Trump Watch August 8 2017

Day 195:

Start Planning For What You Are Going To Do Post Trump:

Humans need a vision to move towards, American’s especially.  We must do the hard work of collectively envisioning a better post Trump world.

Mine goes a little like this, we pass a constitutional amendment that money does not equal speech.  We publicly fun elections, and create independent bodies to draw districts.   We use democracy vouchers, or some other sort of system to put the money and thus the power into individual citizens.  Each person would have a certain amount of vouchers they could give to all politicians in a year.  It would be up to each citizen to spend that voucher money how they felt it would be most usefully used.  The vouchers wouldn’t be good for anything else, and the money for them would come from taxes.

No other money would be allowed in politics. NONE.  Any other money or favors would be considered bribery and punished as such.

From there we would re-regulate the banks, impose a more sensible tax structure on the rich, and use this massive amount of money to go fund social programs for every citizen.  Specifically free college, and universal health care.

We would aggressively fund a movement towards 100% renewable energy, spending trillions to accomplish it as fast as possible, creating millions of new jobs. We would fund this by ending all fossil fuel subsidies, and taxing carbon heavily.   This is paramount to the survival of our planet, and can not be ignored because a few companies are making a lot of money.

From there we would make it illegal to sell arms to any other country, or to give them weapons.  If they want to go to war they can build and operate their own arms companies.  Presidents would be unable to use any military force without a vote from the entire congress, gitmo would be closed.

Once robots take most jobs some sort of Universal basic income would be implemented, or perhaps a communal ownership model where profits are shared to all citizens.

The future can be as bright as we collectively decide to make it.  This is just a small slice of a vision of the future where everyone is taken care of, where everyone is well off, were no one is rich, and no one is poor, but everyone thrives.  On a planet respected, and cared for, and a society that treats people fair and equitably.

I want to live in that world, and I think most others would as well.

Further Reading:

59% of Americans think Trump’s presidency has been a failure

Warrantless US Spying Is Set to Expire Soon. Let It Die

Trump still has not condemned the Minnesota mosque bombing. Muslim leaders are waiting.

Trump TV accused of broadcasting state propaganda after ‘real news’ segment debuted

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

Leaked government document ‘directly contradicts’ Trump on climate change, report says

Federal Scientists Leak A Startling Climate Report To Keep Trump From Burying It

FCC exploits loophole to push massive expansion of pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcasting

Someone Please Stop Mark Zuckerberg From Running for Office

Donald Trump at 200 Days: President Losing Core Support and Worries Everyone With His Tweeting

For the last time, Trump hasn’t made the economy any better

Democrats Contemplate Changes To Abortion Stance

Trump’s approval hits low in new CNN poll

USDA office told to use ‘weather extremes’ instead of ‘climate change’

Trump Doesn’t Want To Tell You If He’s Playing Golf. (Spoiler: He Is.)

Stephen Miller blasted a reporter as ‘cosmopolitan.’ But he lives in a $1 million CityCenter condo.

‘May you die in pain’: California GOP congressman gets an earful at town hall

The Trump administration’s solution to climate change: ban the term

The curious case of Nicole Mincey, the Trump fan who may actually be a Russian bot

Russian Bots Are Starting to Attack the Republican Party

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Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Do a little Slacktivism:

Send Some Text Messages for progressive causes (I know it says textforbernie, but its for a range of progressive candidates)  Or you can have your texts turned into faxes by the ResistBot

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Elections!

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:

From CNN of all people.

The Atlantic

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

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