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AdLib On November - 5 - 2018

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We have been struggling for the past two years, under the oppressive weight of Donald Trump’s maniacal words and deeds.

When he won the 2016 election, most Americans went through shock and depression then by the time his inauguration came around, transitioned into a determined anger to stand against the hatred, fear and destruction he represented.

Record numbers of protesters walked across Washington DC in The Women’s March. Activism had a rebirth, inspired in Americans once again when it was again so desperately needed. We’ve seen protests for a number of just causes in this era of government neglect for issues of great concern.

And now we have reached the first major crossroads of the Trump regime, the midterm elections. What happens tomorrow can take power away from Trump and give power to Democrats, congressional oversight and our constitutional democracy. If Republicans were to retain all power in DC after this election, with the drastic decline of our democracy to date, we may not have a democracy left in 2020 that looks familiar or legitimate.

We have already seen the blatant voter suppression, vote changing and other anti-democratic schemes by Republicans to steal elections from the majority. An empowered Trump could spread that corruption of our democracy across the country to assure his re-election in 2020.

So this is a call to all Americans of conscience. It is a call to action and a call for people to live up to their civic responsibility as a fortunate member of a rare and precious democracy. Citizens are morally required to protect and affirm our democracy for themselves and the generations to come.

Voting is not just a right but also a basic responsibility of every adult citizen. When people don’t vote, they undermine the strength of their own democracy and undercut the right to vote. In some Republican-run states, they strip people off the voter registration roles  just for not voting so yes, many Americans literally lose their right to vote because they skip voting.

Donald Trump doesn’t fear many people who aren’t dictators…which leaves a lot of people in the country and world he sees as weak and inferior. However, as his recent panicked extremism, racism and ratcheted-up lying betrays, he is finally scared of one more type of people.

Americans who vote.

That’s right, you can be someone who Donald Trump fears. You have that kind of power available to you to inspire fear in a man who aspires to be a dictator…as long as you vote tomorrow.

Join with others tomorrow and be among those taking away a big chunk of power from Trump and handing it to those who will stand up to him and for the America we believe in.

Especially in this election when so many political races are so close, your vote has even more power to sway the results.

To those Americans who have already used their power and participated in Early Voting, genuine and heartfelt thanks. Those who vote tomorrow are equally deserving of a country’s gratitude.

Tomorrow will be a defining day in American history. You need to be a part of that history and help to determine what path our country will take.

Vote tomorrow as if everything important about our democracy and our future is riding on it…and hopefully, we’ll never have to find out just how true that would have been.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Kalima says:

    Congratulations Dems! A few disappointments, you won back the House. Time to turn off the tv and have a nap. Will rest easier tonight without the nightmares.

    • AdLib says:

      And then we’re always reminded the next day that a psychotic criminal is in the WH.

      Trump’s firing of Sessions and illegally installing his henchman won’t end up working the way he hopes but along the way, it will be a degree of madness.

      The cure is Dems taking over the House in January but that’s two months away.

      Thank goodness there are lots of sealed indictments already in the hands of the Grand Jury and likely all the files and info farmed out to US Attorneys and State AGs.

      Firing Mueller won’t end this, it should end Trump as blatant evidence or obstruction of justice.

      Trump needs to be impeached even if he’s not removed. He needs to be badly defeated in 2020 then prosecuted and put in jail for all of his crimes.

      As Trump intended, the glow of satisfaction of Dems winning the House has taken a backseat today to the display of evil from Trump.

      But like all horrible people, his day is coming.

      • Kalima says:

        I had too much respect for my sanity to watch his speech but learned of his threats to Dems who will investigate him, this stupid children, and a very corrupt administration. Mueller has prepared for the Sessions firing, there were enough warnings in one year, so he must have important issues under seal where trump’s conflicted spy can’t get his cheating eyes on them.

        The stupidity and incompetence of trump, makes him broadcast his intentions loudly from miles away so that anyone can hear them. He just can’t seem to STFU. He’s going down and the rest of his miserable term is looking very bad for him.

