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It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 3/20/17


 

 

 Who are the Southern Democrats. I thought I take a moment and share the history of the Southern Democrat and how they morph into today’s Republican Party and identify as the White Middle Class voters Che Guevara Sanders is attempting to win over to his Pseudo Revolution.After the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by President Johnson, he commented that the Democratic Party had lost the South for a very long time. After the lost of Mary Landrieu, Democrats lost the last vestige of Power. Hopefully, with the election of Jon Bel Edwards as Louisiana Governor,  Governor Roy Cooper and yes Terry McAuliffe in Virginia we can stem the tide.

Southern Democrats

It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 3/13/17


 

 

The Monty Python Regime of the Vagina Grabber in chief continues on a rolloracoastal into the edge of darkness.  Latest Polls:

Monmouth Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating at 43%

 By Brian Freeman   |   Monday, 06 Mar 2017 04:02 PM
 Forty-three percent of the American public approves of President Donald Trump’s job performance, while 46 disapprove and 11 percent have no opinion, according to a

Other results from the survey include:

  • 80 percent of self-identified Republicans approve of his performance as president.
  • 82 percent of Democrats disapprove.
  • Independents are evenly split at 43 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving.

In counties where Trump won the election by a margin of at least 10 percentage points:

  • 55 percent approve of his performance as president.
  • 33 percent disapprove.

In counties in which he lost by at least 10 percent:

  • 33 percent approve of the job he is doing.
  • 57 disapprove.

In swing counties, where his victory or loss margin was in single digits in the election:

  • 41 percent approve of his performance as president.
  • 46 percent disapprove.

Among those polled:

  • 49 percent of men approve, while 40 percent disapprove.
  • Among women, 36 approve, while 53 percent disapprove.
  • White non-Hispanic Americans approve of Trump’s performance by a 55 percent to 35 percent margin.
  • 69 percent of non-white or Hispanic adults disapprove and only 19 percent approve.

On topics:

 48 percent are concerned that Trump may be too friendly toward Russia and 49 percent are not concerned.
  • 39 percent said the travel ban was a good idea, while 49 percent said it was a bad idea.
  • 34 say Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign, 36 percent saying he should not resign and 22 percent who had not even heard about the controversy.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from March 2 to 5 with 801 adults in the United States. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

Continuing the Resistance: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/web/ manual on how to respond to the Vagina Grabber In Chief.

1. Contribute to organizations that will oppose Trump and the Republican agenda. In the wake of Trump’s victory on November 8th, a number of well-known liberal groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, the Sierra Club, and Planned Parenthood, reported that they had seen a surge in donations and volunteers. That was encouraging news for opponents of Trump, but it was only a start. Given his illiberal instincts, the nature of his Cabinet picks, and the scale of the Republican Party’s ambitions in rolling back the welfare and regulatory state, the battle ahead is likely to be long and bitter, waged on local, regional, and national fronts.

In this contest of words and wills, all sorts of different groups will be in need of financial support, from national organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations to the political-action funds of the labor unions that will be targeted by Republican governors and their corporate allies to local groups of lawyers trying to help undocumented immigrants who could be targeted for deportation. You can find lists of organizations opposed to Trump herehere, and here.

2. Support independent journalism.Trump is clearly obsessed with the media, and for good reason. Like all skilled propagandists, he knows that journalists represent a potential threat to him and his shameless efforts to traduce the truth. With his popular social-media feeds, and the support of an upstart right-wing press, he has found a way to go around the mainstream media and, when he deems necessary, to confront it head on. But, for all the power of Twitter, fake news, and the social-media echo chamber, real news can still break through all the noise.

Witness the past week’s revelations in the Washington Post and the New YorkTimes about Russian efforts to interfere in the American election. For once, Trump was put on the defensive. For months, he has claimed that nobody knows who carried out the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and other targets: at one point, he suggested it could have been a “four-hundred-pound guy” lying in bed. Last weekend, he called a C.I.A. assessment that Moscow had tried to help him win the election “ridiculous.”

