Weekend of Action for Xochitl Torres Small

We are only 32 days out from the most important election of our lifetimes. A recent poll found Yvette with a 1-point lead over Xochitl. There is no time for later, the urgency of the moment is upon us and we must act now! Everyone needs to be doing their part to help ensure that NM-02 stays blue, and we have the perfect opportunity for you this weekend! Come phone bank for Xochitl at our Weekend of Action on October 3rd and 4th. What day will you commit to phone banking this weekend?
Weekend of Action Sign Up Links: 
 
WOA Phone Banks: Saturday and Sunday throughout the day
WOA Text Banks: Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 3:30
Call Links: 
Emily Hartshorn 
Field Manager in NM-02 | Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
To phone bank with Team Xoch click here.

Local Broadcasts of National and Local Debates on TV, Radio, Facebook, and Zoom

KRWG-TV Las Cruces will broadcast state and federal candidate forums and debates through October. In addition to broadcasting the debates on KRWG-TV 22.1 on the dates listed below, the programs will be archived on the station’s website and on the KRWG News YouTube channel.

September 29

7pm  Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden

October 1

7pm State Senate District 35

Neomi Martinez-Parra

Crystal Diamond

October 7

7pm Vice Presidential Debate

Senator Kamala Harris

Vice President Mike Pence

October 8

7pm KOB-TV Congressional District 2 Debate

Xochitl Torres Small

Yvette Herrell

October 15

7pm  Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden

6pm   U.S. Senate Debate

Ben Ray Luján

Mark Ronchetti

October 22

7pm  Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden

October 29

7:30pm State Representative District 39

Rodolpho Martinez

Luis Terrazas

While not yet scheduled for KRWG, there will be two debates between the candidates for our NM House seat in District 38, Republican Rebecca Dow and Democrat Karen Whitlock. The first, hosted by the Silver City Daily Press, will take place on Zoom on Monday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Call the Daily Press at 575-388-1576 for access to Zoom.

The second, hosted by the Sierra County Sentinel, will take place on Tuesday, September 29, at 6. It will be followed at 6:30 by a debate between candidates for our New Mexico Senate seat in District 35, Republican Crystal Diamond and Democrat Neomi Martinez-Parra. The evening’s concluding debate, at 7 p.m., will be between Democrat Rodolpho (Rudy) Martinez and Republican Luis Terrazas, candidates for NM Senate District 39.

The Sentinel debates will be broadcast on KCHS 101.9 FM and live-streamed on the Sentinel’s Facebook page.

September 16th Meeting

The meeting will be fully online this month. 

Wed. Sep 16, 2020 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (MDT)
Please join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/718731461
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 718-731-461
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/718731461

Agenda

Treasurer’s Report and Act Blue Contributions—Tom Hinson

Committee Reports & Old Business:

  • Advisory Board Report—Cathy Berger
  • Communications Report—Suzanne Carlstedt

On-going and New Business:

  • Yard Sale Report—Barbara Pearlman
  • Volunteers to put up banners!—Diana Title
  • Phone Banking—Suzanne Carlstedt
  • Availability of bumper stickers and yard signs/ Headquarter sitting—Barbara Pearlman
  • Cobblestone Ads for October—Diana Tittle
  • Virtual Auction—Barbara Pearlman
  • Donations to Candidates—Diana Tittle
  • Poll Watchers and Voting Sites-Information—Barbara Pearlman

Motion to Adjourn

Suggestions for using “Go-To-Meeting:”

  • Remember to download the app
  • When you first get to your meeting you will see a picture of yourself and be asked “OK?” If you want to be seen when you enter the meeting then you need to click on the little camera icon on the bottom of the page.
  • For this meeting, everyone will be muted; if you have a question or comment please do it in the chat box
  • If you are on the agenda when it is your time to speak , you will be unmuted, and then you will unmute yourself to be heard.
  • When you enter the meeting on the top of the screen you will see a pull down of “view all” or “view who is speaking.” When you select view all you will see everyone who is participating, but when we have a speaker you can select view speaker to have that person be prominent.
  • On the right is an option to use the chat box where you can type in questions or other responses
  • You can also check your audio before we begin with the options on the right

 

Book Review: The Room Where It Happened

This book is not old news, though it replays the international relations news during Bolton’s tenure as National Security Advisor. It gives the reader a first-hand look into behind-the-scenes discussions and interpersonal relationships. No national security secrets are revealed, of course, and in the final pages Bolton explains what the pre-publication review involved.

Bolton’s opinions on foreign policy are well known, but a person who disagrees with him can still read this and benefit. Ignore his ego and read for substance. The value of this book is the precise, detailed narration of Trump’s erratic, self-absorbed decision-making process in foreign policy. Bolton’s observations on how masterfully Kim Jong Un manipulated Trump are fascinating as well as troubling. Trump apparently has no ability to discern moral issues. If someone seems to like him, he doesn’t mind if that person is a despot who has subordinates who let him down killed. Bolton records his concern about Trump’s tendency to do favors for dictators he likes, even when those favors contradict or undermine U.S. foreign policy goals. (Talking to Japanese Prime Minister Abe about North Korea’s recent launches, Trump told him “not to worry, because the launches were short range and not really missiles. If he said it enough times, perhaps it would become true.”)

Bolton describes Trump speaking with Chinese president Xi. “He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the upcoming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s ability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words, but the government’s pre-publication review process has decided otherwise.” Trump also indicated to Xi his approval of China’s concentration camps for Uighurs, making Bolton realize that human rights would not be an administration priority.

