Hang on tight, folks. It's going to be a rough and tumble ride through the next two years till November of 2018. We have our work cut out for us, and we will flip both the house and the senate. There will be a national braying of our Democratic donkey. Those of us who live in Mohave County know what a ruckus our beloved wild burros can put up when things don't go their way. Mourning is not an option; morning is. A new morning every day till 2018 and a steady slog through to 2020. Hang on, it will be bumpy, but we will make it.
Well, That Happened!
Martin Luther King
January 15, 2018
Stand and Speak
From Our Platform
We believe immigration enforcement must be humane and consistent with our values. We should prioritize those who pose a threat to the safety of our communities, not hardworking families who are contributing to their communities. We will end raids and roundups of children and families, which unnecessarily sow fear in immigrant communities. We disfavor deportations of immigrants who served in our armed forces, and we want to create a faster path for such veterans to citizenship.
We will promote best practices among local law enforcement, in terms of how they collaborate with federal authorities, to ensure that they maintain and build trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. We will also vigorously oversee any programs put in place, to make sure that there are no abuses and no arbitrary deportation programs. We will establish an affirmative process for workers to report labor violations and to request deferred action. We will work to ensure that all Americans—regardless of immigration status𔔌ave access to quality health care. That means expanding community health centers, allowing all families to buy into the Affordable Care Act exchanges, supporting states that open up their public health insurance programs to all persons, and finally enacting comprehensive immigration reform. And we will expand opportunities for DREAMers to serve in the military and to then receive expedited pathways to citizenship.
And while we continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, we will defend and implement President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans executive actions to help DREAMers, parents of citizens, and lawful permanent residents avoid deportation. We will build on these actions to provide relief for others, such as parents of DREAMers. We will support efforts by states to make DREAMers eligible for driver's licenses and in-state college tuition. We will invest in culturally-appropriate immigrant integration services, expand access to English language education, and promote naturalization to help the millions of people who are eligible for citizenship take that last step.
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From the Trenches. . .
This week as the world is in the process of celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa I have been thinking about life and things in general.
I think about going on vacation; we will leave tomorrow. I will be out of town from Friday the 22nd through 6:00 pm on 3rd of January. Danny Baker will be in charge of the office and the acting MCDCC chair until my return. Remember the office will be closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 3.
Maria and I have packed, hired the house and dog sitter, and are so looking forward to getting away. Also, at the end of our vacation I will be meeting some of my family that I have never met; it's amazing to me how family becomes more important as one gets older. One of the very special gifts I am receiving this year is that family has never been close to me and now that we siblings are down to two — they have become very important.
I guess it's in the same way that what I believe in gets more important as I get older. I believe so solidly in the principles of the Democratic Party that I am almost giddy, excited about the opportunity to challenge the narrow mindedness in Washington during the 2018 elections and beyond. I believe that the governing party, and in part the Democrats, have made a mess out of government by and for the people: The Republicans for becoming the party of the very rich and to hell with our natural resources or the little guy or the disadvantaged; and the Democrats for falling on our noses during the 2016 elections. Also, I believe compromise in the capitol is dead — we haven't seen it since the work of Ted Kennedy. And that my friends is our fault. We did not care enough to send the very best to Washington during the 2016 elections and 2018 is our opportunity to fix it. I'm excited.
I'm excited because we have an infrastructure in MCDCC to support our PCs and to get people registered.
I'm excited because Arizona has been recognized by the DNC and ADP as one of the top five states in the 2018 elections and are providing the money and personnel it will take to pay attention to Arizona.
I'm excited because there is absolutely no reason we should not be able to send a Democratic senator to Washington in 2018 due to Flake's retirement.
I'm excited because we will be electing a new ADP chair in January and I believe that whoever that is will have the support and talent to lead us forward in this state.
In case you haven't figured it out, I'm excited because opportunity liess all around us and it is just ours to pick up and run with it.
And yes, I'm excited to know and serve all of you!
Happy Holiday to all!
From the Trenches. . .
A couple of things:
1. The Senate is trying to tie a proposal to eliminate the required insurance mandate of the ACA to the proposed tax reform bill. Pay attention folks, this could be another disaster in the making. Call or write your senators and ask them to help stop this. I have never seen such an effort to stop something that is wanted by the majority of the people as the Republicans are doing with Obama Care. We must remain vigilant!
