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Galindez writes: "On Sunday evening in Des Moines, Our Revolution and Bold Iowa held an event as part of the #ClimateRevolution tour."

People protest against the building of a pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota, U.S. November 2, 2016. (photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters)
People protest against the building of a pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota, U.S. November 2, 2016. (photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters)


“Our Revolution” Stands With Standing Rock

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

03 November 16

 

n Sunday evening in Des Moines, Our Revolution and Bold Iowa held an event as part of the #ClimateRevolution tour. Emmy award winning filmmaker Josh Fox held a community screening of his new HBO documentary, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Fox, who was nominated for an Oscar for his film Gasland, left for Standing Rock the next day.

Our Revolution is also calling for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to take a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline:

In a mailing to supporters, Our Revolution wrote:

The Dakota Access pipeline would carry some of the dirtiest oil on the planet across four states, putting at risk farms, native land, critical water sources, and our flight against climate change. This week, police arrested more than 100 Native activists and destroyed their encampment in the path of the pipeline.

Hillary Clinton said only that both sides need to come together to find a solution. That’s not good enough. The pipeline must be canceled, and the next president has the power to do it.

Our letter to Hillary Clinton:

The Dakota Access pipeline would threaten farms, poison the water sources for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and contribute to climate change. It cannot be built if we are serious about protecting the planet.

The next president has the power to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Secretary Clinton, you must stand firm and stop this pipeline, just as President Obama finally canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline.

You can sign on to the letter to Hillary Clinton here.

Josh Fox also talked about Clinton’s statement on the pipeline, calling it a “nothing burger,” and saying “she said absolutely nothing, which is inexcusable at this time.”

The Clinton campaign released the following statement last week:

We received a letter today from representatives of the tribes protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. From the beginning of this campaign, Secretary Clinton has been clear that she thinks all voices should be heard and all views considered in federal infrastructure projects. Now, all of the parties involved—including the federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes—need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest. As that happens, it’s important that on the ground in North Dakota, everyone respects demonstrators’ rights to protest peacefully, and workers’ rights to do their jobs safely.

While Fox acknowledged that the statement said absolutely nothing, he pointed out that Donald Trump supports the pipeline, so “ambiguity is the best we are going to do in this Presidential election, unfortunately.” Fox continued: “I don’t maintain any illusions that Hillary Clinton as a candidate supports our ideals, but what I will say is we know what her positions are, we read the emails, it is on us when she is inaugurated to also inaugurate the movement, inaugurate the political revolution, and to say we are here and we are not going anywhere, and we are going to make sure that platform is implemented, that our agenda, the people’s agenda, is enforced instantly.”

The incoming chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, Jane Kleeb, also called for us to be in the streets fighting for the issues we believe in, but Kleeb also believes we have to be “inside the Democratic Party reforming and rebuilding the party that takes us more seriously.” Kleeb argued, “Unless we are inside, unless we are at the table, we can’t continue to make the case against pipelines and fracked oil, etc.” She went on to say, “We need to push Secretary Clinton on climate science, fracking, and on pipelines, because she is not with us yet on these issues.” Kleeb believes that “we have the power to push her to the right place.”

The event on Sunday night opened with local Iowa activists fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline (#DAPL), which comes through Iowa. Ed Fallon, the director of Bold Iowa, opened the program by thanking the three legs of the fight against the pipeline in Iowa, farmers and landowners who are continuing to fight the seizure of their land by eminent domain, Native American allies who have been fighting the pipeline’s path through their lands, and climate activists.

Fallon introduced Matt Olaf, a climate activist from Iowa CCI, to begin the program. Olaf said, “The pipeline is not a done deal; there are still permits pending, and we are pressuring the Obama administration to revoke permits already issued.” Olaf also pointed out that the ongoing construction has been in violation of conditions that were imposed when the Iowa Utilities board granted Dakota Access permits to build in Iowa. CCI is calling for a halt on construction while the company is not in compliance with the conditions of the permit.

Fallon then introduced Cindy Capolis, a farmer and landowner on the pipeline route who has been arrested twice while protesting. Capolis thanked all the supporters for giving her the encouragement to fight on.

