w r i t e  s t y l i n g s

by michele sprague

Your world depends on it
Vote for democrats
in the midterm election


The Democrats need to regain control over the House and Senate so they can keep President Donald Trump and the Republican party in check. 

Many Republicans seem like lap dogs and are willing to protect the president at all costs. Maybe they’re concerned about staying in the president’s good graces, avoiding public humiliation by him and becoming a statistic of the White House’s mass firings.

An example of how the Republicans operate was the televised Supreme Court Nomination Hearing to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh for associate justice of the Supreme Court. It seemed like the decision to confirm Kavanaugh was a done deal and the hearing a formality.

Trump’s administration withheld more than 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s records from the Bush White House claiming presidential privilege. 

 However, 42,000 pages of documents regarding Kavanaugh’s service in the White House were delivered the day before the hearing.

The minority senators requested that the hearing be postponed until they reviewed the 42,000 pages of documents and the 100,000 missing pages.

During that time, Committee Chairman, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, continued talking and pounding his gavel while one senator after another pleaded their case. Later, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut requested a vote to adjourn the confirmation hearing until they receive and review the papers, which was ignored.

This was the beginning of a confirmation hearing that operated like a circus. The Democrats also voiced many requests for an FBI background check for key witnesses in regards to the sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Kavanaugh. The Democrats were denied.

Then we have our President. He believes Russia didn’t interfere in the 2016 election; dismisses global warming; regularly attacks his staff, the Mueller investigation, the FBI and the press verbally and by tweets; appointed Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education even though she knows nothing about public education…And approximately 40 people from his administrative staff have resigned or been dismissed by the White House.

We need a change in leadership –a strong party–the Democrats, who are not afraid to disagree with the President!

There are many issues to consider when voting for candidates–their views on healthcare, abortion, immigration, cost of prescription drugs, environmental protection, gun control…

Here’s one that you may not have thought about–the interpretation of executive privilege. Depending on how it’s interpreted, it can shield the sitting US president from civil lawsuits, criminal investigation and prosecution. The president may also be able to disregard a law he/she views as unconstitutional.

The scope of executive privilege is especially important in regards to the Mueller investigation, its threat of being shut down and the legal issues our President has.

Trump once said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” This could be true in regards to the interpretation of executive privilege in the Constitution.

We can no longer afford a government what is dominated by the Republican party, who strive to please the president and are afraid to disagree with him. Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio described it well. He said we need to compromise so both parties leave with something and feel good.  

Vote for Democrats in the midterm election on November 6.

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op-ed


posted

october, 2018


by

michele sprague