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Desperate For Disaster, The GOP Holds On To Kavanaugh- Vote Set Friday.

Kavanaugh's Denial.

The saga of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings has ventured from the unsound into the realm of the bizarre.

A Fox News interview the other night saw Kavanaugh trying desperately to regain his momentum, using what a chess player or movie buff might call the 40-year old Virgin Defense. Remained a virgin well into his twenties, according to him.

Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

It was weird. Real weird. Here’s a guy who is about to be serving in the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court, and he’s on TV listing off all the sexual stuff he did as a young man. Creepy. Gross. Nobody cares, dude. T.M.I.

Kavanaugh’s own feelings about his conduct have receded into insignificance at this point. It’s out of his control completely. Trumpism is about to get hit with #metoo head on. This is the year of the Democratic woman; I wouldn’t be on the other side of this for all the money ever made by man.

Trump himself has launched into a full-blown assault on the attackers. That’s what rape culture is, in case anyone reading this has ever wondered. The victims are the ones who end up on trial because the powerful men the attackers resemble can see it happening to them. They think they’re fighting for their right to party.

One person who vehemently took sides with no facts used to be a decent sort of guy, Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from North Carolina. Trump has been chumming him up since the start. Looks like it’s working.

Graham went beyond what is publicly known about the Christine Blasey Ford accusation that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, saying “everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen.”

Not quite, bud.

Kavanaugh “said it didn’t happen, that much is true. But he also said he was never even in the room, or at the party.

His ex-roommate Mark Judge said otherwise. He was quite clear about Kavanaugh’s having been at the party, and in the room with Dr. Ford. He just denied the events took place within them.

There were another two witnesses also, but they also didn’t go so far as to say, as Graham suggested, that nothing ever happened. Mr. Patrick J. Smyth, and Ms. Leland Ingham Keyser both said they had no recollection of the party that Ford described.

But they didn’t say it never happened.

In fact, Keyser told the Washington Post that she believes Ford. So do Democrats, who understand that bringing an end to rape culture requires that women who come forward with their stories be believed.

That is why former Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigned last year when he was accused by conservative talk show host Leeann Tweeden in a smear operation cooked up by Roger Stone.

All he ever did was to make a tasteless joke, but even so, he was willing to give up his seat in Congress to set an ethical example for the rest of us, and to be a good ally to women. He is missed, and so is his sense of decency, growing thinner by the day in the nation’s fair capital.

On Monday, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein bomb was dropped. Trump wants to fire him, because, in the words of one headline I read the other day, “The strategy was to try and do something really big,” if it was going to save Kavanaugh.

Trump, in his petty rage and blind arrogance, is threatening to take away the Mueller probe and throw even more disorder into the country if we don’t give him his Kavanaugh.

To this man, the fate and future of the country are just poker chips in his casino- and it went out of business long ago.

Meanwhile, the other Republicans are still clinging to Kavanaugh for all that they are worth. Rush Limbaugh said Republicans can “Kiss the Midterms Goodbye,” if they don’t confirm Kavanaugh. They fear to dampen the enthusiasm of their voters by ditching him before the midterms.

The thought of the harm it might do the country to have a potential pervert in our highest judiciary is not considered at all, so long as he will vote like a crony in the future and put his name on all their lousy schemings. That is their M.O. these days. Ask Roy Moore. Sex offenses and the Senate don’t mix, and the Supreme Court is not a better match.

Understandably, we will fight like a drowning man to save ourselves and our nation from that fate, and this too the Republicans know. That is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a shout out to the Resistance in the form of a bitter revile. “Whatever it took– whatever the truth really was- they were going to do whatever they could to stop this…”

You better believe it.

One key Republican holdout, Lisa Murkowski, has already signaled her support for Kavanaugh’s accusers. Senator Susan Collins is said to be wavering also.

To them both, we would like to say this: It is not too late to make the right decision, and to use your power to stop this. Resist party pressure. Vote with your heart. Do what it takes to keep our country great, like it always has been.

Help us to stop this man.

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Kavanaugh’s Catastrophe- Accuser Set to Testify on Thursday.

#StopKavanaugh

Back in the day, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was apparently a real party animal.

According to Mark Judge, his old college compadre, Kavanaugh was a highly motivated student, with dreams and goals and a clear path to pursuing them- by drinking 100 kegs of beer by the end of senior year.

Strippers. A guy who fell through all the ceilings in the frat house at a party. The saga of the 100 Keg Quest. These are the characteristics of the man they’re trying to put in our judiciary.

These are new details coming to light in Mark Judge’s descriptions of his days as a Georgetown Prep student. In his new book, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” he regales us with tales of joyful sloven. Judge was an alcoholic who now has his sobriety, we wish him well in keeping it.

But it’s not going to be easy, now that he’s got to cover up for his pal Kavanaugh’s grotesque behavior. It will keep you up at night, stabbing your own country in the heart. Easy to say to hell with it, I need a drink.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford, is bravely readying for public testimony on Thursday morning. Some elements of the hearing still remain unresolved in talks with the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to her lawyers.

