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Trump Attacks

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

As Trump’s campaign implodes, he is increasing his claims that the election is rigged against him. Trump’s words appear to be designed to prepare his supporters for imminent defeat.

Trump continues to erode support for our democratic system by false claims that conspiracy is underway against him. Today, he twitted, “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,”

As is the norm, his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, spent the day trying to undo Trump claims. Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and Mr. Trump “will absolutely accept the result of the election.”

His mislead supporters appear to believe Trump’s words, as violence continues to grow at his events. It appears he is attempting to dampen turnout and/or cause his supporters to deny the legitimacy of the results if he loses.

American elections are void of fraud at any level, but some fear that Trump’s false charge of fraud is destabilizing the election by encouraging his supporters to monitor the election in areas where opposition support [large cities] will be large. Will violence occur in these areas as a result of stirring up his wing-nut supporters? Will we experience an Election Day fiasco?

The game Trump is playing is very dangerous and poses a threat to our democracy. This is the type of thing that happens in a banana republic under the directive of a third world dictator. This tactic is reminiscent of the threats to jail Hillary Clinton, something dictators do to political opposition. His behavior [much like a dictator] is designed to create disturbance and if played out in polling places across the country, has the potential to destabilize the election.

His conduct continues to place down ballet Republicans candidates in a difficult position as they balance winning their elections by distancing themselves from Trump without a angering many of their voters who fervently support Trump. Trump is creating the perfect storm from the Republican Party.

Republican governors are being forced by Trump’s stump speech warning of election fraud to ensure elections in their states will be conducted fairly. Many Republicans and Americans are appalled at Trump’s claims of widespread fraud, which goes to the heart of our democracy.

Trump’s loyal supporters decry insurrection and revolution should [when] Trump is defeated. Violence at his rallies increases and he incites violence against the press and those who oppose him.

As Trump’s campaign surrogates [Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani] join him in questioning the fairness of the electoral process by suggesting that Democrats tend to cheat in elections and count votes from dead people.

Civil rights groups have begun to express alarm at remarks from Mr. Trump that they see as rallying his supporters to intimidate minorities at the polls. It is very dangerous when Trump promotes “vigilante” poll watching.

Earlier this week, President Obama, pointed blame directly at the Republican Party for the rise of Trump and the hate he incites. By remaining silent they have created the monster that now roams the countryside terrorizing the Republican Party. Trump is the same monster that threatens to tear the Republican Party apart and it appears that he has no problem tearing the United States apart as he uses hatred to rally his supporters against his opposition.

Sadly, our democracy relies on confidence in election results, a confidence that Trump is eroding

Court Strikes Down NC Voter Suppression Law

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

jim-crow-songbookYesterday a federal appeals court struck down a voter ID law designed to suppress the votes of minorities in North Carolina.

The court found that state lawmakers intentionally sought to keep African Americans from the ballot box – methodically using voting data to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

The law was one of many discriminatory statutes enacted by states after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

The court in this case exposed the charade that such laws are intended to prevent voter fraud – writing that North Carolina’s version “impose[d] cures for problems that did not exist.”

We know that racism is at the root of laws like this. And we know that opponents of equality won’t ever give up.

It is sad and alarming that states controlled by GOP legislations have passed undemocratic voter suppression laws that are designed to prevent Americans from voting. This is attempt to steal elections because the GOP must feel that do not have the policies that people will vote for and support.

We encourage everyone to promote registration and voting in your community.

The Rise of Fascism in the GOP

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

art-gop-fascism-posterIt is a sad day when many Americans are unaware of a growing trend that currently drives the Republican Party to an extreme fascist realm. Fascism is when corporations own, operate, and control all facets of a nation’s government without any input from the people. Fascist is an apt description of Republican tactics and policies and an ideology that their mislead base ardently supports and falls victim to. But now a new force is driving Republican Fascist tendencies to new scary extreme.

