VICTORY!

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Hey you. Do you remember?

Do you remember, not so long ago as you watched with fury while the intransigent GOP Congress shut down every bipartisan effort Dems put forward? All those times President Obama called for unity only to have birthers spit in his face? Merrick f***ing Garland? Do you remember how it felt? Do you remember how it felt to rage on the Internet or scream into your pillow? Do you remember how it felt to feel alone?

I remember.

I remember that night of the 2004 election when Bush was reelected - I remember thinking, “Oh my God… I’M THE WEIRD ONE. Maybe I’m not an American! Maybe Americans are a bunch of scared children who don’t care about the world beyond the fences of their suburban homesteads!”

Remember? We were flotsam - blue bits of despair surrounded by a rising sea of blood-thirsty red with no quarter to turn to.

But then something remarkable happened. Together, we reached a tipping point after the 2016 election. You decided to fight. You stood up, looked around, and we found each other. Together we made history with the largest mass protest in American history. We flooded town halls, made phone calls, wrote letters, and together we saved the Affordable Care Act. We stopped the Muslim Ban. We ended childhood separation at the border… We did all this with a Republican President and Republican majorities in the House in the Senate… and last night, we flipped the House of Representatives.

This morning may feel bittersweet, but take heart… Our mission was always bigger than a single House seat. Yes, booting McClintock would’ve been a nice feather in our cap, but what we’ve accomplished is so incredibly much more than him…

It’s us.

Culture will always come before politics and in that regard, we’ve established the biggest, loudest, and most bitchin’ party on the block. We are leading the way.

So, drink your coffee and take your aspirin friends. Splash some cold water on your face and stand back up. Today is just another day, just like yesterday or any day before. The groups we’ve formed are the largest and most active our district has ever seen, and isn’t that something…

We are our greatest prize. WE are our victory.


A NOTE TO JESSICA

Jess… If you’re reading this, I hope you can take a step back and see all that you’ve done. You were more than a candidate.

In the two years that’ve passed since you started this journey, you’ve traveled more miles and met with more people than McClintock over the entire course of his 10-year term of “service.”

You were OUR representative - not just for Dems, liberals, or Tom’s favorite dig, “Marxists,” but all of us. All this time you thought you were campaigning, you were actually doing the work of a leader and spokeswoman, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

Thank you.

You’ve laid the seeds for our fields of hope and I for one, hope you will stick around to tend to the fragile shoots that spring from your effort. There’s a bountiful harvest on the horizon. 🙂

Make haste. Dust yourself off and lunge back into the fray. We are ready.

- Paul

Just A Short Note To Let You Know...

… Whatever happens tomorrow, I’ll be right back at it on Wednesday.

Our efforts are bigger than one election. Over the past two years we’ve seen a level of activism across our congressional district unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It is incredibly important that we keep this momentum.

Everything could go our way tomorrow, but that wouldn’t change the fact that we have 30+ years of Republican propaganda to unwind. Trump could even be thrown in jail for tax evasion or conspiracy, but we’d still have neighbors who think it’s a good idea to separate 6 year-olds from their parents because it’ll frighten away desperate refugees walking 1,000+ miles to find asylum.

So, if Jessica Morse wins or we retake the House, great. We won’t get complacent - we get motivated. If she loses or we fail to retake the House, fine. We lick our wounds and press forward to 2020.

Yes, the past two years have been difficult, to say the least. It seems that every day we are hit with more shocking revelations of cruelty, greed, corruption, and hate, but I’m not about to move to Canada. I love America and I know you do too. We will continue to fight, driven with the knowledge that fear is by its nature, self-destructive, and that kindness, compassion, integrity, and love are self-perpetuating and will ultimately prevail.

Keep showing up.
Keep speaking up.
Keep fighting the good fight.

- Paul

20 Very Good Reasons To Retire Tom McClintock

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Tom McClintock is a savvy politician. He knows that if he stays quiet and keeps his name out of headlines, he can rely on a conservative majority in his district to look for the word “Republican” on the ballot and fill in his bubble. This is why he stopped doing town halls last year after making headlines for enormous crowds that began showing up. It’s also why he recently backed out of a second debate in Truckee against his rival, Jessica Morse.

