Obviously there are an overwhelming number of unacceptable things going on, but I’m going to be trying to offer near daily, simple instructions for one act of protest/resistance that will take very little of your time. Today’s target is Marco Rubio. Sen. Rubio has indicated some reluctance to approve Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Tillerson is a long time oil executive who has been given awardsby the Russian government. Further, during hearings on his nomination, he was blatantly dishonest regarding his company’s lobbying activities and attempts to influence government policy, including sanctions against Russia which interfered with a planned oil deal his company was seeking. If you are like me and believe that the oil industry and dishonest wealthy people are a good part of what’s gone wrong with this country, this is not someone you want as Secretary of State.
Marco Rubio is one Republican Senator who is on the fence regarding Tillerson. If he withholds approval of the nomination, that will delay but not necessarily stop him from being approved. But having a Republican lawmaker refuse to go along with Trump’s plans may create some cover for others to follow suit. So, today’s assignment is to contact Rubio and ask him to oppose the Tillerson nomination. There are three possible ways to do this:
- Call Rubio’s office at 202-224-3041. All you have to do is say, “I wanted to ask Senator Rubio to oppose the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. He is not suited for the job and an alternative should be found.” You do not have to give your name, but you will be asked to provide your zip code.
- You can send a message to Senator Rubio via Facebook saying the same thing.
- You can direct this tweet to Senator Rubio on Twitter:
@marcorubio Please do right by our country and #REJECTTILLERSON for the job of Secretary of Stat. The American people will stand behind you.
And one more thing you can do is pass this blog post on using the share buttons below.
Any of these will take you less than 5 minutes. I know that there’s a lot of noise right now, but don’t think your voice doesn’t count. A friend in a small state recently shared that she had called her Congressperson about an issue and the person answering the phone commented that they had gotten a lot of call about the issue. My friend’s call was # 18, in fact. 18. Your call will make a difference. We’re dealing with a situation where we have too many people railing on social media, but then not voting, not showing up and not speaking out to the people who need to hear our voices. Which is the grave mistake. We the people have lost control of our government and it is up to us to take it back. So . . . ready, set, go! We can do this!
I read an article today about homeschooling in VA where apparently there are some rather onerous requirements for assessment. Fortunately, there’s also an out: a religious exemption clause which allows parents who are homeschooling for religious reasons to do so without interference from the state. Now some people are wondering if the law should be revisited due to the large number of homeschoolers claiming this exemption. Any how, what woke me up was this quote from former State delegate Jim Dillard who wrote VA’s homeschool law:
“It goes back to the idea of an enlightened electorate,” he said. “In order to have society function as a democracy, the state needs to be able to inculcate certain values in its children, in order to prepare them for citizenship and to have a meaningful role in society.”
Hello!?! The state’s function is to protect rights, maintain law and order, create a climate for commerce to function, not to “inculcate certain values in its children”! And this certainly isn’t the role of a democracy – only in fascist regimes like Hitler, Soviet Russia and our current batch of Islamofascists is indoctrination of children seen as a proper role of the state. Our founding fathers would be appalled.