What It Means To Stand For Something- Ralph Northam Must Resign.

With a heavy heart, we must ask this man to step down as the Governor of Virginia.

An awful discovery from the past of Virginia governor Ralph Northam was discovered recently. He was dressed up in blackface, and standing beside another man in a Klan robe. To say the least, the sight of a man we once fought for and believed in was deeply dismaying. This was not an easy article to write.

A few words about the history of “Blackface” tradition might be useful to discuss as we begin. It was created by a “comedian” named Thomas Dartmouth Rice, back in the 1830s. His mother must have been proud to see her beloved child dancing around like a buffoon on a stage, singing moronically in an exaggerated black slave vernacular. Mine might have killed me, and not unjust would her crime have been.

Rice gave his character a name, a name which later became famous for far more terrible reasons: “Jim Crow.”

David Pilgrim, the curator of the Jim Crow Museum in Michigan, spoke to reporters from the Washington Post yesterday on the subject. He noted how Jim Crow and other performances featuring white men in blackface captivated white crowds up until the mid-20th century.

Now, thanks to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page, blackface is back in the spotlight after this photograph emerged Friday. It was dug up by the enemies of Democrats, democracy, common sense, and decency- the insane and vicious Republicans.  A former writer for the Daily Caller and Breitbart was the one who found this out. It was a hit job from the start.

Northam and us Democrats are all currently what the far right calls getting “ratf*cked”, as the fascists of Nixon’s era used to say, and helping it along really kills us. Attacking another Democrat goes against our most core beliefs.

But that’s got to take a back seat this time.

Common sense and decency, the time-honored values of the sane political center, call for us to make the decision based on more important considerations. To dress up in blackface and wear a Klan uniform is not something we can refuse to speak out on due to party loyalty. You don’t show loyalty to something by poisoning it and refusing an antidote.

Daryl Davis, a black blues musician who is known for his efforts in seeking out Klansmen to converse with to try and convert, said it best. “It doesn’t matter if the photo was from 1984, 1974 or 2004. He defined what he meant when he paired blackface with a Klan hood. Racial segregation. Racial supremacy. When you have a symbol associated with hate from the beginning, you are saying exactly what you mean.”

Millennial Democrats cannot and will not throw our base under the bus by standing with Northam on the grounds of party loyalty over this. The thought made most of us sick. So by consensus, we came together as a group and we voted on it. The decision was made to join our Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and other top Democrats nationwide in calling for Ralph Northam to step down as the Governor of Virginia.

This is hard for us.

“Why are Democrats so loyal?” was a lament made by Donald Trump the day he pathetically caved to Speaker Pelosi and ended the shutdown. He will never understand, either, but he’s spot on in drawing this conclusion. Democrats are loyal.

Usually, when this kind of thing happens, it’s a cheap hit job and a scam, like with Senator Al Franken of Minnesota. We fought as hard as we could for him, as hard as we would for any true Democrat, so long as their conduct has earned our faith and loyalty. This has limits, however, and when something like this does come up, we have got to take an unequivocal stand. Racist notions are unacceptable. Absolutely and completely unacceptable. They are anathema to everything we stand for.

Northam’s original apology– which he then went back on this morning, adding to his mistake by compounding it- featured him giving a statement saying this happened 30 years ago, and undoubtedly that is true.

In response to this apology, which was just not enough, the words of one of our contributors felt right. So with the permission of Mr. Johnny Huckaby of Hawaii, here they are.

“Imho you have a problem with your judgment if in High School you decide to wear a racist costume. For me I wouldn’t know where to find a white hooded robe… Unless he borrowed one from his Dad or his friends? It took a lot of effort to apply the blackface makeup. So all that time he’s thinking what? Was he thinking his costume would be met with acceptance or was he fearful someone might beat him up? This is really disturbing no matter if it happened 30 years ago… Are there other instances that revealed his racism that now will come to light? I can’t look the other way at such an offensive revealing of a racist such as Ralph Northam, even if the racist is a Democrat!”

