General Strike, Part I – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.21.2020

General Strike – Part I

I have been warning about this situation for months; the fake president is pretending he did not loose the election, and he is trying to steal it. He intends to overturn the election which he lost by more than six million votes.

He and his supporters claim that there was voter fraud, but they cannot show any proof of it in court, in fact they are not even trying.

The Trump campaign pretended to make legal showings over the past few weeks but they lost or withdrew their claims in every case.

Now they are relying on wild conspiracy theories and pure propaganda pushed through the Q platform to influence their voters, as well as the week minded office holders that Trump has swayed with his influence.

Having lost the vote, and having lost in court, they are now looking for a political victory. They are seeking to sew enough confusion to provide their allies with political cover so that the election ends up in the house of representatives where republicans have a numerical advantage and could theoretically invalidate the will of the majority.

I have been warning for months that Trump and his enablers are willing to destroy the Republic and do away with representative democracy, now they have shown their hand, they are nakedly attempting to do it, they do not care if we see it. This is a strategy developed by Steve Bannon, the Fake president along with Rudy Giuliani is fully engaged in a campaign to carry it out, and every single silent republican office holder, from dog catcher to the Senate Majority leader is helping them do it.

We cannot let this happen.

The fake president is calling county election officials attempting to intimidate them into carrying out his will, and succeeding in some small measure. He has called state legislators to the White House to do the same. He and other republicans have vilified their fellow republican secretaries of state for not throwing out votes in Georgia.

This is madness and it must be stopped.

I have been complaining about Donald Trump since he entered the race to become President. I was despondent when he won the election in 2016, I wanted to see him impeached and removed from office for his blatant criminality, and then brought before the bar of justice.

I did not get my way, though he was impeached he was not removed from office, and I accepted this because that is the way our system works.

We were told that the remedy for dealing with Trump was to vote him out, and we did!

Now he is refusing to accept that outcome and he threatens to destroy the American experiment because of it.

What are you prepared to do to stand in the way of this?

If there is a delay in certifying Joe Biden as the president Elect and this results in a delay beyond December 8th in allowing his transition team to begin their work in earnest, then we must shut the entire economy down.

General Strike, Wednesday December 9th.

Fake President, Part XIII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.14.2020

Fake President – Part XIII

The fake president is pretending he did not loose the election, and he is going to try to steal it.

Donald Trump is terrified of what will happen to him when he is finally removed from the White House, he is afraid of winding up in prison for years of fraud he committed while applying for loans, and while filing his taxes, inflating the value of his assets on his loan application while deflating the value of those same assets on his tax returns.

Like everything he does, his crimes are artless, obvious and will be easy to prosecute.

He is terrified of what this will do to his brand, Dumb Donald, the biggest loser in the history of the world.

His fear for himself threatens the fabric of our society. He is fomenting violence, chaos, disorder refusing to recognize our president elect, losing case after case in court because his attorneys cannot provide any evidence, not even the barest hint of proof to substantiate the claims of fraud he makes day in and day out on Twitter and every time he opens his mouth to speak.

Donald Trump is a criminal at the head of a criminal regime, a one-term president who never had any legitimacy in the first place. He is a man who has refused to govern, and by the time he is forced out of office approximately 400,000 Americans will have died from a pandemic that the Fake President has refused to manage, a crisis he lies about every single day, even to the point of denying that it is actually taking place.

Be vigilant. The democracy is in danger.

This fake administration, the fake president and vice president, his Secretary of State, the press secretary and other sundry advisors are all saying publicly that there will be a second Trump administration.

Don’t laugh, they mean it. They mean to steal it. They are looking for a pretense to hang on to power. They may not succeed but they are going to try, and they are doing great harm to the nation in the meantime.

Stay focused.

Be ready to hold the electors in your state accountable, your governors, your secretaries of state, your elections officials and your state assemblies.

Be ready to support a general strike, be ready to bring this country to a screeching halt if the Fake

President attempts to thwart the will of the American People.

We voted, now we have to make sure that the vote is respected.

The Election…Repudiation and a Call for Vigilance – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

11.07.2020

The Election…Repudiation and a Call for Vigilance

It took a few days to resolve, though like so many things that have occurred during Donald Trump’s regime, it did not have to be that way.

