WFCDC Weekly Pulse: May 25th, 2020

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VOTE BLUE: Apply for ABSENTEE BALLOT TODAY!

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Get ENERGIZED by HEARING FROM OUR CANDIDATES!

USE THIS LINK TO ACCESS OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL CANDIDATE EVENT,

May 28th, 7:00pm!

On Thursday May 28th at 7 pm, Winchester Frederick County Democratic Committee’s Chair Bill Fuller will host a “Evening Brew Candidate Event.”

Invite others!

Please distribute liberally! https://youtu.be/1B9heLNT7F0

A SECOND IMPORTANT EVENT!

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy

June 11th from 7:00-8:00 pm

will talk about her experience as a delegate, her plans to run for Governor of Virginia, and answer questions with participates in an hour-long ZOOM meeting. While this event is not a fundraiser (Jennifer knows how tough these times are for many), if any of attendees feel so moved they can contribute to the campaign using this link:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/611jcf

Please register for the meet and greet using

the link below or click here.

Delegate Carroll Foy became well known as a principal sponsor of the ERA bill at the House of Delegates during the last two sessions. She is a criminal defense attorney, the first Black Woman to graduate from the VMI, and a second term state delegate representing the 2nd House district (Prince William and Stafford Counties). She endorsed our campaign (Irina for Delegate) early on and has been a consistent and enthusiastic supporter. A month ago Delegate Carroll Foy filed her paperwork to run for Governor of Virginia, and you get a chance to meet her at a virtual meet and greet that I am hosting on June 11 and ask her any questions you have about her work as a delegate, her successful fight to ratify the ERA, and her plans for the entire Commonwealth if she is elected our next Governor.
Carroll Foy was planning a series of campaign events in April to promote her run for Governor right when COVID-19 struck our communities. She postponed planned fundraising events and focused on helping her constituents and all Virginians navigate the crisis. It is only recently that she was able to schedule several community meet and greets to help voters throughout the state learn about her as a gubernatorial candidate. She is excited to field as many of our questions on June 11 as can be fitted into an hour long Zoom meeting. While this event is not a fundraiser (Jennifer knows how tough these times are for many) if any of attendees feel so moved they can contribute to the campaign using this link:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/611jcf

JOIN IRINA KHANIN and DELEGATE CARROLL FOY on June 11th, 7-8 pm.

Important article from The Atlantic:

The Prophecies of Q: American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase. This article is part of “Shadowland,” a project about conspiracy thinking in America.

PROGRESSIVE NEWS in WINCHESTER!

An alternative to the local news: Winchester Progressive News at WPN.NEWS
Chair Bill Fuller has started a new venture: a news outlet focused on progressive news. He wanted to give the Winchester and the Shenandoah area an alternative to the local news outlets that lean so far right (“that [he’s] surprised they don’t fall flat on their face”).
TAKE A LOOK!
Readers  will find Winchester Progressive News at
 WPN.NEWS. 
Chair Fuller would appreciate comments, ideas, and contributions.
Feel free to share this information. To contact Bill:
William Fuller, Ph. D, MBA
617 Tennyson Ave,
Winchester, Va. 22601
804-690-5080
Dr.WilliamFuller@me.com

Enjoy this funny quarantine song.

Apparently, Phil is familiar with the Alabama singer who attended, but did not sing, at a family funeral. BAD PUN.  I never attend funerals before noon.  I’m not really a mourning person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CuGH469CPo&feature=youtu.be

PHIL-osophy

ONE WAY TO SPOT A PARTISAN GERRYMANDER.  It takes a little time to understand, but here is a great article on that.  Just keep scrolling down in that link.

HOW HE WINS AGAIN, IN 3 SENTENCES.  Yes, it is possible for trump to win again, as you can read here.  We need to continue our work to stop that from happening.

BUT HE FIGHTS!  Here is an interesting perspective of trump.  I suspect you will like it.

WHAT TO DO NEXT.  Don’t worry about the runners or cyclists without a mask, worry about the loud talkers in crowded indoor spaces is some of the advice from this noted biologist.

NOTCHES ON HIS GUN.  He claimed he could kill someone in busy street in broad daylight and get away with it.  Now trump sees the number of COVID-19 cases as a “badge of honor”, per thisarticle.  Despite his claims, the US does have the third highest number of COVID-19 tests administered, but it is nowhere near the top 20 in tests administered per million residents.

LYING FABULIST.  That’s what this opinion piece says about trump.

CHINESE HUMAN AND RELIGIOUS RIGHTS.  Per thisarticle and video, it seems they do not exist.  Not when the government selects the religious leaders.

NOTE:  Assume nothing.  The election is far from over.

DON’T LOOK AT THAT!  There is something trump doesn’t want you to see, think about, or remember.  Correction, per this article, make that at least 10 things.

A VITAL CAMPAIGN ISSUE.  That’s what this article warns Democrats against ignoring.

THE OTHER PANDEMIC.  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to another pandemic, per this opinion piece.  Regretfully, this one is a pandemic of hatred for which there is no medical cure.

NOT WELCOME IN MICHIGAN.  Per this 5-minute video, that is what Michigan’s Attorney General said about trump.  You will love all she has to say!

ABANDONMENT.  Ever get that feeling?  You should.  Per thisarticle, that is what traditional U.S. allies are doing to the U.S. over trump’s actions concerning the current pandemic.

GREEN SNOW.  No, this isn’t Irish snow.  Read here about how the warming climate is making for massive Antarctica algae blooms.

HOW BAD IS VOTE BY MAIL?  Watch this 9-minute video to understand why trump doesn’t like it.

DEVOS, EDUCATION, COVID-19This article says she admits using the pandemic to push her agenda of private education instead of public schools.

Are you as moral as you think you are?

This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one.

By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Only you will know the results, so remember that your answer needs to be honest.

THE SITUATION:

You are in Florida, Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you’re caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You’re trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water.

THE TEST:

Suddenly you see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It’s Donald Trump! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever.

You can save the life of Donald Trump or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of the holder of the world’s most powerful office.   

YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS. THE QUESTION:
Here’s the question, and please give an honest answer.
“Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?”

Who Are We as Democrats?

Some of this might speak to YOUR values.

I’m a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:

1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected.

2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all.” This is not the case. I’m fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it’s impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes “let people die because they can’t afford healthcare” a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I’m not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.

3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn’t necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so it should certainly work here too), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

4. I don’t believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don’t want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist?

5. I don’t throw around “I’m willing to pay higher taxes” lightly. If I’m suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it’s because I’m fine with paying my share as long as it’s actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.

6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn’t have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live near wherever he or she works.

7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is – and should be – illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I’m not “offended by Christianity” — I’m offended that you’re trying to force me to live by your religion’s rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That’s how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don’t force it on me or mine.

8. I don’t believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.

9. I don’t believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN’T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they’re supposed to be abusing, and if they’re “stealing”
your job it’s because your employer is hiring illegally). I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).

10. I don’t believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It’s not that I want the government’s hands in everything — I just don’t trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they’re harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I’ve spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege — white, straight, male, economic, etc. — need to start listening, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that’s causing people to be marginalized.

13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common sense gun regulations.

14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you’re using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?

15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.

16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?

I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I’m a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn’t mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don’t believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

A Last Few Items to Fuel the Fire!

HAPPY BIRDS.  It seems, per this article, that penguins naturally release nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas.
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