Ford’s lawyers held a second call in two days on Sunday with bipartisan staff on the Judiciary panel, continuing to iron out those details. The hearing is going to be huge. The consequences of it darkly shadow not only the prospects not only of Kavanaugh’s confirmation but also of the midterms up ahead. The Blue Wave is coming.

In the meantime, Trump, who currently disgraces the office of president, could not keep his mouth shut on this.

Unsurprisingly, he has taken the side of the offender, as he did with former judge and Alabaman Senate candidate Roy Moore before him. He is now on the warpath against Ford, who has been receiving death threats from crazed Trump supporters, and in fact, has been forced out of her home..

“Why didn’t she go to the cops in 1982?” he screams.

Probably because she knew the death threats would begin as soon as she did!

Anyone who has ever taken thirty seconds out of their life to look into this subject can tell you: Victims of sexual assault often do not turn it in. They know they themselves will be in effect put on trial, every bit as much so as the accuser. In fact, by defying powerful men, they put their very lives at risk. Trump’s abusive behavior is a great big festering neon example.

This creates a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress, who according to a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “had a strategy” to “keep him under wraps.”

They don’t appear to have a strategy anymore. But we do.

Going forward, we’ve got to keep the pressure on as hard as we are able. It’s the new school year, vacation is over, everyone is busy, it’s true. But just the same. Now is the time to raise awareness about this as far as we can.

See you in the trenches.

The Constitutional Convention Concept Is A Republican Con Job.

The GOP's Con Con.

American democracy is headed for peril. A quiet campaign to legally overwrite the Constitution of the United States of America, with the ostensible purpose of proposing a balanced-budget amendment, has been silently building steam.

The process is known as a Constitutional Convention, a legal apparatus by which the contents of our Constitution can be altered.

Prominent extremist Republicans like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee have supported it, and the Koch brothers‘ libertarian network has long placed its financial power behind their push.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to amend the Constitution by a two-thirds vote. It gives the states the power to call for a convention to amend the Constitution if two-thirds of the states can muster support for the measure.

Having the radical right wing rewrite our Constitution would be an unparalleled disaster for the American people, not to mention the rest of the world.  The Center on Budget and Priority Policies understates the case beautifully by telling us that it’s got “serious risks”. That’s a soothing way of telling us our entire global economy will be wrenched.

David Super of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “It would also drastically reduce America’s standing in world affairs,. far more than handing the presidency to an incoherent, shop-worn reality TV star.”

Conservatives have been after what is best called the “Con Con” for years. The Constitution is a nuisance to them because it stops them from completely disenfranchising everyone who’s not in the good ol’ boys club.

Although the same people who brought you “Medicare for All” and the Free College plan are able somehow to convince themselves otherwise, it is virtually certain that conservatives would dominate a convention held today.

They have control of the White House, Congress, and 32 state legislatures. They’ve also got all the money. They would clearly have marked influence over every provision in the project.

The right has also retained control of the Supreme Court, thanks to Republican refusal to vote in the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s candidate Merrick Garland. This too would obviously give conservatives the upper hand in any litigation arising out of the convention.
Whether the delegates run for election in heavily gerrymandered districts or are appointed by state leaders, the result would be the same. A convention with a heavily right-wing bent.
If the Tea Party or the alt-right of Richard Spencer and Sebastian Gorka, were to write us a new Constitution, it hardly requires speculation to imagine a lack of improvement.

The things on their agenda read like a grocery list of bad ideas, but then again, that’s the Republican way.

They will make English the official language of the US.

They intend to “define life at conception“, which is a polite euphemism for criminalizing abortion and perhaps even contraception.

They will also include corporations as people with every constitutional right, clarifying the matter legally in favor and confirmation of the horrendous Citizens’ United ruling.

They will reverse gay marriage, as former Alabama judge and alleged molester Roy Moore proposed by way of a Con Con in 2014.

They will codify in the 1st Amendment their right to impose Christian faith and values on everybody in the whole country.

They will change the 2nd Amendment to forbid regulation. All hope of reasonable gun control would thus disappear.

The big thing they’re emphasizing now, the balanced budget amendment, might even involve the doing away of the income tax and the Federal Reserve altogether. This would leave the American poor to scrabble for a living like beggars in the sewers of Calcutta- in the richest country in the world.

Once a constitutional convention is called, all bets are off. “Regardless of why a convention is called, there is nothing to stop it from becoming a runaway convention that could ultimately overhaul the U.S. Constitution completely,” said Scott Swenson, the vice president of communications for Common Cause, to Salon Magazine.

The Constitution and the foresight of the Founding Fathers in making it so hard to alter are all that has saved us from Donald Trump and the other Republicans, who have been trying to get around it for years. Overhauling it would be an atrocity.

The only thing that has prevented it from happening already is the Democratic Party, which is now doing its best to stave off completely unnecessary threats from the far, radical left. Unbelievably, they are for this too.

Organizations such as Justice Democrats founder Cenk Uygur’s Wolf-PAC have been fighting for this as hard as the Tea Party has.

“It’s got to be an amendment,” said Wolf-PAC’s Texas state director, Todd Jagger.

That someone on the left could actually believe this defies the limits of human understanding.

Concluding, the big takeaway from this article, is that an Article V convention call is a terrible danger to American democracy.