Democratic party loyalty is very real, but that is because we are loyal to a principle. That is what gathered us and drove us all into the sane center together. We believe in a multicultural world and we believe that making progress entails more of it. Loyalty to the Republicans means cronyism and carries with it clannish, secret society pact kinds of connotations.

For us, it means we fully respect and regard as a family every single member of our thriving and multicultural base.

Our diversity is our greatest strength, and whoever we choose as a leader must be able to demonstrate that they thoroughly share these values. Ralph Northam has done just the opposite. That picture was taken when he was twenty-five. He was old enough to know better.

There is a large corollary point to consider here as well, which is that an offensive joke, even a particularly grotesque one such as this is, is far from the same as a career supporting structural and systemic racism as the Republicans do and have done. ‘Build the wall’ is just the tip of the iceberg.

Perhaps the case was stated best by the Reverend Dr. Jesse Barber, who tweeted on Friday the following incisive statement.

“Yes, the photo of Gov Northam is a form of racism that’s ugly & grotesque. But the worst racism is policy & structural racism. Those who’ve supported racist immigration laws & walls at the border & the racist separation of families & children should resign now. We can’t punish the cultural symbols & ignore the policy violence.”

That is gigantic, and incidents involving past discoveries of racism should be designed to illustrate the point. In the last analysis, doing the right thing is not always easy, but that is irrelevant. Northam is done, and he must step down, just as he let himself down, and let us down by extension.

Our Democratic leadership has called for his resignation, and it is with a heavy heart that we must join them. Please step down, sir, and in so doing, show the world the difference between the conscienceless Republicans and us.

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Democrats Victorious, Gaining Crucial Momentum for ’18!

The Democratic Party won big today. In Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City, we swept our races completely. Voters demonstrated a thorough repudiation of the repugnant way of life we have come to know as Trumpism.

The American people gave us back all the power they could in Tuesday’s elections.

We needed this. Big time. The way the media tells it, this whole last year has been one disaster after the next for us Democrats. The papers all have a dig to throw at Hillary Clinton any chance they get. They gleefully insist that Bernie Sanders is the face of our party. He is reviled so completely by most of us that he wasn’t even welcome to speak at a Women’s Convention without all hell breaking loose. It’s like they’re having a rape fantasy about it.

That whole narrative disregards a great many tangible and improbable victories scored by Democrats over the last year. Even our losses were wins in a number of cases.

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

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. After tonight, you can bet people will start talking about it.

This combined with how close we came to winning the special elections earlier this year, suggests strongly that we’ve got everything it takes in 2018 to overcome the large mathematical disadvantages peculiar to this year’s electoral map.

Things went great in New Jersey. Philip Murphy easily polished off his mountebank opponent. That governor’s office has been in Republican Chris Christie’s hands for eight years. Across the map, in mayoral contests, state legislative races and ballot measures, everything went our way.
In Virginia, we saw a historical milestone pass. Voters elected the state’s first openly transgender candidate, Danica Roem, to the Virginia House of Delegates. Ralph Northam won the Virginia governor’s race handily, as close as the race looked toward the end.
And in New York City, Bill de Blasio secured the biggest mayor’s office in America for the Democrats.
The only rain on our parade came from a certain non- Democrat, Bernie Sanders, who dealt a blow to leftist unity by refusing to endorse Northam. That’s one race he could have made a significant impact on, but he refused. Northam has a wonderfully progressive platform, as opposed to his race-baiting slanderous Republican opponent. Bernie chose to actively try to hurt him. How much more proof do people need that this man is not on our side?
Our Revolution, the advocacy group founded by Sanders, has endorsed six candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates. But when it came to the governor’s race, Bernie remained silent. He’d endorsed Tom Perriello, one of Northam’s primary opponents. It seems he’s back to sulking.

“They’ve done nothing, and it’s a shame,” says a Democratic strategist with Virginia roots. Wary of escalating the tensions between the Hillary and Bernie wings of the party, he doesn’t want to be named.

“This race is really the first battle for the resistance, and it’s dangerous for our prospects going forward if we can’t win this.”

