Happy Memorial Day Weekend. May you have a safe, memorable time with family and friends. I understand that in Iowa we're in the middle of a heat-wave. Here on Anna Maria Island it's rained for several days and some folks wearing sweatshirts. Go figure. Because this is the Vacation Edition of Sunday Morning Coffee I'm going to cut it a bit short. I know...slacking right?
I just read, this morning, that since taking office "45" has lied or misrepresented facts about 2,500 times. And so it goes. But here is something that should be an outrage among Americans on this Memorial Day. When this nation rips children out of the arms of their mothers and then admits they have no idea where the children have ended up it is as if we are lifting up Germany in the 1930's and 1940's. Not sure about you...but my Father didn't spend years fighting, in uniform, against this sort of tyranny and have this nation end up as it has.
But, then again, there is so much to be outraged about. If only we cared as much for kids once out of the uterus.
Obama in Re-Run
This morning NBC News reported that dozens of former Obama officials are running for office this year in opposition to "45" and his policies.
At least 64 former Obama staffers are running for federal, state or local office this year, according to the network, which cited numbers obtained from the Obama Alumni Association.
The group said it expects that number to rise as more Obama alums contact it about their bids. Some states also have yet to hold primaries, giving more former staffers the chance to announce campaigns.
At least 28 of those Obama officials are running for the House of Representatives, according to NBC News, which said five have won their primaries so far and one has lost.
Over the past several weeks it is becoming more clear that the projected "Blue Wave" may turn out to be a ripple as polls suggest more Americans are becoming comfortable with the policies of this White House. Let it be said that the public is an informed public ain't quite accurate. But, that depends on who you listen to. And the Right-Wing Controlled Media is banging that drum loudly. One of the biggest concerns is that the Democrats can't create any traction beyond party regulars. "A lack of a unified message other than anti-Trump" seems to be one of several issues.
So, what do YOU do? Knock doors, involve people in sane and rational discussions, consider what America could be rather than what it is becoming. Point to the lack of progress and what it can mean if we back-slide. So much to do...and we don't have a bunch of time.
I see where the Des Moines Register has endorsed Fred Hubbell in the Iowa Democratic Primary. They did say if they could endorse for other offices they would: Andy McGuire for "Governor of Health Care" and John Norris for "Governor of Rural Development". Whomever wins in June needs to be able to bring along voters from Rural Iowa and that is going to take some solid work. I've committed to my long-time friend John Norris and because he was named as the "second choice" outside of Fred and Nate Boulton it might be enough for him to catch on. We'll see.
The other endorsement was for Cindy Axne for Congress in Iowa's Third District. The winner of the primary will go up against Rep. David Young who, if Cindy wins the primary David will once again represent Iowa in Washington. What she did...and did not do when Theresa Greenfield fell into trouble with ballot signatures should be enough to disqualify her from consideration. It did for me. Sorry...but calling it as I see it.
I'm out. Our final day on the Island and back tomorrow. While here I learned much about the business community here and governance. It's been fun and I'm grateful for my hosts here at The Island Coffee Haus. Bev and her crew have allowed me to write, record and post up the Business News Hour each day. Thanks so very much.
May you have a wonderful Sunday...and a memorable Memorial Day. Let us not...forget.
Thanks for reading...
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