If the Republicans manage to pull this off, we will all be rendered helpless. They could do anything they wanted. The states would lose all control.

We’ll be flat on our backs for the rest of our lives.

We have to get the word out about this, and we’ve got to do it now, or we may very well see the very foundations of the United States – the rights we hold so dearly as Americans – shake or disappear.

The best way to stop them is by electing Democrats to state legislatures, and everywhere else. Our professionals are tough. They will shut this thing down across the board. The Blue Wave is the first step. We must all make sure we vote.

2018- The Year of the Democratic Woman!

The Year of the Democratic Woman!

Seven Democratic women won their primaries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, a promising sign for Democrats.

Emily’s List, the political action committee for pro-choice Democratic women recently did a piece headlined with the words, ‘The 2018 Election Looks Like Women’s Work‘.  The organization said to Vox that since Trump’s election last year, it has heard from more than 20,000 women expressing interest in running for elected office.

The group had to knock down a wall in its Washington office to make room for more staff. That’s impressive.

That so many Pennsylvania women are running and winning matches the current political trend. More than twice as many women are running for Congress nationwide in 2018 than in 2016. They’re winning their primaries in large numbers, and the overwhelming majority of those women are Democrats.

“In the three districts that the Democrats have a good chance to pick up- Pennsylvania 4, 5, and 6- the nominees are women,” said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, in an interview.

Madonna cited the #MeToo movement and the Parkland shooting as primary motivations for many women running for office. In Pennsylvania, a number of female candidates made gun control a top priority.

“Throw in the unpopularity of Trump with Democratic women, and you’ve got a mixture that brought women (candidates),” Madonna said.

Women voters, in total, were one of the smartest demographical blocs in 2016, and the disastrous result of that election has galvanized them to action in record numbers. They have taken the country by storm.  The Blue Wave is going to end up landing a lot of women in Congress.

Meanwhile, a string of high-profile departures of prominent Republican women threatens to leave the House with fewer Republican women next year. This also indicates the national trend very well.

Women are disgusted with the Republican Party. They are flocking from it in droves. The endless scandals of sexual abuse that their candidates lug around like baggage have made it harder and harder to turn a blind eye; remember Roy Moore? And the worst of them all is currently the president.

The words and actions of Donald Trump have been so ugly towards women over the years that it’s really impossible to overstate. Stormy Daniels comes to mind.

She recently went public with the full story of intimidation, bullying, and misogyny that she was put through by the slob who is now our President. It’s typical of him. It seems like women have had enough.

Michelle Obama said to Trump voting women who voted against Hillary Clinton that they “voted against their own voice”. It seems as though many have started to figure that out.

The movement of women towards politics this year has not been restricted to candidates. Experienced female political operatives also are getting active like never before.

Their goals are to raise money and awareness, energize volunteers and give female candidates a hand with everything from fundraising to figuring out how to balance childcare during campaigns.

It’s too early to tell how the movement will change Washington in the long term. But it’s clear that a transformation has already begun. In dozens of interviews with TIME, Democratic women talked about what caused that metamorphosis.

In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the theft of the presidency from Hillary Clinton, the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described pussy grabber. And in 2018, they’ve become candidates on the front lines.

We have these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives, diving headlong into the mix and bringing new vitality to a Democratic Party whose need for them is greater than it’s ever been before. A great deal depends on us being able to free this country from the grasp of the criminals who are running it now.

Going forward, we can help this along by making sure our support is felt. We can ask women to share their stories with us and listen when they do. We can make it a point to seek out their perspectives.

We asked for leaders, after 2016, and these are the human beings who have stepped up. Now it’s 2018, and the midterms are nearly upon us.

We’re going to stand behind them every way we can.

The Choice Is Clear, Missouri- Re-Elect Senator Claire McCaskill!

#MillennialDemocrats

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is up for reelection, and the Republican Party of Missouri is in turmoil.

McCaskill’s likely Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, has been embroiled in a worsening sexual scandal involving the Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens.

In February, Greitens was indicted for having allegedly forced a violent sexual encounter with a former lover. Then he made it clear he’d refuse to resign. His decision was not altered even after the release of an investigative report by a House investigatory committee.

In response to that report, Hawley made a statement which was filled with high indignity and moral outrage. He called on Greitens to “resign immediately” and stated flatly that the conduct described in the report was “certainly impeachable.”

Greitens fired back by seeking a restraining order against Hawley, and the two of them are now well into a worsening feud.

But they used to be friends. Back in 2016, Hawley accepted a $50,000 campaign contribution from Greitens.

In his capacity as Attorney General, he turned a blind eye to Greitens’ use of a charity donor list for over a year. He decided to investigate only when the Governor became a political liability. Even so, he gave the St. Louis Circuit Attorney less than four days to file charges.

It’s very convenient for Josh Hawley to go after Greitens now that the former is making a Senate run and the other a political liability. This fact did not escape the notice of Claire McCaskill, who is one of the Senate’s brightest and toughest people.

On Wednesday, she tweeted her opinion that the governor should resign, and it wasn’t long before someone else did too.

As soon as I called for his resignation, I anticipated Hawley would,” McCaskill said, and Hawley did. Eleven minutes later.

Thursday morning, McCaskill held court with reporters just outside the U.S. Senate chamber, and she broke it down very well.

