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If you are feeling bruised this Monday morning, I hear you!

For three weeks on social media I saw my friends, people I follow, celebrities, elected officials, strangers, and family members share horror stories brought to the surface by Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. I read every word of every story.

These folks, mostly women, but there were men, too, were recounting some of the most painful moments of their lives. Reading these accounts was excruciating. This was three weeks of unremitting stories of pain. I felt it was my duty as a human to take the time to read every account that people in agony took the time and trouble to share. I know I was far from alone in this journey through annals of hurt and anger.

Now that the confirmation is in the rear-view mirror and Judge Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavabaugh, I am seeing, in the same social media outlets, many of those same people, again primarily but not all women, voicing the defeat and despair they are feeling.

Where do we turn in the face of what we have experienced? I think we all know that we do not give up. This is not our first rodeo. This is not the first time we have been knocked down.

The Super Volunteers offer some suggestions for turning defeat into action. November is coming. Here are some things we all can do to channel our anger, pain, and despair into positive action for change.


 

“Women are focused on getting things done and bring fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to a political system that’s crying out for change.” – Senator Amy Klobuchar

#WinWithWomen

Less than 30 days until November 6th.  The Midterm election of 2018 truly will be the most consequential election in a generation.  We must win back the House and hold if not win the Senate too.  Ignore the polls – the pundits – and the political drama and distractions swirling about and sign up for volunteer shifts.An unprecedented number of women are running for office on the Democratic ticket and they need our help!  Over the last few weeks we saw the misogyny on display during the 2016 election was in full effect during the Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation.  WE CAN NOT LET THIS GO UNANSWERED!  The Republican controlled Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh yesterday and the GOP got their man and their way but WE VOTE NOVEMBER 6th.

There are so many ways to help – from knocking doors, making phone calls, texting voters (for some campaigns), writing postcards to voters, visibility in your communities to visibility on social media platforms and yes donating.  There is literally something for everyone! And everyone and every way is critically important!  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

 

HOW TO FIND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEAR YOU!

MOBILIZE AMERICA – put in your zipcode and any number of opportunities will come up – it’s updated regularly and is an easy portal to use!  Please visit them here:  https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/
INDIVISIBLE– put in your zipcode to find a local chapter and find volunteer opportunities near you -another easy portal to use!
Please visit them here:  http://www.indivisible.org/events/
BUILD THE WAVE – sign up to help send texts for critical races!
Sign up to help text in the coming days by clicking hyperlink here
SWING LEFT – great organization working to organize volunteers from blue districts and mobilize them to provide support for targeted districts to help flip them from RED to BLUE – sign up here:  https://swingleft.org/take-action
THE LAST WEEKEND – a coalition of organizations including the above listed that can text you or email you updated information for activities in your area – it’s a great link to share across all media platforms so that you can activate volunteers in your network!  Please follow this link:  https://thelastweekend.org/
POSTCARDS TO VOTERS – look through a long list of candidates and find the ones you would like to help – sign up to send postcards to voters in their districts (or better yet host a postcard writing party!) Instructions and examples are provided! Follow this link here:  https://postcardstovoters.org/

THE DEMOCRATS – official portal for the Democratic Party with ability to search for events near you! Follow this link here: https://democrats.org/

 


It’s YOUR TIME – It’s OUR TIME – We will not go quietly into this dark night – We must rise up at this tremendous moment of need and reclaim our time, our democracy, our government, our country and our futures! Government is only as good as the one we participate in and governance by the few for the few is no governance at all – it’s tyranny.  We are the majority and we share a vision of a better America, a fairer America, a more inclusive and equitable America, a DIVERSE America.  This is the America worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.  We are worth fighting for. 

So let’s get out there and do this TOGETHER! 

#StrongerTogether

 


“We are Americans. We are not big on quitting.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Bill wore lederhosen but there is no evidence that he performed the slap dance. Hillary wore seasonal colors.

They might have enjoyed a beer or two. The Official Beer Inquisitor is tied up in DC probably getting confirmed today. “I like beer. I drink beer. Do you like beer? Do you? DO YOU?”

Yesterday, Susan Collins spent almost 50 minutes addressing everything under the October sun except Brett Kavanaugh’s performance last Thursday when he was up before the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning and decided it was a good idea to turn the tables and interrogate some of them. The level of animosity he displayed was shocking. The whole spectacle was stunning. It apparently made no impression on Collins who will vote “yes” today making this a good day to hit the streets.

 

dailymail.co.uk

Bill and Hillary Clinton attend Oktoberfest in Munich

It’s the fashion, stupid! Bill Clinton dons traditional Lederhosen as he and Hillary live it up at Munich’s Oktoberfest during German getaway

  • Bill, 72, and Hillary Clinton, 70, were spotted at Oktoberfest in Munich on Friday
  • Annual event is world’s largest beer festival and attracts thousands of visitors
  • The couple were pictured smiling and waving while walking through crowds
  • Bill was seen hugging festival-goers in traditional Bavarian Dirndl dresses
  • On Wednesday, they enjoyed a date night in New York City at Christina Aguilera’s concert at Radio City Music Hall before jetting off to Germany

By Danielle Zoellner and Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:07 EDT, 5 October 2018 | Updated: 06:03 EDT, 6 October 2018

Bill and Hillary Clinton took a break from their respective projects to enjoy Oktoberfest together in Munich, Germany.

