Everybody Loves a Parade Right?

When will the “look out behind you” strategy stop working in Washington DC?  We’ll get back to that question but it is a very fair one.  Once again something outlandish and improbable is thrown out there to try and make us fail to notice a few small matters…

Some are, in no particular order:

  • The Porter Scandal.  In the era of #MeToo, a senior White House aide with a penchant for hitting the women in his life is unacceptable.
  • The Vice President trying to use a gay Olympian as a get-out-of-bigotry-free card.
  • The Mueller Investigation
  • US Congress is derailing its own investigations, intentionally, with faked memo’s and a crass inability to read (or write).
  • POTUS tweeting about a tragedy involving an illegal resident–but failing to tweet about even a single one of the 3,497 drunk driving deaths inflicted during his first year in office–all by legal immigrants save this case involving an NFL player
  • DACA not yet replaced with a feasible replacement or extended
  • One Government Shut-down already and another possible.
  • We are the only country on the planet larger than a Volkswagon bus that is not a part of the Paris Environmental Accords.
  • We risk losing billions in farm revenue per year if Mexico decides to shop elsewhere.  There are debates on exactly how much and by when, but we do sell billions of dollars a year in agricultural products into Mexico.

Skip all that though.  Just liberal hunches and Fake News, right?  Wrong.  Every one of the above matters are visible in public records.

Back to parades.  Parades are traditionally held to celebrate something or as a means of making up for small hands and it is pretty easy to tell which is which.  When North Korea throws a parade, it is to look impressive mean and angry. When France throws one, they are memorializing a day when the common citizen said enough.  I think we can all guess that the proposed Parade in DC–(Which won’t happen because the DC District will not approve 50 ton tanks and such de-paving the city)– is compensating for small hands and #FirstWorldCombOverProbs

The Word for Today is Dignity

It is a sad truth in my world that every single morning when I take my first look at what happened in the news, I hear the Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard barking out “Damage Report!”  Today was no different.  The Dumpster in Chief referred to countries holding half a billion people as “Sh*tholes.”   There is no walking this gaffe back.  There is no explaining it away. There is no “look out behind you” that will distract me from this gaffe that insults (in a demeaning and profound way) 15% of the world’s population.  Think about those numbers.  The guy in the White House just insulted 15% of the world in one moment of oratory flatulence.

I have written my Congressional Delegation in hopes that they will do something…

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Hey Look! Your Shoe is Untied!

This is 2017 (for a bit yet) and we should not have to explain basic bait and switch tactics to each other and certainly not to the US Congress.

Every elected official in Washington DC is complicit it the Grand Theft Oxygen going on right now and they need to step up and put a stop to it.  I am weighing in with my elected officials and I heartily recommend everyone here does the same thing.

dec 17

Not enough shine in the world to make this Tax Bill smell right…

They are polishing the turds in Washington again.  Our Congress is out of conference and counting votes for the Tax Scam.  Let’s all get out there and do a few things to make a difference:

  • RESIST by making calls, visiting offices, and using Resistbot to get it clear to our elected officials that play time is over, we are not having it, and there will be a lot more change in the make up of Congress if they do not listen to the people.
  • Share every time you resist.
  • Encourage others to do so as every voice matters.

My offering today:

december 15

Sneaky Much?

So Congress has fundamentally declared all of you readers are morons.  Every one of you.  You are so far beyond clueless that the light from clueless takes 1 million years to strike your windows.  Mean words to be fair and oh so appropriate.  While the President is having lover squabbles with Rocket Man on twitter and Roy Moore cannot see a lynching coming his way, Congress is voting this week to repeal 13 million people’s healthcare, give tax cuts to the rich and de-fund public works programs that will harm 200 million Americans.  Oh, and 40% of us get an immediate tax *hike* and by 2027 it is 80%.

They are doing this with a strategy no more complicated than “Hey!  Look!  Your shoe is untied!”

Natch I got wind of it by paying attention and sent off some love to my Congressional delegation to let them know we are not idiots and are watching closely.

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The wins last night are a cause for hope, not celebration…

I am not generally the person advising caution when progressive values score a win or three, but there is a peril in getting comfortable.  Many Americans got very comfortable with a progressive, dignified President for 8 years and look where we ended up a year ago.  I find myself preoccupied today for reasons very different that last year, for now we have a new enemy to confront:  Complacence.  The wins last night are not a cause for Ovation, they are a cause for consideration.  The wins last night are a cause for hope, not celebration

I am well pleased that in an off election year so many people turned out to the polls and turned some of the worst of the political swamp out into the streets.  I am delighted that a transgender candidate won an election against the self-proclaimed homophobe of Virginia.  I am more pleased that she (Danica Roem) is a hard working, progressive woman, who campaigned solely on issues impacting her district.  When asked to comment on snide remarks made by her opponent after the election was called, she had the dignity and class to refused to say anything bad about him as he was one of her constituents now.  Spoiler alert:  Voters of the Virginia 13th… You just did an amazing job for each other.

I am delighted that a couple of kingpins of the republican swamp lost the governor races in New Jersey and Virgina.  I do not know the governor-elect of Virginia well, but I can tell you that if the winner in New Jersey is smarter than a number six anvil, then the Garden State just got a heck of an upgrade.

Still.

We must not be complacent.  We still have an unqualified, misogynistic blow-hard in the White House. Every day he is in office is a day closer to Armageddon.  We have a vile serpent as his second.  Mr. Pence has long thought it appropriate for a band of old, white men to decide what happens to a woman’s health. We have a Republican Congress pressing through a tax bill that raises taxes for me, and you, and you, and you, and well, anyone making less than a million dollars a year.  They hid it well–just like they hid giving Churches (cults) the right to spend money to support political campaigns–but it is clear that they are about to pay for their tax breaks by screwing 60 million Americans in 2018, 120 million by 2020, and heaven only knows how many by 2022.

The time is now.  The time for a sustained clarion call is here.  In every city.  In every county.  In every state.  We need progressive voices out there.  We need progressive voters registered.  We need progressive values restored and Democracy given a chance to flourish.  We must not become Germany and Italy of 1935.  We must not let our leaders take away inclusion, jobs and healthcare from those who asked them to serve.  We need 2018 to be the year that the middle class took back Congress and restored the faith of us all in the system.

We must have towns, cities, counties, states, a nation, and a world where *everyone* has a chance to live healthy, free lives, and prosper.

We must not go gentle into that good night….

Yes.  It was a very good night.

But we need so many more….

You can join the cause…

George Reed for Indiana 40th