Democrats Rally in State Elections, Preparing to Sweep 2018.

Tomorrow, on November 7, Millennial Democrats will be joining our mentors from prior generations in participating fully in these crucial, yet oft-neglected elections. It has all the makings of a very big day.

 Many of us, including the editor of Millennial Democrats, had never before voted in an off-year election or even thought much about them. Barack Obama chided us for this recently, and we have heard him. We won’t make that mistake this year.

2016 has become the race that never ends. When Trump won, nobody went back to sleep. Things never returned to business as usual.

The country has realized it has made a mistake.

As a result, this year, people are paying very close attention.

The APA has been conducting its Stress in America poll every year since 2007. The most recent provided an upsetting commentary on our collective state of mind. It found that 63 percent of Americans currently feel that the future of the country is a very significant source of stress in their lives.

59 percent of us said this is the “lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.”

People are in pain. They see confusion all around them. Economic challenges are getting worse. Disinformation and frustration have both taken a toll. We are going through it with everybody else because we are everybody else. However, it is precisely this shared sorrow that will allow us to make our voices heard.

Democrats have a plan. We have specifics. They’re all right there in that most progressive of documents, the 2016 Presidential Democratic Party Platform. We have continued to provide a sane and decent alternative to an increasingly messy ordeal. We will keep our noses to the grind and refuse to give in. And eventually, we will succeed.

We are coming together. We are going to start taking back our country from the cannibal Republicans who have stolen it. Here are the people we are rallying behind.

This off-year election will feature gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. It will feature as well state legislative elections in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and in the lower house of the Virginia legislature.

Five Special elections to the United States House of Representatives have already taken place this year. One other House seat and one other Senate seat still have yet to be filled. Numerous mayoral races and a variety of other local elections will be taking place as well.

As of September 27, Democrats have picked up a total of eight Republican-held seats as a result of special elections from New York, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.

This combined with how close we came to winning last year in districts considered to be unwinnable by any Democrat suggests strongly that we’ve got everything it takes in 2018 to overcome the large mathematical disadvantages peculiar to this year’s electoral map.

Take the Jon Ossoff- Karen Handel race last spring. Georgia’s Sixth District has been red since 1979.  We came within a hair of taking it. $23 million was raised for that race.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is sadly leaving office due to term restrictions. He was an excellent governor who consistently earned high marks on Virginia’s economy. He also, unlike the president, spoke out strongly against the mayhem in Charlottesville over the summer that led to the senseless murder of Heather Heyer by a mutated mongrel, a nameless Nazi pig.
The race to replace him, however, has focused not on the economy, but rather on a continuation of 2016. It has essentially been a proxy war between the two competing parties, which has typified every race since November 9th of last year. Hard to believe it’s been a year already. It all feels like the same long month. Trump has cast his big orange shadow over everything.
According to the final poll from Christopher Newport University being released before the election, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam held a solid and persistent advantage over his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie as of this morning and is considered the favorite.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, outgoing Republican Gov. Chris Christie has had a rough time since Bridgegate with the public. He neglected the state and its people in order to help out Trump. But Trump used and discarded him like Kleenex after the transitioning to the White House was done.
These are just a few of the reasons that record-low approval ratings hover mightily over the contest to replace him. Christie is a prototypical example of what lies in wait for politicians who signed on with Donald Trump during this horrible time in our history. They’ll all get to have a taste of what is being done to Colin Kaepernick. See how they like being blacklisted.
His lieutenant governor, Republican candidate Kim Guadagno, has tried to distance herself from Christie’s disasters, but the odds of this are not very good. Former US Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee, has led consistently in the polls, spending tens of millions of dollars out of pocket on the race. At this point, a Murphy loss would be a shocking upset.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is also expected to cruise to reelection.  Republican Nicole Malliotakis and two third-party candidates who lost the Democratic primary are about as second-rate as it gets. Perhaps after they lose, Trump will find Cabinet jobs for them.
Former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz joined the earliest members of the GOP who could not stand the zoo anymore and retired mid-term, citing that it was “Time to get off the gravy train”. This was big for us. Upon leaving Chaffetz vacated the gavel of the House’s oversight committee. That’s a position of power that we might now possibly take.
It does have to be realized that this seat is in a solid red, reliably Republican district of Utah. Provo Mayor John Curtis, the Republican candidate, is favored to win against Democratic candidate Kathie Allen, but there’s every reason to hope for an upset, especially with Russiagate reaching epic proportions by the day now.

Today, we’re going to be doing every last thing we can think of to help our people, wherever they may be. Sharing articles, hitting threads, making phone calls.

Yesterday evening, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam released a report proving that Russian bots have been interfering in their race on his opponent Ed Gillespie’s behalf just as they did for Trump last year. No way are we going to let those people go into a fight alone. We have to back him up, and we’ve got to do it now.

This is Election Week. Tomorrow is our day. We have got to win tomorrow everywhere else we have a chance. We need those Governor’s Mansions. That is where our attention is needed, and that is where we’re going to put it. Our work is cut out for us.

Today, we will do everything we can think of to give our support and love to Ralph Northam of Virginia, Bill de Blasio of New York City, and all of the other brave people who have stood up to be our leaders. We have come to a time when we need good leaders more than ever. We will stand by them, and our hearts are with them. Now, let’s hit these phones and threads!!!!!!!!!

