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The GOP is No Party For Honest Men

This is the title of an article in the New York Times by columnist Paul Krugman. In it, he argues that Trump and his chief accomplices are lying to Americans about the effects of his proposed tax “reform” plan, which is a thinly-disguised series of tax breaks for the wealthy 1 percent, Wall Street banks and multinational corporations. Appallingly, our very own congressman, Dave Brat, who constantly reminds us that he “is an economist,” is one of the supporters of this package of tax breaks for the rich. You can read the article right here.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Two weeks ago, I said that it seems like every time I write this column, things in this country have gotten worse and worse. They’ve gotten worse. There has been zero progress on curbing gun violence, Trump is lying and flip-flopping on healthcare, he made an asinine decision on the Iran deal against the advice of his national security team and our partners, the humanitarian crisis continues in Puerto Rico, nothing has happened on DACA, there’s no budget, and the Congress is paralyzed by Republican infighting.

Liar-in-chief Donald Trump continues to amaze us every single day, just about every time he exhales, or tweets in the early morning hours from his golden throne. He will say virtually anything to try to distract the American people from the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion and the corruption of our last election. The Washington Post has reported that Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days since what he termed “the largest inauguration in American history.”

The highlights of just this past week were the simply breathtaking lies that Trump uttered when talking about past Presidents’ respect for our fallen warriors, and even more unbelievable, using our dead Green Berets as political footballs, and lying about that, too. Richard Cohen writes in the Washington Post: “Donald Trump does not possess an ounce of compassion. He is reptilian, knowing only to show his fangs, hiss and attack.” This creature is a moral disgrace.

How does this prepare us for the upcoming election? Trump owns Republicans and they own Trump, from the national level right on down to the local level here in Virginia. You can see it for yourselves in what they’ve done and how they behave. Pence just parrots whatever Trump tells him to do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders covers up the lies with spin, Sessions lies to the Congress, Mnuchin lies to the people, Bannon built his career on lies, and, so it goes down the line.

Ed Gillespie lies by saying that Ralph Northam voted to defend “sanctuary cities” and allow MS 13 gangs back on the streets. There are no sanctuary cities in Virginia to defend. He wants to make Virginia “look more like states to our south.” Seriously? Does he mean states like Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, which is totally broke? Several years ago, he headed the nationwide Republican effort, called REDMAP, to gerrymander the entire country, including North Carolina, where the courts concluded that the state imposed Jim Crow voting restrictions with “surgical precision.”

Jill Vogel wants to “… take back Virginia the way this president is going to take back this country!” That’s more like, backwards, if she gets elected. Vogel heads a law firm that represents some of the nation’s largest right wing super PACs and their related “social welfare” nonprofit organizations, which are allowed to shield their donors. Among them are Americans for Prosperity, part of the “dark money” political network established by the billionaire Koch brothers, and American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by Gillespie and GOP strategist Karl Rove. She was the author of the outrageous transvaginal ultrasound bill.

Aren’t we getting tired of all this lying?

Trump, and his ilk, are trying to divert our attention from the critical issues that are going to destroy our country under his so-called leadership. As well as being a lying, heartless, ignorant, childish, misogynistic, racist, bigoted slob, he’s incredibly cunning, in an incredibly evil way. When Senator John McCain, former Republican Presidential nominee, and Vietnam War hero, slammed “spurious nationalism” in his Liberty Medal speech, Trump retorted that “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.” Does this sound presidential? It sounds more like a petty gangster to me. Is this the model we want to hold up when rearing our children? Sad.

Make no mistake, America is in trouble. Intelligent citizens capable of critical thinking know that the ballot box is where we decide our communities’ and our country’s futures.

Our last chief executive, speaking in Richmond this past Thursday said, “the most important office in a democracy is not president, not governor, not mayor, it is the office of citizen, because in a democracy, ultimately you decide what kind of politics we have. You decide by what you do and what you don’t do. You decide by whether you are active or whether you are not. You decide whether to use your voice and your franchise to make things better, or whether you succumb to cynicism. The question for you tonight and over the next 19 days is, do you want a politics of division and destruction?—and distraction? Or, do you believe in a better kind of politics, one where we listen to each other and move this country forward?”

Get out and vote on Election Day, November 7th, so that our Republic may reverse the long, downward spiral to mediocrity that will assign us, as John McCain said, “to the ash heap of history.”

Mike McClary 

Editors Note: This article has been reposted with the author’s permission, and originally appeared here.

