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It’s Time To Take A Stand

As the Democrats roll out one centrist candidate after another and roll up loss after loss, here’s a suggestion for how they might get over the top.

“Take a stand.  Why don’t you?”

In my little fantasy world, henceforth referred to as MikeWorld, next week, 194 US Representatives and 47 US Senators (48, if Senator King of Maine cares to align himself) stand up and say with a clear and unified voice…

“We, the Democrats of the United States Congress, along with our friend, the Honorable Bernie Sanders of Vermont, stand united in our support of Representative John J. Conyers, Jr. and his bill, H.R. 676.  Furthermore, the Congressional Democratic Delegation does hereby state that we are 100% for single-payor universal healthcare which we call Medicare for ALL. We commit that is our stated goal which we will not back down from.  We may lose some battles and skirmishes along the way, but we will not stop until Medicare for ALL is the law of the land.

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and John Conyers Jr. (D-MI)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been a supporter of John Conyers Jr’s (D-MI) H.R. 676 since 2004. Mr. Conyers introduced the bill in 2003.

People may not realize it because Senator Sanders gets all the noise, but Representative Conyers has proposed H.R. 676 in every session of Congress since the 108th Congress in 2003. (We’re now in the 115th Congress.)  At the time, Senator Sanders was the at-large US Representative from Vermont and he co-sponsored H.R. 676 beginning in 2004.

At this point, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) should demand that H.R. 676 be scored by the Congressional Budget Office so that citizens can compare ObamaCARE vs TRUMPcare vs Medicare for ALL.  (Did you catch the subliminal message in that sentence?)

American citizens need to demand that politicians stop playing with our lives.  Give us some information and then turn us loose on the 535 (542, if Puerto Rico is admitted as the 51st State) men and women of the United States Congress with our opinions of which we prefer.

The National Democratic Party is going to be a dead animal if it doesn’t figure out how to inspire voters at the street level.  Clearly, it’s not happening now.

And so it goes.

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali in His Own Words: A Personal Journey From Childhood Upheaval to Spiritual Awakening

I was first exposed to Mahershala Ali in an early USA Network cable TV series, The 4400 (2004-2007). Since that time, I’ve seen him in a number of projects including House of Cards and Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Mr. Ali has always impressed in whatever role he played. It’s great to see him get some acclamation. This self-portrait in the Hollywood Reporter increases my respect and admiration all the more.

Hello, world.

Hello.

This is easily the fourth iteration of this website and it probably won’t be the last.  It is a site in the state of flux (actually, currently, New York). It will likely transition again right before our eyes.

I have some clue what I want to accomplish, but like the site, my life is in the state of flux.  So, how that goes is somewhat how the site will go.

The intent is to be part journal, part opinion, part photography, part podcast, part vlog.  In a word: discovery.  Perhaps for you, but mostly for me.

In these early days, it’s going to be a bit messy. As time progresses, presumably it’ll all get sorted out.  I have historical blog entries scattered about the Internet and they may or may not make it into this site eventually.

I invite you to come along for The Journey.

Ciao for now.