Does anybody remember the popular Dragnet TV series? One of the key characters, Sgt. Joe Friday, made the following line famous, “Just the facts…” Where do most people get their facts? Face Book? Newspapers? TV? How can we be sure our sources are truthful?
#1. What is Congress doing to educate us about the dangers of climate change and global warming?
#2. Are there any facts that suggest a massive propaganda campaign by global billionaires, misinforming Americans about a world-wide environmental crisis?
#3. Do we have factual information that the President of the United States is above the law?
#4. Should Congress investigate sexual harassment charges by at least 19 women against the President? What are the facts?
#5. Are powerful factions covering up the full extent of the Trump Administration’s involvement with the Russians and the 2016 elections?
#6. Is it okay for political leaders in Washington DC to lie about the facts?
#7. What about campaign reform so any American (without millions of dollars) can run for political office?
So…give us the facts. I really want to know; don’t you? Maybe fake news poses a major threat to our democracy. Let’s have an honest and frank conversation about it.
Along these lines, you might want to check out the free panel discussion, “Democracy at Risk 2: Fake News and Freedom of the Press”, April 8th @the Kerby Center, 3 to 5 p.m.
Stay tuned for a new video presentation by Ralph Bowman that features interviews of concerned citizens explaining why Walden must go.
Greetings to my fellow Oregonians. My name is Gary Eby. I am retired from the VA as a mental health counselor and addiction therapist. I am a veteran of the Army Band Program. I am also the author of two self-help books about spirituality. I urge you to join us today to retire Congressman Greg Walden in our 2nd district.
I could give you a whole and long list of reasons why Walden must go. For the sake of time, let me briefly mention the top three: (1. healthcare; (2. the environment; and (3. proliferation of nuclear weapons. Let’s begin with healthcare.
Friends, are you aware that Americans all over the country are filing for bankruptcy due to horrendous medical bills, long hospitalizations, and unbelievable high costs of life-saving medications and treatments not covered by insurance? In addition, at least 28 million Americans still don’t have any form of health insurance coverage. What is the human cost of of this?
Too many people , our fellow Americans, are dying needlessly. Just read in the paper the other day about a teacher who died from complications of the flu, because she couldn’t afford the co-payment of $150 for medications to treat the problem. This is unconscionable!
And where does Walden stand on affordable healthcare for all Americans? He consistently votes for polices and legislation that would remove an additional 13 to 24 million Americans from health insurance. That means he doesn’t care that Americans are going bankrupt and dying due to a lack of affordable healthcare services. Time for Walden to go!
Now for the environment. Are you aware that 97% of all scientists support the facts that significant climate change and global warming are caused by human beings and the burning of fossil fuels? More importantly, Walden and his friends are not telling us truth regarding this crisis and the devastating power of the “greenhouse” effect.
Climate change is the number one health hazard facing us in the 21 century. You see, global warming is not just about a few hotter days each year. It’s all about extreme weather, melting ice caps, dead oceans, acid rain, droughts, hurricanes, flooding, mud-slides, forest fires; and the destruction of crops, trees and wildlife on land and in the sea. All of this will bring on pandemics like cholera, malaria, lime disease, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, and more. For example, air pollution is already killing millions of people around the globe.
What is Walden doing about this? He and his friends in Washington DC are in a terrible state of denial. Walden votes for policies and legislation that dismantle the E.P.A., risks our beautiful Oregon beaches to off-shore drilling, and violates our national parks and monuments to exploitation by the fossil fuel industry. He endorses subsides for the big oil companies who accumulate billions in profits each year, and he refuses to support clean and alternative energy sources or new jobs that can come from the power of wind, solar, and electric cars. Time for Walden to go!
Last but not least, you might disagree with some of this information. But let’s have an honest and open conversation about the folly of starting another nuclear arms race. Walden stands shoulder to shoulder with those so-called leaders who suggest a nuclear war with North Korea is doable and winnable.
Everybody knows deep down in their hearts that nothing good or positive or healthy will ever come from using nuclear weapons. The fall-out and radiation from a nuclear war of any sort will form toxic clouds that will kill millions of innocent people all around the world. I thought these crazy ideas were put to rest a long time ago with our nuclear test ban treaties.
Nobody wants Armageddon right? Time for Walden to go!! Let’s put into office leaders who stand for fairness, equality, affordable healthcare, economic opportunity for everybody, nonviolence, and a safe, clean, environment for all human beings on this glorious planet. Will you join us?
