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Trump and the Media

This is how Tyranny Begins

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REPEAL CONGRESSIONAL HEALTHCARE BENEFITS NOW!

Since the Republican members of Congress are determined to decrease or eliminate health care benfits for the American public, by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and change Medicare and Medicaid funding and benefits, let's demand they include their own tax-payer supported benifits on the chopping block.
Contact your representatives today and demand members of congress repeal their own benefits.


My Email to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 01/13/2017:

Dear Senator Schumer,

Although I'm no longer a resident of NY, I still greatly admire your service to the people of NY State and your national leadership in the Democratic Party.
As a 65 year old veteran and registered nurse, I am deeply concerned about the proposed Republican changes to the ACA, Medicare & Medicaid.
Since the Republican leadership is determined to decrease or eliminate all health care programs and benefits that are tax-payer supported, may I suggest the Democratic leadership take their tax-payer supported health care benefits away, by adding various provisions to their proposed legislation? If the poor and the middle class don't "deserve" tax-payer supported health care benefits, then why should I pay taxes to give free benefits to the Republican leaders of Congress. While I appreciate the fact that not all members of congress are wealthy, I feel this would send a strong message.
Thank you for your consideration of this request, and thank you for your leadership.

Sincerely,
Douglas E. Goodman RN
Port Townsend, WA


Don't let Republicans detroy US healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, VA Services, Planned Parenthood, and Children's Health Services.

Impeachment

Trump violates US Constitution, violates the Geneva Convention, has DHS act in contempt of Federal Courts.........These are the acts of a dictator. .........He has violated his oath of office, refuses to comply with our laws.............. he is a threat to our national security............This must stop NOW!!!!!!............demand impeachment hearings NOW, before it's too late. .......................... Contact your congressional representatives today......................Make your voice heard............................Don't be silent...............................Don't allow the continued destruction of our freedoms................Support the individuals, groups, and organizations that are fighting for our freedoms and liberty..

SIGN THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PETITION

www.impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org/


Presidential Impeachment:
The Legal Standard and Procedure

The involuntary removal of a sitting President of the United States has never occurred in our history. The only legal way such can be accomplished is by the impeachment process. This article discusses the legal standard to be properly applied by members of the U.S. House of Representatives when voting for or against Articles of Impeachment, and members of the U.S. Senate when voting whether to convict and remove from office a President of the U.S., as well as the procedure to be followed. Article I § 2 of the United States Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach (make formal charges against) and Article I § 3 gives the Senate the sole power to try impeachments. Article II § 4 of the Constitution provides as follows:
"The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Thus, the operative legal standard to apply to an impeachment of a sitting President is "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." There is substantial difference of opinion over the interpretation of these words.

NO MUSLIM REGISTRY

Don't Repeat History

The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens.
Internment of Japanese Americans - Wikipedia

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The Fall of The

It is now time for the leadership of both houses of the Congress to demand an investigation into the illegal and dangerous actions of the Trump White House.  

INVESTIGATE....................IMPEACH......................IMPRISON TRUMP!................

Russian Cyberattacks

The Russian cyberattacks, Russian impact on our election, and the Russian connections of many of Trumps advisors, cabinet members, administration and of his family, should be of great concern to all Americans.

I contacted my Washington State Senator, Patty Murray, to express my concerns. This was her reply:

Dear Mr. Goodman:

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on reports of Russian involvement on behalf of President-elect Donald Trump during the 2016 election. I appreciate having your views on this important topic.
In early December, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election in support of Donald Trump. These reports should disturb and outrage every American who believes that the integrity of our elections is fundamental to the strength of our democracy. I join in the calls for bipartisan Congressional hearings and a comprehensive investigation to begin as soon as possible to get to the bottom of this, and for disclosure of any evidence that Russia actively worked to hijack our election and elect Donald Trump.   
President-elect Trump has disputed the reports and indicated that he would like to stop discussions of Russian involvement in the election. However, no American should stand for something like this to be swept under the rug or allow President-elect Trump to obstruct an investigation when he gets into office. This is too important, and I will relentlessly pursue this with my colleagues until we get the answers voters deserve.  
Thank you again for writing to me regarding Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. 
If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  

Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator


 

The United States Constitution

For the full text of the Contitution use this link: U.S. Constitution



FEDERAL REPORT ON RUSSIAN 2016 CYBERATTACK


JOINT ANALYSIS REPORT DISCLAIMER: This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. DHS does not endorse any commercial product or service referenced in this advisory or otherwise. This document is distributed as TLP:WHITE: Subject to standard copyright rules, TLP:WHITE information may be distributed without restriction. For more information on the Traffic Light Protocol, see https://www.us-cert.gov/tlp. Reference Number: JAR-16-20296 December 29, 2016

GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

Summary
 
This Joint Analysis Report (JAR) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities. The U.S. Government is referring to this malicious cyber activity by RIS as GRIZZLY STEPPE.

Use this link to see the full report: GRIZZLY STEPPE


      12 JAN 2017
 

Fellow Washingtonians –

This week I called on Republicans to end their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would in effect steal health care away from more than 750,000 Washingtonians, increase the deficit, and gut efforts to make the health care system work better for patients.