But this week Trump was powerless to prevent leading Republicans, including John McCain and Mitch McConnell, from calling for congressional hearings on the extent and origins of the Russian cyberattacks. Many Presidents in the past have come to fear getting caught inside the Bermuda triangle of prying journalists, official leakers, and congressional committees. But for the oversight process to work there needs to be a thriving and independent press.

3. Get engaged on a personal level. Giving money is one thing, but making a donation to help someone else oppose Trump is no substitute for individual and collective mobilization. In any liberal democracy, the ultimate guardian of decency and civil liberties is an active civil society, which can push back against efforts to mislead the public, flout accepted norms, and centralize power. That’s why, usually, one of the first thing that would-be autocrats do when they take power is attack civil society.

But what is civil society? In addition to big national organizations, such as labor unions, the A.C.L.U., and the N.A.A.C.P., civil society comprises countless local groups, including charities, environmental activists, church groups, think tanks, reading groups, peace campaigners, parents’ associations, and youth groups. It encompasses any group that mediates between the individual, the government, and the market, and whose goal is promoting the common good. The thing to do is to pick an organization that reflects your personal interests or an issue that motivates you, get involved, and stick with it.

4. Contact your congressman and senator and tell them to stand up to Trump. For good or ill, the first line of defense against a Trumpion erosion of democracy will be the U.S. Capitol. As the Trump Administration moves forward with its reactionary agenda, it will be up to legislators in both parties not to cut deals that target the weak, encroach upon civil rights, or enrich the new first family. Thanks to the Internet and a growing number of apps, it is now very simple to find your elected representatives and let them know what you think.

Surprising as it may be to some skeptics, elected officials do listen to their constituents, especially when they get in touch with them personally in large numbers. I relearned this lesson when I was reporting on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, to which many powerful financial interests were staunchly opposed. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who co-sponsored the legislation, told me that the only reason he and his allies managed to overcome Republican opposition, and Wall Street’s efforts to win over some Democrats, was that they managed to mobilize enough ordinary people to exert pressure on their elected representatives. In this case, the public will need to be vigilant and involved across a broad range of policy areas.

5. Support local initiatives to resist the Trump and Republican agenda. Last week, Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, California, put forward a series of measures designed to protect undocumented immigrants in the state from deportation. “We are telling the next Administration and Congress: if you want to get to them, you have to go through us,” Anthony Rendon, the speaker of the State Assembly, said. And earlier this week Jerry Brown, California’s governor, vowed to fight any efforts by the incoming Administration to roll back efforts to tackle climate change. Reacting to a suggestion from one of Trump’s advisers that he could eliminate NASA‘s earth-science programs, which have done much to illuminate the advance of global warming, Brown said, “We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers, and we’re ready to fight. . . . If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.”

Other Democrat-dominated states, such as Massachusetts and New York, are thinking along similar lines, particularly when it comes to mounting legal challenges to some of Trump’s program. And, ironically, they are taking a lead from Republican-run states, such as Oklahoma and Texas, which have challenged many of President Obama’s initiatives in court, such as his effort to use the Clean Air Act to reduce CO2 emissions. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

6. Support electoral reform. Ultimately, Trump’s win was enabled by America’s antiquated electoral system, which was designed to prevent each vote from counting equally. In still relying on the Electoral College and the rule that says each state has two seats in the U.S. Senate, we are beholden to the prejudices and interests of an eighteenth-century ruling class that was white, landed, and dedicated to preserving the prerogatives of individual states.

I asked my friend and colleague Hendrik Hertzberg, who is a longtime advocate of reforming the electoral system at all levels of U.S. government, what people could do to promote the cause. He wrote back, “If you live in one of the forty states that have not yet signed on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact write—better, call—your state legislators and ask them to get on with it. And send some love (and some bucks) to FairVote.org, which just helped Maine become the first state in the nation to adopt ranked-choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting, for all its important offices, including its congressional delegation. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.”

7. Be smart: violence would only help Trump. Inevitably, there are going to be many more protests after the women’s march. That is as it should be. The right to protest is a fundamental tenet of democracy, and Trump isn’t just another President: he’s a shameless demagogue. But for now the onus is on the protest organizers and participants to try to keep things peaceful, even if they are provoked by counter demonstrators or aggressive policing. Doing otherwise would be counterproductive.