2. The elections in some of the Eastern states last week gives us great hope in that the backlash of government by the very rich and mostly white business politicians has started at the ballot box.
What this means is a call for us to dig in and work harder and smarter. We must train our PCs and insist that they do the jobs. We must be actively involved in registering voters. We must be involved in meeting and supporting our candidates with our signatures and our money. And we must understand that we are what our rhetoric is — we must be positive, positive, and yet more positive.
One of the real dangers of the trump presidency is that so many Americans have become negative and complacent. That simply will not work. We live in a nation that responds to crisis with overwhelming kindness and resources. We live in a nation that still refuses to sit by quietly and watch what our forefathers and foremothers built be destroyed by a relative few rich business people who simply don't care about the majority.
We must persevere!
From the Trenches . . .
I'm looking out of my window as I try to write this today. The central point in my view is a Kingman Fire Department station with its flag flying at half mast — and I am just sick at heart, because once again, in our country where it is popular to give the gun rights activists anything they want because of the hugely influential NRA — we have missed the point at a cost of 59 lives taken and over 500 people injured in Las Vegas last night — and that was at last count.
I want to point out that I'm a Second Amendment believer and believe that every person of sound mind and who has been safely trained should own and use guns that protect themselves and guns that hunters use; however, and this is my point of separation with most Second Amendment activists — I do not believe that there is any reason that people should be allow to carry high powered rifles if they have been not been cleared by mental health experts and can prove they have been safely trained to use such weapons. Also, I will never believe that we, the citizens of the United States, should be allowed to possess sniper type rifles and assault rifles. My heart breaks for Las Vegas and my stomach turns at the complete inaction of our Congress to enact safe gun laws for our nation even though time after time, we prove that as a people we can not be trusted with setting regulations on gun control that better protect us.
I listened to trump's speech on Las Vegas this morning and was just disgusted. This man was quoting scripture in his speech written by a speech writer and read from a teleprompter in the same two weeks he has called pro-football players SOBs for protesting the prejudicial treatment of blacks in our country. The right to protest is a HUGE CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEE FOR AMERICANS. In the same time frame he insulted the San Juan mayor in the wake of Hurricane Maria because she challenged the government to do the relief effort in Puerto Rico differently. There simply are no words to express my disgust at this man! NONE!
Often today, I now hear people who are intelligent and educated telling me that they don't think the U.S. can survive trump and that he will destroy us! I simply don't believe that, not as long as we have people in this country who will stand and fight a congress that is useless, a tax reform bill that will tax the middle class at a higher amount, or people who will spread the news that since the government can't repeal the ACA — they are trying to sabotage it by shortening the sign-up period and not advertising it. I could go on and on about the systematic loss of personal rights this administration is doing or are trying to take away from the average citizen, but I won't.
I will say this over and over — here is the action plan and we have to stick to it or we, as a country, lose our freedom:
1. Register to Vote.
2. Financially work to support qualified candidates for election.
3. Sign petitions for the candidates.
4. Work our Precincts to increase voter turnout and educate our voters.
5. Continue to put out candidate information until we are just tired of it.
6. And vote, vote, vote!
This 6-point action plan is the way we turn the tide of an America gone off the rails from the beliefs of our Founding Fathers.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Las Vegas and those who were wounded and those families of those who were killed. And especially, thank God for a well-trained SWAT team who took the killer out!
The People's Platform
Homework: Call, email, and write to Congressman Gosar (CD4) and Congressman O'Halleran (CD1) and urge them to sign on to these seven bills of the People's Platform. Click on the links to follow their progress.