Republicans will wake up tomorrow in a world of hurt. Full control of Congress, which favored them strongly in terms of electoral math, find themselves now in serious jeopardy.
Trump’s approval ratings have been abysmal since the start, but are worsening daily. He’s a liability. This is why so many of them are retiring. It will continue to be much harder to convince incumbents to run in such a hostile environment.
Northam’s opponent, Ed Gillespie, was reprimanded by Trump for not having fully embraced him and his principles in a tweet sent out Tuesday night. Trump blames Gillespie’s defeat on this, but it is not the simplest explanation.
Tonight the people of America sent  Donald Trump a message.
They have figured out that they made a mistake, and they intend to fix it. Donald Trump underestimated the spirit of this country. We are trusting and generous. We give people the benefit of the doubt. But we have a very hard core, at the end of the day, and we do not like being cheated.
Russiagate is winding toward a brutal conclusion; just ask Carter Page. That will be his eventual downfall. the country is stuck in the mud, and Democrats are the only ones who can get us back on track and keep us there. We need to turn Congress Blue again next year. And we have all the tools we need.
That pretty much says it all.

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We need to get out the vote in Virginia to make sure Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring, and Democrats running for the House of Delegates win.

Sign up to make phone calls on Election Day. You’ll immediately receive an email with everything you need to get started. Your help is needed like never before. In an age where a cannibal savage is holding sway in the White House, you want to make sure you come out on the side of sanity. 

The 2016 election never really came to an end. It’s just shifted phases. These are the most important off-year elections in modern American history, and how they play out will have a lot to do with our ability to raise confidence and rally our people.

 None of us have stopped working for this. Not for one single day. And that is why we’re going to be ready.
But it’s also important to realize, this is true of the opposition as well. The next phase is going to involve some very hard fighting.

 We need to get ourselves together like there is no tomorrow. Anyone who sees this, who may be wondering about what more you could do to help, know that we have got a MILLION things to get done. We are organized, we are focused, and we are becoming a movement to reckon with, much faster than the enemy would like. Please feel free to reach out. Once we’ve joined forces, there will be no stopping us. Help us to make sure the center holds.
To register for phone banking, you will need to visit this website: http://my.democrats.org/page/s/virginia-gotv-phone-calls.
Thank you all for your help and your bravery. You are needed.

Donna Brazile and a Fat Book Deal- Democrats Hit Back Hard.

The exaggerated and opportunistic claims about the 2016 Presidential campaign made by former DNC chairperson Donna Brazile last week rank among the most brazen, shameless, ham-handed attempts at self-promotion in the history of literary contracts.

It really leaves you flabbergasted. A book deal is that important? A few extra bucks, when you’re already loaded? Getting your name in the history books for the most rotten imaginable reason? Dante reserved the lowest level of hell for traitors.

Elizabeth Warren’s defection hurts too, of course, but that’s been waiting a long time to happen. She was a staunch Republican for many years.

She was the one the fake left wanted to hamstring Hillary Clinton with originally; Bernie was their stand-in. They called the campaign Run, Warren, Run. The reference is to the mentally handicapped Forrest Gump, and that’s about how smart the plan was. She didn’t bite, back then. Too bad about this time.

 It’s always sad, to see someone sell their own people down the river.
We would like to thank Donna Brazile for the years of service that she gave to the Democratic Party. We are saddened and shocked beyond words at her slanders, and at her betrayal. And yet, she will be missed.
The Brazile bone was thrown to get Democrats squabbling over last year, rather than focus on what’s going on right now- the biggest week in the Russiagate scandal so far. This is a continuation of the Uranium One strategy from last week. It was done in order to divert attention from a number of other events taking place now, events with actual significance.
This is what they do when they need to use deflection. They manage, in one way or the next, to push a button they know will cause internal strife among the left.
Millennial Democrats cannot help but wonder- How bad is it, on the Bernie side? Do they realize this is being done to hurt them as well as us, this trumping up of public records as scandals on Hillary Clinton?
It’s like when they made a big show out of announcing that Jane Sanders was being investigated by the FBI for fraud relating to her tenure as president of Vermont’s Burlington College. It was unfair, and it was not new. It had been an ongoing story for months.
But they brought it back up when they found it convenient and threw it at us like a bone among dogs in the hopes that we’d start in on each other. That’s what’s going on today. It’s an attempt at distraction, and they have got a lot to distract us from.

