richard Mehrer published LIFE, DEATH AND TAXES (AND YOUR RESIDENCY TOO!) in News 2020-02-02 02:41:41 -0500
richard Mehrer published Passion, commitment, conviction and challenge in the eye of the storm in News 2020-01-23 08:20:30 -0500Today I am as proud of my USA birthplace and the “…republic for which it stands…” that the founders of the Republic envisioned and created as I have been for a very long time and have a new appreciation for the democratic ideals we enjoy - so far.
To really understand what is at stake in 2020 I strongly encourage you to listen carefully to the last 14+ minutes of Adam Schiff’s 2:20 hour address to the opening of the impeachment trial.
http://bit.ly/Schiff-ArgumentWhy - because it is a reminder and a challenge to congress of course BUT also to me and you and there is no way I can say it as clearly as Congressman Schiff does.
This new pride does not erase my personal responsibility for the apathy and lack of attention that I have paid in the past to the threats that have been developing over the past several decades. In a very real way, I am responsible too.Riding the wave of prosperity, opportunity, education, travel, and abundance I lured myself into accepting the notion that since all was great for me, it must be for all great for others as well. I did not accept that anything could go wrong - then 2016 . . . . .
I did not look. I did not see. I intentionally blinded myself to the reality that slowly but surely the wheels were falling off the wagon. I was wowed by the intellect and governing of people like Obama and a congress that seemed to be keeping everything in check and balance.I said, "there is nothing for me to do." Sure I bitched and moaned about this tax or that, the steadily increasing gap in income equality, deterioration of education, forever wars that did not involve me in any way.
Does this sound familiar - no, I mean really - does this ring any bells for you? “We” must now recommit ourselves to fight for who we are due to the democratic freedom we enjoy.
Now - I / we must act to safeguard the constitution and restore confidence in our government that is so severely eroded.
Act now - please, we cannot again be part of the 30% of eligible voters who did not vote due to our apathy.It is not guaranteed.
richard Mehrer published SPEAK OUT NOW - DEMOCRACY DEMANDS PARTICIPATION in News 2020-01-22 09:44:48 -0500
We are at a historic turning point in our country today.
The President of the United States is being tried by the Senate on whether or not to abolish the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution. If a president can categorically deny Congress all witnesses and all documents whenever he feels like it, there is no Impeachment Clause anymore. One of the first steps to ending a democracy and erecting an autocracy is making it legally impossible to remove the head-of-state.
A vote to acquit on Contempt of Congress pushes us toward autocracy. By the same token, a vote to acquit on this particular Abuse of Power allegation is a vote in favor of foreign governments getting a say in our elections. So if the Senate GOP votes to acquit on Abuse of Power, your vote just lost 75% of its power. Please understand that.
Why are we supporting impeachment? And why do many of you? Because we want to live in a “democracy”. We want our votes to matter. And when a president acts like an autocrat, upends rule of law and destroys our electoral process, that president doesn't get to stay in office.
As Members of Democrats Abroad, we are asking each of you receiving this letter to please
IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE A CALL TO YOUR SENATOR OR ANY SENATOR YET
TODAY WOULD BE A PERFECT DAY TO START.
Every day "45" remains in office he poses a threat to national and global security.
The Senate switchboard number is 202 224 3121. Please find below scripts you can follow if you call. ALSO: Resistbot.com is a great way to send a message. You can use Twitter, look up Resistbot and type Resist and you will be ready to send your message. Type Done when you are finished and your message will be sent.
Talking points courtesy of Seth Abramson, Sandra Odem Dowd, and Indivisible:
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS: My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], State [zip code]. I am calling because I want to thank the Senator for supporting the impeachment process and speaking out for a fair Senate Impeachment trial. But I’m worried about a cover-up with the Senate trial. I ask that he/she please push for:
1. Reject the Senate resolution as it’s currently written.
2. Support witnesses, depositions, and the public release of testimony.
3. Reject McConnell’s attempt to have this play out in the middle of the night, as it prevents the American people from watching the trial.
Make sure to tell them that to go forward with the proposed rules is to be complicit in a cover-up more appalling than Watergate, not to mention a violation of the oath they took to protect our democracy and the constitution.
A SECOND SAMPLE SCRIPT:
• A fair and just Senate impeachment trial that is held during the light of day, with witnesses and documents.
• the press to have full access to report on the Senate impeachment trial.
• If you want a DEMOCRACY, and if you want FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS, your vote on impeachment must be to convict.
• If you want AUTOCRACY and FOREIGN-RUN ELECTIONS, vote to acquit.
• The president & enablers extorted a foreign nation for the president's personal gain
• The president withheld crucial, congressionally mandated military aid from a vulnerable burgeoning democracy as a bargaining chip - demanding that nation publicly spread conspiracy theories and manufacture false claims against a competitor in an upcoming US election
• Please take a principled stand, put yourself on the right side of history and speak out against the crimes committed by this President.
If you are inclined, here are the numbers to call McConnell, in Kentucky. The message is to demand he allow TV cameras to cover the impeachment trial, and reporters are allowed in the Senate. Remind him he is supposed to represent all Americans, as this is an issue of national importance. If he can "coordinate" with 45, then he should recuse himself. If we all call, all of these numbers, it may move the needle toward transparency. He has no right to prevent us from seeing what will go in in this trial. We The People demand our representatives represent us, not their own self-interest, or the interests of a possible dictator.
