Making it happen: Week 24
The THANK YOUs are in Arabic this week (shukran) -
Letter-writing volunteers Linda Chamberlain, Nancy Clement, Ruth Tsu and Susan Bellinson & friends did an amazing 495 SwingLeft letters this week. Shukran! And shukran to Buck Parker for generously supporting our SwingLeft letter-writing. This project take a village, and the village is definitely stepping up. Woohoo! Gold stars on Collars.
Make it happen: Choose your action!
To reiterate (every day), here’s the plan: do what you can to help DUMP TRUMP and FLIP THE SENATE. What can you do? LOTS -
Write SwingLeft voter engagement letters. Click here to request and pick up a prepared packet of letters and envelopes.
Donate to help cover costs of printing, envelopes, and stamps.
Check our 2020 Action Menu for other possibilities.
In her blog yesterday, Prof. Heather Cox Richardson wrote,
“The story broke today that Steven Linick, the State Department Inspector General Trump has announced he is removing, was not simply looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan had used staff members for personal errands.
“Linick was finishing up an investigation of Pompeo’s decision last year to approve billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia against the wishes of a bipartisan majority in Congress. State Department officials were recently briefed on the inspector general’s conclusions.”
Prof. Richardson reviews the recent history (she is a historian, after all) of Jamal Kashoggi’s murder, Trump’s refusal to acknowledge crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in it, Jared Kushner and Rick Perry sharing (selling?) U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, and Pompeo approving the sale of $8.1 billion of arms to primarily Saudi Arabia despite congressional disapproval.
Shall we go out on a limb again and guess that the Trump administration was hoping to keep the whole story of the Saudi arms sales out of the public eye by getting rid of that pesky, inquisitive Inspector General? Maybe we’ll hear more about this.
“It doesn’t matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick …Our society and democracy only works when we think not just about ourselves, but about each other.”
- Barack Obama, in his national graduation speech 5/2020
“This is the first U.S. presidential election in which "Vote Him Out Before He Kills You and Your Family" is a wholly reasonable slogan for the challenger.”
- @SethAbramson, on Twitter
“By the way, you never needed to learn the name of Dr. Fauci during the Ebola Crisis because @BarackObama just f***ing took his advice.”
- @BradleyWhitford, on Twitter