Love and Protest

So let me put it this way. Imagine a brave hero dies saving your mom in the line of duty. Maybe a police officer. Maybe a fire fighter. Whatever. A hero. Saves your mom.

Now image a few years later, your mom picks you up from the airport for Thanksgiving dinner. And she’s drunk. And she’s driving and you smell the alcohol and you’re like, “Mom! Are you drunk?” and she just gives you a dirty look and changes the subject.

And then you find out that she doesn’t even have a licence anymore. And you’re like, “Mom – Holy Shit! You gotta stop this!” But she won’t listen.

And finally, the family’s all there and dinner is served and you’re not supposed to start unpleasant conversations at the Thanksgiving table – family rules – but you just can’t help yourself. So with everyone sitting at the table you say, “Mom, I love you, but you’ve got to get help and you have stop driving until you do!”

Gasps. Silence. Your mom’s face turns red.

Suddenly, your mom pounds her fists on the table. Glasses spill. She rises from her seat. She points a shaky finger at you and yells, “Have you no respect? How dare you dishonor that hero who died so we could have this dinner!”

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Trump Despises Military Service

I get it. The military pay raise comment was a joke. But it’s not the first joke Trump made belittling military service members and Trump has repeatedly insulted military personnel and their families, including those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. How often does Trump get to insult military personnel and their families – in jest or otherwise – before everyone understands that he has real contempt for those who sacrifice for our nation?

The man clearly thinks that real sacrifice is stupid and has no respect for anyone who does so.

Remember

I can go on. Others have, (see: https://www.cheatsheet.com/…/every-time-trump-has-disrespe…/) but it’s hard to even keep up.

I’ve lived through years of listening to people complain that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, having never served, don’t respect our military. But I’ve never before seen someone who never served take jabs at service members. I’ve never before seen anyone publicly insult a Gold Star family. I’ve never before seen someone do as little for the military as Trump does, then lie about it, claiming that he’s done more than his predecessors.

We have a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is dismantling environmental protections, a Secretary of Education who hates public schools, a Secretary of Treasury who failed to report $100 Million in assets due to an “oversight”. I supposed it’s only fitting to have a Commander in Chief who is disgusted by military service.

Get Suffolk To The Polls!

Voter suppression; gerrymandering; fake news; hacking. All of these are threats to our democracy.

But our biggest threat is people not registering to vote and voters not getting to the polls!

The Suffolk Democratic Committee is working with other local organizations to register voters during National Night Out and other events in and around Suffolk.

Help us out!

Call Michele at 757-934-2929 or use the Suffolk Democratic Committee’s Contact Form to let us know that you want to register voters and get people to the polls.

Thank you!

Virginians: You mad yet?

After decades of grousing about service, family values, the rule of law, executive restraint, and the dignity of the Office of the President, Republicans elected a draft-dodging, sexually abusive philanderer who has no understanding of the Constitution, boasts about all his executive orders, and embarrasses the nation with his childish tweets and his reality show cabinet of hired and fired loudmouths.

Are you mad enough to do something about it yet?

I ask because the goon who now soils the world’s most dignified office has a minion poised to do the same to the highest office in Virginia.

You can stop it by voting. And when you vote, don’t stop at Governor. Because every Republican victory only encourages Republican hatred, lies, and embarrassing behavior.

Sure, a lot of Republicans are decent human beings. But what good is a decent Republican who doesn’t denounce the hatred and lies of their party’s leadership? What good is a decent Republican who supports the lie that smart immigration policy is the same as supporting vicious gangs? What good is a decent Republican who doesn’t stand up to the NRA as they distort the meaning of our Constitution to make money from the blood and fear of American citizens? What good is a decent Republican who will throw away federal funds for Medicaid expansion just to spite hard working Virginians who might benefit from it?

This is the year for real Virginians to show the wold that we’re smart enough to see the truth behind the lies and bring back some dignity to hour highest offices. This is the year we get to the polls and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.

