Politics


BE FOREWARNED ABOUT THE AMMENDMENTS

It’s better to vote NO on an amendment that promises a beneficial change if it’s coupled with a dreadful condition such as being offered cat poo wrapped in a $100 bill.

https://www.lwvfl.org/politicos-want-you-to-stink-up-the-florida-constitution/ 

Here are some of the worst proposed amendments (you can see how the legislature operates):

https://www.lwvfl.org/amending-constitution-worse-league-women-voters-florida-coalition-partners-highlight-worst-worst-proposed-amendments-crc/

The League of Women Voters discusses how the FL constitution revision commission worksand describes all of the 13 amendments. Be watchful of the bundled amendments (think cat poo). 

https://www.lwvfl.org/amendments/ 

At some point soon, the League will be publishing a newspaper copy of this information.

In the meantime, we have the online source to learn from.


The next Supreme Court Justice

With the retirement of Justice Kennedy there appears little hope that Democrats can avoid having President Trump do what he has promised during the campaign and since - he will nominate a jurist who is committed overturn Roe v. Wade.  He can nominate whomever he wants and the Republican majority in  the Senate will undoubtedly support him by approving his nomination.

Is that it?  do we have any options?

One is to delay the vote till after the fall elections.  We simply explain to Senator McConnell that he needs to use the same logic he did in 2016 to delay the approval of Justice Merrick Garland - he offered a very clear explanation why no one could be approved prior to an election.

If he did it for the Republicans, he will certainly do it for the Democrats, right?

Since it is true that President Trump has sworn to refrain from nominating anyone who is not prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade we can take him at his word (even though he is recently saying he won't even ask the question of a nominee).  First, which would you believe - what he says now or what he said then.  I would go with the latest.  He is also looking to choose from the 25 justices that have already been vetted by several right wing groups and they say that every one of them is ready to make abortion illegal.

If we make the assumption that no matter what Trump or the nominated justice says, they are looking to overturn Roe v. Wade, then we can argue with Republicans in the Senate that a vote for the nominee is a vote against women's control of their bodies.  All we need is one Republican Senator to vote no.

Corey Booker made another proposal.  If Trump is able to choose a new justice while he is under investigation for collusion and conspiracy, would he not be expected to choose someone who would side with him in the case that the Supreme Court is called to decide whether he can be indicted, subpoenaed, and pardon himself (or others).  Is there a legal issue with having him make a decision that could mean so much to his own case?

In any case, the best we can hope for is that the actual decision will be made after the fall elections and that we indeed take back the Senate.  Without both of these things, we need to resign ourselves that abortions will become illegal, possibly birth control will also be illegal, gay rights are in jeopardy as are civil rights, other decisions on immigration, voting rights, and consumer protections may all be up for change.


Here are some comments from Cory Booker about Judge Brett Kavanaugh;

President Trump recently announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court. I will be opposing his nomination for a number of reasons, and will be fighting tooth and nail to prevent him from being confirmed by the Senate.

We should all be concerned about what it would mean for our country if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Not only does Judge Kavanaugh have a long, disturbing record — from demonstrating hostility toward Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act to his decisions showing a clear favoritism toward corporations over workers trying to organize for better wages and working conditions — but he has a long-established view that a U.S. President should not be subject to a criminal investigation while in office.

With President Trump currently a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation that has already produced significant results — over 190 total criminal charges, 5 guilty pleas and 1 person sentenced — Judge Kavanaugh’s views on this subject should make his nomination a non-starter.

With such a clear conflict of interest at hand, President Trump — who has an established history of loyalty tests for appointments — should not be able to nominate someone who could effectively serve as a get-out-of-jail-free card if issues surrounding the special counsel’s investigation end up before the Supreme Court.

And there is even more at stake than the criminal investigation involving President Trump. Judge Kavanaugh has a long record of handing down decisions that are detrimental to everyday Americans.

