What’s a citizen to do?

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In this time of uncertainty and fear about what is going on in the “other Washington” it is so hard to know what one person can do to combat the craziness.

What can I, as a 74-year-old woman living on the Olympic Peninsula, do to stop Donald Trump from destroying our democracy? The only things that I can think of are: vote, contact my representatives and send money.

I am lucky to be able to donate to campaigns to defeat the Republican’s “would-be king” but I just wish I could think of something else to help our country return to a place of truth, justice, sanity, kindness and normalcy. It’s frustrating.

Margaret Boyle
Port Townsend

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Kay

Ms. Boyle, I feel exactly the sam way you do. The good news is that you are not alone. There are thousands in this area, and millions across the country who feel the same way. I addition to doing all the things you mentioned - and GOOD ON YOU for doing them - VOTE , CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND DONATE (even 5$ goes a long way!) - get involved with local groups working for the same goals. Engaging with fellow fellow activists and others in the community that are working to save this democracy - volunteering to write post cards, phone bank, join protests, organize to get out the vote. The positive energy and forward movement you create when in the same room with like-minded people becomes part of the vast wave of energy that is flowing across this country to defend and restore - truth, justice, sanity, kindness and normalcy. We're going to be ok!

Wednesday, February 26
Justin Hale

M.Boyle

First thing you can do is to stop listening to the Biased MSM and Partisan Trump-hating Democrats. The second thing is do a little critical thinking and research. When someone says something like " Trump is destroying our Democracy" ask yourself exactly how is he going to do that, and consider what that say's about the vitality of our Democracy if in fact one man, such as Trump, can bring it down. It just isn't so, but like most smear campaigns the truth has little to do with it. It seems to me that if you are voting, contacting your Representatives and sending money to candidates that you support then you are participating in our Democracy and that it still functions as it always has. After watching the Democrat debate last night I saw precious little truth, justice, sanity, kindness and normalcy, about the only thing they seem to agree on is that Trump must be defeated.

Wednesday, February 26
Tom Camfield

The first thing you can do, Margaret, is ignore the likes of Justin Hale! Donald Trump can, is and will destroy, as a single individual, our way of Democratic government and the world in general if given other peoples’ lives as a personal plaything and money-pot for an 8-year period. Our nation and the world already are suffering from his egomaniacal petulance. In less than 4 years he already has us burning, drowning, physically ill. The work of one man? Pretty much. Just look at the dramatic way in which things are moving—largely through climate change, dirty air and water, inadequate housing, disregard for mental health, science and medicine . . . Reduction of the survival safety net for average and below-average citizens. Anyone who doesn’t think like Donald, down where money is the only measuring stick, is a ”loser.”

But as you currently try to take over the justice system for your wealthy, corrupt and back-slapping friends, Donald, we the people still have the vote and hopefully will beat you by more than 3,000,000 this time,

Wednesday, February 26
Justin Hale

" In less than 4 years he already has us burning, drowning, physically ill.".....what a load of Trump-hating nonsense. As if the Earth was a pristine garden of Eden before Trump took office.

My hearing has got pretty bad since Trump took office, must be Trumps fault. I noticed a a cavity the other day, must be Trumps fault.

Wednesday, February 26
Marge samuelson

The greatest things the voters of this country can do is give the Senate back to the Democrats. If Trump is elected again we will need a strong Congress to reign in his delusions of being a King with divine powers. And if he is elected, they can always impeach him again and have the votes in the Senate to accomplish that. By all means send money to those you feel best represent you. Vote for them. That's your right as a U.S. Citizen.

But also remember what America stands for. It is not misogyny, bigotry, falsehoods, shameful actions that embarrass our country. This country is filled with hate, Trump has taught us well.

You've got to be taught

To hate and fear, you've got to be taught from year to year

It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear

You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught

To be afraid of people

Whose eyes are oddly made

And people whose skin is a different shade

You've got to be carefully taught.