    • kesmarn says:

      No matter what the drumpf says, I have the distinct impression that he’s extremely unhappy with yesterday’s election results.

      He was positively vicious (even more so than usual) at his press conference today. Attacking CNN, Yamiche Alcindor from PBS and others. He looked more out-of-control than he has in a long time. And for him, that’s saying something.

  2. Kalima says:

    Tim Kaine retains his seat in Virginia.

    Democrat Jennifer T. Wexton defeats Rep. Barbara Comstock, turning a GOP stronghold district in Virginia blue

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/comstock-vs-wexton-virginias-10th-congressional-district-race/2018/11/06/f3d406ca-deb6-11e8-85df-7a6b4d25cfbb_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      Dave Brat lost, Pete Sessions lost and Scott Walker lost.

      Some of our best lost but some of their worst lost too. And Dems took the first step to taking back all of federal government and limiting Trump’s power.

      It wasn’t a Blue Tsunami but it was a Blue Wave that sure looks to build into a tsunami by 2020.

  3. glenn says:

    Ad--as you know, I am “cautiously optimistic” about Dem chances in this election. I am also “cautiously optimistic” that if Dems do win, they will actually “burn the house down” with charges against the lying bully sitting in the oval office. Or, will they let it go like they did with gwb in 2008? If they do win, and they do bring charges, I hope they don’t overreach, either. They need to bring specific charges, one at a time, and keep the lying bully against the ropes until they get the final knockout.

    In the meantime, what time is tonight’s live blog?

    • AdLib says:

      Also, about to post about our Election Night Live Chat tonight, which will start at 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT. Many results from the East Coast should be coming in around then, should be an exciting night!

      Looking forward to seeing you then!

    • AdLib says:

      Hey glenn, you know I’ve been very optimistic about Americans rising up in this election to knock Trump back on his heels and keep him in check from now on and I still feel that will be what we see happening tonight.

      I also agree that Dems will be prudent but purposeful with investigating and going after Trump and his mob for all the crimes and violations they’ve been committing. And when Mueller hands them what I expect will be a very damning report on Trump’s conspiracy with Russia and financial crimes, I expect them to impeach him (even though I can imagine some of the Establishment Dems resisting that for selfish political reasons).

      There has been so much criminality committed by Trump while the Repubs were the Sheriffs and looking the other way, the next two years will be a living hell for Trump, leading up to a crushing defeat in 2020.

      Tonight is the first step in returning America to sanity and principles and I can’t imagine that the flood of new voters, youth voters, women and minorities, are coming out with such fervor to support the status quo under Trump. They’re coming out to stop Trump and take back the country and that’s what everyone including the obviously desperate Trump and Repubs believe is going to happen.

  4. Kalima says:

    America, please do the right thing for all of us, and vote for the Dems today. By saving your country from further destruction, you will help the rest of the world too.

    Peace not war. Love not hate. Equality not inequality. Good luck!

    • AdLib says:

      The bad news is that there are many reports today of long waits at polling places, scanners and machines not working and voters being turned away for these reasons and not appearing to be registered.

      The good news is that voters seem to be very determined and are waiting as long as they have to, calling on election lawyer hotlines to help them get to vote or cast provisional ballots and telling everyone they can to get out and vote.

      My hope is that the Blue Wave will be a tsunami that produces bigger wins than the polls could track because of all the new voters that are pouring out to vote.

      It will take until after the 2020 election but if Dems can win at least The House today and then The Senate and WH in 2020, the first thing they should do is pass a new Voting Rights Act that requires paper ballots nationwide (so no hacking or malfunctioning machines can corrupt, prevent or hugely delay voting) and restrictions on Voter ID, voter purging and other voter suppression tactics.

      It also would be a good idea to include a law against conflicts of interest that bar a Secretary of State from overseeing and manipulating his/her own election.

      We will win today simply because there are more of us than there are of them and our voters will not accept being prevented from voting.

      I’m heading out in a little bit to vote myself! As I mentioned above, it does finally give me a sense of power over Trump and what he’s been doing to our country.



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