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America’s Astroturf ‘Democracy’

Even the grass, now, is plastic.

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From: “Weekend Impeachment Update (a MoveOn alert)” <[email protected]>
Subject: How the Republican dam will (finally) break
Date: December 8, 2019 at 10:05:45 AM EST
To:

Dear MoveOn member,

It’s game time on impeachment: This weekend, House committees are writing articles of impeachment, at the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.1 The House vote is just days away.

That means Republican members of Congress will soon face a choice: Will they continue to cover up for Trump? You can be sure that they will do what’s needed to save their skins. If Trump’s approval rating falls even further or if masses of people take to the streets in a big way to show Republicans that they will pay a price for covering up Trump’s abuses of power, the Republican dam will finally break.

To help that happen, we are planning more than 350 protests in 48 states, which will take place the day before the House votes on impeachment. We’ve raised enough so far to print and ship jumbo “IMPEACH” lettering to our highest-visibility events; to pay for lighting, stages, sound equipment, livestreaming, and security at the larger protests; and to help get the word out about the events, so even more people can be involved.

But we still need to raise $200,000 by Monday to ensure our protests are seen as widely as possible on TV, to buy targeted ads on social media, to ship even more signage and provide other support to volunteer event hosts around the country, and to make sure our events are promoted so well that they are mentioned on local news and in local newspapers everywhere (i.e., the media outlets in their home districts that members of Congress pay really close attention to).

Which is why we’re asking for your help right now. Will you please chip in $3 to fund MoveOn’s critical work to impeach and remove Donald Trump?

Yes, I will help support “Impeach & Remove” protests in communities from coast to coast the night before the House vote on impeachment.

As constitutional scholar Michael Gerhardt recently testified, Trump’s actions “are worse than the misconduct of any prior president,” and “if what we are talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable.”2

Constitutional scholar Noah Feldman put it in even more stark terms in his testimony: “If we cannot impeach a president who abused his office for personal advantage, we no longer live in a democracy.”3

The bottom line? Trump’s actions are far worse than Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal. They’re an attack on free and fair elections—including the integrity of the presidential election next year—and our very democracy itself.

And although the Trump White House announced that they will mount NO defense to these charges whatsoever, Republicans in Congress are still peddling debunked conspiracy theories. But that’s nothing new.

“The closer President Nixon comes to impeachment, the louder his supporters proclaim his innocence,” wrote The New York Times in July 1974.4

But, in the end, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach Nixon—sealing his fate. Nixon resigned three days later.

We still have work to do to flip Republican votes and break the Republican dam. It starts with ramping up the visibility of our events in the coming days.

We still need to raise $200,000 by Monday to pay for targeted ads, to make sure that local communities show up in droves, to get so much media attention that our events land on the front pages of local newspapers, to maximize our coordination efforts with dozens of organizations, and more.

Will you chip in $3 right now to make these protests big and successful?

As Speaker Pelosi told us Thursday night, her decision to draw up articles of impeachment is “quite historic”—and absolutely necessary under the circumstances. Trump’s impeachable acts were “taking us across a threshold,” she said, where “we just had no choice.”5

Our country is at a crossroads, and what we do now will determine the very future of our democracy.

Will we let Trump get away with his abuses of power and rig the 2020 election, or will democracy and the will of the voters prevail?

It’s up to us, Eric. History will judge us for what we do in this moment.

Join us.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kate, Scott, Seth, Jayne, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Pelosi’s Leap on Impeachment: From No Go to No Choice,” The New York Times, December 7, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/113950?t=5&akid=252277%2E1785821%2Exx8eYU

2. “Impeachment Briefing: Highlights From Legal Experts’ Testimony,” The New York Times, December 4, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/113916?t=7&akid=252277%2E1785821%2Exx8eYU

3. Ibid.

4. “Republicans Defending Trump on Impeachment Should Fear the Judgment of History,” The New Yorker, December 2, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/113912?t=9&akid=252277%2E1785821%2Exx8eYU

5. “CNN Town Hall with Nancy Pelosi,” CNN, December 5, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/113951?t=11&akid=252277%2E1785821%2Exx8eYU

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump’s agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation’s pendulum back towards sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford.

Contributions to MoveOn Civic Action are not tax-deductible for income tax purposes. You’re receiving this email because you took action with MoveOn. This email was sent to Eric Zuesse on December 8, 2019. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

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Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
December 8, 2019

I’m not even American – I am British, and a Scot by birth. But it is obvious to me that Mr Trump has not committed any crimes that can even be compared with those of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, the Bushes, the Clintons or Obama. Moreover, for Americans to claim that Trump’s crimes – whatever they may be – are even of the same order as those of the presidents I named is to show utter contempt for the lives, rights and dignity of non-Americans. Such as the 10 million (plus) deliberately murdered in Korea, South-East Asia and Iraq ALONE… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Tom Welsh
December 8, 2019

