“This is where I stand. I believe that our 45th President, his Cabinet, his administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my family, our democracy, and to all the people of this nation.
Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should “work together” because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.”
This is my reasoned response:
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years.
•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.
•I will not “work together” to build a wall.
•I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.
•I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.
•I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.
•I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not “work together” to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them (including Trump’s sons)
•I will not “work together” to remove any person’s civil rights.
•I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
•I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.
•I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
•I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
•I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.
•I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
•I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
•I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
•I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
•I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.
•I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
•I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a “pre-existing condition.”
•I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.
•I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.
•I will not “work together” to support more proliferation of guns in our society.
•I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversight at any level of government.
•I will not “work together” with anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans.
•I will not “work together” with any proposed legislation that threatens marriage equality for all.
•I will not “work together” with anything or anyone that threatens the rights of LGBTQ individuals in any way.
•And I most certainly will not “work together” to cover up and ignore the scandals, criminal activity, lies, and deceit that is running wild like a deadly virus in the Trump White House.
This is my line, and I am drawing it.
•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:”
That “winning”, “being great again”, “rich” or even “beautiful” is nothing when others are sacrificed in the process.

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) became the first Republican to cosponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 12-member committee to conduct an independent, bipartisan, 10-month investigation into the role Russia played in swaying the presidential election.  WHERE IS FASO ON THIS????

John Faso is scheduled to appear for an interview on WGHQ -AM 920 on Monday morning between 7:30 and 8:00. It probably cannot be heard in Greene County, but the program can be streamed on-line at WGHQ’s web site. They will be taking calls, so everyone is encouraged to call in. Only caveat is that questions be kept short and concise since time will be short. Of course he should be called out on non-answers and anything that he says that is not true.The number to call is 845-331-9255.

Recent Faso votes against environmental protection and worker protection.

Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule – Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Rep. John Faso voted YES

Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule – Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove the Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.
Rep. John Faso voted YES

Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others. Rep. John Faso voted YES

Disapprove BLM Methane Rule – Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued last November that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.
Rep. John Faso voted NO

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Economic pressure works!

When 200,000 Uber customers canceled their accounts, CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to resign from Trump’s economic advisory council.

Disney CEO Bob Iger canceled a meeting with Trump

ESPN announced in a announced that it would be moving the ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump’s National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Los Angeles.

Jose Andres, the high-profile owner of ThinkFoodGroup and 18 restaurants who made Time’s list of 100 most influential people in 2012, announced his decision to back out of a deal with Trump International’s new hotel in Washington D.C., which is currently under construction. Andres’ company had planned to open the premier restaurant in Trump’s new hotel. Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian also announced that he would not be opening a restaurant in Trump’s hotel.

Trump’s mattress line became another casualty of his racially-infused comments. As early as last July, Serta, the nation’s number one bedding producer, decided to begin “unwinding [its] relationship” with Trump.

Nordstrom has just cut its ties to the Trump brand (they say it is because the brand was not selling, but….)

Boycotts have also started against other Trump-supporting companies. Among them: Yuengling Beer, New Balance Shoes, Hardees/Carl’s Jr., Hobby Lobby, Amazon.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has taken a strong stand against Trump’s immigration ban, but Amazon is still selling Trump products, including pro-Trump hats and shirts. Although on-line buying from Amazon is easy and the prices are usually good, there are plenty of other sites that sell the same products.

Here is a link to companies that do business with Trump. Grabyourwallet.org. Note that some of the companies listed may already have distanced themselves from Trump.

Today John Faso sent out an e-mail complaining that he is already being targeted for the next election and asking for donations for his re-election. He says Democrats are going to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into defeating him. But what about the millions he received from billionaires whose interests are in securing his votes to continue the destruction of the middle class – such as weakening regulations on Wall Street and lowering taxes on the rich.

In the less than a month he has been in office, he is already showing us who he is;  voting against veterans, voting against the Affordable Care Act, and voting against a woman’s right to choose.

I’m usually skeptical about Andrew Cuomo’s talk and actions, but this one he really seems to have gotten right in calling for a NY Constitutional Amendment to protect a woman’s right to choose.   Here is his statement and a link to support this amendment.[click on “Add your name now….”]

From: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo [mailto:info@go.ny.gov]
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 3:43 PM
Subject: New York won’t go back

Today I was proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and activists for women’s rights from across the state. In keeping with New York’s tradition of standing up for women’s rights, I pledged that all we have achieved for women in New York will never be undone. In fact, we are taking the fight even further.

I’m proposing a constitutional amendment to once and for all guarantee a woman’s right to choose in New York by enshrining the protections established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling into the New York State Constitution.

We have made tremendous progress and no matter what happens at the federal level, I promise you we won’t go back.

Add your name now to support my proposal for a constitutional amendment protecting a woman’s right to choose in New York. Adding your name only takes a moment, but sends a powerful message that you believe in protecting the rights of women in New York.

As Washington seeks to limit women’s rights, we will protect them. We will not allow the progress of the women’s movement to be stopped, and we must seize this opportunity to bring the state and the nation forward and stand up for women’s health. Make no mistake, we will always protect the right to choose in New York.

Add your name now to join our fight to protect women’s right in New York >>

“We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before.” – Donald Trump.  Here’s how: He has already announced a hiring freeze that will cost thousands of veterans jobs and keep at least 2,000 positions unfilled at the Department of Veterans Affairs. (this info from votevets.org)

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,  Samuel Johnson, 1775.

In 1908, Mark Twain added He is the man who talks the loudest.

In 1775, George Washington said Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

And 100 years ago Clarence Darrow wrote True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”

These statements have never been truer.

Waving the flag does not make one a good citizen, nor does living in an “us versus them” world. A true patriot is someone who looks critically at the nation, works tirelessly to fix problems without regard for personal safety, career, or profit, and actively defends the nation against real threats to peace, safety, and the principles of the Bill of Rights.

How many politicians would fit this definition? Is there anyone in the Trump camp who would not put their personal careers, greed, and ambition above everything?

Informed people are the best voters and activists. A new website will be following our elected officials and will be posting significant votes and actions, beginning with our US Senators and John Faso. There will also be a page devoted to George Amedore and Pete Lopez.  The site is HTTP://SEEDSOFDEMOCRACY.ORG. 

Check it out, access it very often, and tell others about it.