The republican controlled state legislature in Pennsylvania refused to allow mail in and absentee votes to be counted prior to November 3rd. The Secretary of State and local election officials had requested it, republicans said no. If they had said yes we would have had the full result from Pennsylvania on November 3rd, just as the orange menace said he wanted, we would have known then that the little tyrant had lost.

While it grieves me to know that the number of people who have fallen under Trump’s malign influence actually grew over the last four years, it was more satisfying to find that the number of people willing to vote against him had grown more, we have repudiated him, and the entire world is celebrating.

This is not a time to relax my friends, stay vigilant!

Especially in place like Arizona and Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, it is time for you and everyone to practice mindfulness and to ensure that the electors sent to represent you in the final tally are the people you chose to do so, and we cannot let the courts overturn the will of the people.

There is a lot of work of to do.

Democrats won on the strength of the African American vote, the women’s vote, and the Latino vote. Democrats have won on the strength of the urban vote and the suburban vote in our great population centers.

The Democratic Party is not the party of elites, as republican demagogues like to mischaracterize us, Democrats represent the majority of the American people, with the greatest degree of cultural and ethnic diversity. Democrats represent the middle class, the working class, the creative class, and the conscientious class.

In the weeks and months ahead we have to hold together. There are important races to win for the United States Senate in Georgia.

Keep the faith, and keep the pressure up, let’s move forward together.

Editorial, The Week in Review – Vote X

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

09.26.2020

Vote X

There are thirty-eight days to go until the votes begin to be counted.

There are thirty-eight left on the calendar for us to take decisive action in determining the fate of our republic.

Stay vigilant in these remaining weeks and days.

Vote early, vote in person if you can. Check your ballot and ensure that all of the procedures outlined by your state have been followed, if you are mailing it in.

Vote the orange menace out!

The tyrant is losing and he knows it, he is getting increasingly desperate. He will employ more absurd and violent rhetoric, he engage increasingly dangerous activities, he will encourage his supporters, both in government and on the street to break the law and put our fellow American’s at risk to stir up chaos and generate the fog of war.

Look at what the governor of Florida has just done, with cases of COVID-19 rising across his state he has ordered that all businesses, restaurants and bars fully open. With thirty-eight days before the election the impact of this order will be felt on or about election day, it is a travesty.

Listen!

Forget about his Supreme Court pick, they are going to appoint her and she will be sworn in. Their hypocrisy notwithstanding, they have the political power to do it and they will. We can deal with that and deal with the abuse that the republicans have done to the federal courts after the election, first we must win, and win big.

Your voice is important, more now than ever, keep the conversation focused on Trump’s horrific failures, his inability to protect the American people from this virus, or even to understand the scope of the threat.

The economy in tatters, ten million unemployed, the rich getting richer, the poor being thrown of their homes, off of the insurance roles, American service men and women attacked and killed by the Russians.

Remind your friends and family of that, focus on the concrete examples of his criminality and negligence.

Vote!

 

Vote VIII – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

09.12.2020

Vote VIII

There are fifty-two days until election day, keep it cool and we will get through this together.

What do you say to people who try to tell you that Donald Trump is doing a good job, that they think he has good policies, and they believe we are better off now than we were four years ago?

Ask them to get specific; don’t let them off the hook.

Ask them about the response to the pandemic, ask them about his continuous and persistent misinformation campaign. Ask them how they feel about the fact that the United States of America has 4.25% of the global population but 25% of deaths due to coronavirus.

If Donald Trump would have taken real and decisive action, if he would have trusted the experts in his own administration instead of “playing it down” because he “likes to play it down,” and is still playing it down 1,000 people a day would not be dying from this virus.

Yesterday in Canada no one dies from the coronavirus.

Think about it. Ask that erstwhile Trump supporter to think about it.

Donald Trump, who is the fear-monger-in-chief said he “played it down,” because he didn’t want to create a panic. He withheld information from the American people that could have saved lives because he didn’t want to create a panic.

Who did he think would panic?

Not me, not almost everyone I know. We knew he was full of sh*t all along. We did what the scientists and our doctors were telling us to do: wear a mask, stay home keep distant.

