OK, let's cut this beast's head off while it's still small: Mike Huckabee, who used to be charming but has been intolerable since President Obama's election, called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- which provided for the popular election of U.S. Senators for the first time -- in the wake of not-enough Senators voting for any of the notoriously cruel and unpopular Republican health care "reform" bills. So call your Reps and Senators and state legislators today (using the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page, or on the bottom of this page, if you're on a smartphone) and tell them you absolutely will not stand for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and you will regard anyone who supports such repeal as being objectively anti-democracy, since if you support repealing the 17th Amendment, you essentially oppose people voting. The fact that two-thirds of state legislatures just so happen to be held by Republicans right now must be a coincidence, right? The 17th Amendment improves on the Constitution, just as the Bill of Rights did, just as the 13th and 14th Amendments did, and amending the Constitution doesn't somehow dishonor our Founders, or their achievement. Rather, it does the opposite -- it says they taught us well.
Speaking of repealing things, Republicans would like you to believe that their health care "reform" effort is dead -- but OMB Director Mick Mulvaney not only told us that President Trump wants health care "reform" done before anything else, but he actually said that this was "the national attitude toward it." Good Americans would like our health care system to work better, but assuming that they must therefore support Republican efforts to make it worse is, to put it kindly, quite the logical leap. So, while you have your Reps and Senators on the phone about the 17th Amendment, go ahead and tell them what you want: that you want tens of millions of good Americans to be able to keep their health insurance, that you want Congress to expand federal Medicaid spending, not cut it; that you want them to preserve the pre-existing conditions ban, rather than give states and corporations ways to work around it; that you want them to keep the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care act, rather than give yet more welfare handouts to rich people in the form of tax cuts. You know what else? Tell them you want them to force President Trump to fund the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, that you want Medicare to be able to negotiate its own drug prices, and that you want them to support H.R. 676, which would establish a national Medicare-for-All, single-payer health care system.