Resolution in Support of The People's Platform
WHEREAS; the Arizona Democratic Party is on record, supporting single payer healthcare for all, and
WHEREAS; the state of Arizona and its population would benefit from automatic voter registration, debt-free college, a $15 per hour minimum wage, unrestricted access to reproductive services, a closure of private prisons and jails, and a more equitable tax system for working families, and
WHEREAS; these important issues are already embodied in both the DNC and the ADP Platforms and
WHEREAS; the People's Platform promoted this summer by several progressive national organizations, including Our Revolu tion, Progressive Democrats of America, Democracy for America, Working Families Party, National Nurses United and many more, are Nationally reaching out to all 194 Democrats in the U.S House to ask them to cosponsor the following 7 bills in the U.S. Congress,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Arizona Democratic Party endorses the "Summer for Progress — People?s Platform" and its 7 bills, encourage all Democrats to support them and use these 7 bills as part of their key issues in the upcoming elections in 2018.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Arizona Democratic Party calls on all four of our Arizona Congress members to cosponsor these 7 bills.
Submitted on August 23, 2017 by Dan O'Neal, LD12 and Dr. Janie Hydrick, LD18. Adoped by the State Committee on September 23, 2017.
He Ain't Hillary!
I know many of you will not approve of the of this article; however, this needs to be said. It is about correcting what I believe is wrong today! If you choose to take it personally, don't — it is about being part of the solution! We have to get to the place where we stand and stand and stand!
My Mother was a character and I'm not sure that I was convinced she loved me — until I became a mother myself. Then and only then did I get what she was trying to tell and show me when I was a child. Being a parent is just exactly like being a leader; oh sure, the goals are different but whether you are measuring yourself as a parent, a CEO or a nation's leader — the overall measuring stick is marked with hash marks that indicate your subject's moral growth. If the subject doesn't grow into someone with the morals of a democracy, then you have failed. In my opinion, donald trump has failed miserably in leading this country!
As a compassionate liberal and democrat that is living in the hell that is the United States created by trump as this country's president, I think back to my Republican friends, some of my extended family members and some enemies who told me time and time again after the election:
"Well, at least, he ain't Hillary!"
Well, after watching trump's news conference yesterday, I can wholeheartedly agree with them.
He ain't Hillary!
He can't even come close to being Hillary!
Everyone who lives in the United States who believes that to be white is to be just one of the many beautiful myriad of colors that make our nation up; and who believes that without the rest of the colors and the beliefs and the ethics that make up our nations — then we would become a nation that is just white! We would become a nation that is pale and devoid of beauty! To you who believe that it is all the colors and beliefs that make up our beauty, then I applaud you and applaud you and applaud you! And I ask you to become part of the solution if you are sitting on the sidelines just watching!
And to those 58,282 people who live in Mohave County and in 2016 voted for trump for president then I tell you now that I hold you accountable for every bit of hatred, lies, and nationalism to the exclusion of all others that exist in our country today. I hold you accountable for the 150 plus extremists group that have formed since 2014.
Most importantly, I hold those accountable who voted for trump and believed him to be the lesser of two evils or those who just didn't give a darn about our country's future. You are accountable if you couldn't be bothered to stand up for what you might believe in — or if you were too engrossed in your "stuff" to be bothered with standing up for anything.
I hold accountable those of you who have left the Democratic party because you think it is broken, but you left the party because you can no longer "stomach" political involvement. You became part of the problem.
I believe all of you are the reason we are living in a country that is becoming full of domestic terrorists -- people who protest by waving flags with swastikas on them, confederate flags (and yes, that war was about state's rights but mostly it was about black people who were living as slaves because they were someone's property), and those who carry the torches of the KKK or run cars into a crowd because you don't believe in what they believe in!
I want to be clear that those who voted for trump because you believe in his morals and ethics and type of leading, I do not hold you accountable — I hold you clueless!
I believe there is a solution. I believe that we must come together with the strength of inclusion of all, tolerance of others' beliefs; and we need to use the mechanisms available to us. We need to use the press, civil disobedience, and the systems inside the Democratic party (including changing what we don't like). We need to teach our nation to knock it off and pull this nation back from the brink of destruction that a nationalist, wealthy, businessman who holds nothing sacred other than the $$$, advocates.
Because as you say:
He ain't Hillary!
I believe in the inherent goodness of people and I believe strongly in the call of accountability on all of us to make a difference, to be part of the solution!
Lest We Forget!
We the People of the United States,
● in Order to form a more perfect Union,
● establish Justice,
● insure domestic Tranquility,
● provide for the common defence,
● promote the general Welfare,
● and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.