The next Iowan to be introduced was Kim Weaver, who is running for Congress. Weaver, who is running against Steve King, got emotional when she talked about the pipeline going through her family’s land. A teary-eyed Weaver said to the crowd, “My dad told me that the pipeline was going through our family’s farm. It’s no longer being farmed, but I understand that the land is sacred. To the water protector [Floreece Whitebull], I am sorry that we have not kept our promises to you, because this is a fight worth fighting. This is a fight that we cannot stop fighting. It breaks my heart to think that our government is taking private land from people for private profit.” Weaver called her opponent a bad man whom she hopes to dethrone on November 8th, but said her fight pales in comparison to the fight against the pipeline.

Weaver’s was not the only emotional testimony presented at the event. The next speaker, a native woman named Floreece Whitebull, “Number 151,” was arrested at Standing Rock. Whitebull began speaking in her native tongue, and then introduced herself, saying she was given the number 151 when she was arrested last Thursday. She described being put in “dog kennels and being bused out.” She said people were met with military force and removed from ceremonial sweat lodges, elders thrown to the ground. Whitebull said, “We have the divine right to protect our children, and what’s going on is wrong ... It has taken this suffering and the trauma that we are incurring for the world to start realizing what’s happening, and if we have to bear the brunt of that then we will, because it is worth it, our children’s lives and our children’s futures are worth it.”

The next speaker was Mekasi Camp Horinek, the director of Bold Oklahoma. Bold Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and Louisiana are part of the Bold Alliance, a network of states fighting pipelines. Mekasi introduced himself as #4838, the number that was given to him when he was arrested at Standing Rock on Thursday. He called his home state of Oklahoma the pipeline crossing of America and the earthquake capital of the world. Mekasi said that while we are from different territories, we stand together in solidarity. He said he came to Iowa to show his support for all that people are doing to fight the pipeline in Iowa.

Jane Kleeb was the next speaker. Jane wasn’t always an environmentalist. When she formed Bold Nebraska it was to organize Nebraskans around progressive issues that would resonate with mostly conservative farmers. It took a while for a friend of hers to convince her that the Keystone Pipeline was the issue. She attended a community meeting full of angry landowners who were facing having their land seized by eminent domain. Jane had her issue, and they won many battles before finally convincing President Obama to turn down TransCanada’s permits for the Keystone Pipeline. If you remember, the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline was built. They hit a roadblock in Nebraska. After stopping Keystone, Kleeb and other pipeline opponents expanded their fight to stop other pipelines. The Dakota Access Pipeline was one they took aim at when they formed Bold Iowa. It was originally called the Bakkan Pipeline. Bold Iowa, like Bold Nebraska, has targeted organizing farmers and landowners to fight eminent domain. A Nebraska or Iowa farmer may not want to hear about global warming, but they do think the government shouldn’t be allowed to seize their land for use by a private company for profit. On Sunday night, Kleeb told the crowd, “We are all seeds of resistance, and unless we come together and form a strong, united, solid fight against these corporations, they will continue to tear us down … On November 9th, after Secretary Clinton is elected, we have to be in the streets … One thing that Bold is committed to ending is the use of eminent domain for private gain.” Kleeb declared that Bold’s purpose on this planet is to make sure that corporations no longer have that right.

Josh Fox then took the stage to introduce his film and build resistance. Fox spoke about the fact that everywhere he goes people are fighting pipelines. Josh reminded everyone that “neighbor talking to neighbor is more powerful than any corporate interest, is more powerful than any oil company, is more powerful than any pipeline. I have seen that over and over again, when we organize we win, when we say no and we organize and we put our bodies on the line and when we stand up for each other we win … I am so incredibly moved by what is going on at Standing Rock, the energy that was created has gone across the United States and across the world and it has changed the game in what we are doing to resist fossil fuels. It has changed the game in our efforts to stop fracking and tar sands oil and it has shown the world that the fossil fuel industry has no moral standing anymore, that they are brutalizing, racist, and inhuman.” Fox also played his trademark banjo while introducing the film.

