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  • hypergrove (160 posts)
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    Brand New Congress: How we turn four years of fear into two

    Received a great email from BrandNewCongress.org:

    Yesterday was never supposed to happen. After all, we have standards and norms in this country. We thought there was no way Donald Trump would ever be POTUS. Well, we were wrong. Turns out that the destruction of America’s economy, our exploding health care costs, and skyrocketing student debt have changed the political landscape.

    We’re faced with a choice as a nation. We can continue to ignore the fact that 40% of Americans made less than $20,000 in 2015 or we can rebuild our economy. We can continue to blame murders of and by the police on the American people and their poor reactions to police oppression, or we can reform our criminal justice system. We can continue to privatize our nation — sell our parks, waterways, roadways, schools, and social safety nets to the highest bidder — or we can come together as a nation to build something beautiful. The paths couldn’t be clearer.

    … (on edit: removed fundraising appeal)

    Today, millions of women and men have taken to the streets to put this administration and the establishment on notice. Change is in the air, but it is going to take a ton of work to make it real and lasting. Brand New Congress is working to put together a slate of nearly 400 candidates and draft a plan to save our economy and democracy. It’s time to turn this energy into change. Our current Congress neither represents nor is representative of America’s great diversity.

    If you looked at our Congress, you’d think we are a nation that is majority lawyers, 81% male, and more than 50% millionaires. Where are the teachers, the librarians, the firefighters, the police officers? Where are the small business owners, the engineers, and scientists? Let’s keep working to elect a Brand New Congress that represents us in 2018. There is momentum in our movement, and we cannot let up. Together, we will turn four years of fear into two.

     

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    J ! Justice, Democrats, Justice ! P ! Primary the Corporatists ! R ! Roosevelt’s 2nd Bill of Rights !

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  • jdpriestly (4394 posts)
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    1. It's mostly lawyers because they have the patience to read the laws and

    vote on them.  Most people would find that part of the job very boring.

    No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
    • hypergrove (160 posts)
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      3. Why the negativity? they're bernie staff …

      they couldnt mostly be attorneys could they – all amazing organizers/activists there.

      I don’t understand why it’s necessary to diminish Brand New Congress as you’re trying to do.

      And it just so happens ‘boring law’ is worth reading. Try starting an HOA for the residents of your nearby trailer park, that is, should you want to lift from yourself any post-traumatic depression you’re experiencing.

      J ! Justice, Democrats, Justice ! P ! Primary the Corporatists ! R ! Roosevelt’s 2nd Bill of Rights !
      • jdpriestly (4394 posts)
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        4. I think we are talking about two different things.

        I was explaining why most of the members of Congress now tend to be lawyers.  I was not referring to Brand New Congress.  I think the Brand New Congress is a great idea.  I would encourage people who feel called to do so to run.  We need new voices in Congress.

        Thanks for posting.

        No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
        • hypergrove (160 posts)
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          6. Thanks for the clarification ?

          I shoulda put a smiley on the reply!

          J ! Justice, Democrats, Justice ! P ! Primary the Corporatists ! R ! Roosevelt’s 2nd Bill of Rights !
  • Rozinante (2310 posts)
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    2. Congress is doable in 2018.

    I think even 2 years of Trump and his minions will be enough to sour voters  on the Republican brand, Democrats damn well better have something better to offer than “we’re not as bad as them”. Senate will be damn near impossible in 2018, as the vast majority of seats up for election are already Democratic held. 2020 looks better for Senste, plus it’s a Presidential year which will boost turnout. Again, a Dems better have more to offer than Republican Lite.  Trump will probably get a primary challenge…Dems can’t count on running against him.

    • jdpriestly (4394 posts)
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      5. I agree, Rozinante.

      No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!