Turning Democracy On Its Head

Every decade, with recent results of the census in hand, legislative districts are drawn. Redrawing political lines is a powerful tool that determines who wins an election, controls the legislature, and ultimately which laws pass. In Virginia, legislators create the criteria and draw their own districts. This is a manipulative process known as gerrymandering, and we must create a system that more fairly draws political lines.

A Message from Delegate Jerry Mandering

Another year, another message from your representative (probably), Delegate Jerry Mandering. Contact your delegate today by visiting OneVirginia2021.org/Call.

Posted by OneVirginia2021 on Sunday, January 22, 2017

 
Join the 30th District Democrats (Orange, Madison, Culpeper) for a special screening of the OneVirginia2021 documentary GerryRIGGED.

When
Wednesday, March 29
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Where
102 North Main St, Suite 201
Culpeper, VA 22701

OneVirginia2021 is a leader in advocating for fair redistricting in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are organizing through local, regional, and statewide efforts and we need your support and participation. OneVirginia2021 partners with individuals and organizations to raise awareness, provide information, and work with legislators to implement meaningful reform.

Republicans: Men shouldn’t have to pay for prenatal care, but women should have to pay for men’s Viagra prescriptions

In the 27 hours the House Energy and Commerce Committee spent debating Republicans’ Obamacare revision plan, a handful of moments stand out.

This is one of them.

So, as a middle-aged childless man you resent having to pay for maternity care or kids’ dental care. Shouldn’t turnabout…

Posted by Democrats of the 5th Congressional District of Virginia on Friday, March 10, 2017

 
Health insurance, like all insurance, works by pooling risks. The healthy subsidize the sick, who could be somebody else this year and you next year. Those risks include any kind of health care a person might need from birth to death — prenatal care through hospice. No individual is likely to need all of it, but we will all need some of it eventually.

ACTION ALERT: 5th District Town Hall

On Sunday, Feb. 26, more than 1,200 people attended the People’s Town Hall at the MLK Performing Arts Center.

Our moderators, Saad and Kibiriti, did an incredible job. Dozens of you shared powerful stories and important questions, and we raised more than $3,000 for Amnesty International. We’re very disappointed that Congressman Garrett chose not to attend, but we recorded the whole event for his (and your) viewing pleasure.

Since our event, Rep. Garrett announced that he will be holding a “town hall” in Charlottesville for 135 people on March 31. That is absurdly inadequate, especially in light of the huge response we saw with the People’s Town Hall. We’re asking Rep. Garrett to plan a real town hall at a venue that can accommodate the thousands of concerned citizens who want to meet with him. If he moves forward with his tiny event, we’ll hold a rally to show him what democracy looks like.

We’re going to deliver that message to Tom Garrett directly this Monday, March 6, at 1 p.m.!

Monday is a District Work Day, and Garrett is scheduled to be at his Charlottesville office to meet with constituents. So this week, we’ll be having Monday with Tom, and we know he’ll be there to hear us! Gather outside of the Daily Progress (685 Rio Road West in Charlottesville) at 1 p.m., and we’ll walk over to Garrett’s office (686 Berkmar Circle) together. Bring a poster with your question or concern for the congressman!

Call Congressman Tom Garrett (202-225-4711) and ask him to hold a real town hall meeting, not a tiny lecture. We expect our representatives to be responsive to our concerns. Tom Garrett can’t represent us if he doesn’t meet us.  Click here for a script

If you are able, please try to park in the surrounding area to make room in the Berkmar lot for those with appointments or others who work in the area. We want to respect the other businesses and not block entrances.

Thank you again for your tremendous support. The People’s Town Hall was a monumental success, but it’s not the end of the road. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re standing indivisible, and we’ve got this!

In solidarity,

Patrick for Indivisible Charlottesville

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The Great Correction

The Great Correction

Eliza Gilkyson’s latest video, set to her song “the Great Correction,” features a collection of powerful photos depicting the brave souls who, throughout this nation’s history, fought for a decent society and a protected and loved planet.

