And…Some Good News

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From Wiki:

ActBlue is a nonprofit technology organization established in June 2004 that enables left-leaning nonprofits, Democrats, and progressive groups to raise money on the Internet by providing them with online fundraising software. Its stated mission is to “empower small-dollar donors”.

When Pete was running, I made all my donations to him via ActBlue.

Today, it was announced that ActBlue has raised a gobsmacking $46 million in less than 24-hours after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. [Sunday morning update: ActBlue has now raised $100 million! $100 million!] [Monday night update: $160 million!]

I was part of that effort, and contributed to this campaign:

Since becoming Senate Majority Leader in 2015, Mitch McConnell has stolen a seat on the Supreme Court, tried to take health care away from 20 million Americans, and stopped the Senate from doing anything that isn’t confirming extreme right-wing judges to lifetime appointments.

But here’s the good news: Mitch could lose his current job this November. Not only is he up for re-election, but more importantly, the Republican party is defending 22 Senate seats, and they only control the Senate by three. 

My donation was divided between 13 candidates trying to unseat vulnerable Republican Senators.

Here is that campaign. Even if you can only contribute $5, every dollar makes a difference. It is secure. It is effortless.

 

Two years ago, I did a post which detailed the following.

I am a proud Democrat. Why? Because here is what my party has done to help people across the land:

  • Created social security.
  • Created Medicare.
  • Created Medicaid.
  • Created a minimum wage.
  • Created a 40-hour work week.
  • Created subsidized housing for people with very low incomes.
  • Created food stamps for people in financial trouble (for several months in the late 1960s, my own family was on food stamps while my carpenter father struggled to find work in an economic downturn).
  • Create meals-on-wheels.
  • Created the Civil Rights Act.
  • Desegregated the military.

And here is what my party supports:

  • Global warming.
  • The LGBT community.
  • A woman’s right to choose.
  • A free press.
  • Science.
  • America’s long-standing allies. Democrats do NOT support dictators.

My party has also:

  • Created more jobs than the other party (Between 1939 and 2011, the Democrats created 58 millions jobs, verses 26 million Republicam-created jobs). And Trump created fewer jobs in his first three years than Obama did in his last three years. (I’ve left 2020 off the table because of Covid.)
  • Been fiscally more responsible than the other party. Twelve years of Reagan/Bush tanked the economy and the deficit soared. Bill Clinton fixed that mess, and created the largest surplus in my lifetime. George W. Bush destroyed all that, and it was up to Obama to fix the mess, creating the longest period of economic expansion in history, while significantly lowering the deficit. And Trump? The deficit has skyrocketed, last GDP quarter was the worst in history, and unemployment had doubled.

When I published this two years ago, I pointed out that while my party accomplished a lot to help people across the land, what has the Republican party done in the last, say, century? Save for lowering taxes for the super-rich and corporations?

The answer is simple and stark: nothing.

Since Democrats took over the house in January, 2018, they have been passing hundreds and hundreds of important bills. These all go to the Senate for approval. And what has Mitch McConnell done?

The answer is simple and stark: nothing.

He has ignored all these bills.

This is not governing. This is a power trip. It is now blindingly obvious that the Republican party has no idea of how to lead the nation. All they know is making the rich richer, and fear mongering. I repeat: fear mongering.

Mitch needs to go. And so do his comrades.

 

6 Comments

  1. Dan Goodall-Williams on September 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Ross, you are so right. I too, contribute to Act Blue. I can’t understand how anyone thinks Republicans are for the people. Thank you for posting the information.

    I want to see old Mitch thrown out. He is not there to work for the people.

    • Ross on September 19, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Dan, because I live in Kansas, I know a lot of Republicans.

      In talking with them a clear pattern emerges.

      Everything they believe about their party is a myth.

      Everything they believe about the Democratic party is a myth.

      In short, they are totally delusional, politically. When I counter with facts, such as I detail above, they shake their heads. “I know what I know!”

      It’s terrifying.

  2. Beth H. on September 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I casually mentioned to my husband this morning that I was about to donate to ActBlue in RBG’s honor (I was too devastated last night to even think about it), and he said “I did that last night!” I went ahead anyway, even though it’s not like we keep our money separate or any of that silliness. It’s just that, as my sister-in-law said, if the worst were to happen and trump & his minions steal this election again, I don’t want to feel that we didn’t give until it hurts. I want to know we did all we could, and right now, that means monetary donations. The funniest times have been when my husband and I have donated to the same candidate on the same day without each other knowing… that’s happened a few times during this election season. We’re doing OK, he’s still employed and getting a paycheck despite the pandemic… so we’re going to donate. I hope that we can figure out some other way to make our views known… we haven’t marched in a few years, but it may be time to get out there again, despite the advanced age!

  3. Christine on September 19, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    On it. Thanks for the suggestion. I had been doing individually and to state races.

    Did you get a chance to see Kevin Wilmott’s new film on William Allen White? Great piece and very appropriate to these times and what people believe.

    Keep on–you encourage me.

  4. Kara on September 19, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    I was reading information about that to Zach this evening and we both logged on and immediately added to the totals.

    I’m absolutely heartbroken over RGBs death for so many reasons and I want to share here something I read on Facebook that I’ve got permission to share with attribution:

    There’s a few posts going around reminding folks that since RBG is Jewish, the proper thing to say about her passing is “May her memory be for blessing,” which is true, but I wanted to add a bit of perspective on what that means.

    Jewish tradition does not focus on the afterlife. There are a few thoughts on what happens when we go, some of which look a bit like reincarnation, and some of which looks like time to reevaluate our actions and relationships on earth, but for the most part, the whole “Do good things, get good reward from God; do bad things, get bad punishment from God” is just not part of our worldview. (Spoiler alert: this is why I love The Good Place so much- the final season feels very in line with Jewish thoughts on the afterlife.)

    When Jews speak of righteousness, it is never with the idea of an eternal reward. We work to be good humans to others and ourselves because justice and peace are their own rewards. We don’t know what happens next, but we know what happens here, and that is enough. The pursuit of justice is one of the highest callings of Judaism, and it should not be misinterpreted as vengeance or punishment. The ideas of justice and sustainability are inextricably linked in Judaism. A system that is unjust cannot sustain, and a system that is unsustainable cannot be just.

    It is said that a person who passes on Rosh Hashona is a Tzedek/Tzaddeket, a good and righteous person. When we speak of tzedakah, the word is often translated as “charity” but it is more accurate to say righteousness. Tzedakah can take many forms (including monetary donation) but it’s important to note that tzedakah is not a benevolent contribution given to be kind or nice to those who need it, it is to be viewed as a balancing of the scales, an active working towards justice. To use a simple example, one should donate to the local food bank not to gain favor with God, or to be nice to those with less than ourselves, but because it is unjust for anyone to be without food, especially while others have plenty. Correcting injustice, balancing the scales, evaluating the distribution of power and creating equity is tzedakah, the work of righteousness.

    Similar to Maslow’s (imperfect) hierarchy of needs, Maimonides wrote in the Middle Ages of eight levels of Tzedakah, the highest of which results in self sufficiency, or rather, an act that creates a sustainable form of justice. “Teaching a man to fish” is an extremely reductionist view of this idea, but it’s a start- the real meat of it is the idea that charity is good, but eliminating the need for charity is better. (i.e. Tax the billionaires so we can have universal healthcare instead of praising the rich for building hospitals with their names on them.)

    The second highest form is where both the giver and the receiver are unknown to each other. This allows both for the dignity of the recipient, and for the giver to be free from personal motivation and reward. In other words, we should help create a more just world for the benefit of people we don’t know, without the expectation of praise, gratitude, or reward, in this life or the next.

    When we say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a tzaddeket (the feminine form of tzaddik) we don’t just mean she was a nice person. What we’re saying is that she was a thoughtful person who worked tirelessly to create a more just world. One that would perpetuate equality and access, one that wasn’t reliant on charity, one that was better for people she did not know, without the expectation of praise or fame. THAT is what it means to be a Tzaddeket, and I can’t think of anyone who better embodies the pursuit of justice.

    When we say “may her memory be for blessing” the blessing we speak of is not “may we remember her fondly” or “may her memory be a blessing to us” the blessing implied is this: May you be like Ruth. Jewish thought teaches us that when a person dies, it is up to those who bear her memory to keep her goodness alive. We do this my remembering her, we do this by speaking her name, we do this by carrying on her legacy. We do this by continuing to pursue justice, righteousness, sustainability.

    So when you hear us say “May her memory be for blessing” don’t hear “It’s nice to remember her”– hear “It’s up to us to carry on her legacy.” When you hear us say, “She was a Tzaddeket” don’t hear “She was a nice person”– hear “She was a worker of justice.”
    May her memory be for blessing.
    May her memory be for revolution.
    May we become a credit to her name.

    https://www.facebook.com/molly.conway.9/posts/10215219636682935

  5. Debbie Desmond on September 21, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I’m from Kentucky (Fayette County) and can’t wait to “Ditch Mitch”. I signed up for mail in voting a month ago and will drop off my ballot shortly after receiving it!

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