Last week, Conservatives and Republicans starting calling Donald Trump a fascist. Today, GOP Presidential candidate, John Kasich’s Super Pac unveiled a new commercial calling Trump a fascist. Saturday, Trump supports beat up an African American protestor and Trump said he deserved it. Today Trump called upon Americans to monitor and report fellow Americans they suspect of [terrorists] wrong behaviors. This caps off months of immigrant bashing by the Trump machine. In the midst of this growing Trump fascist wave, Republicans are racing to wage a massive campaign against Donald Trump. Yesterday, the Trump campaign warned, “if they treat us unfairly, Trump will tear up the promise not to run as an Independent.

Regardless of what any American thinks of Donald Trump, he has performed a public service to America highlighting the fascist inclination that drives the Republican Party’s policies, practices, and allegiance to the rich and corporations. Trump is unafraid to publicly practice fascist tactics and he is having success with this message to the GOP base because of the past six years of Republicans’ conditioning their base to embrace extremism.

It is no accident that the fascist zeal of today’s Republican Party and its racist, religious extremist base is precisely the same as the rampant fascism of the early and mid-20th century; and Mr. Trump has exposed the GOP as a fascist movement. Republicans have embraced voter suppression, immigrant deportation of 11 million people, targeting Muslims, and restricting women’s rights.

It’s true – Trump is not saying anything Republicans and their base do not strongly believe and support; he is saying it loudly and it explains his growing popularity among conservative and the Republican base. Trump is the superhero that conservatives believe and desperately want. He has tapped into GOP core beliefs and conservative resentment to class, race, religion, sex, and economics.

When many people think of Fascism – they think of Nazis and the Gestapo and concentration camps. That concept is not the only perspective on Fascism. In current politics a popular trend of fascism is growing and caution should be used at this resumption of an early-stage of what is a New Fascism, (Neo-Fascism,) far more subtle and with a propaganda arm that moves over our culture like a slow, dark cloud.

The purpose of Neo-Fascist is long-term control and oppression of a society. Only if the People are fooled, lied to, made to think that there is some great danger lurking around every corner will they submit to total domination by a ruling authority.

Our society must come to terms with the real idea and definition of totalitarianism – we falsely believe that totalitarian rule cannot happen to use because we have free and open selection, but we fail to address the threat of voter suppression resulting in rigged elections that are not the will of the People.
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VOTER REGISTRATION QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

tndp logoDo I have to put my Social Security number on my voter registration form?

It’s a good idea to do so. Your social security number is necessary to register to vote, but if your county Election Administrator gets an application with that field blank, the Election Commission is instructed to give you a call. However, this could cause your application to slip through the cracks. It will save time and effort to include your social security number on your application.

If I’ve moved here from another state, do I fill out “Address Change” or “New Registration?”

Even if you were previously registered to vote in your home state, you should check the box “New Registration.” You are a new Tennessee voter, and checking “New Registration” indicates that you need to be added to Tennessee’s voter rolls for the first time.

Do I have to put my phone number on my voter registration form?

It is a good idea to do so. It’s not required, but the Election Commission may need to notify you if your registration is incomplete or anything goes wrong in the registration process.

What if I’m going to college here, but I’m from another state?

You can chose to register either in your home state, or at your address here in Tennessee.

What if I’m homeless? What do I put as my address?

If you are without a home address, you can still register to vote. One of the reasons they need your address is to know where to send your voter registration card. Therefore, the easiest way to register is to list the address of a local homeless shelter or church that opens its door to the homeless. Make sure that you frequent the place you list as your address to make sure that you get your Voter Registration card when they send it to you.

What if I have been convicted of a felony and have lost my voting rights?

You can get your voting rights restored. For more detailed information on Voting Rights Restoration, please pick up our info packet on how to restore your rights.

Clinton Calls Out GOP on Voter Suppression

Friday, June 5th, 2015

559953_545779358786752_100427983_nTexas – Yesterday, in a major speech on voting rights, Hillary Clinton denounced Republican efforts on voter suppression. She laid out a far-reaching vision for expanding access to the ballot box for all Americans.