“Listen, there’s one thing that’s very clear: Josh Hawley ran for office saying he was going to clean up public corruption,” she said. “This doesn’t sound like the guy who ran for office saying he was going to clean up public corruption. This sounds like somebody who’s hiding under his desk.”

Hawley’s own record regarding women’s issues is far from admirable. In December he made a speech in which he blamed the sexual revolution for the rise in sex trafficking.

Another sign of Hawley’s hypocrisy is that he and Greitens are directly connected by the donor list of Chicago-area businessman Richard Uihlein, whose donor list seems to create a pattern.

Recently the super-PAC Club for Growth Action Missouri filed an FEC report showing that it has raised $2 million to help Hawley’s Senate bid. All of that money came from one donor, Richard Uihlein, who also donated to Eric Greitens.

Another guy Uihlein donated a lot of money to was alleged sexual predator Roy Moore.

As with ex-convict Don Blankenship’s run for Senate in West Virginia, this is a good example of a Republican race to the bottom. Scandals, allegations of sexual abuse, and endless coverups are the ties that bind the Republican leadership to the 45th president of America.

America can do better, and the path ahead is clear. Vote a straight Democratic ticket, in 2018, 2020, and every other year.

The Betrayal of Roger Stone-Guccifer 2.0 Is A Russian Agent.

His boss is a crook.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that Roger Stone has finally crossed the line.

He has now made himself into something much worse than merely dishonest. Finally, he is making Lee Atwater proud.

Recently it was discovered that the hacker who claimed responsibility for the Wikileaks release of those DNC emails last summer, Guccifer 2.0, is a Russian intelligence officer whose name and location are both known to Robert Mueller.

Roger Stone had always been very proud of his friendship with Guccifer. He has boasted about it many times. He wrote on August 14, 2016, “Delighted you are reinstated. F–k the State and their MSM lackeys.”

Stone also published an article on Breitbart News, saying, “It doesn’t seem to be the Russians that hacked the DNC, but instead a hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer 2.0.”

But just recently, the amazing Guccifer made a mistake. He failed to activate the VPN that he’d been using to mask his location from American authorities, and they found him. And now, all of a sudden, Roger Stone has begun backpedaling.

Stone recently made a statement, saying: “To reiterate, I myself had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence or anyone fronting for them or acting as intermediaries for them. None. Nada. Zilch.”

Not long after that one, he reversed himself completely.

“Did in fact have a short and innocuous Direct Message exchange with Guccifer 2.0.”

Stone also had what he insists is a “Perfectly Legal” back channel to Wikileaks criminal Julian Assange. He sent a tweet out right before Wikileaks dumped the DNC emails the supporters of Bernie Sanders rioted in the streets over, saying “Trust me, it will soon be the Podesta’s time in the barrel.

An independent observer will remember that “time in the barrel” is the exact same term he used when he cooked up a scandal with Fox News host Leeann Tweeden to hurt the former Democratic Senator Al Franken from Minnesota, the other big time he got some dirt from his KGB friend Guccifer.

Criminally acquiring dirt and boasting. This is the M.O. of Roger Stone.

That was all over the Roy Moore scandals, which were an inescapable disaster for them. They knew that Al Franken would be accused of sexual assault hours before the story actually broke.

“Let’s just say Sen. Franken’s time in the barrel is about to come,” Stone told The Daily Caller over text early Thursday morning, hours before Leeann Tweeden came out with her claims.

Stone did not care to elaborate to TheDC exactly how he knew Tweeden was going to come out with her claims. But he did. And that means it was plotted out.

The news that Roger Stone spearheaded the effort to get rid of Al Franken last year is not new. We already know what kind of a guy he is. Roger Stone is the perpetual wannabe, the crony hatchetman who’s always trying to prove how tough he is.

The news that one of the women said to be accusing Franken of sexual harassment in Minnesota wasn’t even talking about Franken is new, but just the same. It’s the latest in a long line of sneaky and dishonest political moves in the career of a guy who made his bones being sneaky and dishonest.

Many have wondered why Stone isn’t already in jail. He’s been pulling this crap since the 70’s. He’s got a huge picture of Richard Nixon’s face tattooed on his back. He’s always been a thug who walks close to the criminal line, but he’s always managed before not to cross it.

That day has now come and gone.

Stone has repeatedly rejected the notion that it would be treasonous if President Trump‘s campaign coordinated with WikiLeaks to release emails from rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“I’ve been accused of being a dirty trickster. There’s one trick that’s not in my bag: That’s treason,” Stone, a longtime GOP operative and informal adviser to Trump, said on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press Daily.”

“For it to be a treasonous act, Assange would have to provably be a Russian asset, and WikiLeaks would have to be a Russian front. And I don’t think that’s the case,” he continued, referring to the founder of the anti-secrecy group.

One is not visually taxed, to imagine the smug look on his face as he emphasized the word “provably”.

Proof was always the key here. We’ve all figured for a long time. Now we know for sure. This is one more example of the Russian/Republican alliance that we’re seeing the outline of more clearly, now that the dust of 2016 is finally settling.

