This afternoon in west central Missouri, just across the street:
There are now over 220,000 deaths from the pandemic because he knew but didn’t (and still hasn’t) created or followed a plan. Masks anyone? Check.
He’s gone to the Supreme Court to remove protections for pre-existing medical conditions. You all realize that the millions of Americans who have contracted COVID-19 now have a pre-existing condition? Check.
Donald Trump paid $750 in federal taxes. Small check.
He spent around $135,000.00 to pay off a porn star for services while he was married to his third wife. Family values? Check.
Immigrants seeking asylum with their children – legally – separated at the border from their children who were placed and held in cages. Now we just learn that over 500 of those children will probably never be united with their parents – because of the cruelty and incompetence of Donald Trump and his administration. You good with that? Check.
Grift? Cruelty? Misogyny? Check.
2020 has not been a good year. Is that keeping America great? Just asking. Check.
We could go in in this vein – it’s a really long list.
Then this thing about praying for America. Is it prayer from one denomination only? Are others welcome to do so, or is it an exclusive club? Just asking. Because you know, there are Wiccans, and Jews, and Muslims, and Buddhists, and more in America. And Athiests.
And then that little bit of projection. Is that in response to the signs in my yard? The ones, you know, that just indicate support for candidates. Cults do that – their true believers consider support for another candidate an unforgiveable insult to their cult leader and they must respond in kind.
There was a Trump yard sign across the street in 2016. We’ve never bothered to meet them. We never will.
The Missouri State Democratic Party has been sending teams out across the state to resupply county committees with yard signs, 4×4 signs, and 4 x 8 signs. This afternoon one such team made a delivery in Warrensburg.
Overnight someone removed the Biden/Harris yard sign from our front yard. We acquired a 4×4 replacement this afternoon. It’ll go up on steel fence posts tomorrow morning.
By the way, in Missouri stealing political yard signs is a Class 4 Election Offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500.00 fine.
We mark all of our yard signs in permanent marker with “Stolen from [address]”. You steal our signs, don’t hang on to them. You don’t want to get caught with stolen property.
115.637. Class four election offenses. — The following offenses, and any others specifically so described by law, shall be class four election offenses and are deemed misdemeanors not connected with the exercise of the right of suffrage. Conviction for any of these offenses shall be punished by imprisonment of not more than one year or by a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars or by both such imprisonment and fine:
(19) Stealing or willfully defacing, mutilating, or destroying any campaign yard sign on private property, except that this subdivision shall not be construed to interfere with the right of any private property owner to take any action with regard to campaign yard signs on the owner’s property and this subdivision shall not be construed to interfere with the right of any candidate, or the candidate’s designee, to remove the candidate’s campaign yard sign from the owner’s private property after the election day.
It ain’t worth all the effort.
Yesterday, from Lindsey Simmons (D):
“The political-industrial complex thrives on the politics of big money. Everywhere you turn people want you to pay money for polling, phone number lists, media advertising, filmmaking, scriptwriting. All with a pitch on how their product helps you win.
The key to winning is simple—earn the most votes. But money doesn’t vote—people do. When a billionaire and a working person cast their vote, it counts the same. That’s why outreach to every single voter—regardless of their zip code matters.
That’s what the #MO04GravelTravel road trip is about. I’m visiting every single community. Today, I did town halls in California and Sedalia. But I also visited a small Missouri town, population 200+ that didn’t have a single paved road, where the average income was $12,000.
My plan was just to reach out to these voters with a contactless literature drop. But then, I saw some incredible things—one house in town decorated in Biden signs—surrounded by Trump signs on all sides. People will tell you “signs don’t vote.” Of course they don’t. But people see those signs. They see that someone else is a Democrat when they thought themselves alone. People respond to the signs. Motivated to plant their own. Inspired to vote because if their rural town has three Democrats and you make four—well, you might make the difference.
So I changed my plans slightly. I pulled over at the Dollar General in Urich and bought some pens and lined sticky notes. Every single time I saw any Democrat sign—Biden, Nicole, Yinka, Betteridge, Williams, Chesney, Kinney, or myself—I handwrote a message thanking them for doing that work.
Because out here our signs are stolen. They’re shot. They’re torn. They’re burnt in our front yards. But these folks do it anyway. And when they stand firm it gives others permission to do the same. Mark my words—we will never win back each of our communities if more people don’t feel comfortable stepping forward and identifying as a Democrat.
The first step is letting people know they aren’t alone. Each sign is a beacon of hope—signaling that people who value healthcare for all, public education, unions, women, racial justice, family farms, environmental policy and democracy live here, too.
So many of you are doing that work right now. Your courage and persistence in the face of intolerance and hate cannot be diminished. You are doing good, powerful work. I see you in Calhoun. I see you in Holden. I see you in Deepwater. I see you in Green Ridge. I see you in Tipton. I see you in Fortuna.
I see you.
And you have my heartfelt thanks.”
This morning in western Johnson County:
The irony escapes them. All $130,000.00 of it.
Jackson County, Missouri COVID-19 statistics:
The price of gross incompetence.
Cheerleading that incompetence this morning in eastern Jackson County:
Don’t waste your time or your breath.