Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fw: So many Trump outrages. One top solution...



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From: "Adam Green, BoldProgressives.org" <info@boldprogressives.org>
To: "byong jun" <bgwjun@yahoo.com>
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Sent: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 3:38 PM
Subject: So many Trump outrages. One top solution...

Here's a conundrum we face as progressives in this moment:
Given how not-normal this president is, and how out-of-touch Republicans in Congress are, and how frequent the outrages are, it can be hard to know what to do.

We can't let the inability to do everything stop us from doing something. While we push back against Trump's agenda where we can, it's clear that the singular best thing we can do is: Win the 2018 elections and take back Congress.

Please invest in our program to maximize wins in 2018 up and down the ballot through deep candidate support, training, technology, and grassroots mobilization. Click here.

By now, you've seen Trump's State of the Union -- or media reports about it. Some polls show Americans liked the speech (grading on a curve, with really low expectations).

A couple things have been gnawing at us about his speech. We wanted to share those with you, including a conundrum we all face as progressives in this moment.

First, Trump's speech was disconnected from reality. An out-of-control president read words off a teleprompter as if everything was normal. He proposed unity when everything he does is divisive. NBC's Chuck Todd put it this way:

"I'm just saying the Donald Trump we know as a country, that we interact with every day, with his Twitter feed...that isn't who you saw, right?...That's my point here. I don't know how much ability this version of President Trump does to persuade anybody."

Second, just like in 2016, he pretended to support our economic populist ideas -- lying and muddying the waters for voters. In 2016, Trump said rich people don't need a tax cut. He railed against Goldman Sachs and promised to drain the swamp. All that was a lie.

So when he says, "One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs," it's nauseating. Democrats in the room were stuck between not clapping and ceding this ground for voters watching on TV -- or clapping and pretending this president is normal or will ever lift a finger to challenge corporate power. As Bernie Sanders said in his response:

"As president, Trump nominated Alex Azar, a former executive of the Eli Lilly Company -- one of the largest drug companies in this country -- to head up the Department of Health and Human Services...he has done nothing to allow Americans to purchase less expensive prescription drugs."

Third, he offered the hand of "bipartisanship," but only if Democrats agree to go in the exact wrong direction. Will voters be fooled?

Trump's so-called infrastructure plan is actually a scam to sell off our roads and bridges to rich Wall Street donors. Families will pay tolls to Wall Street just to drive home from work. Democrats support the opposite vision: creating millions of good-paying jobs by investing in our roads, schools, bridges, clean water, and jobs of the future like solar and broadband. There is no bipartisanship to be had here.

His version of allowing Dreamers who came here as kids to stay in this country came with the condition of building a racist border wall and changing the rules of legal immigration to break up other families. There is no bipartisanship to be had here.

Fourth, what Trump didn't say speaks volumes. As he focused the nation's attention on re-opening Guantanamo and comparing immigrants to violent gangs, he said nothing about Medicare For All, Net Neutrality, debt-free college, expanding Social Security, Wall Street reform, voting rights, and other issues Americans should be focused on.

Here's the conundrum: Given how not-normal this president is, and how out-of-touch Republicans in Congress are, and how frequent the outrages are, it can be hard to know what to do.

We can't let the inability to do everything stop us from doing something. While we push back against Trump's agenda where we can, it's clear that the singular best thing we can do is: Win the 2018 elections and take back Congress.

Please invest in our program to maximize wins in 2018 through deep candidate support, training, technology, and grassroots mobilization. Click here.

We've scoured the nation and are identifying dozens of top progressive candidates who can defeat Republicans for Congress. We're bringing many of them to Washington DC this month for an intense candidate training.

We'll also soon announce plans to bring HUNDREDS of state and local candidates to DC for an intense 4-day bootcamp. And PCCC members have already donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates this cycle -- and we'll soon turn that into millions.

Winning elections in November begins today, and we can't leave opportunity on the table. Please invest in our program to maximize wins in 2018 -- so we can take back Congress and win back power in the states. Donate here.

Thank you for being a bold progressive.

-- Adam Green, PCCC co-founder


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