Like you, we're thankful that millions of voters and activists are defending our democracy. Thank you for contributing passion, wisdom, talent, money, and time to make our country better - even more than you thought you could give. Thank you for sustaining INCO with your work, good cheer, and hope.
Our best wishes for your Thanksgiving holiday. INCO leadership team Laurie Caplan, Cheryl Conway, Mary Beth Cottle, Eric Halperin, Carmen Hammersmith, Kathleen Macdonald, Bebe Michel, and Ken Potter
WHY ELECTING WARNOCK MATTERS
A Warnock victory matters because "... with a slim 50-50 margin of control for Democrats, Republicans can slow progress in the Senate to a crawl. One additional vote substantially lessens the ability of Republicans to act as legislative terrorists." Robert Hubbell identifies other good reasons, then says, "But the most important factor of a 51-vote majority is that Democrats can confirm judicial nominations with a simple majority vote."
"Here’s the point: Re-electing Senator Raphael Warnock will significantly improve the ability of Biden and Senate Democrats to deliver on their promises to the American people. "
• Thankful For Democracy Postcard Party • Thursday, November 24, 2022 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM, via Zoom
INCO family and friends old and new are invited to join us Thanksgiving evening for a quick postcarding session for the Georgia Senate runoff. After the pies have been eaten and the plates have been cleared, let's give thanks for our democracy! Never written postcards to voters before? No problem, we can give you a tutorial over Zoom!
Ways you can help: 1. Postcards To Voters (PTV) at postcardstovoters.org The PTV postcard campaign for Warnock is active now. If you haven’t written for PTV, it’s easy. Just check out the website and it will lead you through the steps to get started. You’ll need to provide your own postcards and postage. (Tony The Democrat, who started PTV, is based in Georgia, so understandably they are all in for the Warnock race.) If you need stamps or index cards/postcards, contact Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kudos to the Indivisibles from the Tillamook Democracy Project for writing 13,582 letters to midterm election voters. They were excited to deliver them to the post office.
WHY OUR WORK CONTINUES
• "What happened last week was an important electoral victory that allows all of us to fight another day—specifically, two years from now. Without the defeat of the deniers in 2022, the 2024 elections would likely have fallen into chaos and perhaps even violence. Both are still possibilities. But voters rallied and turned back the worst and most immediate threats to the American system of government.
"....These 2022 losers and other, similar candidates are still out there, and they will all continue their best efforts (as Lake is demonstrating) to corrode the foundations of our constitutional order.
".... If we are going to turn them back once and for all, we must not underestimate their resentment and will to power. We know who they are; we must decide who we are."
• Al Franken and Norm Ornstein discuss how the House Republicans are ready to impeach and investigate their way through the next two years, with Franken humor, of course. It's podcast worth listening to. Ornstein is a noted political scientist and author.
WHAT TO SAY
Progressives are finding effective ways to talk about political turmoil and the authoritarian trends in the US. Messaging experts suggest emphasizing the Trumpist Republican criminal conspiracy and remind voters of our values and our victory. Here's one suggestion:
Most of us believe our leaders should act in our interests, respect our freedoms, and govern in our name. But Trumpist Republicans undertook a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the will of the people, and the GOP has thus far enabled Trump to run in the very elections he wants to eliminate. Across races, religions, places, and parties, Americans saw this election as a choice between freedom and fascism and voted to protect our families and our futures. We demand accountability for these traitors, stronger protections to keep our elections free and fair, and a renewed commitment to our democracy.
"UNITY IS EVERYTHING"
"While being against authoritarianism is obviously key to preserving democracy, articulating and standing for progressive values and policies and communicating a vision of societal justice that will lead disaffected voters to re-invest in the political process is just as important right now.
"....Unity is everything when combatting the right, which does its best to polarize society and set people and parties against each other.
"Moving to the center to beat the right can be a counter-productive strategy. Instead, inspire people with an authentic alternative to right-wing politics.
"Warn against abuses of power and all that can be lost, but stand for something --articulate a clear and compelling vision of society that draws people in and lets them see a path forward." --Ruth Ben-Ghiat, American historian and scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders. Substack newsletter, November 15, 2022
SHOCKING SPENDING BY MEGADONORS
"It looks like the 2022 midterms will be the most expensive ever. Small-dollar donors contributed at record levels, but megadonors still overwhelmingly outspent them. A stunning stat from our new midterms fundraising analysis: just 21 of the biggest donor families gave more than 3.7 million small donors combined — $783 million. But voters' support for new campaign finance reforms in several states shows itdoesn’t have to be this way." --Brennan Center for Justice, November 17, 2022