Anyone who follows politics understands that the Republican party has taken a dramatic turn in the era of Trump.  But a recent article by Alex Wagner in the Atlantic does a great job of crystallizing the new core of the Trumpublican movement.

Trump has instead redefined his party around white nationalism, which deems brown-skinned men, women, and children of degraded humanity—and therefore absent any inherent value and unworthy of protection.

She goes on to conclude something that Democrats must take to heart, especially Democratic candidates seeking office:

The migrant crisis signals an official end to one chapter of conservatism and the beginning of a terrifying new one. After all, a party cannot applaud the wailing screams of innocents as a matter of course and hope to ever reclaim the moral high ground.

You can read the full article here:

The migrant crisis isn’t the only reason conservatives will never regain the moral high ground, but it is surely one of the most egregious. Others include supporting a president who is a serial philanderer, a liar, an admitted molester and divisive bully.  We must never allow the Republicans to play the morality card, or pretend to be the party of “family values” or “principles”.

In our own district, Rep John Faso has also ceded the moral high ground.  His votes and statements against the ACA can be easily characterized as immoral, especially when he made promises (caught on video) to his neighbors to protect their health insurance.  Actively trying to reduce the number of people with health insurance, or trying to substitute real, comprehensive insurance with low-cost garbage plans, or eliminating the individual mandate, puts the lives and health of his constituents at risk for the sake of greed.

Faso is approaching the end of his first term without yet holding an open town hall.  But he will be in Poughquag tomorrow evening to “host” a forum on opioids.  The Poughkeepsie Journal gives the details:

A forum Monday night in Poughquag will address topics relating to the ongoing opioid crisis in the mid-Hudson Valley.  The forum, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m., will be held at Beekman Town Hall and is open to the public.  U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, is hosting the event and delivering the opening remarks. Panelists include Randi Kelder of Raising Your Awareness About Narcotics; Meghan Hetfield of the Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education; and CVS pharmacists.

It makes little sense to scream at Faso in the forum.  But if activists are able to calmly ask how his destruction of the ACA and his stated desire to curtail Medicare/Medicaid square with wanting to help people suffering from opioid addiction, it would force Faso to defend his horrible record, and it would cast in stark relief the medical problems of our fellow citizens against Faso’s heartless healthcare policies.

It might also make sense for protesters to gather outside the forum and stand silently with signs as Faso and others enter and leave.  “Faso puts corporate greed above our health”.  “Faso lied about saving our healthcare”. And so on.  When the important and sensitive subject is opioid addiction and treatment is being discussed, activists will serve their cause poorly by trying to co-opt the event for other purposes, but the topic of healthcare is crucial.  A quiet presence adjacent to the event seems like a constructive and fitting enterprise.

Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso…

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