At any rate, the chances of Stone escaping this without punishment aren’t good. He’d been relying on former Trump staffer Sam Nunberg to protect him, but that guy suffered a major malfunction earlier this month. It was pretty funny, actually. It provided some of the best laughs we’ve had since they fired Spicey.

There’s a lesson to us all here. If you try hard enough to get yourself into trouble, you are bound eventually to succeed. For Roger Stone, that lesson is going to get learned the hard way.

At this stage of the game, it is really just a matter of time until Robert Mueller sends him to slip-and-fall school. Here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

Berniecrats Forget Who To Fight, Attack Democrat J.B. Pritzker in IL Governor Race.

We're with J.B. Pritzker and all real Democrats.

So-called progressives are getting together all over the country, hijacking local chapters of the Democratic Party. They are attacking our candidates everywhere.

There has never been a set of midterms so crucial. Everyone on every side knows this. The best chance we’ve got of getting rid of Donald Trump before 2020, except maybe for the 25th Amendment, is to turn the Congress blue. The guys we’ve got in there now would never have impeached Nixon. We need Democrats in the legislative branch to impeach Trump. Period.

Our electoral road to success is an uphill battle. Twenty-five Senate Democrats are up for reelection this year, for example, as opposed to only eight of the reds. A plausible path to control of the Senate has arisen since Doug Jones’ stunning upset of the perverse Roy Moore, but it’s still going to be very hard.

In spite of all this, there’s a certain element in the party that refuses to care about any of this, and instead insist on fighting their own people.

I saw a good point in an article today about progressive energy at the local level; awesome. It takes us all. Working together, and not against each other. It’s not about rejecting progressive ideas; we’re all progressives. The 2016 platform was progressive to a magnificent degree. Time to start focusing on the positives and putting the past to bed.

It’s insane to have a primary where Democrats are fighting each other in a year when every cent is needed so desperately to fight the real enemy. Anyone who is forcing us to waste time and money thus, and worsening the interparty divide in the process, should be viewed as extremely suspect.

Take the Justice Democrats, for example. They were the first ones to howl for Al Franken’s blood.

Take also this situation with J.B. Pritzker. He’s the Illinois billionaire who’s running as a Democrat against Bruce Rauner down there. Someone dug up old audio on him, talking to Rod Blagojevich ten years ago about who the best guy to fill Obama’s Senate seat would be.
He made some very unpleasant, stupid, racist, ugly remarks about black folks. There is no doubt his comments were repugnant. It always sucks when people sound off like morons and get themselves into trouble.
But- Let’s face it! A lot of guys have talked that way behind closed doors. You can’t chase all the Democrats who ever talked like a pig out of office, without handing over the reins of power to a much worse set of swine. As soon as Bernie Sanders resigns for his essays on rape fantasy, then we’ll talk.
Bernie Sanders, of course, is the name constantly invoked by finger-waggling naysayers, who are now all crowing like roosters at the dirt that has been dug up. Pritzker’s primary opponents are standing right alongside the governor, Bruce Rauner, who is a truly despicable human being. They are adding their attacks as fuel to the fire, even though they know they are doing no good to anyone except Bruce Rauner. 
This sort of blind attachment to unrealistic purity standards has left to a rift in the Democratic Party.
Accusations of an “inevitable” candidate. Accusations of a rigged primary. Opponents who lack any hope of defeating the absolute villain who’ll be stinking up the seat of power adding their fuel to his fire, attacking the one person who can, the Democratic candidate.

The Illinois Democratic primary for governor sounds a lot like Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential primary campaign, which didn’t end up well for us, or for the country, or for the entire human race.

Evoking Sen. Bernie Sanders, Pritzker’s top competitors whine that they’ve been elbowed out at every turn by party insiders.

“The establishment that’s supporting Pritzker wants us to not worry about Pritzker’s electability” in a general election, said Sen. Daniel Biss.

A great rebuttal was offered at a meeting of Sangamon County Democrats last week, Bill Houlihan, who is an elected member of the Democratic State Central Committee, said he wanted Biss to quit giving fodder to Republicans as he criticizes a rival.

“Dan Biss has been sending out some emails that I think are hurtful to the Democratic Party and J.B.Pritzker, and I think we need to shut that down as soon as possible,” Houlihan said.

J.B. Pritzker is funding his own campaign. He’s been on an apology tour for the last week. He’s been going all over the place, taking accountability for the awful words of his mouth, and showing people his plans to make up for it with concrete plans and actions. Why is it up to anyone else, to relentlessly savage him for that?

The Black Women of Illinois Forum accepted his request to allow him to come there and speak. If it’s good enough for them, it ought to be good enough for everybody.

But this is typical. It’s been going on all over the country with increasing frequency. And the pattern is always the same. Unknown candidates from the far left joining forces with Republicans to slander our candidates and when possible, gathering and attacking like hyenas to eliminate and replace them.

One noteworthy example is Howard Katz, a former Riverside County Democratic Party chairman who was sneakily voted out of the top leadership spot by Bernie Sanders supporters this last October. He moved across town, and they lied and said the rules said they could not call for another election.

Many who cast votes against Katz did so to deliver up a victory for the Sanders wing of the party.

His replacement, one Steve Ruth, made the following statement after his election.

