My name is Charles Haynes. I am a member of Indivisible East Hillsborough, CD15, Florida. I am also secretary/treasurer of Citizens United to Repeal Citizens United. This is a FEC registered Political Action committee organized to work toward the repeal of Citizens United.
As you are all probably aware, this decision by the U S Supreme Court, has allowed untold billions of illegal dollars into our political system. This has created the catastrophic Presidency that we are now dealing with. Most progressives seem to think that Mueller will solve this problem eventually. Our government is deteriorating so rapidly that there may be nothing to save by the time Mueller is done. But, that is just the beginning of our problems.
Can you imagine living under Putin in Russia.? How about under the new Soviet Union, which Putin is working to establish.? That is what all the Russian involvement in every free country's elections is all about. He wants to establish a new Soviet Union, with not only the countries that were part of the old Soviet union, but all the countries that are now free. That is all the Nato countries and North America. He has established his network in the United States, and came close in some of the European countries in their past elections. It is only a matter of time before he accomplishes his goal, unless politically aware Americans take back our country.
The only logical path to accomplish this is for democrats to take back Congress from the treasonous faction of the republican party who now control it.This will take an all out effort, because you can be certain that there will be a full scale attempt to steal the election, as they did in 2016. Don't believe all the propaganda that Trump won fair and square. The election was stolen in republican controlled Wisconsin and Michigan, where the absentee ballots in many democratic areas were dumped without being counted, just as they were in Florida in 2000. It is critical that we gain control of the State Houses as well, because that is where a lot of mischief originates. That is the source of the gerrymandering we see all over the country. If we gain control of the State Houses, we can correct the gerrymandered districts that make it possible for a minority party to control so many seats.
Coincidentally, this is the first step to repealing Citizens United. That would make it possible to get a vote In congress to impeach Trump. Unfortunately, there is no path at this time to get enough votes in the Senate to get a conviction. It would take two thirds vote in both the House and Senate to convict. Just gaining control of the house would help a lot in controlling Trump, though. It would also help in setting up the second part of the path to repeal of Citizens United.
That would occur in the 2020 election, when we could vote Trump out along with many Senators who would be up for reelection at that time. Then, under a new Attorney General, he could be arrested as a private citizen for the crimes he has committed, along with the republicans in the Congress who have aided and abetted him in his attack on America. That would be much better than impeachment, which has no jail time, even if convicted. With the charges of treason, money laundering, tax evasion, and untold other crimes, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
After we take our country back, the next step would be have a constitutional convention, where the States could vote to repeal Citizens United.. It would require a two thirds vote to repeal it, but it is possible. Meanwhile, we must fight as hard as we can to vote out the scoundrels. They are armed with untold billions of dollars to propagandize Americans. It is a shame, but unfortunately, it works. The more lies they spread over the air waves, the more apt they are to be believed. Trump knows this. That is why he repeats his outlandish statements every day. After all, he has been taught by a KGB master of manipulation.
That is why we have set up Citizens United to Repeal Citizens United. The only way to combat the lies they will be spouting all over the airwaves, is to bombard them with the truth. That will take a lot of money. We are only asking for small donations from as many Indivisible members as possible. Using the Bernie Sanders principal. we will not accept money from big business or billionaires, except for maybe Tom Steyer. Since it would be impossible to match them dollar for dollar, we will concentrate on areas where we do have a chance to win, not wasting money on hopeless causes. I do believe that this is our only hope, and as one of our forefathers so aptly put it, "We must,indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately". That is the dire circumstance that we are now in.
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