Wake County Senior Democrats

For a Fair America

We seek to promote and support the Democratic Party by providing information and education and through citizen and voter encouragement and involvement as broadly as possible among persons aged 50 and above.

Mission

  • To foster dialogue about issues of public policy in which observable facts are identified and opinions about the facts are clearly identified.
  • To increase participation in civic life by citizens regardless of party affiliation, including registration to vote and activity in the Democratic party.
  • To promote the success of Democrats in filling elected offices in Wake County and beyond.

“Generally, WCSD seeks to promote and support the Democratic Party at national, state, and local levels by providing information and education and through citizen and voter encouragement and involvement as broadly as possible among persons aged 50 and above.” WCSD Bylaws, Section 3, part.

Here's a cheering news item related to democracy and diversity

{About the North Carolina Asian Americans Together <contact@ncaatogether.org>}

Hey friend,

It's been really great to see enthusiasm among voters at the polls this year. During the early voting period alone, more than 20,000 Asian American voters cast a ballot. That's 4 times more than the last midterm elections in 2014.


At Breckenridge Clubhouse in Morrisville, N.C., NCAAT staff and volunteers stayed into the late hours of the evening after polls closed to make sure that voters are able to cast a ballot without incident.

And the results were uplifting, too, as we saw Mujtaba Mohammed elected to the N.C. State Senate, to join State Senator Jay Chaudhuri (who won his own re-election), doubling the number of AAPI elected officials in our statehouse, a trend which we hope to see continue. The two are among a record number of Indian Americans elected to state legislatures across the nation. Meanwhile, Hmong American Thai Vang won his election as N.C. District Court Judge. Vang is 1 of 11 Hmong Americans in the country to be elected to office last week. It is very exciting to see more AAPI representation in our state government. Congrats to all!

The work ahead to raise voices and awareness of AAPI communities in North Carolina continues, and we hope you will join us along the way. Please consider supporting our work or joining our team!


A book for our times: Thomas Paine, Common Sense [1776], recommended at our October 2018 meeting.

Available, free, from Project Gutenberg

At $5 billion and counting, your vote costs about $15 for every man, woman and child in the United Sates. Much of that gets spent on TV advertising and much of that is not to be trusted from any source.

If it is too terrible to be believed, check it out. Find out how many 'Pinocchio's' it is rated at.

There are other ways to choose persons to set policy at all levels of government. Just because we are doing it 'this' way does not mean that another way might not be better, by which we mean more transparent and less subject to the bias and corruption that big and dark money inevitably create.

Wake County Senior Democrats

November 2018 Newsletter

Meeting: Wednesday November 21, 2018

11:00 am for buffet lunch followed by program at about noon. 
Yes, we know it is the day before T-Day, but let's go ahead and do it anyway.

Golden Corral, 6129 Glenwood Avenue, 27612, 919-782-4880, Rt 70, west of Crabtree Valley Mall.

November Program:

2018 Election Cycle: Democrats Message and Plan of Action!

Speaker:

Lori Bunton, activist

Topic: ERA, NOW and other social issues


Lori Bunton is a retired pharmaceutical executive. She has a passion for social justice and uses her voice in a number of organizations both locally and nationally. Lori has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood in Knoxville, TN and as President of the North Carolina Alliance for Healthy Communities. She currently serves as VP of Membership for the N.C. National Organization for Women and as Secretary for the ERA-NC Alliance. Lori has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. In addition to her service on boards, she volunteers with Dress for Success in Durham as a career coach and has had Op Ed pieces published in NC Policy Watch. Lori has presented programs on the Equal Rights Amendment, spoken to legislators about the ERA, and has created presentations for diverse audiences on not only the ERA but the 50-year anniversary of NOW. Lori has lived all over the U.S. and in the Raleigh-Durham area for the last 12 years.



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It's the values, dummy! What are the values of Democrats?

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"After all, the chief business of the American people is business...." in a speech to journalists by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925.

So with the uncertainty about the fate of Mr. Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey, we should not be surprised that POTUS says we will not interrupt our sales of military gear and 'things' to that kingdom.

But absent from his remarks is any mention of the role those arms have in civilian deaths in Yemen (not one death but scores and hundreds or more). Our military aid has enabled the Saudis to advance their proxy war against Iran using the citizens of Yemen as some of their targets. So why, as a U.S. citizen do I not feel better about this and Mr. Kashoggi? Vote for Democrats to begin making changes where it counts!