The political power couple was spotted posing for pictures with women outfitted in traditional dirndl dresses on Friday while enjoying the world’s largest beer festival.

Bill Clinton, 72, poses outside his Munich hotel after an evening visit to OktoberfestHillary Clinton, 70, smiles as she goes back into her hotel

Out and about: Bill was beaming and Hillary waved to the crowds as they arrived at the Kaefer festival tent at Oktoberfest in Munich on Friday

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When Hillary visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday evening, she was greeted with a standing ovation. She addressed many of the same issues she spoke about with Rachel Maddow.  I will not revisit those.

On the subject of the Mueller investigation, she did say something on this show that she did not say the other night. It is an important point. She cited a difference between crimes committed prior to assuming office and those committed in office. It is an important distinction. She said a president can be the subject of a criminal investigation. When asked if he can be indicted, she made a distinction between actions before taking office and after taking office.  If before, she believes he can be indicted. If after, it then falls under the impeachment process.

While she does have a paperback edition of What Happened out that contains an updated supplement, her real reason, I think, for hitting the talk show circuit is to emphasize that: 1) indeed our democracy is in critical condition and 2) no caped crusader, including her, is going to come swooping in to save it. She made these points on both TV appearances.

We are the only ones who can save it, and there is only one way we are going to be able to do that: get out the vote. Notice I did not say “vote.” I said “get out the vote.” That means that we have to work as hard as we did in 2016 to get people to the polls. We have to convince them of the importance of this election and talk to them about the candidates who have pledged to address the issues closest to us. We have to remind people to register before deadlines. We also have to remind people to check their registrations to be sure they have not been purged – sad as that is to say. Finally, we have to make sure we get our friends, families, and neighbors to the polls. When Democrats vote, Democrats win.

Standing ovation

On the Judiciary Committee’s Watergate legal team.

Here is an article from The Daily Beast.

 

When Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert set to air on Friday night’s Late Show, it was still up in the air whether or not Christine Blasey Ford would agree to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week about her sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

But stepping back to before she lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Colbert had a bigger-picture question for Clinton: “Do you think the nomination process in general is irreparably damaged following the Republicans not allowing Merrick Garland to be heard?”

“Well, it’s one of the reasons I think a lot of Americans are just fed up with the political process,” Clinton, who was promoting the paperback release of her book What Happened, replied. “Because in a democracy, you have to have at least enough trust to be able to work with each other and try to solve difficult problems. When the Republicans refused to give a distinguished judge, appointed by President Obama, even the courtesy of meetings let alone a hearing, that sent such a terrible message.”

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In one of his final appearances on the Senate floor, Senator John McCain urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get back to regular order. Hillary Clinton echoed that imperative on The Rachel Maddow Show last night. Appearing on the anniversary of the release of her book, What Happened, and upon the release of the paperback edition with a new afterword (also published in The Atlantic), Hillary addressed, among other topics, the Kavanaugh confirmation logjam, the Special Counsel probe, the Manafort deal, and the ongoing Russian influence not only in our elections but in our very interactions.

Rachel began the interview quoting from the piece that ran in The Atlantic, and asked Hillary why she is afraid of losing our country. Hillary responded saying that putting aside ideological concerns we have to defend our democracy. Degrading the rule of law, de-legitimizing elections, attacking truth and reason, undermining our unity … is a crisis. She said the authoritarian tendencies, left unchecked could result in the erosion of our institutions to an extent that we have never imagined here. We are not there yet, she contends, but that is because there is an election. “We need a new Congress, and we need a new Republican party.”

With a new Congress, Hillary thinks we need an agenda broader than one of impeachment. She listed policy changes already made, and said those need to be addressed. If people do not go out and vote, she thinks we will see more dismantling of institutions.

She believes that she was clearly a part of the puzzle where Russian interference was concerned in 2016, but she thinks they are playing a longer game of undermining democracy here and globally.  She said, “Foreign money, foreign interference in our elections, I don’t care if it’s from the right, the left, the center, up, down; I don’t care where it’s from. It’s wrong. It’s illegal,and the American people deserve to know if it happened so we can try to prevent it.”¹

Rachel replayed a clip from a year ago where Hillary said we have to depend on those around Trump to be our first line of defense against him doing something that might have serious repercussions. The Times op-ed of September 5 and Bob Woodward’s Fear appear to show that remark to have been predictive.

Her prediction now is that after the election Trump will wholesale fire people. She said he is close to being uncontrollable. She is hoping people will see that we need checks and balances and will vote accordingly. While she has not heard any specifics of invocation of the 25th Amendment, she thinks there are private discussions in the White House, and that people are worried.

It was a broad, extensive interview and thought-provoking. Hillary has warned us in the past. Once again she is sounding the alarms. Yes, we must get out the vote. But we must do more. We need to hold the government accountable. First, we must hold the line. Then, we must repair the damage. That demands advocacy. It is going to take more than a village. It is going to take the whole country.

See the full interview here >>>>

 

 


¹Please bear this comment in mind and take it very seriously to heart if you are one of those who defends a “Hillary supporter” whom you suspect or know not to be American but who insists upon not only impersonating an American but also insists upon telling Americans how to think and how to vote. Proxies, trolls, sock puppets, and bots take every side. There is a purpose to this alleged support. Do not be duped.

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