History shows that violent political protests often produce a backlash from the public at large—a fact that Richard Nixon, among others, exploited with ruthless effectiveness. Trump, in his speech at the Republican National Convention, has already portrayed himself as Nixon’s heir, and, should things get ugly, he would revel in presenting himself as the upholder of law and order. Genuine authoritarians welcome disorder as an excuse to crack down on all forms of dissent. In many cases, they have fomented incidents of violence for this purpose.

It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – Women’s History Month 3/6/17

Women History Month the Resistance Continues


 

 

First women’s-rights convention meets in Seneca Falls, New York, 1848
In July 1848, some 240 men and women gathered in upstate New York for a meeting convened, said organizers, “to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women.” One hundred of the delegates–68 women and 32 men–signed a Declaration of Sentiments, modeled on the Declaration of Independence, declaring that women, like men, were citizens with an “inalienable right to the elective franchise.” The Seneca Falls Convention marked the beginning of the campaign for woman suffrage.Wyoming Territory is first to grant women the vote, 1869
In 1869, Wyoming’s territorial legislature declared that “every woman of the age of twenty-one years, residing in this territory, may at every election…cast her vote.” Though Congress lobbied hard against it, Wyoming’s women kept their right to vote when the territory became a state in 1890. In 1924, the state’s voters elected the nation’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.Californian Julia Morgan is first woman admitted to the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris, 1898
The 26-year-old Morgan had already earned a degree in civil engineering from Berkeley, where she was one of just 100 female students in the entire university (and the only female engineer). After she received her certification in architecture from the Ecole de Beaux-Arts, the best architecture school in the world, Morgan returned to California. There, she became the first woman licensed to practice architecture in the state and an influential champion of the Arts and Crafts movement. Though she is most famous for building the “Hearst Castle,” a massive compound for the publisher William Randolph Hearst in San Simeon, California, Morgan designed more than 700 buildings in her long career. She died in 1957.Margaret Sanger opens first birth-control clinic in the United States, 1916
In October 1916, the nurse and women’s-rights activist Margaret Sanger opened the first American birth-control clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Since state “Comstock Laws” banned contraceptives and the dissemination of information about them, Sanger’s clinic was illegal; as a result, on October 26, the city vice squad raided the clinic, arresting its staff and seizing its stock of diaphragms and condoms. Sanger tried to reopen the clinic twice more, but police forced her landlord to evict her the next month, closing it for good. In 1921, Sanger formed the American Birth Control League, the organization that eventually became Planned Parenthood.Edith Wharton is the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, 1921
Wharton won the prize for her 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. Like many of Wharton’s books, The Age of Innocence was a critique of the insularity and hypocrisy of the upper class in turn-of-the-century New York. The book has inspired several stage and screen adaptations, and the writer Cecily Von Ziegesar has said that it was the model for her popular Gossip Girl series of books.Activist Alice Paul proposes the Equal Rights Amendment for the first time, 1923
For almost 50 years, women’s-rights advocates like Alice Paultried to get Congress to approve the amendment; finally, in 1972, they succeeded. In March of that year, Congress sent the proposed amendment–“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex”–to the states for ratification. Twenty-two of the required 38 states ratified it right away, but then conservative activists mobilized against it. (The ERA’s straightforward language hid all kinds of sinister threats, they claimed: It would force wives to support their husbands, send women into combat and validate gay marriages.) This anti-ratification campaign was a success: In 1977, Indiana became the 35th and last state to ratify the ERA. In June 1982, the ratification deadline expired. The amendment has never been passed.Amelia Earhart is the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane, 1928
After that first trip across the ocean, which took more than 20 hours, Earhart became a celebrity: She won countless awards, got a ticker-tape parade down Broadway, wrote a best-selling book about her famous flight and became an editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1937, Earhart attempted to be the first female pilot to fly around the world, and the first pilot of any gender to circumnavigate the globe at its widest point, the Equator. Along with her navigator Fred Noonan, Earhart successfully hopscotched from Miami to Brazil, Africa, India and Australia. Six weeks after they began their journey, Earhart and Noonan left New Guinea for the U.S. territory of Howland Island, but they never arrived. No trace of Earhart, Noonan or their plane was ever found.