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Let Freedom Ring, and Let Kaepernick Play Football.

Why is Colin Kaepernick unemployed? It has nothing to do with football. Dan Orlovsky is not a better player. Thad Lewis is also not. The answer was already obvious, by the time the Dolphins called Jay Cutler out of retirement. The NFL was literally resolved on signing any quarterback available, other than Kaepernick, this year.

This has created a real eyesore of a situation for the NFL, and the USA. One would think the bigots might have been a little smarter. All they would have had to do, to make this go away, was ignore it and let it blow over. At this point, Kaepernick has said he’ll stand for the national anthem, if he can go back to playing football. His point has long been made. It’s over. So why is he still unemployed?

One unnamed GM who spoke to Sporting News recently had the following to say.

“The kid is talented enough to play in this league. He is a Super Bowl quarterback for a reason. But it’s the handling of the situation,” the GM said, in part. “It makes you pause … It is an issue of mentality, personality. I think it boils down to maturity.”

He doubted Kaepernick’s leadership, claimed he could “kill a locker room,” described his anti-racism activism as “all that garbage” and as “questionable judgment.”

That’s the modern way of saying that he’s uppity.

It has now been confirmed that NFL ratings are down across the board. The racist billionaires that own it all, have now clearly revealed themselves. They have put the spotlight right on themselves. Before, everyone suspected, that purely athletic considerations were not the only reasons for a player to be hired or not hired. Now, we all know for a complete and total certainty, and that is why no one is watching these games.

Instinctively, every one of us knows what that means. It means the sanctity of the game, the purity of the sport, has been politicized and therefore degraded. If it wasn’t for all these worries, common sense tells us, of course the guys could play better. The human race is capable of playing better football than the NFL is allowing.

These owners are ruining the sport, and nobody can hold them accountable due to private property laws. But a sport beloved by the whole world, cannot truly be private property. That is causing an obvious paradox, and a worsening one. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that all sporting teams should be owned by the country itself. These are national pastimes. Let them be regulated by the same laws as the nation.

In other news, North Korean hackers managed to steal joint South Korean- United States war plans today, but we’re not going to have the time. We found out Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, issued subpoenas to a U.S. firm involved in the Donald Trump dossier without consulting the Democrats on the committee, in a cheap attempt to hamstring the investigation’s outcome, but that too will have to wait. Mike Pence walked out of the Colts game over the weekend, at the personal request of Donald Trump. That’s more like it.

The big news today, is that the NFL is getting ready to pass rules forcing players to stand for the national anthem, instead of the United States getting ready to pass laws to prevent black people from getting murdered. There are people all over America who take greater offense at black people using their voices, than at seeing them silenced forever. That is nothing short of a moral abomination, and one that is tearing this country apart. So today, we’re going to hit this one as hard as we can.

In our lives, when we come up against a wrong too big to be ignored, it forces us to make a choice. We either take a side or turn a blind eye. We are given a voice for a reason. The time has come to use it, for every American. We are in the midst of facing a major existential crisis, one to set the direction for the entire nation’s paradigm.

Simply stated, the question is: Are we going to keep working toward being that great, unselfish, compassionate country that Robert F. Kennedy always said we were? Because there’s a lot of people out there saying no.

The President of the United States of America publicly cursed and reviled Colin Kaepernick, a private citizen, for exercising a perfectly legal priority. He even went so far as to in effect bemoan that a hate crime hadn’t befallen him, at the hands of an owner who would then “be the most popular person in this country”.

A more revolting set of priorities is hard to imagine.

Five years ago, in a gated neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, a young man named Trayvon Martin was followed down the street and shot dead by a paranoid resident. His death, and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, was a major factor in the rise the Black Lives Matter movement. Critics of BLM are always asking, “Don’t all lives matter?” Of course all lives matter. That’s precisely the point. The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that in today’s America, black lives simply don’t.

The legacy of Trayvon Martin was to get America to start taking a hard look at the racial bias in America, both by and large and in our justice system. That work is far from finished, and has been badly sidetracked by the catastrophic result of the 2016 presidential election.

When Obama was President, and Kaepernick first kicked his protest off, names like Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant made international news and caused worldwide sorrow. But there have been numerous unarmed black males killed in 2017 so far, and little has been said of it.

One of these was Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old high school freshman who was shot in April by a police officer in a Dallas suburb. An officer in Balch Springs opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on Edwards and his friends as they drove away from a party, according to news reports. How do you bring yourself to unload an automatic rifle, at the back of a young guy like that? One of your own countrymen?

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that every human being shares a bond, but being countrymen with someone is an especially sacred thing.

It means, when the mess comes down, these are the guys you will find yourself standing next to. If there’s a war, we’ll be in uniform together, or our children will be. If there’s a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey or the wildfires slashing through California right now, those are the guys you can count on to be there, regardless of skin color.

That’s what society is for. It’s a fundamentally necessary bond. To discard and overlook that essential connection, based on the pigmentation of a person’s skin is not only vicious; it’s stupid, too. We need each other.

There are only two outcomes, for the ending of this national anthem protest. Either a repressive law will force players to their feet, against their will, to let freedom ring with voices filled with nothing but quiet desperation, or Colin Kaepernick will be allowed to go suit up. One of these outcomes involves taking every single value this country holds dear, and smashing it. The other involves letting a pretty good quarterback throw a football.