Condemnation of the “Unite the Right” Rally

I’m am saddened and embarrassed for America that some of our citizens seem unable to learn from history.

The current administration came to power by using the politics of division to stoke the unfounded fears of an economically stressed population. They fanned the flames and now we see the fire they’ve created.

I reject on every level the goals and claims of these witless protesters. I condemn the violence in Charlottesville that is occurring because of their mindless hatred.

America is greater for its diversity and inclusion. True liberty is not limited to a handful of people based on the happenstance of their birth.

I call on law enforcement to protect those who have put themselves in harms way to stand up and peacefully protest in the name of the ideals of inclusion, compassion, and unity.

Americans must stand together in condemning white supremacy and white nationalism. While our government must protect free speech, we as its citizens have a right to strongly reject violence, hate speech and blatant intimidation in the marketplace of ideas. This is not who we are as Americans. Now is the time for Americans of conscience to make their voices heard and proclaim racism and all other forms of bigotry will not be tolerated. This is a seminal moment in our nation’s history. I believe in the basic goodness of the American people and hope the strides that were made in the previous administration will be restored and that we can return to the understanding that all people are created equal.

Healthcare Bill Defeat

Let me be clear, I am THRILLED the Senate GOP’s latest attempt to “fix the ACA” failed. I’m here in Washington and was with Elizabeth Warren earlier in the day.

I am very thankful for Senators Collins and Murkowski for their long, principled stand for their constituents. I am thankful that Senator McCain followed up on the message of his speech earlier in the week during the motion to proceed vote that if Senate Leadership did not deliver a viable option, he would vote no.

But please understand that despite the people of America winning this current battle, the war is long from over. In order to pass the tax cuts for the wealthy that they want to pass so badly, they need to get the money from somewhere. Cutting this is a big piece required to pass their plan. They will not walk away from this fight. They’re going to come back in some other way, likely with little warning.

Be vigilant, continue to stand together to amplify our voices, and make sure you support those of us working hard to overturn their majorities in Congress so we can stop the assault on the ACA and move towards single-payer or at the very least a strong public option such as Medicare for all.

-DWB