The film takes us on a journey to the places hardest hit by climate change. While the stories are gut-wrenching, Fox succeeds at offering hope and showing the incredible spirit of people who should be consumed with bitterness and hate. Remember the quote earlier in the article from Floreece Whitebull, who talked about facing the brunt of the brutality being brought to bear in Standing Rock. In Josh’s inspiring film, that same spirit around the world is highlighted. You can purchase the film on iTunes and Amazon.

As the film was ending, Josh encouraged people to dance along with those dancing on the screen. Climate change, Standing Rock, fracking, pipelines are serious issues, but as Josh captures in his films, we can have fun building community-based resistance. We need to celebrate our victories while we learn from our defeats. We have to continue to support one another, and like Josh said, contribute what we love to the movement and the movement will love us back.



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+6 # RobertMStahl 2016-11-03 15:25
Hooray 4 Water, like OWS!

Truthfully, The Trumper shud be introduced to the extensive progress of R Mill's, notwithstanding , the SunCell (TM) introduced in 2017, changing everything (e.g. no need for hydroelectric).
 
 
+6 # djnova50 2016-11-03 16:24
Josh Fox is a hypocrite when it comes to the environment. If he truly is pro-environment , why would he support Clinton, who is pro-fracking and not very environmentally -friendly, if you look at the big picture.

Joshua of The New Progressive Voice has a response video to Josh Fox's attempt to smear Jill Stein:
https://youtu.be/WKkh3BenDCU
 
 
+5 # Ted 2016-11-03 16:57
And by suggesting Stein should drop out, Josh Fox is also either trying to sabotage the Green Party on every political level or is just plain ignorant of the fact that any given party can NOT, BY LAW, run ANY down-ticket candidates UNLESS they run a presidential candidate. By law.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2016-11-03 20:31
Quoting Ted:
And by suggesting Stein should drop out, Josh Fox is also either trying to sabotage the Green Party on every political level or is just plain ignorant of the fact that any given party can NOT, BY LAW, run ANY down-ticket candidates UNLESS they run a presidential candidate. By law.

- source!

i googled "in order to run a down-ticket candidate, a party has to run a presidential candidate" - and got nada

best of my knowledge - for 30 years bernie has run for office as "progressive party" label

best of my knowledge - not once did bernie run for office when anyone ran for prez as "progressive party" label

i'd like to know how a party starts? - by law? only at the prez level? - i challenge!
 
 
+3 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-03 20:56
Not true Ted...A party could even put another parties candidate on its ballot line...Where are you from Ted? Your state might require it but most do not...
 
 
0 # Lolanne 2016-11-03 17:37
Quoting djnova50:
Josh Fox is a hypocrite when it comes to the environment. If he truly is pro-environment, why would he support Clinton, who is pro-fracking and not very environmentally-friendly, if you look at the big picture. . . .


Because she is a million times better than the alternative, and the reality is we're going to get one or the other of them.
 
 
+5 # Ted 2016-11-03 17:50
No, it is NOT reality that we only had a choice between clinton or trump.

That was an outright lie the establishment media worked VERY hard to convince us of.

It is entirely our own doing that we let the opportunity to carry the torch Bernie lit for us to slip by.
 
 
+11 # Ted 2016-11-03 16:37
Thank You Scott! Terrific article jam-packed with important, TRUTHFUL information!

True Journalism!

But maybe someday someone can explain to me where this absurd notion came from that somehow, magically, clinton and the democratic party can be "changed from within" by applying some mystical "pressure" for her and the party to begin putting the priorities of their constituents above the priorities of their financial benefactors.

If they had any inkling at all to do that, if there was any reason at all to believe they would do that with all that we know about their agenda and their actions so far to achieve that agenda, we wouldn't be having this conversation as we would all be looking forward to at least 4 years of a Bernie presidency.

Sounds like Cognitive Dissonance to me.
 
 
+4 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-03 20:37
Its reality TED...Jane Kleeb is the perfect example...She is now the Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party...Here in Iowa we are working hard to put a Berniecrat in the Chair of our State party. This is how we can take control.