[Rogers & Hammerstein, South Pacific]

Wednesday, February 26
Justin Hale

" This country is filled with hate, Trump has taught us well"..... Really Marge? You Trump-haters are the biggest bunch of haters I have ever seen. You guys hated Trump even before he was sworn into office, never accepting the outcome of the 2016 election, I recall you even stating "not my President", spoken like a true loser. That little ditty from Rodgers and Hammerstein applies all too well to the brainwashing the MSM has done on those either too stupid or too lazy to think for themselves, and they will cast their votes based on nothing more than ignorant hatred.

Thursday, February 27
Tom Camfield

Along about 2015, Barack Obama had about pulled us out of the financial morass in which George W. had left us, we had a nice understanding on Climate Change with the rest of the world under way in Paris, we had nuclear understanding with Iran, we were OK on trade, we played a leading role in the UN, NATO, etc.

What happened? Along came Donald Trump with his coarseness and his all-about-money attitude. His "Hey! Look at me!" and to heck with other countries, especially those where everyone isn't white. He'd been trying for years to get us to react unfavorably to the facf that Obama ia half-black. The mere thought of a "Black president" drove him nuts—and he had long raved (with no sign of actual truth) that Obama actually was born in Kenya. So with the aid of Russia, his big mouth—and despite a 3,000,000-vote deficit in the popular vote—he makes it into the White House.

Now he'll show us himself. He starts by never shutting his mouth, ever preening, cutting off foreign aid as much as possible—and nullifying every accomplishment or agenda of Obama's, no matter how large small or obviously intelligent. And looking for new ways to keep 'blacks from voting.

Meanwhile, blame small countries for big things. As for 'Russia, there's still a lot of wondering going on. His end seems to be doing as little as possible in any negative way.

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Thursday, February 27
Justin Hale

"we had a nice understanding on Climate Change with the rest of the world under way in Paris," ..... What do you mean "we" ? I read the Paris accords document and I have a serious issue with obligating U.S. taxpayers to give Billions to "developing" ,aka. third world nations. Nations that have a well established history of corruption and diverting aid monies into the pockets of corrupt officials.

"we had nuclear understanding with Iran,"..... Iran was not allowing IAEA inspectors onto their military bases, so we didn't really know what they were developing.

"we were OK on trade"...... If you consider an agreement that allows China to copy and replicate our technology OK.

"we played a leading role in the UN, NATO, etc. "..... If you consider the U.S. carrying the load as "leading".

Along came Trump and he said " No more". We are not going to send our tax dollars to corrupt third world nations, we are not going to be played for suckers in Iran or N. Korea, we are not going to carry the load for NATO or the U.N.

Thursday, February 27
Tom Camfield

And now, Donald Trump Jr. is proving that the acorn doesn't fall far from the family tree. He said on "Fox & Friends" (where else?) that Democrats are hoping that the coronavirus disease kills millions of Americans to thwart his father's chances of reelection. He echoed the comments if radio host Rush Limbaugh (Trump supporter recently awarded the Medal of Freedom), who told listeners that alarmism over the coronavirus is a partisan plot to bring down Trump.

Friday, February 28
Justin Hale

" If you’re feeling awful, you know who to blame.".....That was the headline of an opinion piece from the New York Times, a publication that you often cite Tom.

Both sides should STFU and let the experts deal with this coronavirus, this is no time to be playing partisan politics.

Friday, February 28
Marge samuelson

It's always about politics. Just more dangerous than usual. I agree, lets let the Center for Disease Control, and scientists, health care workers explain to the world just what's happening with the corona virus. Everyone should also educate themselves on what they can do to help deal with this possible pandemic.

Lets make an effort to distinguish between politics and whats important for the worlds health.

Saturday, February 29
Justin Hale

Anything can be made political, unfortunately.

My wife works in a major hospital in Seattle, my next email is to her to remind her to protect herself, wash her hands often, not that a veteran RN of 35 years needs my instruction, but that is where my concern is this morning.

Saturday, February 29
Tom Camfield

Donald is making it political all the way.

And my sympathies, Justin, to your wife who soon will be facing the professional exposure, shortages of personnel and equipment, food handling, etc., of this pandemic. if she works at Swedish, I quite possibly met her unknowingly. I recently spent an extended interlude there after being flown in for some scary surgery, ER time, recovery, etc .

Saturday, February 29
Justin Hale

Thanks Tom

The Wife has worked at Seattle Children's for 35 years.

Saturday, February 29