Frances Perkins becomes the first female member of a Presidential cabinet, 1933
Perkins, a sociologist and Progressive reformer in New York, served as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor. She kept her job until 1945.

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League becomes the first professional baseball league for female players, 1943
Women had been playing professional baseball for decades: Starting in the 1890s, gender-integrated “Bloomer Girls” teams (named after the feminist Amelia Bloomer) traveled around the country, challenging men’s teams to games–and frequently winning. As the men’s minor leagues expanded, however, playing opportunities for Bloomer Girls decreased, and the last of the teams called it quits in 1934. But by 1943, so many major-league stars had joined the armed services and gone off to war that stadium owners and baseball executives worried that the game would never recover. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the solution to this problem: It would keep ballparks filled and fans entertained until the war was over. For 12 seasons, more than 600 women played for the league’s teams, including the Racine (Wisconsin) Belles, the Rockford (Illinois) Peaches, the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Chicks and the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daisies. The AAGPBL disbanded in 1954.

The FDA announces its approval of “The Pill,” the first birth-control drug, 1960
In October 1959, the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle applied for a license from the federal Food and Drug Administration to sell its drug Enovid, a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, for use as an oral contraceptive. FDA approval was not guaranteed: For one thing, the agency was uncomfortable with the idea of allowing doctors to prescribe drugs to healthy people; for another, the young bureaucrat assigned to the case was fixated on moral and religious, not scientific, objections to the pill. Despite all this, Enovid was approved for short-term use in October 1960.

Janet Guthrie is the first woman to drive in the Indy 500, 1977
Guthrie was an aerospace engineer, training to be an astronaut, when she was cut from the space program because she didn’t have her PhD. She turned to car racing instead and became the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Mechanical difficulties forced her out of the 1977 Indy race, but the next year she finished in ninth place (with a broken wrist!). The helmet and suit that Guthrie wore in her first Indy race are on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, 1981
O’Connor was confirmed that September. She did not have much judicial experience when she began her Supreme Court term—she had only been a judge for a few years and had never served on a federal court—but she soon made a name for herself as one of the Court’s most thoughtful centrists. O’Connor retired in 2006.

Joan Benoit wins the first women’s Olympic Marathon, 1984
At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Joan Benoit (today known as Joan Benoit Samuelson) finished the first-ever women’s marathon in 2:24.52. She finished 400 meters ahead of the silver medalist, Norway’s Grete Waitz.

Manon Rheaume is the first woman to play in an NHL game, 1992
Manon Rheaume, a goalie from Quebec City, Canada, was no stranger to firsts: She was well-known for being the first female player to take the ice in a major boys’ junior hockey game. In 1992, Rheaume was the starting goalie for the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lighting in a preseason exhibition game, making her the first woman to play in any of the major men’s sports leagues in the U.S. In that game, she deflected seven of nine shots; however, she was taken out of the game early and never played in a regular-season game. Rheaume led the Canadian women’s national team to victory in the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championships. The team also won silver at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, 1997
In January 1997, the international-relations expert Madeleine K. Albright was sworn in as the United States’ 64th Secretary of State. She was the first woman to hold that job, which made her the highest-ranking woman in the federal government’s history. Before President Bill Clinton asked her to be part of his Cabinet, Albright had served as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2004, Condoleezza Rice became the second woman–and first African-American woman to hold the job. Five years later, in January 2009, the former Senator (and First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State.

Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director, 2010
The American film director Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 film “The Hurt Locker” garnered six Oscars on March 7, 2010, including the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. Written by Mark Boal, a former journalist who covered the war in Iraq, the movie follows an Army bomb squad unit as they conduct dangerous missions and battle personal demons in war-torn Baghdad. Bigelow, whose previous films include “Strange Days” and “Point Break,” was the first woman to take home the Best Director distinction. She triumphed over her former husband, James Cameron, whose science fiction epic “Avatar” was another presumed front-runner.

