Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself.
-old Apache saying
Monday, January 30, 2017
step it up!
There are signs that the popular uprising against #45 might just be sustained into the 2018 off-year elections. That's one of the first priorities: get enough new blood running for office AND get them elected, and start to take back the Congress, and then the White House in 2020.
United by post-inauguration marches, Democratic women plan to step up activism.
With Capitol Hill in the background, a massive crowd fills the streets of Washington during the women's march on Jan. 21. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post) (Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post)
Days into Donald Trump’s presidency, large numbers of liberals say they plan to step up their political activity, with Democratic women particularly motivated to take action, according to a new Washington Post poll.
The results suggest that the “women’s marches” immediately after Trump’s inauguration, which brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators into the nation’s streets to protest his agenda, could reflect something more than a momentary burst in activism.
The poll finds 40 percent of Democratic women say they will become more involved in political causes this year, compared with 25 percent of Americans more broadly and 27 percent of Democratic men. Nearly half of liberal Democrats also say they will become more politically active, as do 43 percent of Democrats under age 50. Interest in boosting activism is far lower — 21 percent — among independents and Republicans alike.
“I have called my senators. I called my congressman. I am sending emails. … I just donated $100 to the ACLU,” said Iris Dubois, 49, an attorney and human relations manager in Atlanta, referring to the American Civil Liberties Union. She did not join her local women’s march but has nevertheless become more politically engaged — particularly in opposing Trump’s cabinet picks.
We are lucky enough to be living in a country that not only guarantees the freedom to practice religion as we see fit, but also freedom FROM religious zealots who would persecute and prosecute and even physically harm those of us who do not believe as they do ... If you refuse to salute the flag and say God in your pledge, you're actually judged un-American. But that's not the way America is supposed to be. That's the way Iran is ... Predicating patriotism on a citizen's belief in God is as anti-American as judging him on the color of his skin. It is wrong. It is useless. It is unconstitutional.