I keep hearing about how it is all of us doubters that are creating the reality of the Green Party not being viable.

Well all the doubters are slowing down the effort to take over the Democratic Party. Bernie has made it made it a lot more likely that progressives can take over the Democratic Party that it will be for the Greens to become viable.
 
 
+2 # CTPatriot 2016-11-03 21:40
Whatever, Scott. And Nader voters caused Gore to lose too, right?

Enjoy your pipe dreams. Taking over the Democratic Party and passing progressive reforms worked oh so well under Obama. Looking forward to your articles in 4 years telling us all how we have to vote for Hillary again even though she's done none of what we demanded because "Hitler" and because this time she'll listen to us because she doesn't have to run again in 4 years. Been there done that.

Do you even read the WikiLeaks emails and have a clue about how the power structure in the Democratic Party screws us over at every turn?
 
 
+4 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-03 22:23
No...Bush stole Florida and I voted for Nader in California...

We need to clean house...the establishment isn't going to give up without a fight...

They didn't succeed in their first attempt either...Jesse Jackson spoiled their plans and got more delegates on super Tuesday than their golden boy, Al Gore. Dukakis got the nomination...Cl inton succeeded 4 years later and that is when the corporate takeover took root.

Bernie has given us an opening...they used the mechanisms to stop us short, but we can build on the momentum.
 
 
+5 # lfeuille 2016-11-03 23:52
Scott, you said doubters are slowing down the effort to take over the party. I believe that parties can be changed from within. It has happened before. But to reform the Dem. Party now means to de-Clintonize it. How do you do that will a Clinton as head of the party. She won't go along with anything that diminishes her power. That is the source of my doubt. I think it's great you working to take over the Iowa party, but it can be crushed from above.
 
 
+1 # CTPatriot 2016-11-05 08:56
I respect your stance and reply, Scott. I have to agree with lfeuille as far as your strategic choice. I'll be the first to congratulate you if it works, but having observed the DNC corruption and misuse of power that's come out thanks to WikiLeaks, it strikes me as mission impossible if you help to entrench Hillary at the top of the pyramid.
 
 
+3 # Ted 2016-11-03 22:11
Sorry Scott, I (we) have been betrayed too deeply and too long by the top dogs of the dem party, over and over, to even consider throwing my lot in with them.

Don't misunderstand me, I signed that petition before this article hit. I have dug deep to support numerous "our revolution" candidates like Feingold, Teachout, and others. But I'm afraid you're setting yourself up for disappointment in the long run.

Besides, a viable third party is very much wanted by most Americans and needed by us if we will ever have any chance of breaking the stranglehold of the corporatocracy. A strong, unapologetic, no compromise stand, plan, and policy to confront our ecological and social situation is an absolute must right now.

I understand, you believe you found a comfortable and rightous way out of the fight. Sorry to tell you but I think you'll find it's a trap. They're good at that. Ask Bernie.
 
 
+3 # Patriot 2016-11-04 21:16
Scott, the one problem I have with Senator Sander's direction is that we wouldn't BE in this mess if the Dems & Repubs hadn't worked so hard to destroy any chance of a third party for so many years. What we have left is a tug-of-war between two groups of corrupt politicians who have sold their souls to the oligarchy.

I've supported all 13 candidates and all 6 measures that Our Revolution has backed--but I will NOT support Clinton or the Dems, nor any Repub, because all of them have cheated us of honest elections, solely to feather their own nests.

I'm voting for Jill Stein, who hasn't prostituted herself to money, and whose platform is even more Progressive than Sanders' was.

Clinton fought tooth and nail against the platform Sanders managed to foist off on the Dem Party--but I don't expect to see one damned bit of it enacted by either Clinton or, God forbide he should win, Trump--and you're a gullible fool if you do. In the past 16 years I'll bet I've signed thousands of petitions and written thousands of letters, fighting for a progressive government. Clinton already has on asbestos-lined boots; if elected, she won't even HEAR our protests when she negates every single bit of the platform.

I repeat, I'm voting for the government I WANT: Jill Stein and the Green Party Platform.
 
