Regardless of political party, in almost every case, the presidential candidates who have been winning from 1964 onward have been the ones who campaigned for peace. Voters have rejected the presidential candidates who seemed more hawkish. 1964: Do you remember the famous TV ad in which a little girl was pulling petals one by one from a daisy, and her counting turned into the announcer’s countdown to a nuclear explosion? Lyndon Johnson (D) used this to frighten voters away from Barry Goldwater (R), who was much more hawkish overall and specifically seemed recklessly willing to start a nuclear war. In […]
Trump keeps nominating horribly corrupt, incompetent and dangerous right-wing nominees for powerful positions in the federal government. Democratic senators simply vote “no” but fail to take stronger actions, so these Democratic senators trap themselves in a simple defensive role. When they do that, Trump is free to keep throwing horribly corrupt, incompetent and dangerous right-wing nominees at us, one after another. Democratic senators must STAND UP for humane values, honesty, and the broad public interest. They must PUBLICLY EXPOSE Trump’s nominees as horribly corrupt, incompetent and dangerous right-wing extremists. They must REACH OUT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC and TURN PUBLIC […]
Democrats say nice things but almost none of them follow through if elected, so Democrats are not the answer. Republicans are more ignorant and more corrupt, but at least Republicans “deliver” to their “political base.” From that standpoint, Trump has been fantastically effective as a politician. He has vigorously delivered to racists, sexists, oil companies, big business, polluters, and right-wing religious extremists. For many years in the past several decades Democrats had held the Presidency and both houses of Congress. Just imagine if Democrats had acted as boldly as the Republicans are doing now. Just imagine if Democrats had really […]
Experts now rank the U.S. among the world’s DECLINING DEMOCRACIES. This article provides information: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/7/1778307/-Experts-now-rank-the-United-States-among-the-world-s-declining-democracies?detail=emaildkre Here is another article about this, drawing from the same original information: https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/07/03/one-third-of-the-worlds-population-lives-in-a-declining-democracy-that-includes-americans/ A former intelligence officer says we’re in serious danger of losing American constitutional republic forever. Putin manipulated the US’s 2016 election. Trump is Putin’s tool. This is very scary! Many Americans are tired of hearing about Russia, but this is the real story. Read the article at this link: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/former-intelligence-officer-malcolm-nance-were-cusp-losing-american-constitutional?src=newsletter1094168 A constitutional law professor wrote this strong article about the constitutional crisis Trump has been causing. Read the article […]
Recently I posted several news items — and action alerts — about Trump’s decision to add a question on the 2020 census asking about each person’s citizenship. That post explained why it is blatantly racist, xenophobic and partisan. See that post at this link: http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-info-and-action-alert-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-abuse Now here are two more news items: #1: A lawsuit was filed to stop the “citizenship” question. A judge said the case can move ahead because there is enough evidence that the “citizenship question” could illegally discriminate. Here is the link to an article about this progress in that lawsuit: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/census-citizenship-question-lawsuit_us_5b59efa5e4b0b15aba96689f?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__Politics_072618&utm_content=__Politics_072618+Version+A+CID_e1b9fde71c1a334ec6b1d6600b7ccca6&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=A%20judge%20said%20a%20lawsuit%20challenging%20a%20citizenship%20question%20on%20the%202020%20census%20can%20advance&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__Politics_072618 #2: A […]
Mainstream media and the official Democratic Party want us to think that Russia is the main threat to American democracy. The actual threats are different and much more deep-seated. While Russia clearly did bad things to American democracy during the 2016 election — and before and since — focusing on Russia is a clever distraction promoted by people who want us to ignore the much more serious threats. Trump won in 2016 largely because so many Americans were disgusted with the status quo. Over the years, public opinion polls kept showing increasing numbers of people saying the U.S. is on […]
This Community Affirmation was affirmed at the June 1982 International Religious Convocation for the Second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament. It remains timely today. Community Affirmation We who live in the shadow of the mushroom cloud and the dangers of bullets on our streets Today declare our hope in the future. From the diversity of our religious traditions We have come to renew our belief in the holiness of the earth and the sanctity of all life. We declare we are at peace with all people of good will. We need no leader to define […]
While the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) works hard in court rooms and in Congress and state legislatures, they also are increasingly organizing and supporting people to volunteer effectively at the local grassroots level. I encourage you to consider working with their People Power campaign (www.peoplepower.org). They can help you work on voting rights, immigrant rights, racial justice, and many other areas of concern.