Hillary Clinton becomes first female presidential nominee of a major party, 2016
On July 26, 2016, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state was officially nominated as the Democratic nominee, becoming the first woman from a major party to achieve that feat. Clinton had previously mounted an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008 (before losing to Barack Obama in the Democratic primary), and fought off a strong challenge by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016 before clinching the glass ceiling-breaking nomination.

 

Resistance Corner:
Women who rely on Planned Parenthood are fighting back: Richards said that she hopes GOP lawmakers are listening, as stories like these have the potential to save women’s reproductive choice.
“Can you imagine if men in this country had to recount their medical procedures to keep from being prevented to go get them? The double standard for women in this country is outrageous,” she said. “I think it’s so important that we appreciate what women do, telling some of the most personal, intimate details of their medical history to save women across this country.”

 

 

Minimum Wage in St. Louis Unexpectedly Jumped Today from $7.70 per hour to $10.00.

2 Democratic State Candidates win in Connecticut, a third makes it close in a very red district.

It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People 2/27/17

Resist, Resist, Resist


 


Growing up one of my favorite poets and writer was Khalil Gibran, his book ” The Prophet” sits along side the Bible, Koran and Tao Chin in my library.

He wrote: “But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls”. Khalil Gibran. Wish he was alive today to bring us some calmness and tranquility in these hours of sorrow and despair that has gripped our nation.

From the lips of the last legitimate President: “Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up”. Barack Obama

We are a resilient people, many of us in the village have encountered circumstances that led to a transformation in our thinking and state of being. Circumstances that would have defeated weaker beings. You stand upright, proud and undefeated, for it is the reason of our existence as a community. Our light that illuminated our path and continues to, is/was Hillary Clinton. We now move forward continuing the fight that she began in-order to provide a prosperous, safe and welcoming nation. Her leadership reminds of the words of Mwai Kibaki. ” Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed”. It what I saw in Sec. Clinton when she was first lady in Arkansas and in the White House and as the people’s choice as President.

As the stream of hate pours out of the White House we are embolden by the response of many to take up resistance..

 

She Warned Us.

 

The Resistance begins:

“I’m on Obamacare. If it wasn’t for Obamacare we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance,” said Chris Peterson, a farmer from Grassley’s state. “With all due respect, sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panel. We’re going to create one big death panel in this country if people can’t afford insurance.”

Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina faced similar questions at a town-hall event in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, just outside of Charleston. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, signs saying “Save the ACA” were posted around the meeting, and the lawmakers faced questions about a wide range of policies coming from President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that a gathering with Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis earlier this month was similarly fiery, with constituent Evan Thornton pleading with the GOP lawmaker for his life. “I’m an independent who voted for you,” Thornton said to Bilirakis according to the Times. “Please don’t take my life away. Please don’t let me die.”

Our DNC Team is on board, congrats to Sec. Tom Perez, first Latino DNC Chair and to Congressman Ellison as the Deputy Chair.

Election Victory For Team Blue in Delaware. Stephanie Hansen, keeps Delaware’s Senate in Dem hands.

The last time her opponent, John Marino, ran in this district, in 2014, he lost by just 2 points. Hansen’s 58-42 percent victory over Marino on Saturday ensured that Democrats will maintain control of the state Senate. It also notched a big Donald Trump-era win for a new generation of Democratic activists shocked into action by the November election.

While Hansen’s campaign was focused on local issues, she saw a huge swell of support after nationwide Women’s March protests on Jan. 21. Protesters, many of them out in the streets for the first time, have been turning their energy toward local and state politics. The first major election since the uprising was Delaware’s.

Hansen’s campaign received huge support. More than 1,000 volunteers worked during the course of the campaign, and about 500 ― many from nearby states ― showed up Saturday for Election Day. Hansen received more than 14,000 contributions of less than $100 from small donors spread all over the country.HuffPost

 

It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People 2/20/17

 

As we continue looking for ways to resist the fascist/Bircher Regime, I came across some writings by Eli Sanders, Pulitzer Prize winner for a riveting book“While the City Slept,”,  on the rape and murder in 2009 of Jennifer Hopper and Teresa Butz who were repeatedly raped, tortured and knifed in their South Park home by an intruder who had appeared in their bedroom at 3 a.m., naked and holding a large blade. He also has wrote a fascinating article called “The Bravest Woman in Seattle.”. He has written extensively on what is happening in America and has offered his thoughts on how to resist. This is a part of a series he wrote in “The Stranger” newspaper. I hope they can provide us with more avenues to pursuit.