Clinton, the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, talked about voter suppression and called out by name several of her potential 2016 rivals for taking actions that restricted voter participation. She discussed Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, and Chris Christie and their supporting/imposing restrictive voting policies. She said, “Republicans should stop fearmongering about a phantom epidemic of voter fraud.”

As demographic trends have shifted toward an increase in Democratic voting, Republican voter suppression tactics have increased in an effort to slow it down and/or stop it. Republicans have a long history of voter suppression tactics. As dark money bought elections putting Republicans in charge of state legislations, and in the face of losing five of the last six majorities in presidential elections, Republicans have used these victories to impose a variety of voter suppression laws.

Speaking at Texas Southern University in Houston, Clinton called for every American to be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18. She also backs a nationwide standard of at least 20 days of early voting. She urged Congress to pass legislation strengthening the Voting Rights Act, which was gravely weakened by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling. And she slammed restrictive voter suppression laws imposed by the GOP in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Texas, and Ohio.

Hillary said, “We have a responsibility to say clearly and directly what’s really going on in our country, because what is happening is a sweeping effort to dis-empower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other.”
She continued by saying, “What is happening is a sweeping effort to dis-empower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other.” Hillary Clinton put the GOP on notice that further efforts to make voter suppression will be used to motivate Democrats and increase Democratic turnout.

She is the first presidential candidate to discuss in detail the massive voter suppression/discrimination that has surged in “red” states since the Voting Rights Act was gutted in 2013.

Noting that approximately one third of all Americans aren’t registered to vote, Clinton called for sweeping modernization of the registration process – universal automatic voter registration, in which every citizen is automatically registered when they turn 18. Oregon passed such a law earlier this year, and several other states, including California, are considering doing the same.

Clinton said she believed, “this would have a profound impact on our elections and our democracy.”

She also called for 20 days of nationwide early voting; including evening and weekend voting should be implemented to help those who work or have family commitments.

North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio [all Republican-controlled states] have cut their early voting periods, North Carolina and Ohio have also eliminated same-day voter registration. And a third of all states (most in the south) offer no early voting at all.

Clinton also bashed the Supreme Court for weakening the Voting Rights Act. She said, “We need a Supreme Court that cares more about protecting the right to vote of a person to vote than the right of a corporation to buy an election,”

Voting is the cornerstone of our nation’s democracy and voter suppression laws by Republicans are dismantling our nation’s democracy.

The Partisan Divide: A Race for Control

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

This is a very important election and a great deal in on the line. Will America move forward or will we continue to decline under austerity and a do nothing strategy by the Republican Party? Control for the Senate is at stake.

These contests might lack the drama of a presidential election — and there are plenty of signs of voter suppression and apathy in this cycle — and several major issues that will erode individual rights are on the ballet.

The core question of this election remains unanswered: Is it a wave? All indications of unexpected close races are Republicans are poised to gain because the set of battleground states just happens to favor them as a result of Gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics? The Washington Post reported that voter suppression laws worked well in Tennessee.

The devil is in the details and the question remains, whether Republicans can win in blue states or presidential battleground states, like Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina. If Republicans fare well, the rights of Americans will continue to erode. Will Republican governors win competitive contests in states like Florida and Michigan? If not, even with a Republican takeover in the Senate, indications for 2016 may be good news for Democrats.

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Red State Mentality

Friday, November 29th, 2013

art-gop-fascism-posterFrom striping voting rights to slashing food “SNAP” assistance to America’s hungry, the mentality of red state America is becoming increasingly morally corrupt. Void of a moral compass, Republicans and conservatives in red states rush to outdo each other with legislation based on ignorance and mean spirited intent. Their blatant attacks and hatred toward the poor is frightening. The wealthy are more than happy to finance their greed based agenda. The mindless Teabaggers serve as their foot soldiers ready to do the bidding of the rich and powerful.

