President Biden on Thursday warned Americans that democracy is under attack from a faction of the Republican party led by former President Donald Trump, and called on Democrats, mainstream Republicans and independents to “speak up, speak out, get engaged — vote, vote, vote.”
In a rare prime time speech, Biden attacked his predecessor, saying that “too much of what’s happening in our country today isn’t normal.” The speech came just two months ahead of midterm congressional elections, where Democrats are fighting to keep their slim majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Biden said the Republican party is “dominated, driven, intimidated by Donald Trump” and his supporters, calling it “a threat to this country.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed legislation to legalizemarijuana at the federal level.
The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and introduce regulations to tax cannabis products.
It would also expunge federal records of nonviolent cannabis offenders.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed legislation Wednesday to legalize marijuana at the federal level, a move aimed at easing restrictive drug policies that have disproportionately impacted communities of color and the poor.
The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and introduce regulations to tax cannabis products. The proposal would expunge federal records of nonviolent cannabis offenders and allow people serving time in federal prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes to petition a court for resentencing.
“This is monumental. At long last, we are taking steps in the Senate to right the wrongs of the failed war on drugs,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a press conference at the Capitol. Schumer unveiled the draft along with Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J.
I’ve become discouraged and disappointed in my party, the Democratic Party of the United States.
In this time, which we’ve seen before (see: 1960s, Vietnam War, Nixon, Reagan), the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seem disorganized, have no significant national leader of note, no visible national plan for restoring the party to national control in the Senate, the House, and the Presidency, and no transparency for the party at the national level.
Yes, there’s some efforts underway to get a leader, and organize. But, to me, given the nature of the assaults on our Nation’s Democracy, we are too slow, too unable to gather together as a single force for #Resistance and #Protest.
More on those points below, but on transparency, my large complaint is the continual, ongoing begging for donations and funds to fight without a single clue or report or publication or social media sharing of their use of resources and donations given to them.
Yes, there are state level and local level Democratic Party organizations, but the biggest role is the national organization. You lead from the top, or you don’t lead at all. Where’s my report on how you used my money to try and elect Hillary Clinton? Where’s the staff listing, salaries, operational organization chart, annual report, disclosures? What are we Democrats getting from our national “team” and their leadership thus far into 2017. I don’t see much.
Today’s page (2/22/17) reminds me at the first view to call the Republicans in Congress? See screenshot below…
Really?? That’s the best you got. No wonder we got beat in the Electoral College…
They (we) won the popular vote by millions, but the Party seems unable to capitalize on any support from that, IMHO. Given these numbers, there should be a huge number of citizens who voted for her that would be interested in a Democratic Plan to regain national power in politics, and resist and fight back against the current administration. So far, all I get are emails from state and national Democratic Party organizations only when something seems huge or big or crazy or outrageous –and always ends with a pleas for funds, i.e., donations (money). Never have those messages offered feedback on how any money would be spent, how they are spending it now, and where’s the National Plan?
Buried in their DNC Web site, is the 2016 campaign’s platform, which I guess is still some kind of substitute plan. A national political party should have a consistent, published, ongoing, updated National Plan of Action. Whether they are in control of states, Congress, or the White House. Remember those “This I Believe” messages, see more at http://thisibelieve.org/
At this point, the Democrats need something, anything to establish their values, what they believe, how they are moving forward, what are their plans, what’s next, events, actions, ways to help, ways to fight back. Their national silence is deafening…