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Activist Monday: Two Actions in One

Posted on: April 28, 2014

Good morning Widdershins! This week I am taking a break from my Russian/Ukrainian obsession to live up to my activist post title. To make up for my lack of actions lately, I am giving you a double whammy – two actions in one!

It is a measure of how low Congressional approval is now, that we are looking at a potential Republican Senate takeover this November. Yes, you read that correctly. People might actually go out and vote for the Party of Rape, Racism and Corporatism. Why? Because it’s the only viable alternative to voting for the do-nothing, wishy-washy Democrats, who always say the right thing, but rarely have the will or cohesiveness to act upon their alleged beliefs.

Despite my oft-stated and continuing disdain for the Democrats, I think it is incumbent upon all of us to do whatever we can to prevent this takeover from happening. If the Republicans gain control of the Senate, they will do exactly what they did in the House, and gerrymander the voting districts so radically that Congress will be under their control for the foreseeable future. (shudder) Unless the Pubs kick the radical wingnuts to the curb and become a more centrist Party (i.e., to the left of Genghis Khan), having the Senate in their unbreakable grip is a future too horrible to contemplate. So, today’s activism is to do whatever you can to support three Democratic candidates running for Senate in 2014.

Did I mention they are women? From states that have never elected women Senators? And did you know there are 25 states that belong in that category? From K. Gill’s email on 4/26:

The Koch brothers and their Super PAC have already spent $22 million on TV ads aiming for a Senate takeover, and they stand poised to dump millions more into races. During the 2012 election cycle, the Kochs’ network raised at least $407 million.

And despite women making up 51 percent of the population, 25 states have still never elected a woman to the Senate – including Kentucky, Georgia and West Virginia. In all three of these elections, we have a chance to change the face of Congress, but Alison, Natalie and Michelle can’t overcome the Kochs without our help.

We need these inspiring women in the Senate, but they urgently need us to help them win.

By giving just $15 ($5 to each woman), we can help counter some of the Kochian onslaught of corporate dollars, which could swing the races to the Republican side. Can we really afford to lose?

I think not. If you agree, please do what you can to support Alison Lundergan Grimes (KY-Sen), Michelle Nunn (GA-Sen) and Natalie Tennant (WV-Sen). If money’s tight, even liking these women on Facebook or following them on Twitter can help.

One more thing: Recently I commented in a LinkedIn women’s group, that Equal Pay Day would not be meaningful until the ERA was passed. I got quite a few likes for that comment. I truly feel that without more women in the Senate and House, this vital step forward will never be taken. Let’s do everything we can to make that happen!

This is an open thread.



4 Responses to "Activist Monday: Two Actions in One"

Hopefully everyone will vote, if for no other reason than to spite those who would stop us from doing so.

To punctuate the Precambrian mentality, over the weekend there was an annual Republican dinner for “The Reagan” in McTurtleville. The emcee, after this already having been an embarrassing issue, referred to Allison Lundergan Grimes once again as an “empty dress.”

If consistency is a virtue, the Repubs are indeed virtuous.

@2: Oh G-R-O-A-N on the dress thing.

@1: well the Repubs will be sure to try to limit or restrict, early voting, Sunday voting and anything else they can do to try to thwart turnout.

Fredster and Prolix, are you okay after Monday’s storms?

Nothing but heavy rain here. This morning is peaceful and sunny.

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