These same people share something else, a evil hatred for President Obama. The birtherism movement was born in the bowels of the red states. Birtherism is based on ignorance, racism and stupidly. It is one of the first scared beliefs of the Teabagger movement. The belief is fueled by minions of the rich. These people aren’t terribly smart. They work for the rich to undermine the middleclass and they are middleclass. Their red hot rhetoric is a direct threat to democracy and freedom. This disturbing behavior is only matched by extremists in the Taliban.

The American Taliban excels in political theater. Their leaders include Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruise. Their ignorance is based on lies and paranoia and fueled by racism and hatred. They hate science and facts. They use creationism to justify their lies, based on the bible, they claim, under their ignorance based interpretation of it. There is a real disconnect between reality and their beliefs. They hate the government but don’t touch their Social Security. They distort history to justify their ignorance based beliefs. They demonize knowledge and intellect. They reject facts.

antiOBAMAThey say they want to take back their county. The question is take it where? To dirt roads and caves? When it comes to their biggest hatred – Obamacare, they have forgot that Obamacare was the central issue in two elections that elected Obama, or that Obamacare was upheld by both houses of congress and the Supreme Court. They address the landslide elections against them with voter suppression laws. If you have policies that the majority of Americans clearly reject, the solution is to reduce the number of those who can vote. Prevent the majority from voting and the minority can dictate their ignorance based beliefs.

From issues that range from abortion to workers rights, voting rights to women rights, minimum wage to immigration, marriage equality to individual freedoms, those in the red states are on the wrong side of history. We can only be thankful that the majority of Americans reject this ignorance and that those in the red states are a growing minority. Americans must remain diligent to prevent the extremists “red state mentality” threat against democracy in America from becoming a twisted reality. Red state wing-nut ignorance is not only laughable, it is dangerous.

Renaissance of Liberalism?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Poetic, in this greed filled age of conservatism; liberal issues dominated the 2012 election. With stunning results, in an election where pot is legal and gays are free to marry. Who would believe that a African American who campaigned to raise taxes on the rich would win his second election in America by a majority? This feat has not been accomplished by a Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt’s second election in 1936.

In many ways, the recent economic situation in America mirrored the events of the Great Depression. And in this election, only 25 percent of voters identified themselves as “liberal” in national exit polls. 35 percent proclaimed to be conservative while 41 percent called themselves moderates. There was a three percent point increase in those voters who called themselves liberal.

Demography and democracy advanced the progressive political ideas by a majority of voters. Before the election of Barack Obama, liberalism has been silent in America for several decades.

Abraham Lincoln’s push to erase the original southern sin of slavery from the land was a liberal achievement. Teddy Roosevelt’s embrace of the income tax was a liberal moment. Other liberal causes include the Women’s movement in 1920, Social Security entitlements in 1935, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Other events such as the creation of national parks, and laws against child labor, poisoning the environment, and the more recent move to give most Americans access to health care are liberal causes.

This brings us to the fascinating self-portrait of America at the genesis of the beginning of second term of the Obama era. A war is ongoing where the center-left majority wants to restore some equality to the growing imbalance between the very rich and the rest of us. If President Obama can successfully lead this coalition, he will be remembered among the greats.

For this to be successful, this will involve raising taxes on the top 2% and reforming entitlements enough to ensure their continued success and sustainability. Obama will have to make the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” work, address climate change or immigration reform and in the process, he can restore liberalism to greatness.

For at least a generation’s time, liberals in this country have been afraid to call themselves liberal, calling themselves progressives. One can argue why the left was cast into exile but the demonization of liberals by the conservatives’ relentless vile smear campaigns seems to be the most obvious reason.

Liberalism, in the purest form, is about expanding opportunity and human rights, while embracing science and logic. Liberalism created the entitlement programs, after the Great Depression, to protect the poor, old and the majority of Americans from failed Republican policies. Liberalism created the American middle class.

Liberals of the 20th century have had some amazing successes — regulation of monopolistic greed driven trusts, modernization of strong public schools, and ensuring a safe food supply.

