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Soros Hasn’t Paid Me a Penny

Paid protesters:  it’s literally the dumbest thing to come out of the first congressional recess.

The claims of the representatives, the senators, and the president and his staffers are ridiculous.  Constituents are literally pissed off over cabinet picks, the Russian dossier, Steve Bannon’s seat in the White House and on the NSC, and Trump’s claim that the media, with the exception of Fox News, is fake news.  How can everyone, but the network who sides with Trump be fake?

Then there are the leaks.  Leaks which the President has said are real, but the news about them are fake.  Um, how can the leaked info be real, but the news reporting them be fake? It’s an oxymoron, from a certifiable moron.

The President has said that the people going to the town halls are not the republicans who voted for him and the representatives…  No they aren’t going to be just the people who voted for them.  A representative and senator still have to represent and listen to the people who didn’t vote for them within their district or state.  That’s the most ignorant thing ever.  Saying that because I didn’t vote for Keith Rothfus (R) or Pat Toomey (R), that they do not have to listen to me.  Wrong.

Speaking of Toomey and Rothfus, neither held town halls. In Harrisburg, four hours away from Pittsburgh, angry constituents held a town hall without Toomey.  Rothfus has been in office for 4 years, and has NEVER held a town hall.  He actually dodged 130 constituents outside his office this week.

Now these are two of my members of Congress.  Bob Casey (D) listens to constituents.  Bob Casey meets with people.  Bob Casey is also up for re-election next year.  He’s not slated to have a strong opposition.  His position is not seen as vulnerable.  And with his leading opponent a republican state representative, which, the republicans in PA have made it harder for citizens to access benefits like unemployment compensation, I don’t see Rick Saccone having a strong base due to what’s happening in our state and our country.

When you dismiss or discount the voices speaking out, you are ultimately saying you don’t care.  If you want to be a public servant, then you have to listen to what those who voted for you say.

It is completely ridiculous to say that people are being bussed into town halls from out of state.  Is there organization behind getting people to speak out? Yes, and that’s ok.  The Tea Party movement was organized.   It’s actually a good thing for movements to be organized.  This helps a base grow and unifies a message.   Just because a movement is organized, doesn’t mean they are being paid.  I’m not paid for speaking out.  It’s a ludicrous claim.

As ludicrous as 3 million illegal voters.

 

“That’s what I was told.  I saw it somewhere.”  Just stupid.

Why I’m Against Hate

I am of mixed-race ancestry.   I am white if you look at me, but underneath all of that, I am Cherokee Indian, Creek Indian, Shawnee Indian, Jewish, Portuguese, and African American.  I am diluted enough that my skin is that of a caucasian, thanks to Finnish, French, Ukranian, and German heritage as well.

I am an American.  A Heinz-57 mix of immigrants who came to America to escape religious persecution.  My German and Finnish ancestors came into Philadelphia to expand Lutheran faith.  My Jewish ancestor married an Eastern Cherokee.   Old Ned Sizemore (Sizemore Anglicized from the Norwegian Sisemore) was a Cherokee chief.  He was the first Native American land owner in Virginia.  Land owner meaning, he was the first recognized by the Commonwealth.

I am so proud of my heritage.  The different religions and races which have made the DNA inside me created what the world sees today.

To see the rampant anti-semitism, xenophobia, and hate rhetoric, it makes me very sad.  Especially those acts against the Jewish Community Centers.  Jewish Community Centers open their doors to EVERYONE.  Here in Pittsburgh, they host OUTrageous Bingo! which supports the Pittsburgh LGTBQ community.  I mean who doesn’t like drag shows, bingo, and bake sale goodies?   Plus the MC is absolutely HILARIOUS!

Desecration of grave sites because they have a Star of David, or a traditionally Jewish last name is disgusting.  For the President of the United States, who has created such a divide due to his exclusion and white nationalist hate speech, to not condemn these actions and pledge to prosecute those under the hate crime laws, he has done nothing to unite.   The President has  never taken a strong stance on the xenophobia and anti-semitism.   Since he started his campaign, more hate groups have popped up.  Hate crimes are on the rise.

Aziz Ansari said it best in his SNL monologue, there is a new KKK.  It is all the racist people who for years and years, kept quiet.  Now they are speaking up and lashing out.

Typically, if you aren’t racist, you don’t have to say you aren’t racist.   You really don’t have to say “I am the least racist person ever” to qualify yourself.  And I’ll be the first to admit, there are times when I say things which I don’t realize are racist.  I grew up in Southern West Virginia.  I am proof that it is taught.  I was blind for many years as to what was and wasn’t racist.  Now, I see that most of the things my father and grandfather said, were HUGELY racist.

The easiest example is Randy Moss.  At 13 yrs old when he was on trial for the fight that happened at DuPont High School, the media controlled the rhetoric.  Everyone thought the “Race Wars” at the high school, mere blocks from my junior high, were started by Randy and his friends.  We didn’t hear from Randy, we didn’t know his side.  Now, thanks to ESPN 30 for 30 “Rand University”, we are able to know the bias Randy was subjected to.  It makes me sad because I held things that happened in 1995 and 1996 for so long.

