If you're like me, you did a little victory lap in your kitchen on Friday when Ryan pulled AHCA. I hope you did, because no matter how many people blame Paul Ryan, or DT's ignorance and instability, or the Freedom Caucus's draconian instincts, I'm here to tell you that they're all missing the bigger picture. … Continue reading Your Victory Lap
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. ~Mother Jones Mother Jones (the woman, not the magazine) was once referred to in the Senate as the "grandmother of all agitators " (and was also called the "most dangerous woman in America"). Clearly Senator Warren's predecessor, she … Continue reading Raising Hell
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the news and action items, here's a bit of inspiration. Just this morning (March 13), Rebecca Farley, the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the National Council for Behavioral Health, announced during a talk in Washington that our calls are working. She said that we - you, and … Continue reading Teamwork Wins
This winter was harder than most. It wasn't the weather. In fact, the weather was unseasonably warm. But there was a darkness beyond the early nightfall that nobody could shake. Now the days are getting longer again. It's planting time. It's time to start sowing the seeds of the resistance, too. And as we tend … Continue reading Planting Time
During the cold war, Ronald Regan told an anecdote about the differences in how the Soviet and US constitutions protected freedom of the press: "Two Soviets . . . were talking to each other. And one of them asked, 'What's the difference between the Soviet Constitution and the United States Constitution?' And the other one said, … Continue reading Freedom After Speech
If you've traveled via the London tube, you're familiar with the phrase "mind the gap." It's a very British way of warning travelers entering or exiting the train of the space gap between the platform and the train car. (See the picture above.) It's a both a warning and an explicit recognition of potential danger. … Continue reading Mind the Gap
Oh dear. This week we learned that Mike Flynn, Trump's National Security Advisor, was in regular contact with Russian diplomats in December, before the new administration was in place. According to this Washington Post article - which was heavily sourced - not only did Flynn chat with Russian officials before the new POTUS was sworn in - but … Continue reading How Do You Say “Resist” in Russian?