 
-2 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-04 21:53
Patriot,

You are right the Dems and Republicans rigged the system in their favor. Only way we un-rig the system is take one of those parties over and change the rules...I tried the Green Party route and realized it was not the most effective way to get things done...

We have momentum with Bernie, we should not throw it away...
 
 
+1 # CTPatriot 2016-11-05 09:09
I believe that Bernie's momentum would have been put to better use had he and his supporters thrown in with the Green Party after the DNC rigged the primary and screwed him. While I realize that would have neutralized him in the Senate, it would have kept the movement strong, together and possibly created enough momentum to make the Green Party viable in 2020 if not the current election.

You never had an opportunity to exponentially grow the Green party like this before. It was a golden opportunity.

Instead the progressive movement is now completely fractured between those who feel as you do and those who are done with trying to reform the Democratic Party and wouldn't vote for Hillary if you waterboarded them. And we now have a top-down grassroots organization that's run by Clinton operatives and professional campaign consultants that so far appears to be incapable of leading an actual political revolution.

So ya I don't see much hope here nor do I see where the direction that Bernie chose does anything other than stifle the momentum we had. Hope to be proven wrong. History suggests I won't be.
 
 
+8 # Vardoz 2016-11-03 17:00
One way to send a strong message to HRC is to vote for Jill Stein letting HRC know that there is a large constituency of voters who are for an emergency Green New Deal and an end to using tar sands oil that is a Jane Mayer wrote in the New Yorker, is game over for the planet. Hope is the champion of success. Spread the word!!!
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2016-11-03 19:08
Quoting Vardoz:
One way to send a strong message to HRC is to vote for Jill Stein letting HRC know that there is a large constituency of voters who are for an emergency Green New Deal and an end to using tar sands oil that is a Jane Mayer wrote in the New Yorker, is game over for the planet. Hope is the champion of success. Spread the word!!!

- if hill does not get elected there is nothing she can do about anything - think about it
 
 
+5 # AshamedAmerican 2016-11-03 19:43
Given her record, it would be best if there would be "nothing she can do about anything".
 
 
-3 # Robbee 2016-11-03 19:48
Quoting Robbee:
Quoting Vardoz:
One way to send a strong message to HRC is to vote for Jill Stein letting HRC know that there is a large constituency of voters who are for an emergency Green New Deal and an end to using tar sands oil that is a Jane Mayer wrote in the New Yorker, is game over for the planet. Hope is the champion of success. Spread the word!!!

- if hill does not get elected there is nothing she can do about anything - think about it

- i am a member of our revolution - i refused to sign this petition addressed to hill before the election - and - when he asked a second time - wrote jeff stating the basis of my objection -

the natural outcome of our revolution's petition to an electable progressive running against an unelectable progressive is cut into the votes of the electable one - and to promote - as if this were a viable strategy - voting for the unelectable progressive - and thereby electing a conservative

i am gravely disappointed that our revolution runs away from bernie and his fight to elect an electable progressive

evidently jeff is not up to his job running our revolution - i hate to think that bernie may have approved this nonsense - passion is the enemy of precision - hill holds no office - obama is the prez - any petition should have been addressed to obama

for the time being our revolution is our anchor - in the future our revolution needs better leadership - i am robbee - and i approve this message
 
 
+6 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-03 20:40
What are you talking about? The Standing Rock Petition? Bernie is calling for Hillary to get off the fence too...
 
 
-4 # Robbee 2016-11-04 10:10
Quoting Scott Galindez:
What are you talking about? The Standing Rock Petition? Bernie is calling for Hillary to get off the fence too...

- that's exactly what i'm talking about - passion is the enemy of precision - what chance do standing rock folks have with rump? - none - how many folks has our revolution just discouraged from voting hill? - if it's one it's one too many!

vardoz says voting jillie "sends a strong message to HRC" - this is the natural consequence of bernie - if he does - calling out hill B E F O R E an election - bernie gets progressives voting jillie - i hate to think bernie is involved - rump doesn't need anymore protest votes thrown away to his benefit - he has way too many right here on rsn - our revolution has taken its eye off the prize - it lacks one week of revolutionary discipline - during perhaps the worst week to lack revolutionary discipline

our revolution doesn't have the leadership it takes to win an election - sorry!

promoting jillie - a/k/a promoting rump - during the week before an election is plain stupid - you can tell jeff - robbee said so - sorry!
 
