Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Aggressive Politics

Democratic Senators have provided Trump’s key Cabinet nominees the lowest level of support from an opposition party in history.  Congressional Democrats have participated in, organized, and led more than 70 peaceful protests against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  They’ve also joined activists at airports to help travelers affected by Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees. 

Democratic members of Congress, such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who was the only Democratic senator that voted to confirm Jeff Sessions for attorney general is being treated with distain. 

In the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Thomas Perez, the former secretary of labor told the audience at The Huffington Post’s live Democratic National Committee debate: “We can hit him (Trump) between the eyes with a 2-by-4 and treat him like Mitch McConnell treated Barack Obama.”

There are a lots of new faces entering the Democratic primaries in the 2018 midterms, for the House and the Senate.  Those of you that are interested in running for Congress, should contact Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, who is the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

A lot of money is available for new Democratic candidates, who are interest in running for state and local offices.  Daily Kos, the blog community that fueled Democratic campaigns in the Bush years, has already committed $400,000 in donations for Jon Ossoff, a 29 year old candidate for the suburban Atlanta House seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, who is the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Democratic Party is turning itself into a very aggressive political machine.  It’s time to become personally involved in politics.  


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