“I think there’s room for everyone — for the people who’ve been around a long time and the Democratic structure,” he said. “But we also need to open our arms to the new people, many of whom are ‘Berniecrats.’”

Berniecrats have been gathering secretly in packs, then making sneaky moves to co-opt us at the local levels. It’s enough to make you sick, especially considering how often Bernie’s chosen candidates have lost since that terrible November.

In order for progressive ideas to be realized, we’ve got to be in power. Nobody’s talking about Medicare for All these days. They’re holding onto Obamacare for dear life.

Millennial Democrats have no use whatsoever for radicals who get in the way of their own causes through stubbornness and irascibility. We also have no use for those who turn their backs when the going gets tough. We see right through the hijacking attempt that’s going on and we’re speaking up about it. And we are asking for your help to raise awareness.

This is not the first time that the far right has used the far left to manipulate the national dialectic. But if Trump and Putin get their way, it may very well be the last. We’re going to have to stand for a lot worse, before it’s all been said and done.

We realize that our leaders are not perfect. We expect Mr. Pritzker to do better in the future, and we will not speak on his behalf in this matter again. In the name of coalition, however, and for the good of the country, we think it best to forgive him and move forward. Should we refuse, it will only be the enemy who benefits.

Just the same, J.B., you’d better hustle on that apology tour. Not cool, man.

A New Year’s Resolution for Democrats- Taking Back Our Country.

Now back to work.

I find myself physically shaking my head as I think about 2017.

What can we say about it that has not been said before? Obscenities? Pleas to God? Somehow, words run dry.

Since the 20th of last year, we have been beset on all sides, as if a dam had burst its floodgates. Back then, I felt like a croaking soothsayer in a Shakespeare play, shouting into the wind.

Above all, defeat was stifling. It left us with little to do except sit around in groups and think tanks, trying to figure out where it all had gone so wrong. And by March, many brave warriors from the election cycle were sick of the whole debacle. Extended trench warfare is a terrible thing psychologically.

We lost people here and there in trickles. It was hard to see them go, but it was awesome to watch a hardcore form until only the most dedicated remained. We cleaned up the Groups and we started to tighten bonds. Our foxholes we dug deep, and our trenches we shored up well. We slowly built the infrastructure we will need to build this movement. And now, we’re seeing those people trickling back.

It was around April or May that the anti- Democrat cyber-invasions started on Facebook. When you get fifty, sixty new members requests a day, in a Facebook Group that’s got six hundred members, it makes you start to wonder. And when you see the same thing happening to every single group in your whole network, you know for sure. We’ve passed the point of thinking it might just be paranoia.

It was clever how they did it. They noted that Americans tend to lose interest in politics a few months after a big election and expected our groups to be sitting ducks for sleeper cells. They were organized and they were motivated. It showed up pretty clearly that for the opposition, there’s no such thing as an offseason. So we took no days off either.

I can hear the fireworks of the New Year crackling and booming in the distance, and I wonder what this particular new year is going to bring with it.

I hear the explosions and I think of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, triggering seismic shifts on his own land as a Fourth of July gift to the world.

One thing only is certain. We have got to make serious headway in cleaning this mess up, and we have to do it this year. Last week Doug Jones of Alabama was officially certified as the victor of the Senatorial race he fought against Republican Roy Moore. He will be sworn in officially on the third of January.

The victory of Jones has given us Democrats a plausible path to taking control of the Senate again next November. It did not exist before then. That combined with #TheBlueWave that started building this November when we won in Virginia and New Jersey has given us a very real momentum. Our job as activists is to help that momentum grow in every way we can.

The key now is to find new ways to tie ourselves together. The stronger our bonds are, the firmer our solidarity. People stay true to their convictions when they can still draw strength from those who share them. It’s when they cut us off and make us feel small, that people start to shake loose from the coalition. But we’re not going to let that happen. We’ve got a no-man-left-behind policy, and we are not accepting any casualties.

The clock has turned, and we have entered 2018. Very soon now, we will be coming out of the trenches, and rushing to the battlefield with everything we’ve got.

This is bigger than America. It’s bigger than Russia, and it’s bigger than Trump and Putin. This is a world war between ideologies. It’s the age-old struggle between authoritarianism and democracy and must be fought anew in every generation.

As we go forward into the New Year, we have got to assume it’s going to get worse before it gets better. A lot worse. The first obstacle is going to be fending off more than four hundred primary challenges from the so-called Justice Democrats, people who ought to be our natural allies, at a time when every dollar is needed to take the Congress back from the Republicans.

It’s unbelievable and it doesn’t make sense unless you assume their intent is to hurt loyal Democrats as badly as they can. But nevertheless, that is our situation. We must make the best of it.

Our plan is simple. We intend to take back our own ideas from the radicals who have usurped them. We will meet our opposition on every battlefield we can find.

This will be a historic year for the Democratic Party, no matter what. This will go down in the books as the year we rallied, came together, and cleaned up our country’s backyard.

The path ahead is finally clear. We will simply make a New Year’s resolution. We will keep the faith and work as we have never worked before. Next week, the whole circus starts up again in earnest.