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA

When Khizr Khan stood at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia earlier this year and said directly to Donald Trump, “Have you even read the United States Constitution?” he was asking the right question.

It remains the right question.

Trump has stated plainly that he wants to ban Muslims from entering the United States and hopes to persecute Muslim citizens, people of Hispanic descent, and other minority communities within America. This means he’s ready to shred the Bill of Rights. Trump has said he wants to roll back the freedom of the press and punish women for making choices about their own bodies. This means he’s hostile to the First Amendment, the 14th Amendment, and the rule of law. Trump has spoken openly, on national television, about his intention to jail Hillary Clinton. This means he respects neither due process nor democracy itself. As a newspaper in deep-red Utah put it, Trump’s heedless bullying and ignorant amorality reveal “the essence of a despot.” As others have warned, Trump’s thirst for vengeance against dissenters, along with his gleeful targeting of the most vulnerable, is the hallmark of a fascist. Yet Trump has now been elected president of the United States.

What does this mean?

It means we must now commit to defending basic things: Liberty. Equality. Community.

It means we all need do what Khan suggested and what Trump has likely never done. Pull out a copy of the Constitution. Grab the Bill of Rights, too. Keep them. Read them. What follows is obvious: We must act.

Now we resist. We speak. We write. We protest. We defend the rights of others as we would defend our own. We educate ourselves. We make art that matters. We make lives that matter. We make love that matters, including in all of the delightful ways that were illegal in this country just 13 fucking years ago. (See the US Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, also worth a read.)

We figure out how to persuade some of the tens of millions of Americans who voted for Trump. We don’t need to persuade all of them, thankfully; that’s one of the nice perks of democracy. But we do need to persuade enough of them that we can work together to reverse this existential error and save our republic.

We will do this from America’s cities, because the cities are where most of us who voted against Trump reside. We see meaning in this fact. We will shout this meaning toward anyone who will listen (and, sure, we’ll use our indoor voices sometimes, too), because everyone within and beyond the city needs to hear this, now more than ever. Our declaration of urban resistance is about three things: fixing the city, loving the city, and expanding the city—the better to expand the opposition to Trump.

We will do this because we have to. We will do it because time is running out (see: climate change). We will do it because we want a livable future. Our republic cannot exist without certain basic things—things we cherish and now must defend both for ourselves and for the country as a whole: Liberty. Equality. Community. —Eli Sanders is an associate editor at The Stranger, Seattle Newspaper.

Also, continue of what could of, should of:

WHAT AMERICA SAID

Who would you rather have running the country? The most qualified presidential candidate ever to run for office who happens to be a woman… or (check all that apply):

__ a racist.

__ a bigot.

__ a misogynist.

__ a tax dodger.

__ a billionaire who’s declared bankruptcy multiple times.

__ a man who has never held public office.

__a man who makes fun of disabled people.

__ a man who “grabs women by the pussy.”

__ a man who might not be able to read.

__ all of the above.

Anyone but a fucking woman, said America. Anyone. Literally anyone.

Of course, racism has as much to do with the outcome of this election as sexism. But many women were proxies for misogyny directed at Hillary Clinton. They encountered it firsthand—lectured by mansplaining “friends” on Facebook about what a bitch she was, told what a liar she was despite the fact that her e-mail scandal amounted to nothing. Women listened patiently to false equivalencies: “They are both terrible,” family members would say, not grasping that equating a liar, a con man, a bigot, a racist, a tax dodger with a woman who had a private e-mail server was the result of centuries of baked-in sexism and misogyny.

No wonder women felt so harassed that they joined one of the many secret Hillary Clinton Facebook groups to find a safe space to talk about the election.

When you are a member of a marginalized class of people experiencing homophobia, sexism, or misogyny, trying to explain to people who are not a member of that class of people—or even worse, who are but who don’t understand it—that it is already happening is like being the only person who can see a ghost in the room. It’s there, it’s talking to you, it’s plain as day, but reasonable people insist that you must be crazy—or worse, just wrong.

