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December 19 – The Day to Defend Democracy

Frightened by the concept of a Trump Presidency? Protest. Peacefully. At your state capitol. Tomorrow, Monday, December 19, 2016. The idea is to “call on the Electors of the Electoral College to listen to the voice of the people and refuse to cast their ballots for Donald Trump.”

Go to December19.us to get details. You may also contribute a donation to the cause.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

20 Comments

  1. Fernan Carrière

    protesting will not be enough

    coming up with a coherent program of government that will appeal to the electorate, presented by a credible candidate, supported by a majority of representatives and senators, and organizing to convince people to support the program, to pull their friends and neighbours to support it… that is what it will take… four years is very short to get there

    the clinton gang pulled the party to the right of where republicans were less than half a century ago

    time to bring the party forward… back to the future

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, whether conservative or progressive, a “coherent program of government that will appeal to the electorate” is exactly what we need. However, the reason we don’t have that is because our political system is corrupt – from gerrymandering, financial conflict-of-interests, to election fraud – the U.S. is barely a democracy anymore.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for sharing!

      • Mr. Militant Negro

        Always my pleasure to share your work, JC.

      • Mr. Militant Negro

        👈 👀 🎁
        Have A Happy Jolly Joyful
        Merry Christmas/Kwanzaa. 🎅🏿

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thank you, Mr. Militant. A Merry Christmas/Kwanzaa to you! Much peace and joy in the New Year, too.

  2. puppiesinparadise

    I wish that you demand free and fair elections. Bernie sanders should have won this election. I seriously doubt that Putin is a guilty of voter supression. to the USA Clinton\s and their cronies are just covering up what they and the DNC did to sabotage sander\s campaign and the DNC\s voter supression . I feel that Putin sabotage is as credible as Irak being responsible for 9/11 and having weapons of mass destruction.. USA\s intelligence agencies have very little credibility in my eyes.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You do not stand alone. Some people here also compare the Russian interference with the fake intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. Meanwhile, we ourselves, have allowed our voting system to become terribly dysfunctional. There are MANY issues surrounding U.S. elections – but a lot of folks still do not get it.

      • puppiesinparadise

        I am glad to hear that I am not alone. I hope that their are more people that do get it than those who do not. I hope they become politically active and voice their opinion loud and clear. It seems to me that public opinions voiced on internet,letters and protest have prompted such this ludicrous Putin story to protect themselves. I actually believe they are worried they are losing control.
        Honey

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Both major U.S. political parties have lost control. Prof. Richard Wolff says, historically speaking, that is often what happens before a country descends into fascism.

      • puppiesinparadise

        I would certainly agree completely with Prof. Wolff statement. I looked all day for coverage of these protest across the USA. I found it highly suspicious that the Russian Ambassadors assassination and Attack in Berlin were the only thing on the News. I was even more astounded that there were no independent reports of the protest in the USA on the internet.
        Honey

      • JoAnn Chateau

        After reading your comment this morning, I did a 20-min Google search about yesterday’s “Dump Trump” state capitol protests. I found a few stories – mostly reported by local/regional news outlets – for Alabama, Utah, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc. – about 20 of the 50 states.

        South Coast Today put it this way: “An effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing.” http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20161219/trump-cruises-to-electoral-college-victory-despite-protests. South Coast Today is most likely a Conservative source.

        I think 2 things happened with this protest. 1) The turnout wasn’t as big as we would have hoped; few state capitols had more than 100 protesters gather. 2) It was dismissed by mainstream media. Like the song says… “The revolution will not be televised.”

        Never-the-less, I am heartened by the effort of this spread-out, 50-state capitol protest. I am also so encouraged by the Veterans at Standing Rock (they are going to the Flint, Michigan water crisis in the spring). What with Bernie Sanders repeating and repeating, “When millions of people stand together…” I think we are finally learning to stand up for ourselves here in the U.S.

        I am also grateful for people around the world who watch and hope that U.S. citizens take a strong stand for Democracy, that we do the right thing. Thank you, Honey. We are all in this together; the corporate takeover is truly a global concern.

      • puppiesinparadise

        I do not believe either Clinton or Trump have fairy won the election for president. This is the first information The day to Defend Democracy. Sweden’s former PM Fredrick Reinfelt was a huge fan of Bill Clinton. He mirrored his campaign for office after Bill Clinton. He mirrored a lot of his policies as well. I seen union workers take lower wages, benefits.. Privatization of school, National Health services and more.He made detrimental changes to our government. It is like the party was trying to lay the ground work for TTIP. Yes I watch the USA’s political scene. It resonates around the world.
        Honey

      • JoAnn Chateau

        How do you feel about the present state or direction in Sweden?

      • puppiesinparadise

        I am concerned that the Moderates will come to power with SD’s help.Swedish Democrates will gain great strides in numbers and have even larger influence on the direction Sweden is going right now. Both the SD and Moderates have a platform of fear mongering, superiority and hate. They are similar to the Republican and tea party in the USA in there agendas and rhetoric. It is hard to tell what our current PM is accomplishing because it feels like it is skewed by the media. It kind mirrors the Obama campaign. There are decisions the government have made that I am not happy with like the refugee politics, immigration, police reorganization, Justice system, Workers rights, taxes and more.
        Honey

  3. nonsmokingladybug

    I hope, but feel hopeless. Voting against Trump would take balls and I fear they have none. Also, the ones who felt they coulndn’t vote for Trump resigned.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      It’s the protest that’s important – and we better get used to doing a lot of it. Change comes from the bottom up. Peace!

  4. Harlon

    I am a Canadian, and we do say the word sorry a lot, so sorry about your New President. As your neighbour, the election results are disturbing…so I am with you in spirit tomorrow and I hope, in the sake of peace and dignity, that a change is going to come. Harlon

    • JoAnn Chateau

      A change will come when we stand together and stand firm – unwittingly, Trump is inspiring just that! Support from Canadian neighbors means so much to me/us. Thank you for the encouragement, Harlon.

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