His record shows he passes the Trump administration’s litmus test of overturning Roe v. Wade; he has shown a clear hostility to the Affordable Care Act; and his previous rulings have led to voter disenfranchisement and favored corporations over workers fighting for better wages and working conditions.

Unless we spend the coming weeks and months fighting this nomination, Judge Kavanaugh could soon become a deciding vote on not only these issues, but on issues pertaining to the criminal investigation involving President Trump.

The rulings handed down by this court will affect all of us for generations to come, which is why we cannot back down.


Alan Grayson fund raising letter July 1:

Today is the end of our FEC reporting period.  Also, it’s the anniversary of the first tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, by Charles Blondin in 1859.

Blondin began performing as an acrobat in 1829 in France, at the age of five.  He moved to the United States in 1855, continuing to work in circuses. It is not known when he first conceived the idea of crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope; for sure, it’s nothing that would have ever occurred to me.

Thus, 159 years ago today, Blondin became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope.  But once was not enough. Blondin did it again and again, in one totally-off-the-chain manner after another:

  • Pushing a wheelbarrow;
  • Sitting down in the middle, and cooking and eating an egg;
  • In a sack;
  • On stilts;
  • Blindfolded; and
  • Standing on a chair, with only one chair leg touching the rope.

Six weeks after his first crossing, Blondin did it with his manager on his back:

Charles Blondin somehow survived this endeavor to have eight children.  He continued tightrope walking until the age of 71. Then Blondin died of old age – certainly, an entirely unexpected end.

Here is my point.  If Charles Blondin could survive a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls with his manager on his back, then we can survive the Trump Administration.  Si se puede.  


This page is for articles and discussion of general political issues.  As Democrats, we are facing political issues way beyond anything we have encountered before.  We (United States voters) picked someone to be our President that is in many ways fatally flawed.  He has demonstrated that he knows nothing about policy, gets most of his ideas regarding governing and who to hire to fill his cabinet from things he hears on Fox News, he has taken extreme positions on a number of issues - ban the Muslims, build the wall, embracing groups that espouse racism, politically it is an environment that is very unfamiliar to everyone.  Some of his campaign promises:

Drain the Swamp - there has never been an administration that actually pulled people out of the swamp and put them in positions of responsibility.  The EPA administrator who doesn't believe in climate change.  The Education Secretary who isn't in favor of public schools.  Economic advisors that undo consumer protection regulations.  A Housing Secretary whose only apparent qualifications is that he lived in a house when he was young.  It didn't work but he proposed his doctor to head the VA without any experience with managing a large corporation.  His promise to choose only the "best" people has resulted in more firings and resignations of more people in less than one year than most Presidents hire in their whole 4 year term.

Build the Wall - somehow he got this idea that a wall would solve most of our border problems - reduce the flow of illegal aliens (despite the fact entry of illegals is at the lowest point in decades), cut off the flow of illegal drugs (paying no attention to the well known facts that drugs coming over the border are a small percentage of the total), and do it all under the umbrella of "protecting" the country (despite there being no evidence that any threat is coming over the border).

Ban the Muslims - he has made a number of legal attempts to carry out the ban under the guise of keeping us safe.  Trouble is he isn't focused on banning potential terrorists, he just wants to ban people of the Muslim religion.  Of course, harking back to our experience between Catholics and Protestants in England, our constitution does not allow making any decisions solely on being a member of a religion.

Support Law and Order - has there ever been an elected official (much less a President) with such a collection of suspicious activities (unusual visits to Russia, refusal to show his taxes, and associations with criminals or suspected criminals)?  His problems are so obvious that we called a Special Prosecutor to investgate in his first year in office.


Still Separate, Still Unequal: The Role of Black Women and Girls in the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education  AAUW May 17, 2018

As an organization committed to improving women’s and girls’ access to education, AAUW has often been at the forefront of the push for equity in education by working to improve school environments and make them safer through Title IX enforcement; examining the status of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields; and supporting cases that ensure the rights of students are upheld within the classroom. Quality education for women and girls is a crucial step toward achieving equity.

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