You can listen to Michael Moore speak at length about how the Democratic Party didn’t connect to its base of working-class blue-collar men in the rust belt—or how Clinton didn’t campaign enough (or at all) in Wisconsin and Ohio and Pennsylvania. You can agree that perhaps Clinton didn’t do enough to connect with Joe the Plumber, and Joe the vice president would have done better there.

But you are missing the key point: Clinton can’t connect because men like that are predisposed to not like women like her. Women from those parts of the country don’t like women like her. Clinton represents everything we have been taught women should not be: strong, smart, powerful, independent, loud. That is sexism.

For many women, it’s still so painful to know what we came so close to achieving and how far away we still are. It’s so painful to know that the Bernie bros have only been vindicated by her loss, able to huff, “I told you so,” even though they themselves have absorbed 20-plus years of conspiracy theories rooted in sexism and fear of female power. When the next female presidential candidate is introduced, hopefully sooner rather than later, all of us—men and women—need to listen to Clinton, who urged her supporters in her concession speech to stop hiding “in secret, private Facebook sites… I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.” By  — Tricia Romano is the Lifestyle reporter for the Seattle Times. tromano@seattletimes.com


THE AMERICAN MONSTER

Remember, too: This country was founded by white male slave owners on stolen land. He is what America always was.

Donald Trump is the white supremacist ideology coded in our country’s DNA. He was there at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, declaring Black people to be three-fifths human. He was there a century later, arguing that Native Americans needed to be removed from their ancestral lands. He was there in 1952, telling white women they needed to be afraid of sharing bathrooms with Black people. He spat on Dorothy Counts on the morning of September 4, 1957, when she walked to her newly integrated high school.

The monster has been named. That may be the only silver lining in this election. Now begins the slow, methodical, painstaking work of taking the monster apart—including the work of wrestling the monster inside all of us. —SYDNEY BROWNSTON, The Stranger, Seattle Newspaper

I hope these articles have provided some enlightenment.

It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People 2/13/17

One Land, One Flag, Many Peoples, Religions, and Colors

As our democracy is attack by followers of the John Birch Society that has hijacked the Conservative movement, we the people of a Village that has formed to resist the evil of the current Regime in the very White House, must articulate to the masses the not only the evils of this Regime, but what do we offer in it’s place to the People of our Country.

The Regime offers:  limited government and opposes wealth redistribution and economic interventionism. It opposes collectivism, totalitarianism, and communism. It opposes socialism as well, which it asserts is infiltrating U.S. governmental administration. In a 1983 edition of Crossfire, Congressman Larry McDonald (DGeorgia), then John Birch Society’s newly appointed president, characterized the society as belonging to the Old Right rather than the New Right.[14]

The society opposed the 1960s civil rights movement and claimed the movement had Communists in important positions. In the latter half of 1965, the JBS produced a flyer titled “What’s Wrong With Civil Rights?”, which was used as a newspaper advertisement.[15][16] In the piece, one of the answers was: “For the civil rights movement in the United States, with all of its growing agitation and riots and bitterness, and insidious steps towards the appearance of a civil war, has not been infiltrated by the Communists, as you now frequently hear. It has been deliberately and almost wholly created by the Communists patiently building up to this present stage for more than forty years.”[17] The society opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, claiming it violated the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and overstepped individual states’ rights to enact laws regarding civil rights. The society opposes “one world government“, and it has an immigration reduction view on immigration reform. It opposes the United Nations, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and other free trade agreements. They argue the U.S. Constitution has been devalued in favor of political and economic globalization, and that this alleged trend is not accidental. It cited the existence of the former Security and Prosperity Partnership as evidence of a push towards a North American Union.[18]

 

 

If I had said and done 1/3 of what Trump has said and done, I would have been impeached.

From Prison to the Steps of Lincoln Memorial, “I Have A Dream”, you from the White House to Prison, Mr. Trump

Mr. McConnell What happen to freedom of speech.

So what do we offer:

New progressive vision for the 21st century — Hillary Clinton

    What we need is a new progressive vision for the 21st century. We have to do that by setting big goals for our country.

