Weekly Ezine Number 387
Three Event Announcements
Some of Our Recent Facebook Postings
Announcement #1: I’ve been off line for a while, but not idle. The reason I’ve been away is I have been preparing to participate in the Missouri State University Spring Public Affairs Conference. The Conference Theme is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on Self Government.” The Conference is April 4-7, 2017 in Springfield MO. There are several wonderful speakers. They include Doris Kearns Goodwin (author of “Team of Rivals”) and J.D. Vance (author of “Hillbilly Elegy”).
I’m going to be on three panels at the Conference. They are:
Small Businesses: How much Liberty? How Much Regulation?
Black and Blue: How can the community/law enforcement relationship be healed?
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Simpler Times.
Here is a link to more information about the Conference, which is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Announcement #2: On Friday and Saturday, April 7 & 8, 2017, there is going to be a meeting in Kansas City, MO. The meeting is entitled “Unrig the System: A Meeting of NonPartisan Reformers”. The meeting is organized by Greg Orman. Orman ran as an Independent for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Among those attending will be Rob Richie of FairVote.org, who helped see the referendum for Ranked Choice Voting through to approval in Maine last fall. The meeting is free. I strong urge those within traveling distance to attend with me. Here’s a link with more information about the meeting and how to register.
Announcement #3: I’m not ready to give the details yet, but there will be an effort over the next year to ensure Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation will be on the ballot in Missouri in 2018. If you’re in one of the states that allows referendums on the ballot, then contact me. Let’s get this issue on the ballot in your state, too.
Some of Our Recent Facebook Postings
The question I’ve been asking the most on our Facebook page is this. When you voted for whoever you voted for last Fall (and especially if you voted for Trump and/or Republicans) did you vote for this? Then I show some of the bills Trump and the Republicans have been proposing and passing such as allowing dumping into streams or eliminating the EPA.
Here is the latest Congressional Action for us to ask our standard question about. If you voted for Trump and/or Republicans in Congress, did you intend to vote for this? http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/29/15100620/congress-fcc-isp-web-browsing-privacy-fire-sale
I’m sharing this, but the solution is not fair districting (which is near impossible to achieve, although it would be nice). The solution is Proportional Representation. http://election.princeton.edu/2017/02/22/arnold-schwarzenegger-breaks-down-gerrymandering/
When even Red State says Trump’s blaming Democrats for the AHCA failure is crap, then you know it really is. http://theresurgent.com/alternate-reality-trump-blames-democrats-for-ahca-fail/
Here are a couple of quick non-partisan points about what this article on the failure of the Republican Health Care Bill means. First, this illustrates the need to have not only someone in the White House who supports the policy proposals you might favor. You must also have a majority of members in both houses of Congress who agree with you. Second, your chances of getting those majorities are much better if your focus is on the pragmatics of finding a workable solution, rather than trying to maintain some sort of ideological purity. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/us/politics/trump-white-house-health-care.html?emc=edit_th_20170325&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32912578&_r=0
If at first your BS reason for restricting voting doesn’t work, then just find another one. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/us/election-fraud-voter-ids.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
Did those who voted for Trump in November realize they were facilitating an act of Treason? If these charges are proven, then that’s the conclusion you have to reach. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/23/1646393/-GWB-White-House-lawyer-FBI-uncovering-evidence-of-treason-There-is-no-other-word-for-it
See you next time.