This is likely to be a midterm year like no other in history. It’s going to be a mess, and it will take every bit of us all to get it done, but it is possible. Momentum and midterm tradition both favour us. Happy New Year, fellow Democrats. We’ve survived the first year of Donald Trump. We’ve earned it.

Dignity and Respect- Victory for Jones, Clear Path for a Democratic Senate!

Stunning upset

As the last precincts closed in the Moore-Jones race, it seemed logical to take note of some last minute reflections.

As of 7:11 P.M., Jones was being given a 73% chance to win, according to the New York Times. Moore was up in the count all night- to no avail. The big city precincts don’t get counted until late in the evening. It must have been humiliating.

Reportedly, the man had already planned his victory celebration. “You smell that?”, said Moore’s campaign manager earlier today. “That’s the smell of victory.” One wonders how they’re liking the smell around now.

As the last precincts are closing, the papers will be readying themselves to declare that the first Democrat to hold office in Alabama in decades has been elected and that his name is Doug Jones.

This is historic. And shocking.

Earlier today, Steve Bannon angrily yelled that there’s a special place in hell for any Republican who refused to vote for Roy Moore. That’s more along the lines of the expectable.

When the RNC gave in at last and got back in touch with Moore’s campaign, even after all that huffing and puffing Mitch McConnell did, that was more like par for the course. And Trump’s ringing endorsement for an even bigger sex offender than himself was like a dingleberry cherry on a steaming sundae.

This, combined with the inexplicable hurling to the jackals of Al Franken by certain members of our own party leadership. It was horrible. It was starting to seem like the unstoppable #BlueWave we were building in November wasn’t going to amount to much.

Then the A.P. called it for Jones.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that we have been gifted a miracle here, and we have got an opportunity to get people back on track. This small Senatorial race may go down in history as a pivotal moment in the history of this country.

It is unreal, how much was riding on this upset. The basis of DNC strategy lately seems to have paid off. It was a very risky gamble, but it paid off. The party has a plausible path to taking control of the Senate next year for the first time.
It is key to remember this, however. Who gambles and loses is a fool; who gambles and wins is a genius. There have been decisions made recently that we did not agree with, but it would appear that Franken did not fall on his sword for nothing after all.
Going forward, we’re going to be focusing on the 2018 elections for all that we are worth. There’s going to be a whole new crop of candidates, coming out of the woodwork. It will be our job to get to know them, to learn who they are working for, and to examine where their true loyalties lie.

The first step is going to be to get our house in order. We have got to find out who the fakers are. There are going to be libertarians masquerading as progressives, again, and they are going to try and attack us in elections all over the country. We know them as the Justice Democrats, Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, and a grocery list of other organizations that might seem like they’re cool but are not.

Both Al Franken and the superdelegate process have been consumed by the need to eliminate the foundation upon which they’ve been building their complaints. We bent over backwards for them. Let’s hope it’s enough, this time around.

 

Tonight the Republicans, who are the true enemy, have just been placed heavily on the defensive. They are the desperate party now, and desperation always causes blunder. Trump’s endorsements have proven toxic to everyone he’s offered. It’s as if that orange color really is radioactivity. 
At the state of the cycle, the math for Democrats winning the Senate majority in 2018 was just brutal. There’s no other word.

But between tonight and the races we won in November, we now have the numbers we need to at least put the Senate in-play. Takeovers in Arizona and Nevada, in particular, look increasingly promising.

Last week the retirement of Bob Corker opened up a seat in Tennessee, where they landed the popular former governor Phil Bredesen as a candidate.

And now we have the first of the three pickup seats we needed a year early, tonight in Alabama.

The math is clearly within the realm of possibility now. Democrats are also claiming a double-digit lead on the generic ballot. Things are very much looking up. All we have to do is hold it together.

Moore is screaming, furious, demanding a recount. We’re sorry, Judge Roy. Tough break. You didn’t get to smell victory, after all. How do you like the smell of justice?

From Dictatorship to Democracy- Civil Disobedience For Dummies.

MLK

At home and abroad, in every conceivable way, Donald Trump’s eleven-month-old tenure in office has proven the worst shock the global order has received since 1945. His arrogance and narcissism are destabilizing the world, and other nations are being forced to take measures of caution. It stands to reason for us to do the same.

“Germany can no longer simply react to U.S. policy but must establish its own position…even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the U.S. will never be the same.”

Those are the words of Germany’s top diplomat, informing the United States that they no longer see us as the allies we once were, saying that leadership from President Donald Trump has led Europe on a path toward nuclear war, a statement with which it is hard to argue.

The Middle East is in pandemonium thanks to his apparently random decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestine rose up instantly and declared three Days of Rage. And all humans everywhere looked upon their media devices in total and complete bewilderment.

After that prelude, there’s not much to add as to why it’s time to have this conversation. Martin Luther King said that we have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Perhaps that will suffice.

The Founding Fathers built us a system that was designed specifically to resist totalitarianism, and it has given to us as citizens every advantage we enjoy. But it has been severely tested in recent years. Things aren’t going to manage themselves.
If we don’t want to see America become a dictatorship, we are going to have to fight for its democracy.
People were picked out at random for the uproar surrounding the Trump Tower protests on Inauguration Day last year. They are now facing sixty years in prison apiece, for minor acts of vandalism that nobody saw them commit.
It even apologized to the public for a statement made on November 18 of last year that it would “work with President-elect Trump” and his transition team.
“We understand that content from these press releases, including the 11/18/16 release that was posted in error, was interpreted as capitulating to and normalizing the incoming administration.” They realize now that is impossible.