That was 20 years ago.  I see the same if not worse happening to our African American communities.  And by the President employing Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, both very racist by their own admission, as top advisors who will help shape policy is disgusting.

And don’t get me started on Milo Yiannopoulos and his disgusting opinions.

But I thought I was a Republican…

Ever since my 12th grade civics class at Riverside High School, I thought I was a republican.  In college as I took Macro-Economics (thanks to my wonderful Econ professor, Harlan Smith), the class seemed to speak to me and show me how fiscal conservative I was.

Background:  I am the daughter of small business owners and coal miners.  Growing up in Southern WV, most residents were Reagan Democrats.  We had strong labor unions.  Mining was the biggest provider of jobs in the small state.   My paternal family all voted democrat because of this.  I, however, never grew up knowing the true need for labor unions.  The hard, grunt work had been done by the time I was born.  So the only thing I saw was being in a small business family.  Seeing the need for help to the middle class.

But let’s take a look at the Democratic party of the past.  They weren’t that progressive.  When progressive social issues took the lead, then party members of the past jumped ship.  Most notably in the 2000 Election.  The same voters who voted to elect Dukakis and Clinton, jumped to vote George W. Bush.   Keep in mind, they voted against, then for Reagan at re-election.

In the same light, the GOP as it is today, is not as it was when it’s first successful candidate was elected.  That man was Abraham Lincoln, you know the guy who was against slavery.

A once blue state, has turned red.  West Virginia is not a progressive state.  It’s highly racist.  And the LGBTQ community is not widely accepted.  Homosexuality and divorce are preached against more than finding a way to stop the drug problem riddling the state.  But that’s a topic all in it’s own.

I thought I was a republican though.

In a similar light as Meghan McCain who is a progressive Republican. That’s what I thought I was.  I thought I was a socially progressive person who didn’t want government involved in my day to day life while paying the amount of taxes proportionate to my income.

When civil rights and the constitution came into play in 2008 and 2012, a new term entered my vocabulary.  Could I be a Libertarian?  And I probably was becoming one.  I believe my rights should not infringe on anyone else’s.  The constitution is our biggest defense of those rights.

Then Donald Trump happened.

I’m not sure if I just believed I was a republican, or if I was and through life experience switched parties. But after the primary win of Donald Trump for the GOP presidential candidate, I knew in my heart, I could never vote for that ma n.  And I didn’t.  Not even in the primary.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Hillary, because republican leaders were telling me not to trust her.  But really, why should I trust them?

I voted for Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States.  In my opinion she was the better candidate.

And that leads us to today…

I don’t even know where to begin.  Well, first, I was never active in politics before. Ever.  The only thing I had ever done was march three blocks to the State Capital in Charleston for the state to fund a new high school and bridge in my end of the Kanawha Valley.   We needed the bridge, we needed the school.  To get one, we needed the other.  So we marched on the Capital.

I wasn’t a member of Marshall University’s SGA, or political organization.  I did have a couple friends who were SGA President/Vice-President.  But other than putting up a few posters or handing out bottles of water with the campaign logo on them, that was where my involvement ended.

That was until now.  Now that we have an orange, reality TV-star as our sitting President. A President who wants to ban all Muslims, regardless of immigration status, from entering our country.  A President who has strong ties to Russia.  A President who claimed he would drain the swamp, but has just added a few more gators.  A President who thinks women who have abortion should be punished.  A President who’s staff regularly gets on television and blatantly lies.  “Largest audience to watch an inauguration. Period.” “The power of the president will not be questioned.” “He gave an…alternative fact.”

I could go on, but I won’t.

The rhetoric coming from the White House, and the threat on basic rights which have already been debated and granted through the Supreme Court of the United States, well it fucking scares me.  Trump as president fucking scares the shit out of me.

I am white, with mixed race ancestors.  I am a Christian, but I have Jewish and Native American ancestry. While I myself have never known more than gender discrimination, I still want to fight for those who deal with discrimination in everything they do.  It’s never been wrong for me to be attracted to men. And my skin color doesn’t limit me at all.  There isn’t a group of people wanting to extract me from their community.

Well, I mean, I’m sure my neighbors think I’m an asshole, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

So not only has Donald Trump make me question my membership to a party I thought I was for sixteen plus years, he’s gotten me active in politics.  I am watching more political tv than ever. I am reading the national news papers. I’m listening to Pod Save America. And I am contacting my representatives. I’m looking for town halls hosted by my representatives.  Mind you Mike Kelly, Pennsylvania’s 3rd District Representative, isn’t holding a town hall.

And it’s not just on the federal level. I’m contacting my state reps too.

One thing I’ve learned, while the protests and speaking out may not change the situation we are currently in, it is needed.  The rest of the World needs to see that the majority of Americans ($65.8 million, majority by $3M) voted against hate.

So, I think I’m a Democrat.