Midterms Matter

Folks, we are only 29 weeks away from the 2018 elections, and I’m starting to freak out a little. We’re not ready for this election.

I know what you’re saying: “Election? Wait, didn’t we just have an election? Why are we doing it again already?”

We did just vote, in November of last year. But this time around, it isn’t a presidential election. This November (November 6) is what is known as a midterm election.  Continue reading “Midterms Matter”

The Right to Health Care: Our Next Battlefield

I bristle a little every time I hear Bernie Sanders say “Health care is a right.”

What he means is “health care should be a right.” Every human being should have access to health care. A moral and decent society does not let its citizens live in pain or ill health, suffer permanent injury or die simply because of their financial circumstances. Health care is a right in nearly every other developed nation in the world.

But it’s not a right in America.

The fact is, in the United States of America in 2018, if you’re Continue reading “The Right to Health Care: Our Next Battlefield”

Don’t Argue. Vote

About a third of Americans still support Donald Trump. Nothing you can say or do is going to change their minds.

Despite the fact that he has done nothing to fulfill any of the promises that he made during the election (saving the coal industry, giving you a wonderful cheaper health care system, bringing back manufacturing jobs, draining the swamp…) the majority of Trump supporters feel no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. And it is understandable that you want Continue reading “Don’t Argue. Vote”

2018 Elections: the Work Starts Now

This week we celebrate one year since America elected Donald Trump President of the United States. Happy Anniversary.

Are you pleased with the way things are going? No? Well, you can do something about it, because it’s also one year until Americans go to the polls again—not to elect a President, but for an election that could have just as much impact. A lot of people underestimate the importance of non-presidential elections (aka “midterm elections”), but they have a huge impact. Continue reading “2018 Elections: the Work Starts Now”

Eyes on the Prize: Focus On 2018 and Stop Fixating on Third Parties

Oh my god people. Stop talking about a third party. Stop talking about the Greens. Stop talking about Bernie. Just stop.

Every time the subject of voting comes up, it’s all I hear: “Democrats are terrible. We need a third party.”

Everything you say is completely reasonable: that we can’t just sit around and wait for another party to come and save us; that we have to start now to build one; that it will take hard work and time; and that if we don’t start now, when?

It’s all true. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Not at this point. Right now, we have a job to do. Focusing all your energy on building a third party for the 2020 election completely misses the point.

We must focus on the battle that is before us. And that is 2018. Continue reading “Eyes on the Prize: Focus On 2018 and Stop Fixating on Third Parties”

A Battle Plan for 2018

Since the day Donald Trump was elected I have lurched wildly between feelings of frustration, heartbreak, dismay, fear, sadness, and depression. I spend too much time every day reading news coverage of his outrageous acts, devouring analysis, searching for optimism. And I spend far too much time lost in the insane comments on news articles and social media posts hoping for explanations and rationality that will help me make sense of why we handed over our country to a man who is completely un-equipped to handle the enormity of the task. Continue reading “A Battle Plan for 2018”

It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves

If you’re waiting for Republican lawmakers to break ranks and do the right thing, don’t hold your breath.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are becoming increasingly concerned about Trump’s agenda, his lack of knowledge of international relations, or any of a number of other things, or maybe even hoping for impeachment, I’m here to tell you that help isn’t coming. This time, it’s up to you: Continue reading “It’s Up to Us to Save Ourselves”