Good News from the Resistance: It was a dark week in America as we were reminded, once again, how much the NRA has spent to elect politicians who pledge their allegiance to ensuring Americans’ unfettered access to guns: Over $30 million to elect Trump, and tens of millions more to elect and keep in office a who’s who list of legislators, topped by John McCain ($7.7 million), Richard Burr ($7 million), Roy Blunt ($4.5 million), and Marco Rubio ($3.3 million), men whose prayers are cheap and price tags are steep. Recognizing that adults have so profoundly let them down, kids are springing to action. Their activism began immediately after the shooting, and continued throughout the weekend, as their friends began to be buried. And they’re just getting started. Save the dates: March 14, 10 a.m., the Women’s March organizers have planned a National School Walkout for all students, teachers, and allies, and March 24 students will March for Our Lives in D.C. and other cities across the U.S. The Good News? The kids (who are not old enough to vote) just may get Congress to act.
Mueller’s 13 new indictments made headline news (yeah!), but there was more Good News under the radar: The judge presiding over the Manafort and Gates cases chided their lawyers over sealing so many documents, ordered several to be unsealed, and told them to stop it. Takeaway: More Good News will be seeing the light of day in the weeks to come.
Being married to a White House staffer is now a bit safer, as is taking the train. Two of 45’s wife beater buddies are out, staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorenson, and the Federal Railroad Administration acting head resigned in the aftermath of another fatal train crash. Chief-of-Staff for the Veteran’s Administration “retired,” after getting caught lying and altering a document that got the VA to pay for his boss’s (the 45-appointed VA Secretary) wife’s travel and tickets to Wimbledon. 45’s D.C. swamp is draining so quickly, it’s starting to resemble a California reservoir.
Our hunch is that more Good News is lurking within the files of the journalists and government agencies actively investigating four more members of 45’s Inner Circle: Veteran’s Affairs secretary David Shulkin, EPA chief Scott Pruitt, FCC chairman Ajit Pai, and Housing and Urban Development head Ben Carson. In case you’ve lost count: 40% of 45’s cabinet-level picks have faced controversies, typically concerning ethics. Our prediction? Ever the over-achiever with impeccable judgment to boot, 45’s not going to rest until that 40% gets huuuger.
This week we were reminded of all the ways our Bully-in-Chief continues to tap our Resistance Creativity. (And we thought we’d peaked with our Women’s March signs and Pussy Hats). Women in Arizona mailed a legislator Tampons after he voted to stop providing them to inmates; over President’s Day weekend, more than 4,000 Resisters threw “Trump Impeachment Parties,” featuring finger foods like Comey Cake Balls and Putin Pudding Cups; in a rebuke of Mueller’s uncovered truths, 45-sympathazier Devin Nunes (R-CA ) created his own “untruthy” website, which hackers immediately brought down; when a Texas man was asked to leave a restaurant for wearing a FUCK TRUMP t-shirt, he was ready with the perfect response; an Arizona county resisted 45 by turning down money to “secure” its border; a Utah elementary school is now named after the first black female NASA engineer, Mary W. Jackson, rather than slaveholder Andrew Jackson; professors at Jesuit-based Loyola University started a punk band to resist 45, called no.no.no.NO; and after Dutch women speed skaters won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Olympics, they taunted 45 with a sign reminding him who’s First.
All of which suggests there may be more ways to resist than there are to illegally launder extra-marital affairs hush money. Yes, good news seekers, there’s even more Good News:
- Thank the second U.S. Judge to rule that 45 can’t end DACA next month
- Be motivated to GOTV by Cook Political Report 2018 ratings changes
- Smirk when you read about the parents of Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) GOP challenger
- Applaud the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee for its winning strategy
- Cheer for Dems flipping seat in Florida special election
- Imagine Jared losing his security clearance (it’s not hard to do)
- Show your local school districts how Dallas schools are supporting Dreamers
- Read Resistance fiction, non-fiction, and on-line books & start a Book Group to discuss
- Take Action: Join Throw Them Out, the movement to target NRA-funded politicians
Sign Up. Show Up. Never Give Up.
WE JUDGE WHO WON’T LET 45 END DACA
This is the second judge who ruled that DACA can’t end in March, as 45 has ordered. It’s a win for Democratic state attorneys general and immigrants who sued the U.S. government.
WE THESE 2018 FORECASTS
Cook Political Report recently predicted 21 more districts are going to Flip Blue.
WE WHEN GOP FAMILY MEMBERS ARE BLUE
His parents maxed out their contributions to … the woman running against him.
WE THIS WINNING PLAN TO TAKE BACK STATEHOUSES
It takes money and infrastructure, and the Dems now have both.
WE MARGARET GOOD FOR FLIPPING FLORIDA HOUSE DISTRICT
Victory is doubly sweet when a Democrat wins a district that went for 45.
WE THE POSSIBILITY OF JARED BEING BOOTED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
He doesn’t yet have a security clearance, and new rules being imposed in the wake of Rob Porter’s wife beating allegations will make it difficult, if not impossible for crooked Jared to be cleared.
WE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DALLAS
They’ve created a blueprint for how to support their DACA teachers and students.
WE THESE RESISTANCE BOOKS
In It Occurs to Me that I am America, best-selling writers tell stories reflecting on our post-45 reality; in Together We Rise, the Women’s March organizers document how they created the largest protest in the world’s history; in How it Will End, 22 writers predict, one year into 45’s presidency, what will happen. Need a group of people to discuss it all with? Here’s how to start a Resistance Book Group:
WE TAKING ACTION AGAINST NRA-SUPPORTED POLITICIANS
Join the movement to Throw Them Out Now