians has started at the ballot box.
What this means is a call for us to dig in and work harder and smarter. We must train our PCs and insist that they do the jobs. We must be actively involved in registering voters. We must be involved in meeting and supporting our candidates with our signatures and our money. And we must understand that we are what our rhetoric is — we must be positive, positive, and yet more positive.
One of the real dangers of the trump presidency is that so many Americans have become negative and complacent. That simply will not work. We live in a nation that responds to crisis with overwhelming kindness and resources. We live in a nation that still refuses to sit by quietly and watch what our forefathers and foremothers built be destroyed by a relative few rich business people who simply don't care about the majority.
We must persevere!
From the Trenches . . .
I'm looking out of my window as I try to write this today. The central point in my view is a Kingman Fire Department station with its flag flying at half mast — and I am just sick at heart, because once again, in our country where it is popular to give the gun rights activists anything they want because of the hugely influential NRA — we have missed the point at a cost of 59 lives taken and over 500 people injured in Las Vegas last night — and that was at last count.
I want to point out that I'm a Second Amendment believer and believe that every person of sound mind and who has been safely trained should own and use guns that protect themselves and guns that hunters use; however, and this is my point of separation with most Second Amendment activists — I do not believe that there is any reason that people should be allow to carry high powered rifles if they have been not been cleared by mental health experts and can prove they have been safely trained to use such weapons. Also, I will never believe that we, the citizens of the United States, should be allowed to possess sniper type rifles and assault rifles. My heart breaks for Las Vegas and my stomach turns at the complete inaction of our Congress to enact safe gun laws for our nation even though time after time, we prove that as a people we can not be trusted with setting regulations on gun control that better protect us.
I listened to trump's speech on Las Vegas this morning and was just disgusted. This man was quoting scripture in his speech written by a speech writer and read from a teleprompter in the same two weeks he has called pro-football players SOBs for protesting the prejudicial treatment of blacks in our country. The right to protest is a HUGE CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEE FOR AMERICANS. In the same time frame he insulted the San Juan mayor in the wake of Hurricane Maria because she challenged the government to do the relief effort in Puerto Rico differently. There simply are no words to express my disgust at this man! NONE!
Often today, I now hear people who are intelligent and educated telling me that they don't think the U.S. can survive trump and that he will destroy us! I simply don't believe that, not as long as we have people in this country who will stand and fight a congress that is useless, a tax reform bill that will tax the middle class at a higher amount, or people who will spread the news that since the government can't repeal the ACA — they are trying to sabotage it by shortening the sign-up period and not advertising it. I could go on and on about the systematic loss of personal rights this administration is doing or are trying to take away from the average citizen, but I won't.
I will say this over and over — here is the action plan and we have to stick to it or we, as a country, lose our freedom:
1. Register to Vote.
2. Financially work to support qualified candidates for election.
3. Sign petitions for the candidates.
4. Work our Precincts to increase voter turnout and educate our voters.
5. Continue to put out candidate information until we are just tired of it.
6. And vote, vote, vote!
This 6-point action plan is the way we turn the tide of an America gone off the rails from the beliefs of our Founding Fathers.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Las Vegas and those who were wounded and those families of those who were killed. And especially, thank God for a well-trained SWAT team who took the killer out!
The People's Platform
Homework: Call, email, and write to Congressman Gosar (CD4) and Congressman O'Halleran (CD1) and urge them to sign on to these seven bills of the People's Platform. Click on the links to follow their progress.