No one panicked, but millions of Americans, tens of millions of Trump supporters ignored that advice, and now the economy is in tatters and the do nothing republicans in the senate and the White House are disinclined to do anything about it.

Ask whoever it is that thinks Donald Trump has good policies and is doing a good job, what is good about that.

Don’t let them off the hook, make them explain themselves, and don’t let them tell you that they are happy with him for appointing conservative judges to the federal bench.

Vote III – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

08.01.2020

 

Vote     III

 

The talk continues about how Donald Trump will refuse to concede the presidency when he loses the election on November 3rd. In the past week he became the first president ever to suggest that we delay the election.

 

He is spreading lies about the process of mail in voting, fear mongering and worse. His own attorney general echoed Donald Trump’s sentiments in his testimony before congress without offering any proof, or even the rudiments of an actual argument support by statistics of any kind.

 

Donald Trump and his minions are simply making assertions, counterfactual statements, lies to make their point.

 

Donald Trump cannot delay the election, do not follow the bright shiny object or be distracted by that prospect. Focus on what is really happening: voter disinformation, voter intimidation, voter suppression, and other malfeasance.

 

The most important thing we can do is vote, everyone must vote!

 

Do not forget to vote. Do not forget to register. Do not forget to vote.

 

Double check your registration status and vote.

 

If you are voting by mail then get your ballot early, mail it back early or drop it off at a collection center in person.

 

Check and double check the date you write on your ballot, and your signature. If the Secretary of State in the state where you live sends you any correspondence, read it, follow up on it, and be on the look out for bogus mailings coming from supposed election officer who do not belong to a recognizable public office.

 

It had been discovered that Donald Trump and the Trump Administration are interfering with the United States Post Office, a newly appointed Post Master General, a trump supporter and campaign contributor just took office and has implemented measures to slow down the mail.

 

They do not want the Post Office to facilitate Trump’s electoral defeat.

 

This cannot stand. Postal employees should refuse to cooperate with these measures. Do your patriotic duty and process the mail.

 

Do more, prepare yourself with knowledge; we need a massive public education campaign, we need a crash course in civics. There is an electoral process that must play out, it is different from state to state, but every citizen should take the time to become familiar with the rules, the laws that govern your voting rights in each and every local.

 

Let’s not be confused, Donald Trump will lose the popular vote, and he will lose in the electoral college. Nevertheless, between now and then there will be a massive disinformation campaign trying to scare you into not voting, trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter, or that your vote is illegitimate. The orange tyrant and his republican cronies will attempt to invalidate your vote; we cannot let them

 

Wherever republicans have the authority they will purge voter roles, close polling stations, make it more difficult to vote; our duty is to be undeterred, to insist on our rights, to cast our votes, and to have our votes counted.

 

Familiarize yourself with the laws that govern voting where you cast your vote.

 

Over the last two week we discussed the voting rights act of 1965, which was designed to enforce the rights guaranteed in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and the laws that govern elections at the federal level.

 

Last week we discussed the statutes that govern voting in my home state of Minnesota.

 

In the weeks leading up to the election we will look at the statutes that govern voting in key battleground States.

 

Knowledge is power, arm yourself with it.

 

Hold your government accountable!

The Race is On – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
04.11.2020

The Race is On

I donated five dollars to the Biden campaign yesterday, I was happy to do it.

I think the Democratic Party could have chosen a better nominee, but I also think Joe Biden can take us across the finish line.

A lot of my friends are unhappy that Bernie Sanders didn’t go the distance, and while my personal opinion is that Joe Biden fit the bill of electability, I share the gloomy outlook that the more progressive policies which I favor won’t have a Champion in the White House.

But here is the deal…

The legislation that we all want to see passed has to begin in Congress anyway.

We all need to keep our energy focused on the campaign ahead, not just for the sake of electing Joe Biden, but in order to elect more progressive members to the House and the Senate.

We need genuine progressives to win Gubernatorial races, and to win State Assemblies. We need everyone to stay engaged, we need the full court press.

We need to put an end to the pogrom the republicans have been running on the federal judiciary, we need to control redistricting, and we need congress to reassert its status as a coequal branch of government.