It’s been more than a year since his last town hall and our district has had to settle for just a single debate that was held in remote Mariposa, far from our district’s population center in Roseville.

Tom has been successful by laying low, but we’re not letting him slip by this time. We’ve all learned a lot about Tom over the past two years and as we close in on election day, we should pause and consider his record.

Whatever your political affiliation may be, the facts about Tom are troubling. It’s time we all took a closer look at our alternative, Jessica Morse. (Website) (On Facebook)


20 Very Good Reasons To Retire Tom McClintock

  1. CARPETBAGGER - Tom McClintock has never lived in the district he's supposed to represent (CA-04). He lived in LA until 1996. Lives in a gated community on a man-made lake (swamp) in CA-07. He can’t even vote for himself! (Source) (Map)

  2. BACKBENCHER - Tom McClintock is a do-nothing Congressman. He's sponsored a paltry 33 bills since taking office nearly a decade ago. Only four became law:
    - Renamed a post office.
    - Renamed another post office.
    - Gave 41 acres of public land to the Red Hawk Casino. (donors)
    - Renamed a mountain. (Source) (Source)

  3. RADICAL, RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST - Out of all 535 members of the House and Senate, he is ranked as the 8th MOST extreme member of Congress by the hyper-conservative American Conservative Union with a nearly perfect, lifetime score of 98.7. (Source)

  4. OPPOSES PUBLIC EDUCATION - Tom McClintock believes capitalism is the best solution for improving public education. Advocates for “cut-throat competition” among teachers. Routinely votes for bills that advance charter schools and vouchers (coupons for private schools). (Source) (Source)

  5. ANTI-WOMEN - Tom McClintock condones violence against women, opposes healthcare for women, and is against equal pay for women. This is not an exaggeration. (Source) (Source) (Source)

  6. HEALTHCARE RAIDER - Tom McClintock voted to raise health care premiums for most of his constituents, and deny healthcare for tens of millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, or what he calls “nuisances.” (Source) (Source) (Source)

  7. SOCIAL SECURITY LOOTER - McClintock has proposed BILLIONS in cuts to Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits. (Source)

  8. REVERSE ROBIN HOOD - Tom McClintock supports redistribution of wealth to the ultra-rich. He voted to dramatically increase the wealth gap, further enriching the 1% while lowering wages for American workers. (Source) (Source) (Source) (Source)

  9. DEFICIT EXPLODER - Tom McClintock voted to increase our deficit by $12.4 TRILLION, then voted for a nearly $1 TRILLION defense budget, investing in defense contractors and further enriching shareholders. (Source) (Source)

  10. CORPORATE WELFARE - Tom McClintock was eager to cut $3 billion in subsidies for renewable energy companies, but is totally fine with $20 billion in subsidies annually for dirty/nonrenewable oil, coal, and gas companies. Why? Consider his biggest donors: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  11. CORRUPT HYPOCRITE - For a man who claims he is opposed to government spending, Tom McClintock takes a lot of money from the government. And he has gotten far more than he’s deserved in his 36 years as a politician. (Source) (Source)

  12. CLIMATE DENIER - Tom McClintock believes there’s nothing we can do about climate change and that it isn’t even worth trying. (Nevermind oil spills, explosions, water contamination, toxic air, irreparable land scarring, etc.) Consistently ignores upside potential for new, clean energy jobs. (Source) (Source) (Source)

  13. LUMBER FIRST - Tom McClintock refuses to support funding for the Forest Service to prevent/fight wildfires. Voted to eliminate tax deductions for property loss from wildfire. Insists the only way to prevent wildfires is to allow lumber companies “manage” public forests. (Source) (Source) (Video)

  14. WATER FOR PROFIT - Tom thinks the Sacramento and American rivers are a waste of water. Wants to send NorCal water south to corporate prospectors who aim to grow vineyards and nut trees in the desert. Has NO plan to help foothill residents whose wells are running dry. (Source) (Source) (Example)

  15. CORPORATE SHILL - Tom McClintock’s top donors are corporations: Coal, oil & gas, real estate, banking, casinos, insurance, gun lobby, lumber, farming (water). An astonishing 11.42% of his donations come from PAC’s. (Source) (Source)