 
-2 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-04 21:57
How did Our Revolution promote Jill? Bernie is doing 3 rallies a day for Hillary....Our Revolution is standing up for Standing Rock, not promoting Jill Stein.
 
 
+5 # lfeuille 2016-11-03 23:36
Yes, what are you talking about. Are you saying that HRC is the electable progressive? She may be electable, barely, but she is not progressive.
 
 
-5 # Robbee 2016-11-04 10:13
Quoting lfeuille:
Yes, what are you talking about. Are you saying that HRC is the electable progressive? She may be electable, barely, but she is not progressive.

- see what i mean? scott? - weak minds here on rsn don't know a progressive from a conservative!
 
 
+2 # Patriot 2016-11-04 21:22
We certainly know a progressive from a liar, cheat, and Demopublican!
 
 
+1 # CTPatriot 2016-11-05 09:15
Oh I think we know a progressive when we see one. And Hillary is not a progressive no matter how delusional you may be. If I had to define her it would be "right of center establishment liberal with neoliberal economic policies and neocon foreign policies". Her only progressive inklings as I see it are on social issues, and even there she wasn't progressive until it was politically safe to do so.
 
 
+9 # AshamedAmerican 2016-11-03 19:36
Clinton:
"We received a letter today from representatives of the tribes protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. From the beginning of this campaign, Secretary Clinton has been clear that she thinks all voices should be heard and all views considered in federal infrastructure projects. Now, all of the parties involved—includ ing the federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes—need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest. As that happens, it’s important that on the ground in North Dakota, everyone respects demonstrators’ rights to protest peacefully, and workers’ rights to do their jobs safely".

We already know that she governs for the 1% at the expense of The People. She supports our every murderous and expensive war and coup, fascist trade agreement, fracking and corrupt election officials. So it is a safe assumption that she supports those profiting from the further destruction of the environment and people in this case too.

It is true that Clinton says very little about the issue. But she says enough to tell us what we need to know.

She calls it a "federal infrastructure project". In reality it is a private for-profit venture. Her choice of words imply that she considers it to be something that will, or something she wants people to think will, benefit the country.

continued
 
 
+13 # AshamedAmerican 2016-11-03 19:41
She lists the interested parties as being the "federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes". In doing so, she obscures the interests of the farmers and landowners as well as environmentalis ts, especially those concerned with clean water and/or climate change. Her words imply that it is only the "tribes" whose interests are in opposition to the pipeline. And given the history of our government and its genocidal past against the natives, some readers might perceive that those interests are trivial. Traditionally, their lands, sovereignty, way of life, and even their lives don't amount to much compared to the "broadest public interest"/ manifest destiny.

She speaks out for the tribes' right to protest. But she is equally adamant about the workers' rights, which implies that they should be working to build the pipeline. Further, including "safely" in that sentence reinforces the fiction that the protesters/ tribes are a threat to the workers' safety, which in turn excuses the violence of the authorities.

HRC's public policy says very little, but her implied private policy says more than enough.
 
 
+2 # Patriot 2016-11-04 21:23
BRAVO!! Beautifully done!
 
 
+2 # AshamedAmerican 2016-11-04 23:15
Thank you patriot, for this and all that you do.
 
 
+2 # Patriot 2016-11-05 03:06
Gee. Thank you for the compliment.
 
 
0 # AshamedAmerican 2016-11-05 09:11
Hi Patriot. It wasn't much of a compliment. I was just thanking you. You are among dozens of people here that I have tremendous respect for. I see you here as much as approximately anyone. You are very passionate, and yet you remain relevant and logical consistently. You look out for both ends of RSN by asking readers to donate, while trying to improve Mr. Ash's standards at the same time. As you mentioned above: you "supported all 13 candidates and all 6 measures". I doubt I could keep up with you under any circumstances. You are a very admirable person.
 

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