Tues 5/19: Eliminating the witnesses… “Yes” on H.R. 6668 – Inspectors General Independence Act

Trump’s quote in response to whistleblower Rick Bright.

Action – Call your legislators to support protection for government watchdogs.

In context, the war on inspectors general is the third and final front in Trump’s war on any kind of check on the executive branch. In the past few months alone, the White House has argued that Congress doesn’t have the right to oversee the executive branch. It has sought to convince courts that matters of oversight shouldn’t be decided by the judicial branch, either. And in going after inspectors general, an accountability mechanism embedded in the executive branch, it is staking a simple but sweeping claim: No one has the right to check the executive outside of quadrennial elections.” (Atlantic)

Inspectors general serve at the pleasure of the president, a fact few of us ever thought about until Trump took office. He’s fired an unprecedented number of these public guardians, including the one tasked with oversight of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief funds, almost half the size of the entire annual federal budget. Daniel Meyer,  who led the Whistleblowing and Source Protection Program at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General until he was fired in March 2018, stated:

It is not rocket science what the President is doing here. He has said publicly that he is the oversight authority and the IGs work for him. Continue reading “Tues 5/19: Eliminating the witnesses… “Yes” on H.R. 6668 – Inspectors General Independence Act”

America at Risk. Impeach NOW Rally! Mark your Calendar for Oct 13th

Where: Government Center, 800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura (Corner of Victoria and Telephone)
When: Oct 13th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
RSVP: On the Facebook event page (and don’t forget to SHARE–> Invite Friends) https://www.facebook.com/events/858012921260021/
BRING: Your best signs, your American flags, and your enthusiasm and love of country

We need to show Congress that there is broad resistance to Trump’s crimes. Join us at the Ventura County Government Center (corner of Victoria and Telephone) with your best signs and American flags from 1 pm- 3pm, Sunday, October 13th.

If we don’t stand up against a corrupt ruler who would use both a democracy struggling for its existence against Russia and a Communist super-power to ensure his own reelection, who will?

If we don’t stand up for the rights of whistleblowers to safely call out abuses of those in power, who will?

And if we don’t call out amoral GOP collaborators and demand that they relocate their “morals” and dedication to American values, who will?

If you still believe in this experiment called “America”, come, join us and roar!

By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate Continue reading “America at Risk. Impeach NOW Rally! Mark your Calendar for Oct 13th”

Wed. 5/30: Judiciary Day – Part 2 – Blow the whistle on Chuck!

Despite his highly controversial record, and despite home-state Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) not returning a “blue-slip,” Michael Brennan was confirmed to the judiciary on a 49-46 vote.

Forgot exactly which horrible nominee Mr. Brennan was? Totally understandable. There are a lot of them now. Refresh your memory here.

Senator Chuck Grassley, (R-IA) Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ignored Senate protocol for the second time and proceeded with Brennan’s nomination despite home-state objections. Which is so interesting, as he was such a strong supporter of blue slips just a few years ago, having used the blue-slip process to reject several nominees from President Obama. His views are immortalized in writing, of course. Here are some great resources to study about that other Senator Grassley of several years ago.

Continue reading “Wed. 5/30: Judiciary Day – Part 2 – Blow the whistle on Chuck!”