The New Deal’s lasting legacy, Social Security, and its counterpart of the 1960s, Medicare, have allowed millions of American to live out their lives in dignity. These programs are now under attack by modern day conservatives driven by a vile agenda of greed, but now these programs are considered sacred by Americans of all political affiliations. Even the mislead teabaggers will fight you over their social security while they chant and rant against socialism.

Conservatism, in its desire to destroy social programs and entitlements have now lost its way. They abandoned fiscal responsibility in exchange for the Bush doctrine. Recently they have resorted to attacking women, rejecting science, demonizing immigration reform, restricting personal freedom, and adopting voter suppression laws in order to steal elections and/or remain relevant.

If you believe in science, technology, climate change, finding a path to citizenship for millions of hard-working immigrants, support strong public education and the right to marry the person you love, there is no place for you in todays Republican Party. Moderate Republicans are not welcome!

The neo-con wing of the Republican Party started a pair of disastrous unfunded wars that all but bankrupted the country in the wild west Bush era. And for leaders, the party put forth crackpots and wing nuts in 2012. The Republican Party is on its way of assuring its place as a regional party unless it adopts reasonable change. Talk of civil war in the Republican Party is discussed by TV political analyst and fills the dreams of modern day progressives and Democrats everywhere.

This election has created some strong possibilities for restoring liberalism in America. Obama has the unique opportunity to shore up a weakened middle class, address climate change and make the promise of health care expansion work. For now, the majority of Americans have Obama’s back. And should he succeed, the Democrats could enjoy a growing majority in the future.

Obama Wins Second Term

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States early this morning, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step radical resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising dollars never seen before in a campaign as a majority voted to give him a second term.

This morning the Republican hangover took hold after a night of the Republican nightmare. After four years of No-Obama hate filled rhetoric, in which the jobless rate never dipped below 7.8 percent, with millions of Americans still unemployed, Republicans still failed to unseat President Obama. The Wednesday morning question had to be… how the hated Obama survive the onslaught of lies, money and GOP demonization? Obama overcome hellish odds and voter suppression attempts in Ohio and Florida to be elected for a second term.

For President Obama, now comes a second chance. The American people agreed to renew his continued Presidency in hopes that the next four years will continue to get better.

In defeating Mitt Romney, the president carried Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, and, a near sweep of the battleground states, and continues to hold a narrow advantage in Florida. The path to victory for Mr. Romney vanished as the night wore along, with Mr. Obama winning at least 303 electoral votes.

A cheer of jubilation sounded in Democratic headquarters and homes nationwide when the networks declared President Obama the winner at 11:20 p.m., although the ballots were still being counted in many states where voters had waited in long line well into the night.

Mr. Obama’s re-election extended his place in history, carrying the tenure of the nation’s first black president into a second term.

The president’s team built a strong campaign organization and used a strong financial advantage to hold off an array of forces that opposed his candidacy. The margin of his victory was smaller than in 2008 but he maintained an advantage in the popular vote early Wednesday and a strategic firewall in several battleground states protected his Electoral College majority.

The hate of the racists and extremists could not overcome President Obama as the majority rejected the vile attack against him and confirmed that his election was no accident, it was the divine will of the majority.

Unicoi County Democratic Headquarters Opens

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will be having the Grand Opening of the Democratic Headquarters on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11 am. The headquarters will also be open on Saturday, October 6th at 11 am. The headquarters will close at 3 pm both days.

Barack Obama political items (yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons, badges, lapel pins and T-shirts) are available. Refreshments will be served on Friday and Saturday. Phone banking will be ongoing at the headquarters. We also have many canvass trip scheduled into the battle ground state of North Carolina.

Through OFA (Organizing for America) we have registered over 300,000 voters who will vote for President Obama. Join OFA Tri-Cities at https://dashboard.barackobama.com/teams/739-tricities . Get involved and help move our county, state and nation forward with President Barack Obama.

For more information call the headquarters at 743-7608. Call to schedule a pickup of your Obama memorbilia. Need a ride to the polls… give us a call. If you have a problem with voter suppression give us a call. We have a large groups of lawyers on stand by to address Republican “Jim Crow” voter suppression tactics.