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Accountability Post Trump Year 0 Nov 20

Called Paul Ryan's Obamacare Survey at 202-225-0600, pressed 2 to hear the survey and then pressed the number indicating I support Obamacare. (I actually did this yesterday after my accountability post for the day so I'm reporting it today.)
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Accountability post, Trump Year 0, Nov 19

Made a small donation to the GoFundMe for the Women's March on Washington, to help fund the trip for local women who want to go but can't afford it.
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Accountability post:

Today I read that the House Oversight Committee might be persuaded to hold a bipartisan review of Mr Trump's financial situation including his many possible conflicts of interest. The place where I read it gave a phone number but when I called it, the number didn't work. The voicemail was full and the outgoing message didn't mention the House Oversight Committee anyway, which seemed a bit suspicious.

It said that it was important to do it today because the House will take the full week of Thanksgiving off and vote when it returns the following week, so I turned to google and found this page showing who is on the House Oversight Committee. To my pleasure, one of the people on it is my Representative, Congressman Duncan.

So I called Congressman Duncan's local office and they put me through to his DC office, and I encouraged them to investigate the finances of Mr. Trump and in particular the conflicts of interest that would arise from letting his children both run his business empire and have access to classified information their business competitors don't, or advise their father on government policy or both. I also pointed out that it was deeply disturbing that Mr. Trump had not released his tax returns and encouraged the Congressman to bring this up as well regarding the review.

Then I persuaded my husband to do the same thing from his work.

I may not have accomplished much today, but I accomplished that.
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Accountability Post, Trump year 0

I called the local office of my Senators and my Representative. I talked to the subdued sounding people who man the phones there. I wrote out what I was going to say for myself beforehand so I wouldn't forget it. Here it is:

There are so many things to cover here that I'm going to limit myself to three. That is not because I don't care about the other things, it's because I can only handle talking about this for so long.

Trump's children and children-in-law should not be on his transition team or in his government while they have control over his business empire. That is an obvious conflict of interest more suited to a banana republic than the United States of America. This is not normal, and it is not okay.

Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor is unacceptable. Bannon is head of a media empire that would become a de facto propaganda arm for a Trump administration. This is not normal practice for the US. He is also noted for cozying up to white supremacists and neo-Nazis, who are already emboldened by Trump's election. This is *definitely* not normal and not okay.

Trump bragged that he would throw his political opponent in jail if he won. Now he threatens to turn the Justice Department into a tool that answers to him that he uses or withholds at his pleasure. This is unacceptable. This is the kind of behavior you see in third world countries and Eastern European countries--this is not normal for the United States, and it is not okay.

I expect Representative Duncan / Senator Alexander / Senator Corker to speak out against these wrongs, and stand firm against any attempt on the part of a Trump administration to support racism or discard the rule of law or move against political opponents or use government secrets for financial gain or permit his children to do so.

If it seems odd to you that I have to crowd so many things into one phone call, I assure you it seems odd to me also. This is not normal, and it is not okay.


I anticipate doing this over and over and over during the next years. Perhaps once a week would be a reasonable number. I invite you to join me. Calling is apparently more effective than the paper letters I used to recommend; it ties up a phone line and takes a staffer's time and is harder to ignore than an e-mail or a paper letter. Calling your local office is apparently more effective than calling the DC office. It is easy enough to google your senators' and representative's phone number: they're on their official pages on the Congress website also, though you need to pick the "offices" tab to find them.

Don't feel you should follow my script--it is probably more effective if you pick out the three things Trump has tried to do recently that *you* find most disturbing, and talk about those.

By all means wear your safety pins, write your newspapers, join protest marches, boycot organize, the whole nine yards. But please do this first. It won't take much time away from your other activities and your elected officials need to know--and it will take regular contact over years to teach them--that this is not okay and you are not going to forget about it and you're not going to shut up about it either.
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So I guess this may be appropriate in more ways than one. But I've been trying to come to terms with the election results, and this was what came out.  (If you are reading LJ you've already seen the lyrics, but the recording is an addition)

You can listen to it here at Bandcamp--stream or download free if you like. If this doesn't work for you and you need me to put up an mp3 on my old website let me know.


Still Here
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2016
      C                  F  C          F                    G
I am sick at heart this morning, as I count your tantrum's cost
     C                  F  C          F                   G
The marriages you will shatter, the innocent black lives lost
 G     C              G     C              G     F                 C
But I got out of bed and I put on clothes and I showed up here to say
           F   C        F       G    C
I'm still here-- and I will not go away!

Your hatred gives me sorrow, but I'll look you in the face
If you murder me tomorrow, another will take my place
I am not alone and I'm not ashamed, and I showed up here to say
I'm still here-- and I will not go away!
             F  C         F       G    C
We're still here--and we will not go away!
             F  C         F       G    C
We're still here--and we will not go away!

We are men who crossed the border, and children raised right here
We are women who are equals; and we will not live in fear
We are red and yellow, black and brown, we are trans and bi and gay
And we're still here-- and we will not go away!
We're still here--and we will not go away!
We're still here--and we will not go away!
Though you've made our lives much harder, we’ll remember why and how
For the earth and for each other, we must stand together now;
There are more of us than there are of you and you may have won today
But we're still here-- and we will not go away!
            F    C   GC     GC        F  C         F        G   C
We're still here, –-------------still here--and we will not go away.
            F  C      G   C              G   C               F C
We're still here (in our millions) (and our millions) still here--
        F       G   C
and we will not go away.

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