Happy Monday, good peoples! You know what comes next: the list of bills we're going to call our Senators and tell them to pass, namely H.R. 1, the For the People Act; H.R. 5, the Equality Act; H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act; H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act; H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act; and H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act. And now that H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, has also passed the House, we can add it to this list, and all future lists, until Senate Majority Leader "Mob Boss Mitch" McConnell deigns to allow a vote on them. What's he so afraid of? That by allowing a vote he'll let his caucus go on record as opposing voting rights, civil rights, fair wages, higher wages, internet freedom, secure elections, and public lands? Of course that is something to be afraid of, since all these things are actually quite popular with the American people and don't hurt anyone but already-too-rich CEOs. But if you want to be a Senator, you should have at least some cojones.
Meanwhile, with the news that our government has been putting up military personnel at one of our President's hotels in Scotland at taxpayer expense, and that Vice President Pence stayed at one of our President's hotels several hours away from his actual business in Ireland, Win Without War helps you tell House Speaker Pelosi to support an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would prevent our military from staying at our President's hotels. Time was that anyone in a position to divert taxpayer money to their own properties would at least make some effort at disguising what they're doing, but we live in a truly sick, immoral, and decadent time, when our President simultaneously thumbs his nose at the rule of law and declares that he alone can protect law and order! Some folks applaud his money-making, no doubt thinking of themselves (in Will Rogers's phrase) not as poor folks but as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires." But most of us have been so poor for so long now that we don't wink at corruption anymore.