Trump’s greatest crimes, as far as the impeachers are concerned, have been not to attack Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, to remove (some) troops from Syria, and to speak out against Nato. One can only suspect that they want to impeach him for not supporting the US “cult of bombing” and for failing to wreck even more countries and kill millions more people. Even so, Trump’s administration has dropped and is still dropping more bombs than Obama. Apparently, this is not good enough for the forces of evil behind the impeachment. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/04/american-cult-bombing-and-endless-war “Using data supplied by the U.S. military, the… Read more »

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
December 9, 2019

Actually, it’s all paid actor politics, with Trump, Republicans and Democrats orchestrating a smokescreen to maximize plunder by our expansion crazy Empire.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Tom Welsh
December 9, 2019

1. To keep migrants south of the border, Trump is committing cold blooded murder to one child a month in his concentration camps.
2. Collateral drone murder is a crime against humanity.
3. Denying healthcare to million of sick children is a crime against humanity.
4. Giving over $2 trillion in tax breaks to the rich, it creates a deadly Class War.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias
Reply to  Tom Welsh
August 11, 2020

All very true,in fact president Trump is probably the least racist or criminal of those you list,in America there is the whole BLM movement,Who constantly angrily seek reparations from past crimes or misdemeanours,but if you raise the question of president Obama and Clinton in creating the failed state of Libya and the ethnic cleansing of Black African Libyans who were there for centuries,or the slave markets that are more reminiscent of 17th century colonial slave trade,e.g. ,people in chains and cages,the whole issue is shut down,which is why Julian Assange now languishes in prison ,because he revealed this naked truth.The… Read more »

Guy
Guy
December 8, 2019

It is hard not to despise them all .What a circus which I refuse to watch .

Truth's Out
Truth's Out
Reply to  Guy
December 8, 2019

It pains me to say it but American ‘democracy’ itself has become a rotting biomass wrapped up in a fig leaf.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Truth's Out
December 9, 2019

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
Rule by the 51% most educated, most deceitful and most greedy.

Regula
Regula
December 8, 2019

MoveOn org is an extension of the Democratic Party. No independent organization could claim with a straight face that Trump’s abuse of power is so large as to imperil credibility of US democracy. Instead, it is clearly the Dems who imperil US democracy by still refusing to admit that they lost the 2016 elections fair and square. The current impeachment circus has the same function as Russiagate: To prevent Trump from enacting his own agenda, which is to get along with Russia and China and to end regime change wars, with endless false allegations and false procedure. It’s all the… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Regula
December 9, 2019

The US a democracy? Since when? Since it bought the democracy label to market itself? “The problem, however, is that there is no contradiction or supposed loss of democracy because the United States simply never was one. This is a difficult reality for many people to confront, and they are likely more inclined to immediately dismiss such a claim as preposterous rather than take the time to scrutinize the material historical record in order to see for themselves. Such a dismissive reaction is due in large part to what is perhaps the most successful public relations campaign in modern history.… Read more »

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
December 9, 2019

Well said.

John Ellis
John Ellis
December 8, 2019

WEALTH — ROOT OF ALL EVIL
Wealth is the property we hoard above what is needed for a comfortable and healthy life.
Wealth is the rightful property of the one billion least intelligent humans that we are now allowing to suffer death by starvation.
Wealth is the profit that should be invested in overcoming global warming, instead of honey pots for the rich.
Wealth if nationalized, would free us from all control, save friendly persuasion.
Wealth if not nationalized, surely it is extinction by global warming.

Jane Karlsson
Jane Karlsson
Reply to  John Ellis
December 10, 2019

I am sorry to say this Mr Ellis but you must be one of the ‘billion least intelligent humans’ if you think any money at all should be invested in overcoming global warming. Either it’s caused by CO2, which the evidence says quite clearly it is not, or it’s caused by natural cycles which no amount of money is going to change.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/09/22/study-tropical-hotspot-fingerprint-of-global-warming-doesnt-exist-in-the-real-world-data/

John Ellis
John Ellis
December 9, 2019

Republicns pretend that Trump is not a psycopathic race hater and serial murder.
Democrats pretend they can impeach Trump, all to coverup Obama’s fascist coup in Ukraine.
And Eric Zuesse knows full well that the Senate will not impeach, but he loves donations.

And so, a pretense of good hiding an evil intent, what satanic earth is all about.

Thraxite
Thraxite
December 9, 2019

This has been happening for years in the US, Hillarys’ campaigns bussed in paid grassroot activists all the time which were then shown on the MSM as legitimate movements. Same old tricks, tricks that worked through the 40s, 50s, 60s, not so much the 70s then they came down harder and made it work through the 80s, 90s but they have been having troubles since the new millennium because the public have phones and the internet. Our leaders aren’t smart, because the old tricks no longer work, they have no idea how to create a new plan and so they… Read more »

T W Huning
T W Huning
December 9, 2019

Shame on you for linking/posting this. I didn’t know that you were anti Trump.

Joel Walbert
Joel Walbert
December 12, 2019

AMERICA IS NOT A DEMOCRACY

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