And PenceWatch.US Was Born

Our vision for our country is one in which everybody has the very real opportunity to be a part of the American Dream—to be able to live a little better than our parents did through honest, hard work and contribution. We believe in an expanding middle class, not one that is being devoured by billionaires who are paying less in taxes while at the same time putting the tax dollars from hard-working Americans into their private bank accounts as they privatize the public commons.

The Trump/Pence ticket promised to drain the swamp but is doing exactly the opposite. PenceWatch was born because we simply want a nation that offers hope for the next generation.

Why Mike Pence

Slowly, slowly, it sunk in. We elected Mr. Trump—a liar, a diplomatic ignoramus, a man who doesn’t (can’t?) read, a man who rather than draining the swamp, filled it with the dregs of extremism and incompetence.

But we also elected his running mate, Mr. Mike Pence, former senator from and governor of Indiana. You know, the man who will take over the Oval if (when?) Mr. Trump is deemed unfit or resigns or has a massive fast-food-induced stroke.

So who even is this guy, Mike Pence?

He’s a man who, in the great Pussygrab1 of 2016, appears calm and normal, but he wants you to be free to try and electroshock the gay out of your child.

He’s a man who, when standing beside Donald Trump, appears stable, religious, conservative . . . godly. He’s anybody’s Baptist Uncle, except he isn’t Baptist. He certainly isn’t godly.

He claims to be a Christian first and foremost, then a conservative, then a Republican. But what does that mean?

He’s an agenda-driven politician diligently and quietly working to achieve his extremist agenda while Mr. Trump distracts the world with his dangerous buffoonery.

So here we are. Watching Mr. Pence because he might become President Pence, and he’s far more ideologically right-wing than his boss.

Donald Trump has no center, no fixed star. Mr. Pence does, and that’s what causes us great concern.


  1. Yes, it’s offensive. And we want it to stay that way! 

Meet the Authors

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Sharon Hambrick, Senior Writer

Sharon Hambrick grew up in Fundamentalist Christianity and still “defaults” Fundy much of the time, to her own consternation. A licensed California lawyer, mother of five, wife of one, writer, inveterate road-tripper, and burgeoning feminist Democrat, Sharon wept away November 9, but woke up on November 10 determined to do something. When the idea of a Pence Watch was presented to her, she eagerly hopped on board.

 

 


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Steve Krodman

Steve Krodman spent his formative years in Massapequa, New York, a town that was also the home of Jerry Seinfeld, the Baldwin brothers, Carmine Gambino, and Joey Buttafuoco. He studied chemical engineering at Princeton University, receiving his BSE degree in 1974. Retired after toiling thirty-four years in the Great Corporate Salt Mine, he lives in the steaming suburbs of Atlanta with his wife and cats. Politically, he considers himself an old-school centrist… an endangered species in these days of highly polarized political discourse.

 

 


Tim Tyson was born at the end of the post-world war baby boom, was a child of the ’60’s, a teenager during the Vietnam War, and a young man when economics reportedly began to trickle down. Now, six decades under the expanding belt, he lives in a post-truth world: science and truth are just a passé inconvenience studied in last-century university. He reaches for his smartphone in a dumbworld to take a stupidselfie. [Fake camera sound] Oh! Well, that will never do! What’s that app that removes wrinkles and blemishes? Never mind. He doesn’t have to remember. He just asks Siri… He’s a post-truther now! I’m just saying: he’s got questions. Real questions. And someone really needs to look into this, really look into this… That’s all I’m saying.

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Democracy: Advocacy Resources

We find these links worthy of note.

• A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

Yale Prof 20 Point guide Screenshot

This is a practical, easy-to-understand article that just makes a lot of sense. Author Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and the author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder offers suggestion we would all do well to follow even under the best of times.


• Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda (online version) or
• Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda (download pdf)

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. The 4 chapters include:

  1. How Grassroots Advocacy Worked to Stop Obama
  2. How Your Member of Congress Thinks, and How to Use That to Save Democracy
  3. Organize a Local Group to Fight for Your Congressional District
  4. Four Local Advocacy Tactics That Actually Work

• Your Senators’ Contact Information (official site)
• Your House Representative’s Contact Information (official site)

capitol lawnThese two official government sites for the Senate and Congress provide you with email and phone contact information for your representatives. Just simply look them up by state or zip code. Before using this resource, we recommend reading the Indivisible resource linked above.


• Grab Your Wallet

credit squeeze - CC0-PixabayPerhaps one of the most effective ways to persuade is to pay careful attention to where you spend your money. This site provides a list of companies that carry the Trump brand. They also list when the document was updated.

We also suggest taking just a moment to let businesses know about your purchasing decisions, especially when you choose not to shop with them and why.


• In the Age of Trump, Resistance Movements Have to Get Offline

Resistance OfflineYou know all of those “Sign this petition…” and “Tell them you will not put up with…” surveys you see in your timeline. All those do is give Facebook a way to make more money. They do nothing to support your cause. This is a good read about getting off line and getting into the action, the real action!


• Donate to/Join the American Civil Liberties Union

The 3 branches of government were designed to hold one another in check in situations exactly like what is going on today with Trump. But the Congress is letting Trump and Pence do anything they want at the moment. The only force that remains to hold them in check as they run roughshod over the Constitution are the courts. Supporting the ACLU provides funding for litigation to protect us and curb government otherwise run amuck. We have already seen it work. Consider supporting the ACLU.


Our Most Important Founding Documents: Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (national Archives)

ConstitutionThese documents are just paper. They each only live and breath in us when we defend them and the noble legacy of their gift.

Know what they say.