To all Concerned Citizens: Will you join us in a National Movement to pressure Trump to resign? We ask that you write letters, sign petitions, and send in post cards that motivate Trump to resign from the Presidency. Of course he might be removed too by the impeachment process or by the 25th amendment regarding unfitness and mental instability. Here are a few examples of some letters to the Editors:
President Trump Must Go
“Out of many, we are one.”
Stated at the beginning of the Democratic Party Platform, this is our core belief. This is why we fight an economy that equates success with the profits of just one percent of our population. This is why we want everyone to have access to health care and everyone to have a vote that counts. This is why we abhor discrimination and see the diversity of our population (all-other than Native Americans-once immigrants) as something that enriches us, not something to fear. This is why we strive towards respect and diplomacy and see violent action as our last resort. It’s why we want everyone to manifest their skills and talents, whether they come from advanced education, the arts, the trades, or in the family. It’s why we cherish being good stewards of this planet we all call home. It’s why we stand up for people and symbols that promote these values and condemn those that attack it.
And, this is why we are convinced that President Trump must resign.
Submitted by the Illinois Valley Democrats. “Like” us on Facebook or attend our meetings, the Third Saturday of the Month, at the IV Family Coalition Building, 535 East River St., Cave Junction.
Trump Must Resign
Gary Eby, Vice Chair of Josephine County Democrats.
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing.” (Rev. Charles F. Aked)
We know that Donald Trump has lied to the American people countless times. We know he obstructs justice. We know he endorses police brutality, hatred of the press, and prejudice towards our beloved minorities. He has failed to condemn hate groups and the alarming rise in hate crimes throughout America and the world. He continues to abuse our basis human rights of equality, fairness, economic opportunity for all, healthcare, and a healthy environment safe from climate change, pollution, and exploitation of our sacred public lands. We The People, take a stand against tyranny and ask for his resignation as the President of this United States of America. Time for America to heal, so we can return once again to our glorious heritage of being “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
(If you are ready to join this Movement, please fill out the form below)
Please send in your letters of support for HB 2927 today or by Wednesday. For the first time ever, a public hearing will be held on The National Popular Vote on 6-22 in the Senate Rules Committee. Here is my letter. Do what your heart guides you to do. Together, we can make a huge difference in our Democracy today!
Dear Patriots: Are you ready to do something historic and great for our county? Now is the time to move forward on HB 2927 – the National Popular Vote. We can not afford to back-slide with SB 825.
Please open your heart and mind. How is it fair to Democracy that only 500 people elect the President of the United States? It is right, fair, just, and proper that the will of the American people determine our next President. Plus more than 25 counties have sent in resolutions of support for this bill. And this bill has been gaining support since it was first introduced in 2007.
I am a author, musician, and retired social worker. I am also a veteran. I worked at the VA for more than 20 years helping our nation’s heroes have a better life. Now, I am asking all who believe in a kinder, healthier, and more compassionate America to do the right thing today.
Let the will of the People determine our next President.
Concerned Citizens: On 6-3, there are many ways to support the March for Truth. More than 50 cities nationwide are asking for the answers: What is Trump hiding? Has he broken the law? Is he covering up illegal connections to the Russians? We demand a special prosecutor now! Please support this People Power Movement in mind, spirit, or by your presence. We have organized a demonstration at the Cave Junction, County Building (right in front of HWY 199), June the 3rd from 2 to 4 PM. It will be peaceful. But bring your signs. We are also having a sign-making party on Monday, 5-29 at the Cedar Brook Estates Club House from 5 to 6 PM, 497 LaurelRd, CaveJunction. Please RSVP me @ email@example.com if you are going to participate. Otherwise, click this link for more info on the National March for Truth: https://www.marchfortruth.info/ And keep this mind:
“The events of the past week have rocked Washington DC and shaken the confidence of the nation. The President’s abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation now looks like blatant interference. Just this morning Donald Trump threatened Comey on Twitter, and threatened to cancel White House briefings. It is clear: the coming days and weeks will test our institutions, and our Constitution. It is crucial that we come together and demand that trust is restored, and that this investigation is pursued seriously and impartially. Join us on June 3rd as we #MarchForTruth!”
Last but not least: *Note: By choosing to attend this event, you are acknowledging the risks involved, and you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, and to work to de-escalate confrontations with opposing persons or others. You agree (i) not to engage in any act of violence or violation of any applicable law and (ii) to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and law enforcement authorities.