This is going to cost a tremendous amount of time and money for them. It’s the most serious decision they could make. There is every reason to take heed and follow their example.

If you’re against Trump, and you don’t intend to shut up about it, then you are at risk in this country right now.

We are therefore going to be taking a close look at some of the most time-honoured and effective ways to keep the resistance and ourselves alive and healthy.

Especially for us millennials, who were not around during the big protests of the 60’s and 70’s, this information is critical. We’ve got to understand and master these techniques as soon as possible.

One crucial point to note is that showing up at large public protests like Charlottesville has become very dangerous.
We will never allow this crucial practice to be taken from us. But we have got to exercise the utmost caution when we use it. We’ve got to keep ourselves under control, and we’ve got to keep the moral high ground. The other guys are playing for keeps, and they’ve got all the guns.
Nonviolence is the only chance we have.
In keeping with this line of thought, we’re going to familiarize ourselves with political theorist and sociologist Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy.
This manual includes nearly 200 “Methods of Nonviolent Actions.” This is a comprehensive guide to tactics and strategies that have proven effective in transforming regimes more oppressive than the current US one.
There are five primary types of nonviolent resistance outlined in the manual. Protest and persuasion, social noncooperation, economic noncooperation, political noncooperation, and nonviolent intervention.
Protest and persuasion most commonly manifest under the category Sharp calls Formal Statements, e.g. public speeches or mass petitions. Martin Luther King and many others changed the world with their speeches. And petitions have been a way for the people to express their will for hundreds of years.
More recently, six days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting left twenty six dead in 2012, President Obama responded directly to 33 petitions related to gun control laws.
Social noncooperation refers to ostracism strategies such as the social boycott levied against alleged child molester and Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore recently.
Economic noncooperation involves two primary methods; the boycott, and the strike.
The boycott is an organized, large scale ban that forbids the purchasing of goods from the offending company. Earlier this year other members of the resistance against Trump organized an effort to boycott the department store chain Nordstrom’s because they were carrying Ivanka Trump’s shoe brands. Not long after, off the shelves they went.
A strike is a refusal to work. A body of fed up employees organize various tactics by way of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer.
Unions use strikes and other collective action as a bargaining chip to force employers to raise wages. This is why union workers get paid about 22 percent more than non-unionized workers.
People like the Koch Brothers have spent massive amounts of time and money to neutralize this power. They do this because they know they are guaranteed a massive return on their investment if they can forever break the backs of workers unions.
Next comes political noncooperation. One good example of this is the Rejection of Authority strategy. Many of us have made it clear right from Day One, without reservation, that Donald Trump is not our president. He has never been, and he will never be. So many of us feel that way that his presidency has been denormalized.
Lastly, nonviolent intervention is grouped into five subcategories. Psychological, physical, social, economic, and political. This category includes techniques such as the sit-in, or nonviolent land seizure. The latter method was employed by the American Indian Movement when they occupied Alcatraz in 1969.
All of the techniques we have outlined are the type of political activism we call direct action. They are still the biggest way to make a splash.
All of them are also extremely dangerous, and involve a great deal of personal risk. World-renowned journalist Anna Politovskaya was not murdered in Moscow for being a Hollywood blogger.
Virtual activism via the Internet has been invaluable as a way to keep our heads down, and pass through as much information as we can.
It is of great importance for us to do everything in our power to keep the opposition from knocking us offline and rendering us silent.
For this reason, we will also be developing a cursory familiarity with the two most basic and important ways to stay anonymous online.

These are known as the virtual private network, or VPN, and the Onion(Tor) Browser.

A VPN is a secure network connection through which you can safely connect your device to public networks, or create a secure channel for remote access control between computers.

TorProject.org gives the definition of the Tor Browser project as being “free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”

The best solution is to use VPN and Tor in conjunction.

Just log on through your VPN, and then do your stuff through Tor. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than nothing. As for chat, we have a first class (and free) encrypted chat program available to us in the app known as  Telegram.

Remember NOT to use Kaspersky’s antivirus, or anything Russian, under any circumstances.

The New York Times reported that Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russia using it to search for NSA exploits and other U.S. government classified programs.

We have not embarked upon this examination of civil disobedience lightly. Being the harbinger of awful news is not exactly pleasant. And most of us never really thought it could happen here. But we all read the words of the German Foreign Minister at the beginning of the article.  “West losing position.” “Things will never be the same.” “Nuclear war.” This is not mere alarmism.

We have no choice but to sorrowfully conclude that grievous misdeed on the part of the Trump administration cannot be ruled out, and that the threat to the foundations of our democracy is very real.

These events may well be the most fundamentally important of our entire generation. We do not intend to sit them out.

We are going to think of the situation in a fresh spirit, build on that new rhythm, and win through many different techniques. We are in the process of regrouping, and have full confidence. When we have finished, the #BlueWave we’ve been building will start gathering steam again. These are just a few bumps in the road to wash away.

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