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82 vs. 18 to End Shutdown – The American Resistance now led by only 16 Senators

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Giovanni LoPiccolo

Darkness looms over the nation, the shadow of filthy rich oligarchs hangs low over all our heads, even those in the government. This darkness, this pure evil, is embodied and enshrined by the Republican Party. For one second of your life, do not think of your party affiliation. Conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, take a moment to be silent and think. Will Donald Trump give you free access to health-care like he promised on the campaign trail? Will moderate/establishment Democrats, similar to Hillary Clinton, give you, a hard working American, the right to attend a four year university tuition free? Will Senators like Chuck Schumer really protect the 700,000 plus young individuals that grew up in America? These are some of the questions we must ask ourselves when we think about who governs us… about who we pay to make the laws of the land. Donald Trump will not deliver, and Democrats like Hillary Clinton won’t either. So… the question is… who will? The American Resistance will.

On Monday, January 22nd, 2018, the United States Senate voted 82 to 18 to bring an end to the three day government shutdown which began on the previous Friday. The measure involved possibly ending protections for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which put over 700,000 young adults at risk for deportations. 82 Senators voted in favor of the bill, including most Democrats, and all but two Republicans. So, in a world where we pledged to fight the Trump Administration at every step, who didn’t sell us out?

Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jon Tester of Montana, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California, and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

The Democratic Party is on the verge of collapse, because a large part of it is stuck. Stuck in bed with corporate donors and in a mindset of being able to break a pledge of protecting and serving the American people… especially the ones who need help the most. A raft is growing between what the Democratic Party should be, and what it actually us. A raft that is actually becoming an ever increasingly deepening chasm.

The Democratic Party, and DNC, want to be our champion, our savior and solution to the Trump Administration, but in reality; they’ve failed horribly in doing so. They aren’t deserving of our support anymore, and need to be either taken over or taken down.

Clearly our nation is hellbent on remaining as a two-party regime for the foreseeable future. Third-party candidates, unfortunately, don’t make it far in most elections, and once they’re sworn in, they’re alone. There are currently two independents in the United States Senate, and they caucus with the Democrats. Sure, there are moments where we get angry and want to just flip off the DNC for their obscene behavior in handling certain situations. Sure, there are moments where I want to change my party affiliation to Independent.

But I remind myself, what would happen if I did that? When it comes to voting, I’d be shut out too. I live in New York, and like many other states, we have closed primaries. If I become an Independent, I won’t be allowed to participate in the Democratic primary to give my support to someone who could really make change. Our goal is to infiltrate the Democratic Party, to take it over. We need to use what tools we have in front of us.

Just a handful of these 14 Democrats that I listed above are the leaders of the American Resistance. Perhaps the most dignified and most progressive of them all, Bernie Sanders, is our last hope at restoring true stability and bi-partisan compromise in our government. We don’t need anymore incremental nonsense, we need bold and direct change. If Donald Trump can, all of a sudden, decide to block immigrants coming from certain countries due to their religion… then we can establish Medicare for All. If Donald Trump can drop the corporate tax rate down to 20% from 35%, then we can tax Wall Street and the rich for what we really need.

We need new schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, better infrastructure. We need an immigration system that helps our newcomers, not punish them for trying to find a better life for their family and children. We need to have a minimum wage that brings you out of poverty for working 40+ hours a week. We need public universities funded by the government so we students aren’t crushed by debt for the next 20-30 years. Do you really expect the Republican Party or the Democratic Party to deliver on those things? I don’t. Only the American Resistance can.

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