It’s a shame that people are greedy, and it’s also a shame they are gullible. But what can you do? Human beings have been selling each other out and doing each other dirty, since before we were even human beings. We’re learning. In the meantime, we can’t get mired down in the people who have stabbed us in the back. That’s why they did it. To slow us down long enough to bleed out.

The way the conservative media tells the story, things have reached the point now who you voted for in the primary is more important than anything else. It’s the fight that never ends. The fascists love it, of course.

Remember the #TrumpWon hashtag promoted by 4chan last summer? It featured a whole slew of tricks they were planning, including one that said- “Wouldn’t it be great, if we could get all the libtards fighting with each other, using our hashtag?”

2016 was 2016. We’re a month away from 2018. We either get ourselves together now or suffer. For however long it takes.

Malcolm Nance summed it up best today when he said that rehashing this again does nothing but to split the Democratic Party in half, and it gives Trump eight more years in office. What an atrocity of a waste that would be. What a stupid and absolute waste. The way things are looking now, we’re all going to be arguing Bernie vs Hillary together. On the bus to a concentration camp.

The Brazile claims amount to nothing more than a new batch of Hillary’s emails.

In a nutshell, they tell us that the DNC was broke and that Hillary Clinton paid out of pocket for the Democrats to have a candidate at all. What a foul and unspeakable crime! How dare we oppose a maniac, as he tries to take over the country?

Here are the facts, as laid out in a memorandum of understanding from August 26, 2015. Note that once again, not a bit of this is news or something that was covered up. It has been public record all the while.

The Democratic National Committee struck a deal with Hillary Clinton in 2015 that gave her campaign input on some party hiring and spending decisions, but required they be related only to preparations for the general election, according to a memo obtained by NBC News. It also left the door open for other candidates to make similar arrangements.

Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns signed agreements that allowed the presidential candidates to raise money for the DNC.
The agreements came at a time when the Democratic committee was at the end of its financial rope. President Barack Obama had left the DNC penniless and in debt. When Debbie Wasserman- Schultz approached the campaigns around Labor Day of 2015, the DNC needed the joint fundraising agreements to stay operational and out of more debt. There would not have been a campaign at all if not for HRC.
 In exchange for Hillary for America’s assistance raising money for the DNC, the party committee agreed “that HFA personnel will be consulted and have joint authority over strategic decisions over the staffing, budget, expenditures, and general election-related communications.”
The memo made clear that the arrangement pertained to only the general election, not the primary season.
It is only logical to secure some say in what is being done with your money. Especially if you yourself have one of the most acutely strategical political minds in the world.

The DNC maintained “the authority to make the final decision” on senior staff in the communications, technology and research departments.

The memo stipulates the DNC had to hire a communications director by September 11, 2015. But  It also left open the possibility that it would sign similar agreements with other candidates.

“Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to violate the DNC’s obligation of impartiality and neutrality through the Nominating process. All activities performed under this agreement will be focused exclusively on preparations for the General Election and not the Democratic Primary,” the memo states.

“Further we understand you may enter into similar agreements with other candidates,” it continues. Bernie was asked to do the same thing. He just didn’t have any money.

This is yet another recent case of Donald Trump trying to turn us against each other and divert us from focusing fully on the relentless Robert Mueller and how close he is to Trump’s jugular.

Moving forward, we have got to stay focused. More than a hundred of HRC’s old staffers have spoken out against the revolting and unfair description of the campaign. It’s clear to most already that Donna Brazile is just a thirsty self-promoter.

Attacking HRC may appear politically expedient now, but that will only last a day. Popularity in the public eye is fickle, but a backstabber is never forgotten- and never trusted again. Furthermore, there is outrage over this like nothing we’ve seen since Bernie was scheduled to speak at the Women’s Convention.

This 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. We have to back him up, and we’ve got to do it now.

This is Election Week. We have got to win back the Virginia Governorship. We need a win. That is where our attention is needed this week, and that is where we’re going to put it. See you in the trenches.