A dumb idea popped in my head, so I had to doodle it
this is why she’s so CULTURED
I feel like I’ve phased into an alternate universe
“Hi, I’m a constituent from [town], and I’m calling to urge [rep name] to oppose all attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.”
I want to tell you a thing about Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is the reason a lot of people are alive. They offer medical services – anything from annual check ups to “i have a bladder infection” to “I need a prescription for antidepressants” – to people, and most of them have a sliding scale payment system that allows them to offer services to low-income people and people without insurance.
That is why they receive federal funding at all – so that poor people who are sick can see a doctor. So that poor people who aren’t sick can receive preventative medical services. That is why they are subsidized by the federal government. Part of the government’s money goes to make up the difference between what poor people can pay for their medical treatment and what that treatment actually costs Planned Parenthood.
Regardless of where you stand on issues of abortion, you should know that they are already prevented from using federal subsidies to fund abortion services. So when conservatives talk about defunding Planned Parenthood and try to hide behind the excuse of “well I don’t want my tax money paying for abortions,” they are full of absolute shit. They are just trying to take away one of the few sources poor people have to stay healthy and treat their illnesses, and it’s not like they’re contributing to our GoFundMe’s when we end up in the emergency room because we couldn’t afford to receive preventative treatment. Fuck that shit.
Don’t stand for this.
Phone calls from constituents blocked the gutting of the congressional ethics office. Phone calls from constituents can block this, too. (You are still a constituent if you are represented by someone, whether you can vote yet or not; this is something teens can do.)
People in the US: get on your phone on Friday. Call your rep, regardless of party. If your rep is a Republican, especially call them. The call will take less than 5 minutes, unless the office is overwhelmed, in which case, stay on the line. Most offices only count you if you speak to someone.
This is way more effective than tweeting at them or making petitions or whatever! Boosting this!
BLOW UP THEIR PHONES
TAKE DOWN THEIR EMAIL SERVERS
Fuck SEND POST CARDS THAT SAY PP CURED MY YEAST INFECTION AND GAVE ME A FLU SHOT
LET THEM HEAR YOU
you are responsible for what you have tamed
^^oh god, that line from The Little Prince always kills me….I hadn’t thought to apply it to SU. Fuck.
meanwhile READING! JASPER! IS GOOD! ALWAYS!
Jasper holding books too small for her big mitts is also good
also are Jasper’s giant hips good pillows? you bet your butt they are
January 1985. ’“Look into my eyes,” says the Scorpio miss, and no boy can resist!’
And now for some good news.
The number of notes on that post advocating to not pursue an impeachment of Trump due to Pence is actually horrifying.
1. Pence is running things anyway. Showing the public the man behind the curtain is quite crucial. Remember, when Trump offered vp to Kasich, he told him he’d be in charge of both domestic and foreign affairs.
2. Trump’s temperament is likely to have extremely negative geopolitical consequences in a way that Pence’s wouldn’t. Who do you see as more likely to engage in a ground war along with Russia? Trump already talked about invading Iraq again. And this isn’t touching the nuclear arsenal thing.
3. Pence is not popular in Congress at all. A republican who is hugely hated in Indiana does not really have a ton of political capital, especially since he tanked their economy. A lot of the reason GOP swung to Trump late is because *he* was the charismatic face that was creating this supposed populist “movement” (the marches sort of knocked the wind out of that a little). It’s Trump that is being held up, and it’s Trump specifically the neonazis are looking towards (Bannon wrote his fucking inaugural address). We need Trump, the man, to go ASAP for that reason.
Pence will be our worst president, but he’ll be survivable, he’ll have no chance at reelection, and seeing as he’s already most definitely the one driving policy (Dep of Ed pick was his, almost without question, for instance), we at least need to have that recognized so he can be held accountable.
Pence is not the “real Hitler.” Authoritarian movements prop up one person. In this case it was Trump. The MAGA hats have jack-all to do with Pence, and exceedingly little to do with policy. Which is why Trump, specifically, is the threat to our democracy.
I’m a trans Jewish healthcare worker and I still endorse this.
Right now we have awful far-right policy plus an unpredictable, hyper-reactive petty brat who doesn’t know how government works and wants to be a dictator. If we could narrow it down to just the awful far-right policy, that would be an improvement.