The Daily Vigil 7/18/17: The Eyes (Don’t) Have It
No Puns, Just Good News: Between John McCain being out of commission because of his blood clot surgery, and another two Republican Senators dropping out of the “Yes” column because of various reasons (including ‘the bill isn’t horrible enough’), it appears as though the BCRA is dead. Meanwhile, Trump is off tweeting in fantasy land, assuring his party that they should just torch the ACA without a replacement, and that the Democrats would help them do so…?
Wait, I’m told we have a live feed of the response to this tweet, can we cut to the crowd?
Yep, about what I thought.
The BCRA is dead and we killed it, guys. This is an amazing moment for the Resistance, who made the issue so toxic as to send the GOP skittering for excuses not to support it. This has been Mitch McConnell’s plan seven years in the making, and through months and months of concentrated activism, we’ve ruined his chances of passing this abomination. So! Should we stop calling about it, now that he lacks the votes?
FUCK no! Why would you stop calling? Keep calling about it! Call your Senators and Representatives, tell them you’re glad to see the BCRA withering on the vine, and tell them you never want to see another bill like it again! Tell them what we do want to see- Universal Health Care! My favorite is Medicare for All, but I’m always open to debate about the specifics. Regardless what your preferred form of UHC is, its more important now than ever to reinforce the message that if they take our health care, we take their jobs.
A Reverse Robin Hood: Do you know what civil asset forfeiture is? Essentially, if the police suspect you’re involved in something criminal, they can come and take your stuff. This includes your money, your property, pretty much whatever they feel like relieving you of- all before you’re convicted of anything. Sound bogus? It is! And it’s just another way that piece of shit autocrats like Jeff Sessions pay for their police forces when the GOP slashes the taxes to pay for them correctly. Speaking of whom, Sessions is trying to expand who he can steal from. And you can bet your bottom dollar that this sort of thing is going to be used to target the people who usually find it much harder to get their assets back; the poor, and people of color. Why am I so sure about this? Because Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas agrees.
Usually, Thomas doesn’t speak a single word that lines up with what we here at DL think is right. However, we give credit where it’s due; Thomas had this to say about civil asset forfeiture:
“These forfeiture operations frequently target the poor and other groups least able to defend their interests in forfeiture proceedings,” [Thomas] observed. “Perversely, these same groups are often the most burdened by forfeiture. They are more likely to use cash than alternative forms of payment, like credit cards, which may be less susceptible to forfeiture. And they are more likely to suffer in their daily lives while they litigate for the return of a critical item of property, such as a car or a home.”
So if you’re looking for another issue to start warming up on in the wake of our health care victories, consider learning about CAF. Its an issue that impacts our most vulnerable neighbors and stands as a crushing rebuke to any who think that our justice system is serving the people equally.