We need to pass legislation that limits the authority of the executive with penalties to enforce a strict enforcement, criminal penalties if necessary, if members of the executive branch do not comply with Congress right of oversight.

We need to pass a new Voting Rights Act, we need government reform from the top to the bottom.

The kind of malfeasance we have been living through these past three years has left without the ability to help ourselves in this time of crises.

We need to remove Donald Trump from office, tomorrow is not soon enough, but we need to do it decisively, and when he is gone the criminal investigations have to begin.

In the past, when Obama took office he opted to let the crimes of the Bush administration go: illegal surveillance, torture, lying to congress etc…we let it go in the name of national unity, and for the purpose of moving on.

That cannot happen when Donald Trump is walking out the door, he and his family and their fiends who have defrauded the American people must face the consequences for the things that have done, and for their criminal neglect as well.

Momentum Shift – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
03.07.2020

Momentum Shift

And so it happened, the momentum in the race for the Democratic Party’s nominee for President has shifted.

It is important to note that the shift is not hypothetical, it is marked by the fact that primaries and caucuses have been held and the people have come out to vote. The field has winnowed and we are down to a two person race.

There are many people who cast this race in terms of so-called “progressive wing” and the so-called “corporate wing” of the Democratic Party. Please be aware that while Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden have many different policy proscription for what ails America, they have much more in common with each other, and their values are far more closely aligned with the values of the average American than the vacuous and amoral menace, that confused and cowardly villain who is currently operating a criminal regime out of the oval office.

There are many of my friends who are upset about what took place in the primaries over the last week, suggesting that the elites in the democratic party rigged the vote against Bernie’ no they didn’t. The voters voted, and the votes that were cast came from a demographic sampling that represents America, and the Democratic Party.

One condescending friend of mine, a middle-aged, middle-class European American had the nerve to suggest that the Presidential race has come down to two white-racist-septugenarians, and he was angry about it. Never mind the fact that African Americans voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden. My out-of-touch white friend thinks he knows a thing or two about racism, and about what is good for people of color, and he wants everyone else to think that people of color don’t know what is good for themselves, and thought hat person is a friend of mine, I think the sentiment is disgusting. He and all the other Bernie supporters need to just settle down and check their own implicit bias at the door.

Be mindful, the race is far from over. The momentum has shifted, but only enough to make it a contest. The next few weeks might show us that the shift in momentum represent ted a C change, but we are not there yet.

Both candidates, and everyone who follows them should stay positive, spend their time and energy articulating the values of the Democratic Party, move forward, and not succumb to the kind of internal feuding that the Trump campaign and Russia are fueling.

That should both stay in the race until it mathematically impossible for them to win, and then the certain loser should drop out, endorse the other, and work not just for their election, but work tirelessly for democratic candidates up and down the line, in both local and national races.

I have this last thing to say to my progressive friends.

The progressive platform they are dreaming of and working toward is a grass roots movement. Grass roots movements do not typically work through the implementation of executive action at the top. They work from the ground up, and if we want the Green New Deal, Single Payer Health Care, College Financing Reform etc…we are going to need Senators and Representatives in Congress to author and sponsor and pass that legislation.

If you want Constitutional Amendments, you need to have super majorities everywhere, not just in Federal Offices, but in State Houses and Governor’s Mansions all across the country.

If we refuse to stand together, then we will fall apart.

Election Post Facto – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
11.10.2018

Election Post Facto
Hope.

The electoral response to T-Rump was fantastic. We voted and T-Rump vision for America was checked.

It was checked, and that is hopeful.

There is hope, but the struggle is far from over.

The Democratic Party lost a couple of races that we had hoped would win. We lost them narrowly. We can take heart in the fact that the race for the Senate in Texas was as close as it was, even though Beto went down.

The same is true of the Governor’s race in Georgia, though we are still counting votes, and there is a sliver of a chance that when the votes are done being counted, it will result in a run-off election on December 4th. We have to keep our energy up, and be prepared to turn out for that race, if it should occur.

