Will You Defend our Democracy?

by mjtaylor on May 11, 2017

Lady Liberty is Under Assault

Lady Liberty by Earth Crusher

If you’re American, chances are you grew up with the idea that we live in a democracy, that we have a representative government. But there’s also a good chance that you haven’t truly participated in that democracy. A true democracy depends upon the participation of an educated public. Voting is not enough – it was NEVER enough. ONE EXAMPLE: We would not have GOP control of both houses and many state governments, achieved through gerrymandered districts, if we had been paying attention. Another EXAMPLE: We would not have allowed Democrats to abandon unions and embrace corporations if we were taking part in the political process in meaningful ways.

And another: If a significant number of us participated, we would be able to overturn Citizens United – and we would be able to demand Single Payer healthcare and college for all, if that’s what, as a People, we wanted.

But even today, with all the people who have stood up to march in the Women’s March, we are still not there. Despite the daily barrage of what the White House is doing, we are letting it become “normal.” We are still distracted and complacent.

So, I ask you: how often do you participate? How often do you take part in protests? How often do you call your legislators? When was the last time you went to any sort of political gathering – whether a grass roots organization, a political party meeting, a local commission meeting, a protest or a march? What campaigns have you supported with $5 or $10? Ossoff in Georgia? Or Quist in Montana, Parnell in SC?

If you are willing to let Trump and the GOP continue to destroy our healthcare, fill the Supreme Court with conservative justices, give Big Oil the okay to drill in our national parks and offshore waters, and continue to undermine whatever shreds of democracy we have left, then keep doing what you’re not doing.

If you ARE taking action, I’d like to hear about it. And I would like to work together to take back our democracy.

I have a couple of suggestions of actions you can take:

1) Pick an issue every day and make a phone call to a legislator and express your wishes. Local action is as important as national – maybe more important.

2) Share that issue on social media and encourage others to make those calls.

Join the ACLU

Because Freedom Can't Defend Itself

3) Join the ACLU. The ACLU has stopped Trump’s travel ban twice now, and, continues to fight against incursions against our civil rights by this administration and by state governments. Historically, the ACLU has been part of more than 50% of all cases before the US Supreme Court. I didn’t realize that until I got active with the ACLU this year. join here: ACLU-Home.

4) Choose another important organization and contribute to their coffers (even $5 matters!) and attend their local meetings.

5) Contribute to the campaigns of House seats where a Democrat could take back a seat from the GOP, such as the three I mentioned above – you can contribute $5 or $10 or more here to contribute to those 3 races.

6) Share that link to your timeline to encourage others.

What would you add to this list? What else are you doing or are you willing to commit to doing to defend our democratic way of life?

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1. Most polls indicate that Bernie wins more easily against GOP candidates than the other candidates. Check the head to head polls. Also be sure to check the latest Quinnipiac poll that shows where Bernie’s support lies … Hillary is only winning among  the older Democrats now  …

2. Bernie has fired up a whole heck of a lot of people who have not ever voted or who haven’t voted in years! The People – and there are sooooo many, who are disillusioned with Establishment politics are VERY interested in Bernie and are very likely to vote for the first time in years or ever. I have met many IRL and online. If you look at Bernie’s record in Vermont, you can see that voter turnout doubled since he started running. He empowers and energizes people.

3. The Youth, whom we can count among the group in point #2, are CRAZY about Bernie and excited to get to vote for someone who is really thinking about them, their needs and their future.

4. Bernie has remarkably broad support among Republicans. I have met several who have switched party registration to vote for him in the primary. I have one of them on record on one of my videos. I have met others on and offline. I often talk to Trump supporters who tell me that if it was anyone other than Trump they would vote for Bernie.

5. Independents. Independents (and remember Bernie was one, too) comprise 45% of our electorate! Forty five per cent! And Independents are very favorably inclined to Bernie. OTOH,  6 out of 10 of them do not trust Hillary.

6. Speaking of Independents, I was one, too, and like many others I know, I registered for the first time as a Dem this year to vote for Bernie in the Florida primary.

7. Hillary is hated, no, ABHORRED by the Republicans and will drive Reps to the polls to defeat her and we will end up with almost no liberal representation in Congress. And very likely with a GOP president. But even if she squeaked in, she would face an even stronger GOP Congress because of gerrymandering.

I also have more faith in Bernie’s ability to work with the Republicans (and to sweep more progressives into office – his people are powerfully behind him.) Bernie has the distinction of having passed more amendments to other people’s bills than any other member of Congress in its history. OTOH, Hillary sponsored and passed 3 bills in her tenure and none of them were significant. Congress hated her when she was First Lady and they will be worse to her than they have been to Obama in the highly unlikely event that she gains the office. Bernie works well with others, and many  on the other side of the aisle who don’t agree with his ideas still express great respect for him. You can’t say that about Hillary.

8. Bernie got to where he is in the polls without media coverage. He is still not a household name to many … but when people learn hear just a few points of his plan, they are often very excited. I can see it in their faces as I outline his plan to make college tuition free, to expand medicare to single payer , to raise the wage to $15 by 2020, to protect and expand medicare.

9. The engagement of Bernie fans online is HUGE compared with Hillary’s. He engenders enthusiasm and commitment. He is talking a Political Revolution and a lot of folks are committed for the long haul with him.

10 . Bernie’s popularity and grass roots support has far surpassed Obama’s in 08  - again, without media coverage. And he has raised more money from more people by far than Obama had at the same election cycle. Obama also had help from Wall Street then. Bernie outraised Hillary by $5million in January  – all from folks like us … the more people get to know him, the more support …

Oh, and please do NOT listen to the media – they are still saying he has no chance – but they are NOT objective journalists! They are part of the Establishment. Six major corporations are controlling the mainstream TV and print.


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