Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Indifference

Next Tuesday's elections are more important than any I can remember in my lifetime -- and that includes when I was on the ballot. That's saying something.

Now I know politicians say all the time, "This is the most important election." But this one really is that important. The stakes really are that high.

The consequences of you not voting -- or not doing everything in your power to ensure your friends, family, and neighbors vote -- could be monumental.

America is at a crossroads, and control of Congress may be decided by a handful of razor-thin House and Senate races. Dozens of governorships and thousands of state legislative seats are up for grabs, with major implications on whether we can draw fairer maps for the next decade.

Make no mistake: The direction of the country will come down to who turns out and who stays home. And the greatest threat to our democracy is indifference.

Indifference is exactly what cynical politicians want from you. They're counting on it. Their success depends on convincing you that your vote doesn't matter. They know their agenda is unpopular, so the only way to keep power is by shrinking the electorate.

Don't let them.

If you're mad at politicians trying to take us back to the days of health insurers denying people with pre-existing conditions of care ... Vote.

If you're sick of politicians giving huge tax cuts to billionaires, only to tell you we have no choice but to slash Medicare and Social Security ... Vote.

If you're upset with politicians denying basic climate science as our communities continue to pay a steeper and steeper price ... Vote.

If you're outraged by politicians refusing to pass common-sense gun laws in the face of a tragic epidemic ... Vote.

If you're frustrated with politicians failing to adequately stand up for the rights of immigrants, or women, or LGBTQ Americans ... Vote. Vote. Vote.

Barack Obama



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Monday, October 29, 2018

Vote lies

You can #vote for lies, or you can #vote for truth. And the truth is not coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.Image result for 1600 pennsylvania ave washington dc

 


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"It's time we stop..."

PLEASE READ THESE LYRICS AND THINK!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

Lyrics

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It's s time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Songwriters: Stephen Stills
For What It Is Worth lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Monday, October 15, 2018

Marginalized

"Marginalization is the process of pushing a particular group or groups of people to the edge of society by not allowing them an active voice, identity, or place in it. ... Some individuals identify with multiple marginalized groups, and may experience further marginalization as a result of their intersecting identities."

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Are you marginalized? Do you feel that your vote won't  make a diference? Do you feel that politicians ignore your needs and that voting makes no difference?

Guess what, if you fail to vote you'll always be marginalized. At one time Latinos felt, and were, marginalized. Then they discovered that if they vote, and vote as a block, they not only affect policy, they actually affect who wins. Any marginalized group that began to vote as a block, even if not organized, can have a powerful voice in politics. This has been the case for many minority ethnic, social and racial groups since the 20th Century.

The solution is not to say home on election day. The solution is to vote.