Resistance Letter #41



OUR MISSION: Rebuild and maintain a progressive majority in every level of government – federal, state and local.


February 6, 2018
Day 382 of 1461 days

Dear Co-defendants –


Town Hall

Senator Wyden cancelled his last town hall two weeks ago due to the demands of the senate. He has rescheduled a local Town Hall for this weekend, Super Bowl Sunday! But, fear not, the event starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 1:30 PM, so there is time for the meet and the Super Bowl. Be at Century High School, 2000 SE Century Blvd in Hillsborough to let him know your concerns and to support his progressive actions representing us in Congress. All members should plan on showing up for these meetings. Indolence supports Trump.


Nunes  Meh-morandum

After a week of suspense and hyperbolic hype, the Nunes memo finally showed up and , to quote Republican Strategist Rick Wilson, it is like a ‘fart in a hurricane.’ Shakespeare might have said it was ‘a tale told by an idiot. full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ The whole exercise was meant to discredit, even further, Trump’s own DOJ and FBI and, of course, the Mueller investigation. It has not had much effect or support except among the true-red Trumpians in Congress and out. Even the departing Tre Gowdy, he of the anti-Hillary Behghazi investigations, described it as meaningless and said it ‘does not discredit the Mueller investigation in  any way.’

The Democratic response to this Nunes/White House effort may come out Monday next, depending on whether Paul Ryan wishes it to see the light of day. It is likely that Ryan, the self-proclaimed champion of transparency, will be forced to okay its release.


February 8, 2018

Yes, that date is next Thursday, and that is the date when, once again, the government will flirt with a shut-down.  If there has been any progress made on the budget itself, or on its entangled problem of DACA, that progress is being overshadowed by the shenanigans of Trump and Nunes. There is some rumor of an additional $3B being added to the budget (all unfunded, of course!), roughly half going to the DOD and the other half to Democratic-favored social programs. The idea of adding another unfunded $3B to the deficit and, therefore the debt, does not please the Freedom Caucus wing of the House Republicans, but neither do these short-term solutions please that same caucus. They find themselves, as does the entire nation nowadays, between the rock and the hard place.

Congress has three legislative days to untie this knot.


Voter Registration and Getting out the Vote (GOTV)

These two pedestrian and banal activities will decide our success or failure in the upcoming elections. It really is as simple as that. Virginia in 2017 webt as well as it did because there were an additional 300,000 voters over the 2015 election turnout. In Virginia, every contesting Republican got more votes in 2017 than in 2015, so there was no sharp falloff in Trunpian support., The extra 300,000 voters turned the trick.

In the presidential election of 2016, an astounding 91 million voters failed to turn out and vote.  Trump won with 68 million votes and Clinton lost with 71 million votes. So, the non-voters, the I-can’t-get-off-my-dead-ass part of the population, really won the2016 election.

It is our job to get these non-participants registered and voting next November. Indivisible Cedar Mill will start a program next Month to do just that, with California districts in mind. We can do a lot with phones and texts to help this effort, and we will. Watch for details at our next meeting on February 12, 2018 and in our next Resistance Letter.



Call Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Suzanne Bonamici to urge them hang in there and  to support DACA without giving Trump funds for a border wall. In fact, tell them that a border wall is a non-starter. And thank them all for their unfailing support of our progressive causes. We are fortunate to have these three representing us in Congress.

Senator Ron Wyden – 202-224-5244

Senator Jeff Merkley – 202-224-3753

Representative Suzanne Bonamici – 202-225-0855



The meeting is set for Monday, February 12, at 1750 NW 131st, 97229. Doors open at 6:30PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM.  Refreshments, both adult and juvenile will be provided along with a few tasty snacks.

L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!

Thank you.

John Fox