Trump never seems able to grasp the value of our alliances or why we have troops stationed in other countries. Over and over, even after having it all explained to him, he would ask, what are we doing there? Why are we in there, anyway?

Trump’s fixation on making deals apparently blinds him to the real-world impact of those deals in terms of trade, balance of power, strategic alliances, diplomacy, or leverage against hostile governments. All he wants is to be the guy that made the deal. Whether it’s a deal with the Taliban—a near-disaster—or a deal with North Korea—it never happened, it’s all about deals.

Trump’s obsession with getting allies to pay more for everything is a recurring theme, as well as his failure to comprehend history and international relations.  Another major thread is his apparently inability to listen. He dominates briefing and meetings with off-topic rants and obsessions, and it appears that no one can reign him in.

Trump has either fired or burned out anyone who is not an enabler. Bolton and Pompeo often discussed resigning. But we now see Pompeo as a major Trump ally. Pompeo doesn’t come off well in this book. Bolton describes Pompeo’s management of the state department this way: conflict avoidance. Nikki Haley comes across as unable to grasp that she actually works for the state department, not as a free-lancer, as U.N. Ambassador. Bolton sees her as mostly wanting more camera time and wanting to further her political ambition. Ambition may be why Pompeo has clung to his job despite almost quitting few times. They both may be walking the tightrope hoping to get to 2024.

The Ukraine chapters come late in the book, since the issues helped push Bolton to resign, though he’d written his resignation letter long before and had it ready for the moment he couldn’t take it anymore. Yes, Trump did exactly what he was accused of in his impeachment. According to Bolton, Trump’s intention to withhold military aid until he was assured of investigations into what the author calls Giuliani’s Ukraine fantasies was already “baked in” before infamous July 25 phone call. Earlier in July, “the Ukraine security assistance was at risk of being swallowed by the Ukraine fantasy conspiracy theories.” “The call was not the keystone for me, but simply another brick in the wall.”

Trump, at the debriefing meeting with the delegation to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inaugural, repeatedly said such things as “I don’t want to have any f___ing thing to do with Ukraine. They f___ing attacked me.” Volker tried to intervene to say something about Ukraine, but Trump said, “I don’t give a sh__.” Rick Perry asked for ninety days and Trump interrupted to say “I’m not f___ing interested in helping them.” Senator Ron Johnson, who was present later told Bolton he was “ ‘pretty shocked by the President’s response.’ I thought it sounded like just another day at the office.” (Johnson is nonetheless still supporting Trump today.)

For some time, Pompeo, Esper, and Bolton made efforts to get Trump to free up the military aid money for Ukraine. They calculated that individually and in various combinations they had talked to him between eight and ten times. They felt that confronting him directly about Giuliani’s fantasies would be ineffective, would result in a number of high-level vacancies, and would make Trump dig in more against releasing the aid. This is disturbing. His senior advisors couldn’t get through to him, and saw no point in being more confrontational about his delusional ideas. “Even after they became public, I could barely separate the strands of multiple conspiracy theories at work.”

“…on December 10, prompted by Trump’s Christmas party remarks on Huawei and the Uighurs, I spoke to Pompeo on those problems, and also on questions about the settlements of some of Trump’s personal legal issues. It looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept … Somewhere nearby was resignation territory, I said, which Pompeo agreed with.”

Bolton insists the impeachment effort was too narrow and too rushed. He says the constitutional questions should have been allowed to go through the courts.

And yet he knew so much and didn’t voluntarily testify.

Okay, if he had, I admit, I might not have bought the book. I recommend it to any undecided voters, especially those with an interest foreign policy. As of the date of my posting this review, you’ve got two months to read it before you vote.

Yard Signs! Yard Sale! And Our Field Office is Open!

Sierra County Democrats’ field office is located to the immediate east of Sea Properties at 108 Main and directly across the street from Triangle Park.

Upcoming Field Office Hours:

Friday, September 4 from 10 to 4

Tuesday, September 8 from 10 to noon and 1 to 3

Wednesday, September 9 from 10 to noon and 1 to 3

Thursday, September 10 from 10 to noon and 1 to 3

If you’ve been waiting impatiently to plant a Biden-Harris yard sign in your yard or paste it in your window, your wait is over. The signs commissioned by the Sierra County Democratic Party have finally arrived in T or C, and they are at the field office. Free for the taking!

The yard signs will also be available at the Dems’ yard sale on Saturday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. until all the great stuff we’re offering for a steal is gone. Please note: the yard sale has moved from its usual location to the immediate west of 108 Main.

You can drop off your yard sale donations on Friday, Sept. 11th, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please NO CLOTHES.  We have many great linen and designer tops and pants that have been donated already; we are clothes a plenty. Kitchen items, electronics, etc. more than welcome. We all wonder what we can do. We need a successful yard sale to continue to support our activities and pay for campaign items.

If you have something to donate that is better suited to our October 1st through 4th online silent auction, stay tuned for details.

Thank you for all you do. Keep on phone banking. We will continue to fight for November 2020!

 

Ben Ray Lujan Fundraising Event

Join Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Candidate for U.S. Senate,
for a campaign update & virtual fundraiser supporting the
Luján Victory Fund
Thursday, August 27th, 2020
5:00 PM PST | 6:00 PM MST | 8:00 PM EST
Click here to RSVP
Zoom information provided upon RSVP

For more information please contact Libby Anaya at libby@benraylujan.com or (505) 738-3367.
Contributions can be sent to Luján Victory Fund, P.O. Box 25371, Albuquerque, NM 87125-5371.