 

Quote: Malala Yousafzai

  1. Person on park bench: Daniel Lobo via Flickr Creative Commons (original is in color)
  2. Manhattan Skyline: Stefan Georgi via Flickr CC (original is in color)
  1. Statue of Liberty at Sunset: Michael from NYC via Flickr CC (original is in color)
  2. Los Angeles Traffic: Jim Sheaffer via Flickr CC
  3. Subway and Cellphones: Gonzalo G. Useta via Flickr CC
  4. Hurricane Katrina: News Muse via Flickr CC

Quote: Black Elk

  1. 50’s Billboard: Dorothea Lange via Library of Congress
  2. Homeless person with cart: Stefan Georgi via Flickr CC
  3. Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890: Trager & Kuhn via Wikimedia CC
  4. Nixon and flag:  Raymond Depardon courtesy of Magnum Photos
  5. Civil War re-enactors with kids: Bruce Davidson courtesy of Magnum Photos
  6. Sun: Bruno Caimi via Flickr CC

Quote: Rivera Sun

  1. Cheyenne woman Pretty Nose, war chief at Little Bighorn: Laton Alton Huffman via Wikimedia CC
  2. Sojourner Truth: Photographer unknown via Wikimedia CC
  3. John Muir: Unattributed via Library of Congress
  4. Pueblo Indian Delegation at White House 1923: Underwood & Underwood via Library of Congress
  5. Frederick Douglass: George Kendall Warren via National Archives and Records Administration
  6. Ida Wells: Photographer unknown
  7. Child slavery protest: Unattributed via Library of Congress
  8. Women’s suffrage rally 1916: licensed from Shutterstock
  9. Woolworth Strikers 1937: Unattributed via Library of Congress
  10. Miners at the Virginia-Pocahontas Coal Mine: Jack Corn for US National Archives
  11. Border family: Sandy Huffaker
  12. Playing in the fountain – Alex Webb – courtesy of Magnum Photos
  13. Anti-Vietnam War March 1969: Wystan via Flickr CC
  14. Vietnam protest-Leonard Freed – courtesy of Magnum Photos
  15. The Longest Walk: Seth Roffman

Quote: Oscar Romero

  1. We March with Selma 1965 by Stanley Wolfson via Library of Congress
  2. Firehoses and marchers in Montgomery: Bruce Davidson courtesy of Magnum Photos
  3. Anthony Quin arrest sequence Montgomery: Matt Herron courtesy of Take Stock/The Imageworks
  4. Martin Luther King Jr , Coretta Scott King and Abernathy family: Matt Herron courtesy of Take Stock/The Imageworks
  5. Cesar Chavez Grape Strike NFWA: George Ballis – courtesy of Take Stock/The Imageworks
  6. Dolores HuertaGeorge Ballis – courtesy of Take Stock / The Imageworks
  7. Lesbian, Gay and Bi Rights March in Washington DC 1993: Constantine Manos – courtesy of Magnum Photos
  8. Gay rights demonstration at the DNC 1976: Warren Leffler via Library of Congress
  9. Harvey Milk: Danny Nicoletta
  10. Nina Simone: Dutch National Archives
  1. John Trudell: Nels Israelson (courtesy of John Trudell Archives)
  2. Woody Guthrie: courtesy of Woody Guthrie Publications
  3. Pete Seeger and Joan Baez: Claire Smith

Quote: Chief Joseph

  1. Orlando Vigil-Brian Feinzimer
  2. Keystone XL Protest: Joe Brusky via Flickr CC
  3. Hamilton High students: Lisa Law
  4. One Billion Rising March in Santa Fe: Seth Roffman
  5. A Future to Believe In: Dan Potter
  6. People’s Climate March 2014: Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr CC
  7. Trump Protest in Los Angeles: Ken Shin via Flickr CC
  8. Statue of Liberty: Lisa Law
  9. Occupy Wall St 2011: Zach D Roberts via Flickr CC
  10. Black & Brown Lives Matter: Joe Brusky via Flickr CC
  11. MLK The Great Freedom March to Montgomery: Bruce Davidson – courtesy of Magnum Photos

Quote: James Baldwin

  1. Standing Rock tipi: Dan Potter
  2. Standing Rock water cannons: Avery Leigh White
  3. Standing Rock water cannons frontlines: Avery Leigh White
  4. Standing Rock water protector: Avery Leigh White
  5. Standing Rock frontline medics: Avery Leigh White
  6. Standing Rock water protestor in gas mask: Avery Leigh White
  7. Veterans March in blizzard at Standing Rock: Avery Leigh White
  8. Veterans for Standing Rock handshake: Larry Towell – courtesy of Magnum Photos
  9. Anti-Trump Rally Costa Mesa: Brian Feinzimer
  10. Trump Protest LA 1: Brian Feinzimer
  11. Trump Protest LA 2: Brian Feinzimer
  12. Women’s March on Washington: Mobilus in Mobili via Flickr CC
  13. You are Beautiful: Brian Feinzimer
  14. Black Lives Matter: Alisdare Hickson via Flickr CC
  15. Refugees Welcome: Geoff Livingston via Flickr CC
  16. We Must Rise Together: Brian Feinzimer

Quote: Ida Wells

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