Friends: Thought you would be interested in what Rep. Peter DeFazio has to say about healthcare reform:
Rep. Peter DeFazio Signs onto ‘Medicare for All’ Bill
Mar 29, 2017
“Rep. Peter DeFazio today announced his support for H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which would establish a privately-delivered, publicly-financed universal health care system in the United States.
Rep. DeFazio issued the following statement on the bill:
“The defeat of the Ryan-Trump Freedom from Healthcare and Tax Cuts for the Rich Act—the so-called “American Health Care Act”—marks a potential turning point in a decades-long debate,” said Rep. DeFazio (OR-04). “Although the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured individuals, it has been in great need of improvement since day one. The bill that passed the House was far superior, with national exchanges and a government not-for profit option. In my opinion, the provision of a government-run, not-for-profit health plan would have paved the way to a single-payer system with more comprehensive coverage at a lower cost. I have introduced legislation that would establish such a plan.
“It is past time to explore all options that could improve Medicare and provide its benefits to all Americans. I am cosponsoring H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act in the hopes of engendering a serious discussion of single payer during the next election cycle.”
Rep. DeFazio has long advocated moving the United States to a single-payer healthcare system. During the creation of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. DeFazio fought to include a provision in the bill that would have created a not-for-profit healthcare plan that would have competed alongside private industry; however, the provision was stripped from the bill in the Senate version. He has since introduced legislation to establish a public health insurance option in the national health insurance market.”
So let’s get on board with H.R. 676. Time to Resist all ‘fake’ healthcare reform initiatives by Congress.
As the chair of the Resist Committee for the Josephine County Democrats, I had the honor and privilege to make this proposal to several of our local political action groups.
“President Trump is seeking to recruit and where that fails, compel local law enforcement officials to help his administration pursue its mass deportation agenda.”
“In response, ACLU is launching an ambitious campaign called Freedom Cities. Immigration will be the first battle they wage, but many others are coming.”
“ACLU is trying to roll back the Trump administration’s worst abuses by enlisting local grassroots activists like us.” They will take the fight to the courts; we can take the fight to city hall.
The plan is very simple. Meet with local law enforcement, city, or county or public officials. Ask them to endorse the following Nine “Model” state and law enforcement policies and rules:
#1. The Judicial Warrant Rule.
#2. No Facilitation Rule.
#3. Clear Identification Rule.
#4. Don’t ask Rule.
#5. Privacy Protection Rule.
#6. Defined Access/Interview Rule.
#7. Discriminatory Surveillance Prohibition Rule.
#8. Redress Rule.
#9. Fair and Impartial Policing Rule.
In other words, we ask local public official to adopt these rules of the Freedom Cities. If they refuse, we send a form to the ACLU reporting their refusal. And we proceed with a variety of tactics. to pressure local officials to comply.
Here is my humble strategy to create a kinder, healthier, better America. First, how is it fair and just by any stretch of the imagination, that the most powerful elected position in America – the Presidency, isn’t elected by the popular vote?
Mayors are elected by popular vote; so are governors, representatives, and senators. Why is the office of president any different? Sure, you can argue that the founding fathers of America set up the Electoral College, and that’s the way our Constitution wants it to be.
What if the Electoral College is broken, flawed, and rigged against the true will of the American people? For example, the founding Fathers never debated the “winner-take-all” system that is presently used by 48 of our 50 states via the Electoral College to elect a president by a mere 270 or more votes. Why should 270 votes count more than millions and millions of Americans?
Is the Electoral College wiser than all of us? Are we equal or unequal? Are we free to determine the fate of our country or not? Should we trust a president who has a hand on the nuclear trigger, and doesn’t have the support of the majority of Americans? Does this really make sense to you?
Friends: How many of you had the amazing opportunity tonight on 3-11-17 to attend the ACLU resistance training? Here is my report on that event. Please understand I am not saying this is the best or only way to Resist. The ACLU has designed a powerful approach that all of us who want to take a stand for our Basic Human Rights might find very useful and effective.
Some say Trump looked presidential in his first public speech to Congress. I say, judge a person by what he does and not by what he says. He is a master manipulator. Let’s keep our eye on the ball. Are his policies hurting people and violating our basic human rights? Has he been truthful to the American people or not? I think you know the answers. Then join with me in a united campaign within the Democratic Party to Resist!
Let’s use this page to vent, to brainstorm, to plan many forms of positive social and political action. If you want to work with us, please leave your comments at the end of this blog entry.
Here is powerful statement and video by Keith Olbermann: “Racist Donald Trump…” Check this out here: