politics, Republicans, Uncategorized

Dance with Me, James

First of all, this blog title has nothing to do with what I’m writing about. I can honestly blame it on my Inner Fangirl.

The title should be “Why This Country Needs an Independent Investigator.”

In the last week, our current president has fired the Director of the FBI, and admitted in a television interview with Lester Holt that one of the reasons he did it was because the Director was investigating the president’s alleged ties to Russia (a country, you may recall, who has never had America’s interests at heart). This current president is very good at declaring what is true or not true according to his own barometer, and he declared that these alleged ties are not true (despite that about 6 of his campaign, transition, and cabinet team members have been shown to have done some ….questionable …. things). Now, not only is the current president trolling the man he fired via his Twitterfinger, the same current president has met high-ranking Russians in the Oval Office behind closed doors, without American press, or apparently any others as witnesses.

This has been an exhausting week.

We, the American People, need a special, independent prosecutor to fully investigate these allegations for one simple reason: Confidence.

Right now, confidence in our elected officials of any party, and confidence in our rules of law, are taking hit after hit.

The current president is thumbing his nose at both houses of Congress, and the Judiciary, daring them to do something. Congress has shown it is all words and no action. Both House and Senate Republicans have shown that they will allow ideology to trump country (no pun intended), the Republic be damned. None of them is a patriot, and every one of them has violated his/her oath to protect and defend the Constitution. The Democrats are gumming the bone. The Attorney General of the United States, the chief law enforcer of this country, has had to recuse — recuse!! — himself from this investigation.

As of today, 20 state Attorneys General have

Regardless of whether or not the Republicans’ ultimate plan is to convene a Constitutional Convention and suspend or revoke items in our founding documents, as of today, the Constitution of the United States is the law of the land, and the president is not — and cannot be — above Congress or the Judiciary.

A thorough investigation is called for to either indict or exonerate the current president and any accomplices he may have had.

The confidence of the People demand it.

 

Democrats, Elections, politics, Republicans, Uncategorized

Why Does It Matter?

I read an article today that said that the Secretary of the State of Georgia, Brian Kemp (R), wants to keep newly-registered voters from exercising their Constitutional right to vote in the June 20th run-off election in District 6.

He has declared that these voters are only eligible if they registered by March 20, which is 92 days before the 6/20 election. His justification is that the run-off is simply a continuation of special election to replace Tom Price, who was appointed to the President’s cabinet

However, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 says clearly that the deadline for voter registration for a Federal election is 60 days, whether it be general, special, primary or run-off.

Why does this matter?

I believe this matters because most of us were raised to believe in fairness — that the process by which a result is produced is as important as the result itself. More and more I’m seeing that our Republican leaders are willing to manipulate the processes to produce the desired result.

Why does this matter?

I believe this matters because each of us has been Constitutionally guaranteed the right to vote our conscience to choose the best candidate for an elected position. By manipulating the system so blatantly, those in powerful offices are negating our ability to choose and stifling our voices. They’re saying they know better, and we don’t know what we’re doing.

Why does this matter?

I believe this matters because even though most of us don’t want a lot of government interference in our lives, by voiding our rights to vote, government is interfering and controlling our lives. We as citizens will lose our right to dissent. Already, there are attempts to curtail our rights to assemble (and protest), speak freely, and have a free press.

Why does this matter?

I believe this matters because there is a systematic eroding of our Constitutional rights, with the end result being that our liberties to gather together, to criticize our government, our freedom to determine our own paths, will be taken away from us by an elitist few who think they are better than us. If Republicans continue to change the rules arbitrarily to manipulate the outcome to suit themselves, I can see them trying to avoid free and open elections completely.

Why does this matter?

This matters because this is not strictly a Democrat issue. Just because you’re a registered Republican doesn’t mean that your freedoms won’t be curtailed too.

We all need to step up and say no.

You need to step up and say no.

We all need to step up and say stop this.

You need to step up and say stop this.

 

 

 

Democrats, Elections, politics, Republicans, Uncategorized, Unionism, Unions

Union is not a dirty word

I went to a union meeting Tuesday night, at the IBEW Local #1 hall. I was one of 400 people in attendance, probably one of a handful of people who were not union members. We met to understand how petition signatures should be collected. The goal is to suspend enactment of Missouri’s “Right-to-Work” law and place it on the November 2018 ballot.

In a nutshell, the law allows for non-union workers to work in union businesses and not have to pay union dues — and on the surface, so what? So what is that the people who don’t want to pay union dues are still protected by and will still enjoy the collectively-bargained benefits negotiated by the unions on behalf of their members.

Missouri’s legislators believe that this will attract new business to relocate to our state, even though a Washington University professor who has studied the matter, says that in other states, the law doesn’t make much impact.

As of August 3, 2015, Business Insider ranked Missouri 47 out of  51 (states and District of Columbia) for condition of the local economy. Add this to wages that have remained relatively flat for over a decade, one realizes that in order to grow the Missouri economy, “Right-to-Work” isn’t even a Band-Aid on a severed artery.

Instead of figuring out ways to get workers to produce more work for fewer wages, both our state and Federal governments ought to be developing ways to modernize infrastructure and develop training centers to produce the highest skilled people on the planet.

As long as businesses engage in “activities” like wage theft, Unions and collective bargaining are still needed. While I would love to believe that businesses and employers can be trusted to do what’s right (this is something that a supervisor once told me — with a straight face), the fact that pro-business is actively lobbying to repeal the prevailing wage law, tells me that they want to keep wages as depressed as possible for as long as possible.

Perhaps unions could also re-examine their message and dues structure. I remember when I came to St. Louis, I was working part-time at a grocery store, a union shop, and was required to pay full dues. On part-time wages, that was a bitter, and hurtful, bite. For a while, it turned me off of the whole union idea. I’m sure others with part-time hours and low wages have felt the same sting I did. I, at least, had grown up with knowing union history. Today things are different — young people aren’t being taught union history and what unions have done to help transform this country..

Unions could develop a sliding scale so that workers making less than a journeyman’s wages would not feel the pinch as much, and their dues responsibilities would be commensurate with any advancement in wages. [If this is already a thing, I would appreciate for a member brother or sister to chime in and correct me.]

As Congressperson for District 1, here in Missouri, I pledge to work for the working people of this area, and develop programs that will benefit not only this district but Missouri as a whole. I have friends all across this state, and my one goal is to make life better for everyone. I need your contributions and support to make this so. Please donate at ActBlue.com.