Colaw Will Dig In and Find Answers

The forum that I wrote about earlier is over and done with so it should be time for me to leave it alone and move on. But Ryan Kushner’s article about the event in the October 18th edition of the Smithfield Times is slanted to make Rebecca Colaw seem weaker when she is by far the stronger candidate, and I want to set the record straight.

For example, Emily Brewer did not answer the question about background checks. But like Brewer, the article is unclear about her response, saying,

only Colaw suggested the need for an end to purchasing firearms at gun shows without a background check, Brewer stating that there was already a provision in place that allowed sellers to refuse a sale at the shows.

Mr. Kushner quoted part of her reply and left open the possibility that somewhere in the rest of her response was an answer to the question.

Ms. Brewer also avoided answering the question about women’s reproductive health.

The only editorializing in the article is where Mr. Kushner describes Ms. Colaw’s stance about Confederate monuments as “less firm” than Brewer’s. But Ms. Colaw’s response was amazing. She spoke to African American groups and The Sons of the Confederacy and found common ground. She said that neither side wants to pay for removing the monuments. She also said that each monument has its own circumstances that would have to be addressed because, for example, some are on public grounds and some on private. So indeed, Ms. Colaw’s response might be “less firm” than taking a side on an issue without doing any research, but her response is far more balanced and truthful, and shows the kind of effort Rebecca Colaw will put into addressing the issues that affect Virginians

Rebecca Colaw’s response to free community college was also intelligent and revealing of the amount of effort Ms. Colaw will put into addressing our issues. She said she was against public funding of community college until she looked at how Tennessee implemented it. She said it would add to the tax base by creating more and better paid taxpayers. She also said she would research the details before pushing for it. But her answer was glossed over, and she was made to sound as if she supported free college without any thought of the costs and benefits.

Rebecca Colaw is what our community needs. Emily Brewer stuck to talking points. Rebecca Colaw spoke truth to opposition and provided data to back it up. She proved her willingness to hear different sides of controversial issues and to dig in and find answers to complex problems.

Rebecca Colaw Supports Background Checks. Her opponent didn’t say.

At a forum in Smithfield, Virginia, the candidates for Virginia’s 64th House of Delegates district were asked about their position on background checks. The Republican candidate Emily Brewer said that she supports the Second Amendment. She said that gun sellers have a right to refuse to sell to anyone they don’t want to. She said she supports the right to carry. She said nothing about background checks.

Rebecca Colaw, the Democratic candidate, was clear: She supports them. She said that as a lawyer, she knows where criminals get guns. They get them from gun shows.

In 2013, Emily Brewer tweeted her support for President Obama’s executive order on background checks, and now she won’t mention background checks while answering a question about them.

I find it disturbing when a politician who knows what’s right is afraid to say so.

Background checks won’t prevent every tragedy and won’t stop every criminal or mentally ill person from getting guns. But they’ll make it harder. Some will get caught using fake ID’s and some will get caught because their mental state prevents them from understanding the consequences of trying to get a gun. Others will have to work harder to arm themselves or supply guns to others.

Rebecca Colaw is a gun owning Democrat who believes in our right to bear arms and clearly states her support for background checks. Most Virginians support background checks, too. We should work to elect candidates who agree with us and aren’t afraid to say so.

Last Leper in the Colony

I hope I can be forgiven for being a little apprehensive when a friend or an acquaintance who is not an author asks me to read a book that he has written. But ‘Last Leper in the Colony’, by Wynne LeGrow, MD is clear and engaging, and an important read for anyone interested in religion and politics. Wynne has a knack for describing the ironic and an honest way of describing his own fears and shortcomings that will warm the reader to him and keep the reader looking forward to the next page. No matter what your faith or how strong your convictions are, the influence of religion on politics despite the founding fathers’ efforts to keep them separate, is an important topic that should not be ignored.

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