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OUR NEXT MEETING: Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 PM
** Take Action Together **
Our Progressive Response to the Trump Presidency
This meeting will be small group discussions in which members and guests
participate in outlining goals and actions to combat the Trump agenda.
Bring your ideas and help prioritize the club’s role in sponsoring progressive activism.
Get to know fellow North County progressives, get involved, and plan coordinated efforts.
WHEN: Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive
COST: $15 for RSFD Club members, $25 for others.
RSVP: Click here to RSVP and pay online or call Vicki at 858 735 6404
NOTE: As of March, we resume our usual meeting time and place:
the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.
Thanks to all who attended our wonderful reception with Governor Michael Dukakis on February 4th!
*Due to popular request, we are posting the remarks made by RSF Democratic Club president Michael Gelfand, delivered at the event. Enjoy!
The inmates have taken over the asylum. The criminals have become the police. The most honorable have become the depraved. It's like we are living in an alternate universe.
Any way you slice it, the Trump presidency is a fundamental test of our democratic system. The alternate universe he's created begins him normalized lying and intentional deception… He's made his people not care that his sense of Truth is exclusively whatever his conman mind finds expedient.
He has subverted The Free Press, the foundation of our democracy by delivering his spin directly to the public, bypassing the scrutiny of the press.
84 years ago Adolph Hitler subverted the press. He also suspended civil liberties, and created a mythology surrounding his rise to power. His nationalistic, isolationist propaganda infected Germany, and his threats to the disloyal entrenched a culture of fear. Trump is using Hitler's playbook.
Trump is cutting senior military and intelligence staff out of security meetings, and setting up his own intelligence and security forces. He has already fired most of the senior staff at the State Department. He's completely stopped the forward progress of the EPA and muzzled their employees. He's scapegoated Muslims, Mexicans, Planned Parenthood, and put anyone that speaks against him on notice that they're next. It's hard not to be concerned that Trump is enacting a coup, not unlike Hitler's takeover of Germany.
We have to consider that a mean, lying, fascist dictator has hijacked our country... But… We're liberal. Maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt. Some aspects of government should be revaluated or even shaken up, like the F35 Bomber. Maybe we should ask our NATO allies to pitch in a bit more financially. But…
But giving a demagogue the benefit of the doubt is exactly what prisoners did as they boarded the trains for Auschwitz . I don’t think we are overreacting:
• When Trump’s travel ban clearly confirms that he is anti-muslim and pro Christian, thus exacerbating international terrorism rather than eliminating it?
• I don’t think we are overreacting if we think Trump is a fascist?
• I don’t think we are overreacting if we think he and his Attorney General are racists?
• I don’t think we are overreacting if we think he is a misogynist that will dilute women's rights?
• I don’t think we are overreacting if we think he will sacrifice the environment for greed?
• I don’t think we are overreacting if we think he will replace public schools with charter schools that teach creationism instead of science?
• I don’t think we are overreacting if we think that his wall is a total waste of money that will alienate an ally, and that his tariffs will cause a trade war?
• I don’t think we are overreacting when his Secretary of State is the poster child for income disparity and corporate personhood, when the architects of his economic strategy are now some of the same people he denounced in his campaign, and when his first economic proposals would dilute consumer investment protections?
• I don’t think we are overreacting when his conflicts of interest are HUGE beyond comprehension, and his presidency is a colossal scheme to further enrich himself and his offspring?
• I don’t think we are overreacting when his bluster toward Iran and China, and his loose mouth and Twitter addiction could bring on WWIII?
But even if we are overreacting, and give Trump the benefit of the doubt and assume he will not be as bad as we fear…
Is there a downside to letting Trump and our legislators know how strongly we feel?
We should take action:
- to protect the rights of women,
- to protect the rights of immigrants,
- to protect our kid's educations
- to protect the environment,
- to protect our Free Press,
- to protect trade and international cooperation,
- to teach our kids truth from fiction,
- And we should take action to protect our Constitution.
Political policies become cultural architecture, and Trump is designing a bleak, hate-based world. We cannot allow him to legitimize and re-institutionalize racism, sexism, and religious prejudice. We cannot allow him to risk the earth's climate. We cannot allow him to make us hated throughout the world.
We need to indivisibly take him on, over every outrageous policy decision, over every lie, over every uncompassionate act.
Can we make a difference? Yes! We're lucky because Trump is so damn bad that he has crystalized a force opposed to him and his policies, the likes of which we haven't seen since the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 60's. We're lucky because we have Darrel Issa, the worst member of Congress here in the 49th, and he is vulnerable. We need to bombard him with letters, emails, picketing, marches, and most importantly phone calls. We need him to understand that his support of Trump's policies will assure his defeat in 2018. We need him and the Republican establishment to keep Trump's power in check, keep his policies from subverting the Constitution, and keep him from undoing a century of progressive accomplishments. If, here in the conservatively gerrymandered 49th congressional district, we can change Issa's votes, and even get him out of office, it can happen throughout America.
I was depressed and disgusted over Trump's election… But I am beginning to feel optimism, enthusiasm, and a reinvigorated sense of patriotic duty. I hope you feel the same way. Each of us need to help save our country. The time for being on the sidelines has ended. Read the Indivisible Guide. Take action. Do it yourself, form a group, join a Democratic Club. Come to our meeting next month when we will be discussing the ways that we can all get involved. Just take action, and keep taking action until Trump and his point of view are out of the White House, and until the land of the free… is free of the depraved.
Our monthly programs are our Club’s signature and our brand, our most important shared activity, our main reason for getting together. This Club seeks to be a platform for the political activism of our members.
Apart from compelling speakers, panelists, and topics for our programs, our Club is committed to (1) A regular meeting date and venue, usually second Thursdays at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club; (2) Compact programs under 90 minutes long, with socializing before and after; and (3) One third of program time always reserved for Q&A to maximize discussion.
Our programs are structured to provide maximum opportunity for our members and guests to meet and to question elected officials and political candidates and to socialize with fellow Democrats. The keynote speaker or panel is not the whole show. Registration and socializing begin at 6:30. Democratic candidates for elected office often are part of the mix. The program begins at 7:00 with announcements, introductions, and brief speeches. The program ends by 8:30. The time after the formal program provides further opportunity to question our guest speakers and to visit with fellow Democrats.
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