  16. GUNS EVERYWHERE - Tom McClintock apparently wishes to arm terror suspects and domestic abusers with military-style semiautomatic weapons like the AR-15. He also wants guns in classrooms. Why? He's received MORE 💰💰 from the gun lobby than 811 of 840 current & former members of the House, dating back to 1990. (Source) (Source) (Source)

  17. ANTI-IMMIGRANT - Tom McClintock supports exiling young, successful, law-abiding Americans to countries they do not know because their parents came here the 'wrong' way. (Source)

  18. PRO-RUSSIA - Tom McClintock believes it’s okay to allow foreign adversaries to interfere with our elections. (Source) (Source

  19. OPPOSES EQUALITY - Tom McClintock has fought to reduce equality and eliminate protections for nearly 20 million Americans.  (Source) (Source)

  20. NO FRIEND TO VETS - Voted against funding for veterans for mental health services. (Video) (Video) (Source) (Source)

Tom has nothing to run on. His entire campaign is built on leveraging fear, uncertainty, and doubt to convince voters that his opponent is “dangerous.” He peddles in the language of division and derision, objectifying his constituents and mocking their beliefs.

If you’re ready for a true representative who lives in our district, who understands our issues and will put country over party, you are ready for Jessica Morse. She’s incredibly qualified, earned a plethora of endorsements across party lines, and has proven that she will represent ALL of us.

Please take a moment to learn more about Jessica Morse, and help spread the word!

A Point-by-point Takedown of McClintock's Latest Opinion Piece

A Point-by-point Takedown of McClintock's Latest Opinion Piece

On Tuesday, right-wing outlet The Washington Examiner published an opinion piece by Tom McClintock. We found the substance and timing of this article insensitive given the national uproar surrounding Trump's "sh**hole" comments. The problem of course, isn’t that Trump has concerns about the state of affairs in these struggling nations. Rather, it is the fact that he has a problem with the people from these countries. McClintock has yet to provide any response, and his silence can only be interpreted as support for the President's position on immigration. 

Thank You.

Thank You.

2017 might seem like a year worth forgetting. The list of horribles is breathtaking in its length and scope. For all the bad things to happen this year, there was one good thing that should give us all hope as we head into 2018: The birth of the Resistance.

2017 will be remembered as the year we came together and took a stand to oppose Trump and the GOP, and spoke out forcefully against their regressive policies and ideals.

Graduating from Indivisible

Graduating from Indivisible

Indivisible has been, and will continue to be an integral part of how we take back control of our government, but if we are to grow our numbers we must broaden our appeal to voters who may not identify with grassroots activism. We must establish our own, unique identity and speak with a collective voice that resonates with mainstream voters. Therefore, starting today we have a new name and a new look:

We are now Sierra Nevada Revolution

Us Vs. Them

Us Vs. Them

Imagine if We The People stick up for We The People and not The Political System for a change. Put away the labels, do not fall for that “conquer and divide” strategy. It is NOT because of “The Liberals”, it is NOT because of “The Conservatives”…but what IT IS because of each and every one of those 545 duly elected public servants that have been in office.

Give America The Bird!

Give America The Bird!

It’s been a while since I’ve felt this angry and if you knew me, you’d know I don’t often get really pissed off about things…especially matters like political issues or social stuffs, more often than not, it’s not worth the emotional toll for me. I know, that might sound like a cop out. I don’t get pissed off about politics or stupid government positions or bloody agendas, its easy to misunderstand this as a cop-out. It isn’t. It’s a matter of self-preservation.

Three of A Perfect Pair...

Three of A Perfect Pair...

Greetings readers of this blog, thanks again for taking time to read this blog and I promise it will indeed be a short one…partly because this is my third blog in a row for Indivisible CA-04 and in this short article I am appealing to the writers, thinkers and those who simply wish to express their First Amendments Rights by voicing an opinion, a thought, a solution or even simply a gripe.

Happy Independent's Day!

Happy Independent's Day!

As our Nation celebrates the 241st anniversary of its founding, there seems to be a bigger rift between the citizens and their government than ever before; often disguised and painted as The Reds Vs. The Blues, The Republicans Vs. The Democrats, the truth is more likely it's THEM Vs. US, “Them” is the government and US is “We The People”. No matter how the picture is painted, the unrest among American citizens is growing and it's not likely to stop anytime too soon.