While Republicans took the first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act last night, it’s vitally important that we do everything we can to prevent a full repeal of the ACA with no plan to replace the health care that 20 million Americans would lose.

By repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Republicans will:

  • Force at least 20 million Americans, including 750,000 Washingtonians, to lose their insurance.
  • Reverse critical improvements in in the delivery of health care that are improving the patient experience and reducing costs.
  • Increase prescription drug costs, premiums, and out-of-pocket costs for American families.
  • Allow insurance companies to discriminate against people, including individuals with pre-existing conditions.
  • Force older Americans to manage expensive health conditions while they wait to enroll in Medicare.
  • Deny women access to preventive health care, including birth control.
  • Allow Americans with a mental health condition to be turned away from treatment and lose the newly gained care and support they count on.
  • Deny young adults from staying on their parents’ insurance plan until they’re 26.
  • Give billions in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, while raising taxes on millions of middle-class Americans.

I’m willing to work with any Republican willing to find ways to address the challenges, and make sure every American has a cost-effective health care option.

As always, you can contact me with your questions and concerns through my website. And follow me on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the issues. I am proud to serve as your United States Senator and I look forward to keeping up the fight for progress for Washington state and our country.  

Sincerely,

Maria 

 


American Fascism

Thoughts of Henry A. Wallace, US Vice President, 1944

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Selected Works of Henry A. Wallace

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The Danger of American Fascism

Henry A. Wallace

An article in the New York Times, April 9, 1944.
From Henry A. Wallace, Democracy Reborn (New York, 1944), edited by Russell Lord, p. 259.

  1. On returning from my trip to the West in February, I received a request from The New York Times to write a piece answering the following questions:
    1. What is a fascist?
    2. How many fascists have we?
    3. How dangerous are they?
  2. A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.
  3. The perfect type of fascist throughout recent centuries has been the Prussian Junker, who developed such hatred for other races and such allegiance to a military clique as to make him willing at all times to engage in any degree of deceit and violence necessary to place his culture and race astride the world. In every big nation of the world are at least a few people who have the fascist temperament. Every Jew-baiter, every Catholic hater, is a fascist at heart. The hoodlums who have been desecrating churches, cathedrals and synagogues in some of our larger cities are ripe material for fascist leadership.
  4. The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.
  5. If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.
  6. American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery.
  7. The European brand of fascism will probably present its most serious postwar threat to us via Latin America. The effect of the war has been to raise the cost of living in most Latin American countries much faster than the wages of labor. The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives. Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States. Following this war, technology will have reached such a point that it will be possible for Germans, using South America as a base, to cause us much more difficulty in World War III than they did in World War II. The military and landowning cliques in many South American countries will find it attractive financially to work with German fascist concerns as well as expedient from the standpoint of temporary power politics.
  8. Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.
  9. Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. American fascists of this stamp were clandestinely aligned with their German counterparts before the war, and are even now preparing to resume where they left off, after "the present unpleasantness" ceases:
  10. The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler's game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.
  11. The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
  12. Several leaders of industry in this country who have gained a new vision of the meaning of opportunity through co-operation with government have warned the public openly that there are some selfish groups in industry who are willing to jeopardize the structure of American liberty to gain some temporary advantage. We all know the part that the cartels played in bringing Hitler to power, and the rule the giant German trusts have played in Nazi conquests. Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise. In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.
  13. It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship. What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. It was Mussolini's vaunted claim that he "made the trains run on time." In the end, however, he brought to the Italian people impoverishment and defeat. It was Hitler's claim that he eliminated all unemployment in Germany. Neither is there unemployment in a prison camp.
  14. Democracy to crush fascism internally must demonstrate its capacity to "make the trains run on time." It must develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels. As long as scientific research and inventive ingenuity outran our ability to devise social mechanisms to raise the living standards of the people, we may expect the liberal potential of the United States to increase. If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people.
  15. The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan. Democracy can win the peace only if it does two things:
    1. Speeds up the rate of political and economic inventions so that both production and, especially, distribution can match in their power and practical effect on the daily life of the common man the immense and growing volume of scientific research, mechanical invention and management technique.
    2. Vivifies with the greatest intensity the spiritual processes which are both the foundation and the very essence of democracy.
  16. The moral and spiritual aspects of both personal and international relationships have a practical bearing which so-called practical men deny. This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world.
  17. Fascism in the postwar inevitably will push steadily for Anglo-Saxon imperialism and eventually for war with Russia. Already American fascists are talking and writing about this conflict and using it as an excuse for their internal hatreds and intolerances toward certain races, creeds and classes.
  18. It should also be evident that exhibitions of the native brand of fascism are not confined to any single section, class or religion. Happily, it can be said that as yet fascism has not captured a predominant place in the outlook of any American section, class or religion. It may be encountered in Wall Street, Main Street or Tobacco Road. Some even suspect that they can detect incipient traces of it along the Potomac. It is an infectious disease, and we must all be on our guard against intolerance, bigotry and the pretension of invidious distinction. But if we put our trust in the common sense of common men and "with malice toward none and charity for all" go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.

 

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