Election chit-chat

First: "My vote won't count." Well out of millions of votes for a president or governor, maybe you can feel that way. But at the other end of the scale, when voting for dog-catcher or soil and water conservation district supervisor, or even city councilor, there are elections that are won and lost on 24, 13, or even one vote. Clearly it is much harder to think your vote does not count in these situations. So, vote yourself and get out the vote (GOTV).


Second: talk with your family, friends, and even with the folks in the grocery check out line. Ask them when and where they plan to vote. Get them to think specifically how and when they are going to vote. This kind of conversation helps turn out the vote.

Courts and Supremacy

Be careful what you wish for; you might get it ---together with unintended side effects.

Conservatives have gotten their chosen nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

The process was, IMO, poorly managed by Sen. Grassley of Iowa, who, like Senator McConnell, dug his heels in against looking beneath the surface of the "he said; she said" hearing they chose. With few or no witnesses beyond the principals the process was doomed from the start.

And Kavanaugh's opponents were out-maneuvered when attempting to delve into other aspects of his background including service in the Bush Whitehouse.

Now for the side effects: Speaking only for myself, I did think, a couple of decades ago, that the Supreme Court was a really upstanding and impartial body that rendered decisions that overall moved the country to a better place.

Today, I see it as merely another enterprise created and staffed by humans with all the frailties thereof. In other words, my sense of SCOTUS as 'legitimate' has declined markedly. If the 2018 term yields nothing but 5 to 4 decisions by five men (including one Black man), this will point toward a lowering of legitimacy.

Because, after all, for some there is the court of a supernatural power and for many there is the court of public opinion. If the public does not 'buy it,' if the reasoning of SCOTUS does not convince us, the court will become another failed institution that we will ignore. It will be irrelevant --- as has happened during our lifetimes to several other once honored institutions. This will be bad for the United States. The Chief Justice of SCOTUS had a hard row to hoe in time to come.


Amend NC Constitution? Just say No...

... to all 6 amendments. "Nix the Six." They are at the bottom of the ballot.

Do not skip them!

Why? Because they are worded to deliberately conceal their real purposes and because they give the incompetent NC General Assembly powers at the expense of the executive branch that has used them wisely for decades.


Post on social media that you are voting AGAINST all six amendments. Add a picture of the Against sign. In your post, reference Protect the NC Constitution. Ask your friends to LIKE that page and your post.


Demand for yard signs has exceeded sign funding, so consider helping the principal funder with a check to David Bland or Jimmy Creech at 2040 Hornbeck Ct, Raleigh 27614. davidbland2040@gmail.com

For more on Amendments, visit here

Who is the opposition?

Campaign Talk

It is time to forget the POTUS, who tweets from behind the windows at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. Yes, he can be a problem. But without a majority in the US House and US Senate, he is much less a problem.


So, let's turn our attention to Congress and the NC General Assembly. Let us do the necessary act to change our elected representatives: We have more Democrats than Republicans. We can elect Democrats if every Democrat votes in November or before.


When will you vote? Day, time, and place? Commit yourself to this action. Ask your significant other for their commitment to do the same. Ask the same of your children, friends, of your car pool, of the folks you schmooze with. Let them know that voting is COOL!


It's not about POTUS, its about bread on the table, health care at an office, not the emergency room, about not raising the national debt by paying fair taxes, about fair pay for honest work. These are issues that Democrats stand for and Republicans go off-camera.

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Partisan - 2018

Policy or Party - Chicken or Egg`

Democrats Are Wrong About Republicans. Republicans Are Wrong About Democrats.


“The danger of mega-partisan identity is that it encourages citizens to care more about partisan victory than about real policy outcomes,” Mason told me. “We find ways to justify almost any governmental policy as long as it is the policy of our own team. What is best for America, Americans or even small children is secondary to whether our party’s team gets what it demanded.”


--- https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/democrats-are-wrong-about-republicans-republicans-are-wrong-about-democrats/?src=obsidebar=sb_1


Interesting article about the the mis-estimates of stats by Dems and Repunlicans. Worth a visit, IMO

Purge of Voter Rolls


NBC News: Voter purge frenzy after federal protections lifted, new report says.


Nine states with a history of racial discrimination are aggressively removing voters from the rolls, the Brennan Center for Justice says.


https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/voter-roll-purges-surged-after-changes-voting-rights-act-new-n893056?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_lw


The report claims: "Since 2013, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia have conducted illegal purges." Legal or illegal, voter rolls are being "cleaned up." Please make sure you aren't accidentally or otherwise removed and therefore unable to vote in November.

You can verify your NC registration here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/.

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