Resolution in Support of The People's Platform
WHEREAS; the Arizona Democratic Party is on record, supporting single payer healthcare for all, and
WHEREAS; the state of Arizona and its population would benefit from automatic voter registration, debt-free college, a $15 per hour minimum wage, unrestricted access to reproductive services, a closure of private prisons and jails, and a more equitable tax system for working families, and
WHEREAS; these important issues are already embodied in both the DNC and the ADP Platforms and
WHEREAS; the People's Platform promoted this summer by several progressive national organizations, including Our Revolu tion, Progressive Democrats of America, Democracy for America, Working Families Party, National Nurses United and many more, are Nationally reaching out to all 194 Democrats in the U.S House to ask them to cosponsor the following 7 bills in the U.S. Congress,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Arizona Democratic Party endorses the "Summer for Progress — People?s Platform" and its 7 bills, encourage all Democrats to support them and use these 7 bills as part of their key issues in the upcoming elections in 2018.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Arizona Democratic Party calls on all four of our Arizona Congress members to cosponsor these 7 bills.
Submitted on August 23, 2017 by Dan O'Neal, LD12 and Dr. Janie Hydrick, LD18. Adoped by the State Committee on September 23, 2017.
He Ain't Hillary!
I know many of you will not approve of the of this article; however, this needs to be said. It is about correcting what I believe is wrong today! If you choose to take it personally, don't — it is about being part of the solution! We have to get to the place where we stand and stand and stand!
My Mother was a character and I'm not sure that I was convinced she loved me — until I became a mother myself. Then and only then did I get what she was trying to tell and show me when I was a child. Being a parent is just exactly like being a leader; oh sure, the goals are different but whether you are measuring yourself as a parent, a CEO or a nation's leader — the overall measuring stick is marked with hash marks that indicate your subject's moral growth. If the subject doesn't grow into someone with the morals of a democracy, then you have failed. In my opinion, donald trump has failed miserably in leading this country!
As a compassionate liberal and democrat that is living in the hell that is the United States created by trump as this country's president, I think back to my Republican friends, some of my extended family members and some enemies who told me time and time again after the election:
"Well, at least, he ain't Hillary!"
Well, after watching trump's news conference yesterday, I can wholeheartedly agree with them.
He ain't Hillary!
He can't even come close to being Hillary!
Everyone who lives in the United States who believes that to be white is to be just one of the many beautiful myriad of colors that make our nation up; and who believes that without the rest of the colors and the beliefs and the ethics that make up our nations — then we would become a nation that is just white! We would become a nation that is pale and devoid of beauty! To you who believe that it is all the colors and beliefs that make up our beauty, then I applaud you and applaud you and applaud you! And I ask you to become part of the solution if you are sitting on the sidelines just watching!
And to those 58,282 people who live in Mohave County and in 2016 voted for trump for president then I tell you now that I hold you accountable for every bit of hatred, lies, and nationalism to the exclusion of all others that exist in our country today. I hold you accountable for the 150 plus extremists group that have formed since 2014.
Most importantly, I hold those accountable who voted for trump and believed him to be the lesser of two evils or those who just didn't give a darn about our country's future. You are accountable if you couldn't be bothered to stand up for what you might believe in — or if you were too engrossed in your "stuff" to be bothered with standing up for anything.
I hold accountable those of you who have left the Democratic party because you think it is broken, but you left the party because you can no longer "stomach" political involvement. You became part of the problem.
I believe all of you are the reason we are living in a country that is becoming full of domestic terrorists -- people who protest by waving flags with swastikas on them, confederate flags (and yes, that war was about state's rights but mostly it was about black people who were living as slaves because they were someone's property), and those who carry the torches of the KKK or run cars into a crowd because you don't believe in what they believe in!
I want to be clear that those who voted for trump because you believe in his morals and ethics and type of leading, I do not hold you accountable — I hold you clueless!
I believe there is a solution. I believe that we must come together with the strength of inclusion of all, tolerance of others' beliefs; and we need to use the mechanisms available to us. We need to use the press, civil disobedience, and the systems inside the Democratic party (including changing what we don't like). We need to teach our nation to knock it off and pull this nation back from the brink of destruction that a nationalist, wealthy, businessman who holds nothing sacred other than the $$$, advocates.
Because as you say:
He ain't Hillary!
I believe in the inherent goodness of people and I believe strongly in the call of accountability on all of us to make a difference, to be part of the solution!
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.