In almost every state, the voters elect their local prosecuting attorneys. For many years prosecutors were elected and re-elected by being “tough-on-crime,” and public opinion seemed to support “lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key” policies. Mainstream media kept reinforcing that stereotype, and both of the big political parties bought into it. We were very stuck. But finally people are paying attention to the RESEARCH that PROVES those “tough-on-crime” laws and policies DO NOT WORK. Also, voters want to replace those with fair and just reforms. Besides being seriously biased by race and economic class, they are grossly unjust and they waste taxpayers’ money. Now the […]
Many issues demand our attention and action. Right now, THREE stand out as EXISTENTIAL CRISES. We must solve these in order to protect human civilization from destruction: #1: Nuclear weapons are increasingly likely to destroy the world: Decades after the Cold War ended, nuclear weapons still persist. Giant corporations and the politicians they own have convinced Obama and Trump to BUILD ALL NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS to replace the U.S.’s ENTIRE ARSENAL with new bombs, missiles, submarines, bombers, etc. They are projected to cost $1.7 TRILLION cost over the next 30 years, so to pay for this, Congress will be slashing […]
In January 2018 when Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole” countries, he said he’d be OK with having immigrants come from [white countries such as] Norway. Immediately Norway’s Prime Minister rebuffed Trump’s racist ignorance by saying more people are going from the U.S. to Norway than from there to here. Here is an article about that: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/24/1735614/-A-quick-message-from-Norway-s-Prime-Minister?detail=emaildkre Trump pretends to like Norway. Wouldn’t he be surprised to find out what Norway really has? A peaceful foreign policy! Health care for everyone! High taxes for rich people and corporations! A huge social safety net! A truly humane and […]
The U.S. Constitution ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES a census that will count EVERY person in the U.S. Presumably, it must be HONEST. But Trump is planning to distort the 2020 census for blatantly racist and highly partisan purposes. Trump is planning to add a question about citizenship in order to intimidate and undercount America’s immigrants. Read this information. Then keep going down the page and SEND ALL FIVE E-MAIL MESSAGES. Thank you! Trump’s scheme would likely cause millions of persons to be uncounted. The census is used for figuring out how to draw lines for state legislative districts and federal congressional districts. […]
Trump keeps throwing HORRIBLE, CORRUPT, and DANGEROUS nominees at us, one after another. Democratic U.S. Senators think it is sufficient to merely vote “no” to one Trump nominee after another. That is NOT ENOUGH! We and the Senators need to actually MOBILIZE PUBLIC OPINION to PUSH BACK! Senators have a “bully pulpit” that almost all of them fail to use. They should use their “bully pulpit” and take other actions to PUBLICLY EXPOSE the nominees’ corruption, cruelty, and horrible track records, in order to MOBILIZE PUBLIC OPINION TO PUSH BACK AGAINST TRUMP and the Republicans! Until Democratic Senators push back […]
First, read a brief definition (but not too much detail) at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting Then read these three articles and recognize how Trump is DELIBERATELY GASLIGHTING us: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201701/11-warning-signs-gaslighting https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article129199504.html https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/10/opinions/donald-trump-is-gaslighting-america-ghitis/index.html We need to recognize what Trump is doing. We need to devise strategies to inform the American people. We need to devise strategies to expose and resist Trump’s abuses.
Trump is being investigated for a number of crimes, including felonies and other impeachable offenses. Trump is causing a constitutional crisis. Very likely the Trump mess will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has become a very highly partisan tool of the Republican Party. (In 2000 it stopped the ballot counting in Florida and appointed George W. Bush president. It has seriously weakened the Voting Rights Act in order to allow racist schemes that allow Republican-dominated state governments to seriously weaken the right to vote among racial minorities and poor people. It has allowed Republican-dominated […]