Activist Monday: Recess, Anyone?
Posted February 20, 2017on:
Good Monday, all! As we begin the fifth week of the Worst Reality Show Evah (Make it stop, dear Goddess, make it stop…), it has become clear that Republicans in Congress are refusing to admit that the man James Comey, Vladimir Putin and the broadcast media forced into the Presidency is completely, 100% loony tunes. Why? Because they really, REALLY want to steal from the poor and give to the rich. Somehow these evil plans make their tiny Grinchy hearts swell with bile – I mean, happiness. So until they get their way and make tens of millions of people suffer so they can fill their empty souls with more meaningless expensive possessions, they’re going to pretend everything is just fine. Or at least, they’re not going to invoke the 25th Amendment, which it is long past time to do.
The 25th amendment says in part that the vice president and ‘a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide’ can demand the president’s removal from office if they decide he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties.’
Blumenauer said in a Wednesday op-ed that appeared on OregonLive.com that the amendment isn’t strong enough.
‘It has inherent flaws that need to be addressed. The amendment’s default decision-makers– the vice president and the cabinet — have a natural bias toward the existing officeholder that would make them reluctant to acknowledge the president’s inability to serve,’ he said.
If you want the Republicans to realize that we really, really, REALLY want them to dump Drumpf, there is something you can do that has been proven very effective. Those greedy, soulless Congresscritters who live to serve themselves, are coming back to their districts this week. Yes, my friends, it’s time for – recess! Just like when we were kids, there will be games, fights, and possibly name-calling. And unlike when we were kids, I don’t think our dear Rethuglican friends are going to enjoy it very much.
The recess, traditionally a time for lawmakers to take the temperature of their constituents, comes at a surprisingly vulnerable moment for Republicans. They are struggling to gain traction on a legislative agenda despite controlling both congressional chambers and the White House, as the new administration remains mired in controversy over its targeted travel ban and pre-election contact with Russia, among other issues.
While complaints about the health care act — high premiums in particular — helped elect Mr. Trump, polls show it has become more popular as voters realize that repealing it would mean that an estimated 30 million people lose health insurance.
The amount of activism around the recess is both astonishing and inspirational. Here are some of the groups providing guidance and information about the town halls being held:
What’s going on, though, isn’t coming from the Democrats or any of these liberal organizations. It’s a pure expression of the energy and emotion Hillary Clinton tapped into – the idea that we’re all in this together, and that love does, indeed, trump hate. Even more to the point, we utterly reject the dark vision of Drumpf’s America, where people are victimized and jailed for being different, thinking differently or being a member of the press corps, which Drumpf has declared “the enemy of the people.” (Yup, that’s straight out of Dictator 101, in case you were wondering.)
If you have a chance, get out there and politely and respectfully challenge your Congresscritters to start doing what their constituents elected them to do. It sure isn’t what they’re doing now.
What’s on your mind today? This is an open thread.
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