The race for Governor and Senate in Florida is still being counted as well, we cannot allow these races to be concluded until every vote that has been cast has been counted. We cannot allow Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion to stand, that the right to vote does not guarantee the right to have your vote counted.

The Democratic Party won big, but we need to keep on winning. We cannot rest and we must take stock of the campaigns that ran successfully, in Texas and Florida and Georgia, even if the candidates ultimately lost or loose.

I have always been a proponent of supporting the moderate middle, not because I am a moderate at heart, but because I believe that politics is about the art of compromise.

However, we were shown something, and I have learned something, that the right candidate can carry a progressive message, and drive it straight into the heart of conservative Texas, and Georgia, even congressional districts in Oklahoma, the right candidate can take the message home, and turn out people who have never voted before.

The Democratic Party has to learn its lesson from this, we have to field progressives in every district where the contrast and distinction of the platform will stir the people up, and get them to take a chance on changing direction.

I still believe in compromise, but I also believe in the necessity of reclaiming the starting point on where the negotiation must begin, and plant that flag far to the left, and reclaim the middle for fairness, equality, and common sense.

There is hope, yes, but there is also cause for grave concern.

T-Rump is afraid, and he is stirring up his base. They are coming out to support him with guns and bombs, literally, his people are willing to kill to defend his fake presidency, his criminal regime.

There is hope, yes but there is a certain need to stay mobilized and keep the pressure up.

Tens of millions of people came out in support of the Republican agenda, of Donald T-rump and the sycophants in Congress that do obeisance to him. The fake president still have control oft the executive branch, Mitch McConnell will remain the senate majority leader (unless a couple of conscientious Senators decide to go independent and caucus with the Democrats), and so-called conservatives still hold out of nine seats on the Supreme Court.

The country showed more of who we truly are last Tuesday, both the good and the regrettable, we came out in large numbers, and we have to keep up the struggle and push our majority through the year 2020, and the redistricting of congressional districts that will take place then.

Take Care of Yourself – Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
10.13.2018
Take Care of Yourself
There are three weeks and three days to go before the election, I hope everyone participates.

Did you know that in Australia it is the law that every person has to vote. You get fined if you do not participate. As a result they have about 95% voter participation, and because of this most of their political parties pander to the center, and not to the fringes.

Let me be clear, there is a lot wrong with Australian culture. They are always ready to go to war, they are Eurocentric, they have a long history of committing crimes against indigenous people and minorities, but they also have Universal Health Care, and Universal access to Higher Education and many of the other things we would like to have hear, that would help our democracy function better, take café of the people better,

Voter participation is key to social justice in America. When the political parties know that they will be held accountable by all of us, all of the time, the wing nuts on the fringes will cease to hold the power that they do. Then and only then will we be able to influence public policy, to change its arc back toward justice.

We do not live in Australia, in America only half of the voters vote.

There are three weeks and three days to go before the election. Be mindful of this. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Things may not go the way we want them to.

We have little control over what is going to happen, as individuals we have no say whatsoever, or we have our say, and that is just a drop in the bucket, we may as well try to influence the weather. We can do it if we act as a group, but left to our own devices none of us can do very much.

There are three weeks and three days to go before the election. Even if the electorate manages to deliver a stunning rebuke to T-Rump and the Republicans, it is not likely to change very much. We have to be prepared for that.

We have to vote, we have to do our part, but lately I have been reading the posts and comments left by my friends, little shout-outs expressing their frustration and even, for some, despair, and I am worried.

We have to take of ourselves and each other, listen empathetically, hold ourselves up and be prepared to move-on, whether or not we experience victory at the polls, whether or not we come away feeling defeated.

If it is victory we have to move forward temperately and preserve those wins through the coming cycle, when redistricting occurs, at which point we can bring greater rationality to the electoral map.

If it is victory we can begin to investigate the crimes of this administration, and defund its corrupt initiatives, but we have to move temperately because there will be resistance at every turn. We have to play the hand we have until we have the cards we need, we cannot presume to impeach, or throw anyone out of office until we actually have the votes.

Speak up if you are suffering, ask for help when you need it, we are all in this thing together, though sometimes it might feel like you are all alone, you are not all alone.

We have decades in front, and we will walk through them together.

Take care of yourself.