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Concerted effort to retain Al?

Okay, so I read the reply saying that staying or leaving is Al's decision. I agree entirely, but we are also free to make our wishes known to him and to the Democratic senators who called for resignation. We are free to do all we can to retain an outstanding senator who is willing to speak truth to power. A democratically elected Senator has been driven out without a fair hearing and many of us are outraged over the loss AND THE INJUSTICE! If Senator Franken still chooses to leave his job that is his decision and it is worthy of respect, but we have a right to voice our wishes. I may be naive, but maybe a great outpouring of public support will impact his decision. Maybe a great outpouring of public opposition and loss of support will sway the Senators who called for his resignation.

Where I am going with is: Would it make sense to initiate an online petition or an event to pressure the Senators to reconsider their rush to judgment or perhaps a call for people to show up en masse at the offices of the senators who demanded resignation. Afterall, the MSM is starting to come around to the Roger Stone/Swiftboating/framing aspect of the issue.

I am not prescribing any particular action, but am throwing the idea out for feedback. Franken's resignation has left me feeling uniquely deflated both because we need Franken and it because it sets a horrible precedent that I would like to see reversed.

Please share thoughts and ideas. I am inclined to at least try to do something about it. And yes, I have written and called and will continue to do so, but I think this is a big enough to consider concerted resistance.

When I was around 18 or 19 I was visiting with a friend who was living with people who considered themselves communists. That virtue of claiming that label aside, I remember talking to one of them about whether trying to work for change is worth it. In other words, can we have an impact or is it useless? Not the way I muse about change these days, but that was then. Anyway, he said something that I still remember: The issue is not only what impact we will have, but also what we will allow to occur without speaking out. I know there are lots of derivations on this theme and many ways to say it, but the way he said it those 40 years ago has stuck with me and remained a touchstone to this day.
Posted by CommonHumanity | Fri Dec 8, 2017, 11:27 PM (0 replies)
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