Month: June 2018

Five highlights from the tense Wray-Rosenstein hearing

In a classic example of schoolyard grandstand bullying, taunts and personal insult employed on behalf of Trump, the House Judiciary Committee Republicans assaulted Rod Rosenstein for 5 hours in the ongoing effort to discredit him, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. In so doing, they intended to undermine the Mueller investigation of Russia’s machinations in our 2016 election. The performances were an abrogation of every Congressman’s oath to uphold and support the Constitution, a disgrace to the rule of law, a deliberate subordination of the rules of critical discourse, and an insult to the rules of common civility. Their hatefulness on behalf of President Trump was an appalling example of everything we have come to abhor about politics today.

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Vote against the GOP this November

Consider the melancholy example of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), who wagered his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today’s president, this Vesuvius of mendacities, without being degraded. In Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons,” Thomas More, having angered Henry VIII, is on trial for his life. When Richard Rich, whom More had once mentored, commits perjury against More in exchange for the office of attorney general for Wales, More says: “Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . But for Wales!” Ryan traded his political soul for . . . a tax cut. He who formerly spoke truths about the accelerating crisis of the entitlement system lost everything in the service of a president pledged to preserve the unsustainable status quo.

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The numbers prove our government has been taken over by a tyrannical minority—but there is hope

This is how you end up with a nearly all-white, all-male minority party in control of the government, despite an increasingly diverse electorate overall. The current system gives wildly disproportionate power to rural, mostly white states across the middle of the country at the expense of all states with major populations of people of color. This is the broken system that allowed Mitch McConnell to remain in power. It allowed Mitch McConnell and his coup conspirators to steal a Supreme Court seat, securing a conservative wing of the court that will damage this country for generations. The rest is going to be up to you, dear readers. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. It is up to each of us to get involved in ways large and small. Find a candidate and donate your time and your money. Phone back, donate, fundraise, register voters, knock on doors, put out those yard signs. Take it all back and then let’s fix this broken system, starting with throwing the Electoral College in the trash where it belongs. 

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Save Bristol Bay – Pebble Mine is Simply the Wrong Mine in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

For nearly a decade, we have fought to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble mine. As wild salmon populations decline globally, Bristol Bay’s prolific wild salmon runs and the economies they support make it a place of international importance. It faces imminent threat from the proposed Pebble mine as well as hard rock mining on adjacent state and federal land. In order to stay thriving, the salmon must be protected from Pebble and other large-scale mining projects.

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