Partisan insults

Years ago my brother Steve said he had no respect for Democrats because they said vile things about Laura Bush.

Well, I was hearing from a dozen or so Democratic-leaning organizations daily, and their only complaint about the First Lady was that she never voiced her own views.

Today we know that some bad actors masquerade as Democrats so Republicans can point fingers and energize their base. Admittedly, Daily KOS does insult the President and others have speculated about Melania’s “I really don’t care” jacket.  Few groups, however, risk repelling possible supporters. They offer real information about an issue or candidate and then request actions–sign, phone, or attend, followed by “donate” in big red letters.

So you can get the idea,  I’ve prepared an overview of last Thursday’s emails.

The most compelling–and negative–were pleas to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. The Ultraviolet Action Team, an advocacy group for women, focused on the dangers of overturning Roe vs. Wade.  An action group of the AFL-CIO stated that Kavanaugh “has routinely ruled against working families, dismissed employees’ right to health care and often sides with employers to refuse working people relief from workplace discrimination.”

And 96-year-old Norman Lear, producer of All in the Family and founder of People for the American Way, wrote, “This vote by 100 senators will impact each and every one of us directly. Countless aspects of our daily lives — health care, privacy, finances, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, consumer rights, gun control, the environment, and, among so much more, our very safety itself — will be profoundly affected by the outcome.”

Next most compelling were the pleas to support the National Disclose Act.  Soon after a check of the NRA’s tax filings revealed donations from Russians and to groups supporting Trump’s campaign, the Treasury Department exempted more organizations from revealing the source of donations. This brought opposition to “dark money” from Montana Senator Jon Tester, former Vice President Joe Biden, and RootsAction.org, “an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing people who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights for all, civil liberties, environmental protection–and defunding endless war.”

Five emails supported the candidacy of Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia.  A former minority leader of the Georgia House, Abrams has attracted a lot of attention this summer as the first black woman nominated for governor by a major party. Interest grew higher last week after Georgia Republicans chose Brian Kemp as their nominee.  Kemp has promised to use his trusty pickup to personally round up criminal aliens and to make Georgia the most anti-abortion state in the union.

Those supporting Abrams included the Working Families Party, which originated in New York and now has an affiliate in Oregon; Democracy for America (Howard Dean); Our Revolution (Bernie Sanders’ supporters); Move On (founded  in 1999 to support Bill Clinton); and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

 

Environmental organizations each championed different issues.  The World Wildlife Association pointed out that legal and illegal ivory sales both mean an elephant dies. The Sanders Institute (founded in 2017 by Bernie/s wife Mary Jane) reminded me that the harm of  of climate change is escalating. And Friends of the Earth revealed that a study has linked Monsanto’s Roundup to deaths of butterflies and bees–and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Even Daily Kos skipped the insults to oppose cuts to the nutrition assistance which provides one in four American children with “better long-term physical and behavioral outcomes and higher education achievement.”

Note this editorial by Judy Ferro published by Idaho Press – 2018