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Red State Battles for the Future

New Orleans      We have a sign up for Adrian Perkins in the grass strip between our fence and our street in New Orleans.  We have a sign up along a piece of ground right across the Pearl River in Mississippi for Mike Espy.   Both are running for seats in the US Senate.  We have signs up for Biden-Harris, wherever we pay property taxes.  The only direct donation I’ve made is to Joyce Elliot, running for the Congressional seat in the Arkansas Second District that includes Little Rock.    All three are African-Americans.  It’s time!

Espy, a former Agriculture Secretary in the Clinton administration and Mississippi Delta congressman, is running neck-and-neck with the two-year Senate incumbent who beat him narrowly at that time.  He could win, and even losing, it will likely be closer than the last round.  Perkins is the young mayor of Shreveport and an engaging candidate with a bright future.  He’s a long shot against Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, but he embarrassed Cassidy, a former doctor, in a debate by advocating for the Affordable Care Act which has provided health care to hundreds of thousands in Louisiana, while Cassidy tried calling in Obamacare and argued for nothing.  Joyce Elliot has been a legislative champion for ACORN and Local 100 in both houses of the Arkansas body.  My often Trump apologist brother-in-law surprised me the other day by claiming in the pre-dawn that Elliot was going to beat French Hill, the Republican incumbent in that race.  I haven’t seen the polls, but that would be a wonder.

They aren’t alone.  Jamie Harrison in South Carolina has collected record sums for his campaign for the Senate there against Lindsay Graham.  African-Americans have come within inches of winning races for governor in both Georgia and Florida in recent years.  It’s time!

These are candidates that absolutely could win this November, although some or none of them may win.  It may be too little too late, as middle-of-the-road Democratic national leadership tended to favor Doug Jones and John Bell Edwards, moderate candidates more than leaders from the heart of the Black base.  These office holders often had questionable positions on guns and women’s rights.

In these new times in the wake of Trump, white supremacy and militia stirrings, and police brutality killings throughout the cities and towns in the red states, there might now be the forces that create a coalition of Black and brown voters, urban and young liberals, and educated women in and outside of the suburbs, that can move these states into another column.  One thing is clear, candidates are stepping up and winning support.  They aren’t afraid to run and claim their place on the ballot or allow others to move to the front.  They show conviction and courage.  You can’t win, unless you run, and they’re running hard now.

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Accountability Some Fine Day – Make Your Own List

Greenville       Georgia is now a 45-45 tie between Trump and Biden.  Democrats are worried that students stuck at home won’t vote, the way they would in college.  My bet on that is that students stuck at home will use any excuse, including voting, to get out of the house.  Trump is screaming that the Attorney General needs to investigate Biden before the election, and Senator McConnell is passing notes to the White House saying don’t send me any stimulus bill before the election.  The last of Trump’s captive drug companies has pushed back its vaccine timeline, and the numbers are now saying it’s down to only 55% who are willing to take it now that it’s become a speedup.  Just another day in America!

Meanwhile, hoping for accountability some fine day in the future, maybe next year or sometime after that, two former legal eagles from different parties who served under Bush and Obama, are floating their own sort of post-Watergate reforms if sunshine breaks through the clouds.  Supposedly these guys have fifty different proposals but here’s some:

Among their ideas:

  • Provide more authority and protection for future special counsels investigating presidents or other high-level officials and have them report their findings to Congress and the public rather than to the Justice Department.
  • Prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves and amend the bribery statute to make it illegal to use the pardon power to bribe witnesses or obstruct justice.
  • Bar presidents from managing or supervising private businesses or establishing blind trusts for their financial assets and require any business in which they have an interest to file public reports.
  • Authorize inspectors general to investigate and report on reprisals or intimidation of journalists.
  • Revise the authorization of force passed after Sept. 11, 2001, to prohibit humanitarian military intervention without additional votes by Congress and limit the use of nuclear weapons to self-defense in extreme circumstances.
  • Ensure that the attorney general makes decisions on prosecutions involving the president or presidential campaigns, not the F.B.I. director, as happened during the Hillary Clinton email case.

A lot of that is inside-baseball and not everyone’s cup of tea, but my idea is simple as an antidote for pandemic-induced, economic and overall depression.  Win, lose, or draw, maybe it’s worth just thinking about the fact that “another world is possible” and making your own list of what needs to be done to lock the doors tightly against the horror we have been facing, so we don’t have to endure this nightmare again.

Hope is not a plan, but it’s something to hang on to now, so we can imagine a better future.

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