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We Are The Tired. The GOP Is The Poor.

Trump attacks immigration—again—
& his immigration chief justifies it
by rewriting the Statue of Liberty's poem.

GOP takes no action on guns—again—
even as the NRA faces turmoil
& Walmart faces pressure over gun sales.

Steve King faces backlash—again—
for comments on rape and incest
after a career marked by white supremacy.

The Statue of Liberty poem reads:
"Give us your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Well as this point WE are tired:
Tired of the attacks, racism, misogyny,
the chaos, corruption, corporate cronyism.

And the GOP is poor:
Too bankrupt of courage to defy Trump
& bankrupt of morals to defy the 1% --
poor excuses for leadership in DC.

And as for our huddled masses—
maybe voting in 2020 election
is one way we'll breathe free.

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A Nation Armed, A Nation Harmed

Mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, Gilroy,
and daily gun violence & fatalities,
scar, terrorize & change all of us --
but fail to change Republican politics.

The gun massacres aren't the only tragedies
aimed at immigrants, fueled by racism,
as ICE launches unprecedented raids,
families are separated, neighbors deported
& kids are kept in cages & camps.

Trump, armed with Twitter,
dehumanizes immigrants,
attacks people of color,
then calls his critics racist.

With guns & white supremacy,
our nation is armed.
By guns & white supremacy,
our nation is harmed.

It's time to disarm hate
& to vote out the haters.

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The Heat Is On

Over 2 nights, 20 candidates
stand for five hours
to share what they stand for
and see who stands out
in the race to stand up to Trump.

The push for impeachment
is reaching a majority of Democrats
& while it's not yet "impeachment now,"
it's not necessarily "impeachment never."

As Congress goes on recess,
Trump rallies on the road
so racist rants & hateful chants
can double down on terrifying tweets.

Hot days, heated debates,
& a Pyro-in-Chief fanning racist flames
make for a scorching summer
& some scorched-Earth politics.

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Why Are We Still Mulling Over Mueller?

Trump is not exonerated,
Congress has a constitutional job
to determine obstruction of justice,
and so Pelosi suggests ...
seeing what plays out in the courts?

Trump vetoes bipartisan bills
to curtail arms sales to Saudi Arabia,
making 2 out of 3 vetoes about protecting
his relationship with the House of Saud ...
& Congress will just leave it there?

Continued attacks on immigrants,
family separations by ICE & in camps,
escalated racist attacks on reps ...
& the GOP sees "socialism" as a threat?

Meanwhile sweeping street protests
sweep away Puerto Rico's governor.

When you are bold, exert your power
& show up, you can make progress.

Yet Pelosi continue to mull over Mueller.

We've had our Mueller time.
No more mulling time.
Now it's movement time -- so get moving.

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Where Can We Send Him?

Trump followers chant "Send her back"
aiming an age-old racist trope at Ilhan Omar,
a refugee-turned-rep & one of the first
Muslim women in Congress.

Trump's condemned by Congress
but revels in his attacks on the Squad,
as well as attacks on immigrants,
separating families, flaunting the law.

Trump distracts & McConnell obstructs
while Dems want to push an agenda
of health care, jobs, education,
climate change & fair economy
to ensure our nation works for all.

One agenda of division & destruction.
One agenda full of heart and hope.
One agenda says "Go back home."
The other: "Give us your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breath free."

If GOP won't grow a spine, time to get the boot.
And let's send Trump packing -- but not home --
after all, New York City doesn't want him back.

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Abuse of Power vs Disuse of Power

A billionaire arrested for sexual assault
entangles Trump's Labor Secretary.
Yet House Dems call for Acosta's resignation
rather than pursue his removal.

Kids are still locked in cages,
more detention camps are built,
widespread raids are threatened
& GOP stands with Trump's approach.
Yet House Dems approve spending
that funds these atrocities.

Despite the court, the administration pushes
to add its citizenship census question.
Despite subpoenas & agreements,
it urges officials NOT to appear before Congress.
Yet House Dems stall over contempt,
slow-walk demands for information
& stifle the momentum for impeachment.

And while Trump attacks the ACA,
climate regulations & the Constitution,
House leadership attacks its own members.

Many of us fear Trump's power.
House Dems seem to fear their own.

The GOP abuses power. Dems neglect it.
Time to turn the power back on in the House.

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How You Handle a Mad King

243 years ago, the Declaration of Independence
listed out grievances against a mad king.
Now a madman in a chaotic White House
reins down abuses across the U.S.

In 1776, they protested standing armies,
politicized judges & defiance of laws.
In 2019, Trump defies the SCOTUS decisions
Congressional subpoenas & rule of law
while applauding tanks in Washington, DC.

A revolution was fought for
life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.
Trump builds inhumane detention camps
& plans massive raids to separate families.

The Declaration ended with a mutual pledge
of lives, fortunes & sacred honor.
So while we all definitely need to vote,
maybe there's even more we can do.

The founders & signers showed us
how you handle a mad king:
You don't compromise & normalize --
you organize, mobilize & democratize.

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Some readings:

The Declaration of Independence:

Frederick Douglass: "What to the slave is the Fourth of July" - July 5, 1852

Off and Running!

20 Democratic candidates take the stage
over 2 nights with 1 critical mission:
to become the one to take on Trump,
take back the White House
& take our country forward.

Trump threatens Iran,
attacks immigrants and refugees,
runs horrific detention centers
& pushes through right wing judges
with the help of Mitch McConnell.

Meanwhile, a credible accuser
describes Trump's sexual assault
& Mueller makes a date with Congress.

Congress needs to stop Trump,
or a Dem nominee need to beat him
-- and either way, it's we the people
who need to stand up to him.

It's not just the 24 candidates --
in the race to stop this administration,
we all have to be off and running.

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