Now, We Fight: Steps for Taking Immediate Action

It’s time to work! Progressive organizers are providing us with definitive plans. I’ve collected the next steps, as defined by our emerging leaders. I am grateful that we have these people. Being organized and active makes us powerful; make a commitment to participate in whatever you can.

Make a plan – figure out your budget, your schedule, and plan your new activist lifestyle. Unsubscribe from nonsense emails so the ones that matter (like calls to action from progressive organizations) get through to you. The more people you bring with you, the more effective we will be. Make a plan you can realistically stick to. Get excited and stay inspired.

Continue reading “Now, We Fight: Steps for Taking Immediate Action”

Surprise! A few special elections you can throw money at.

There are a few special elections coming up quick, to fill vacant seats left by state officials who are movin’ on up or retiring. More on that below.

But first, I’ll take a quick moment and acknowledge how important action is. We saw it succeed this week, when House Republicans were pressured to back down (for now) from essentially castrating the independent investigative body that polices the ethical behavior of the members of the house. President-elect Trump, who deserves some credit for it, only really questioned the timing. I do give him credit for publicly calling them out.

Continue reading “Surprise! A few special elections you can throw money at.”

The Electoral College Is Obligated To Save Us

But will they? Doubt it. As we approached the voting day, I have quietly supported efforts to appeal to the electors, but I don’t want to put too much stock in such a long shot. I’m more focused on dealing with a Trump presidency rather than trying to put off accepting it. I do not trust anyone to do the right thing. I do not trust there will be enough “faithless electors.”

Plus, if they do deny Trump the presidency, it’s unlikely they’ll give it to Hillary. It’s more likely it will head to the Republican-held House and they will choose a President for us. It could be Trump, himself. In fact, that’s the most likely outcome. The symbolism of this would be significant. I do think getting Trump and his cronies out of there, even for a different Republican, is a good idea, but it would not award us the opportunity to relax and be assured that the US would continue on as usual. And who’s to say that, bowing to party pressure, the new Republican president wouldn’t just promise to continue on Trump’s path, hire Trump as an adviser, or even just let him whisper in his ear the whole time.

This post is beefy with links and information. I promise, I’m usually fairly charming.

Continue reading “The Electoral College Is Obligated To Save Us”

A Quick Pick-Me Up

I stumbled across this article from fivethirtyeight.com, from a few weeks ago. The headline: “History Suggests The Democrats Won’t Stay In the Wilderness.”

Continue reading “A Quick Pick-Me Up”

First Things First: The Senate in 2018

So, about that Senate…

Is it too soon to start obsessing over these races? As long as the fire keeps burning within us, not at all. We need to be thinking of these races early and often; the Republicans have a chance to get a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (60 seats). That is bad fucking news. Along with a majority in the House and President Kumquat in the driver’s seat, that gives the Republicans carte blanche to control the direction of the entire country, including stacking the Supreme Court.

Not interested. Continue reading “First Things First: The Senate in 2018”