  1. Let’s start by cleaning up the government, replacing this culture of corruption and cronyism with a culture of competence and caring again.
  2. Let’s finally do something about the growing economic inequality that is tearing our country apart. [We currently have] the highest concentration of wealth in a very small number of people since 1929, which was not a good year for America. So let’s close that gap.
  3. Let’s make sure every single American has the most fundamental benefit there is. It is not a privilege, it is a right–quality affordable health care for every single man, woman and child in America.
  4. Let’s recommit ourselves to the idea that every young person in America has the right to a high-quality education, from pre- school all the way through college.
  5. [Let’s stand] up for science and supporting scientists –to retain our economic lead in the world.

 

Right has no sex and truth has no color

“What better way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King than to look at this stage right here tonight? I’m reminded of one of my heroes, Frederick Douglas, who had on the masthead of his newspaper in upstate New York, “The North Star,” that right has no sex and truth has no color. That is really the profound message of Dr. King. The content of our character, who we are as people. We have differences, but it would be unbecoming of any of us to not share those differences and to make the points because we are competing for the most important job in the world at a time when our country has been disgraced abroad, when we have denied and ignored the problems that are afflicting people. It’s important that we stay focused on the future, what we are going to do together to make our country once again what it should be, to deal with this myriad of problems that await, because we can bring our country together and we can set big goals again. We can start acting like Americans and solve those problems together.” Hillary Clinton

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WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

 

It Takes A Village – Monday Read: Day of Reckoning November 7, 2018

Good Morning We have 25 Senate seats up and the House. What transpires from now to the Day of Reckoning will determine the fate of our democracy. Lets recap why November 7, 2018 matters and it has been less than 30 days:

Donald Trump Executive order 1/20/17 Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
Donald Trump Executive order 1/24/17 Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects
Donald Trump Executive order 1/25/17 Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Donald Trump Executive order 1/25/17 Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
Donald Trump Executive order 1/27/17 Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Employees
Donald Trump Executive order 1/27/17 Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
Donald Trump Executive order 1/30/17 Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/20/17 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies – Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/23/17 Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/23/17 Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/23/17 Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/24/17 Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/24/17 Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/24/17 Memorandum Regarding Construction of American Pipelines
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/24/17 Memorandum Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/27/17 Memorandum on Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/28/17 Memorandum Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Donald Trump Presidential memo 1/28/17 Memorandum Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council

Underlying all of this is the philosophy of Edmund Burke, an influential 18th-century Irish political thinker whom Bannon occasionally references. In Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke presents his view that the basis of a successful society should not be abstract notions like human rights, social justice, or equality. Rather, societies work best when traditions that have been shown to work are passed from generation to generation. The baby boomers, Bannon says in a lecture given to the Liberty Restoration Foundation (LRF), failed to live up to that Burkean responsibility by abandoning the tried-and-true values of their parents (nationalism, modesty, patriarchy, religion) in favor of new abstractions (pluralism, sexuality, egalitarianism, secularism).For both Burke and Bannon, failure to pass the torch results in social chaos.By Keith Collins, Quartz Media Still thinking what could have been if those who awashed themselves in pure thought would have given her a chance.

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A New Beginning

  The Sun will never set on democracy and the pursuit of justice. We the selected few that have emerged from under the bus. We’ll  continue the pursuit of truth and justice, to voice our diverse points of views that fuels our Village, it is time to rise like Phoenix from the ashes. The sleeping giant has been awoken by the a government based on Birchism,fascism and Racism. No Mas, we will not cow to the those who want to play nice or civil with the opposition. Let us not fool ourselves that we can , reason with nor negotiate with The Vagina Grabber In Chief. We’ll not surrender nor cave into the boorish behavior of a wannabe Dictator Oligarch.

Let’s mobilize and join those who have taken to the streets. It’s time for us to use our economic purchasing power to inflict the pain that these oligarch dictator and his followers understand, on their profit margins. I call for nationwide boycott of companies, individuals and organization that support this regime. I burnt all my New Balance shoes, refuse to watch anything with Jon Voight, Susan Sarandon, and others appear in.

We are in the precipice of seeing our World Order collapse into Anarchy, Led by our US of A.