Note. He NEVER answers his DC number.
Here's the list of moderates, etc....
SPREAD WIDELY! DEMOCRACY REQUIRES PARTICIPATION. LET’S SPEAK OUT WHILE WE STILL CAN!
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398
Joel E. Soloman Federal Building
900 Georgia Avenue, #260
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 752-5337
Fax: (423) 752-5342
Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri
Phone: (202) 224-5721
2740 B East Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65804
P: (417) 877-7814
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
68 Sewall Street, Room 507
Augusta, ME 04330
Main: (207) 622-8414
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah
Salt Lake City
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State, Suite 4225
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-6966
100 North Broadway
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 269-9257
Fax: (316) 269-9259
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
510 L Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 271-3735
Fax: (877) 857-0322
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
Main State Office
1029 State Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
37 West Broad Street , Room 300
Columbus, OH 43215
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Fax: (202) 228-0836
Salt Lake City Office
125 S. State Stree Suite 8402
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Phone: (801) 524-4380
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
201 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 254-2573 or toll free in Florida 1-866-630-7106
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-0284
United States Federal Building
17 South Park Row
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 453-3010
Fax: (814) 455-9925
Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Phone: (202) 224-6253
2909 13th Street
3rd Floor, Suite 303
Gulfport, MS 39501
Main: (228) 871-701
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry
Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Mac Thornberry Press (@MacTXPress). Tweets from the press shop of US Rep. Mac Thornberry. Mac serves the 13th District of TX, which spans from Amarillo to Wichita Falls & is larger than 13 states. United States Capitol
Phone: (202) 225-3706
Fax: (202) 225-3486
620 South Taylor Street
Amarillo, Texas 79101
T: (806) 371-8844
F: (806) 371-7044
Senator Ben Sasse
Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse). The press office account of U.S. Sen. Sasse. His (less political/hopefully more interesting) personal account is @ BenSasse
1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 305
Lincoln, NE 68508
Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado
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The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Cory Gardner Of Colorado
The latest Tweets from Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner). Proudly serving the state of Colorado in the United States Senate. This is my official Senate Twitter account. ColoradoCoryGardner) | Twitter
Phone: (202) 224-5941
Fax: (202) 224-6524
1961 Stout St., Ste. 12-300
Denver, CO 80294
Phone: (303) 391-5777
From FiveThirtyEight Article: https://fivethirtyeight.com/…/if-republicans-ever-turn-on-…/
Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
Home | U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy). Treated uninsured patients as a doctor in Louisiana’s charity hospital system, now serving the people of my state in the US Senate. Proud LSU grad! #GeauxTigers. Baton Rouge, LA
Phone: (202) 224-5824
Baton Rouge Office
5555 Hilton Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 929-7711
Fax: (225) 929-7688
Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) | Twitter
Los Tweets más recientes de Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander). 7th generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville #LowerHealthCareCosts #MakingCollegeWorthIt #OpioidCrisisResponse #RestoreOurParks #TitanUp. Maryville, TN
Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma
Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma
Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress).
Press Office of U.S. Senator @JimInhofe (R-Okla. Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380
Oklahoma City Office
3817 NW Expressway #780
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: (405) 208-8841
Fax: (405) 604-0917
https://Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma
Phone: (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380
Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida
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Three documented Russian hacking methods and a warning from Politico.com
Russia launched a massive social media campaign to sow discord
A new version of the old “Divide & Conquer” plan. BE SKEPTICAL AND ASK QUESTIONS.
Hackers went after the Democrats.
500,000 Voter database records were altered in one state alone.
Paper and absentee ballots are more likely to be counted. DA ballots really count?
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VERIFY your personal information of record
They breached state and county agencies, too
Government systems are interlinked – changes in one data base affects others.
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New data makes it clear:
Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency
By Philip Bump, Washington Post
August 9, 2018
For the full text of the article click this link: https://pewrsr.ch/2MbsTL0
Those who didn’t vote are as responsible for the outcome of the election as those who did.
On Thursday 18 July 2019, though, Pew Research Center released an unusually robust survey (https://pewrsr.ch/2MbsTL0) of the 2016 electorate. In addition to having asked people how they voted, Pew’s team verified that they did, giving us a picture not only of the electorate but also of those who didn’t vote.
This is a summary of the Pew findings:
Factoids worthy of note: (Lessons and call to actions)
30% of eligible voters did not vote.
50% of non-voters were non-white.
56% of non-voters earned less than $30k/yr.
>66% of non-voters were over age 50.
Republicans made up more of the voter pool than the nonvoter pool and, unsurprisingly, broadly supported Trump.
Looking at race and ethnicity, we see how the heavier turnout of white voters affected the contest. Black and Hispanic voters voted much more heavily Democratic than white votes backed Trump, but they turned out less.
Half of the nonvoters were white, 74 percent of voters were white.
12.5% eligible voters under age 30 voted.
<20% of nonwhites without a college education voted.
Groups that preferred Trump were three times as likely to be a bigger part of the voter pool than nonvoters
Groups that preferred Clinton, were about 50 percent more likely to be a bigger part of the nonvoting community