Today millions of Americans are voting in the U.S. mid-term elections, widely seen as a nation-wide referendum on the Trump administration. Congressional seats, including representatives and Senators across the country, will be chosen, as well as mayors, governors and many local positions, and issues.
Face Activities encourages all of our users and site’s visitors to get out and vote today. Please don’t skip this important activity: it’s crucial to make your voice count in the electoral process. It’s too easy to give in to feelings of powerlessness, or apathy. But voting is the life’s blood of our democracy, and the more people who vote, the stronger our democracy becomes.
The Democrats are hoping to recapture the House of Representatives, at best, or at least strengthen their numbers in both the House and the Senate. A stronger position in Congress will mean a more effective opposition to Trump Administration policies. Of course, republicans are attempting to block this, and strengthen their control of congress.
Over the last few days President Trump has seemingly ignored the advice of his advisors, who recommended messaging about the strength of the economy, in favor of strong anti-immigration rhetoric that’s bound to appeal to his base but offend the sensibilities of less politically extreme swing voters and more main stream republicans, while insensing liberal democrats and progressives.
Trump has frequently referred to the immigrant caravan of desperate refugees headed towards the southern U.S. border, triggering fears that they are a dangerous invading force in the eyes of his more xenophobic followers. Trump has attempted to send thousands of U.S. military troops to the southern border.
Donald Trump Jr. was even accused of dog whistling to alt right and Neo Nazi Groups, using the number “88” (a significant white supremacist symbol) in a speech, disguised as an inaccurate percentage when ostensibly discussing voting records in the Senate.
The nation’s political parties are playing for keeps. The results of the mid term elections will either strengthen or weaken the ability of the Trump administration to govern. What ever your political stand, it’s time to go to the polls to vote, and let your voice be heard.
The management team of Face Activities extends our sympathies to the victims of the horrific Synogogue mass-casualty event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 innocent people lost their lives, and the tragic shooting incident at a Kroger in Kentucky, where two African Americans lost their lives.
These despicable crimes are outrages, and part of the same week of hate which also included 14 attempted bombings by a deranged Trump supporter. The degree of hatred and the lack of empathy required to commit such acts is truly shocking.
Following a confirmation process that was among the most controversial in American History, Judge Brett Cavanaugh was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
President Trump spoke in the minutes before the actual swearing in, insisting that, during the confirmation process, judge Cavanaugh had been “proven innocent,” of sexual misconduct claims during the hearings and limited FBI investigation. This was an extraordinary and illogical claim, but not unusual for the President, who is known for his mistruths and lies.
After the swearing in, the newly minted Justice, with his proud wife and daughters beaming by his side, delivered his own speech in which he thanked conservative republican law makers by name for helping him achieve his confirmation.
Will Justice Cavanaugh ever live down the sexual assault allegations levied by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified on the matter before congress.
The Senate hearing to investigate Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was a great disappointment and bordered on farce. While Dr. Ford’s comportment was dignified, and she seemed to do her best to answer questions in a direct, helpful and open way, despite the great difficulty of the subject matter at hand, Judge Kavanaugh was frequently evasive, arrogant and combative during his testimony. In fact, his combative manner mimicked that of President Trump, known to launch into attack mode when challenged.
The fiasco was reminiscent of the Clarence Thomas / Anita Hill hearings, which polarized the nation 25 years ago. Thomas was also belligerent and angry, and decried the hearing by calling it a “high tech lynching,” in a histrionic slam that’s now infamous. It’s interesting to note that Kavanaugh, who mocked some democratic Senators by asking them their own questions in a mocking tone, apparently took a page from Clarence Thomas’s playbook in this regard.
Kavanaugh went as far as to invoke ridiculous conspiracy theories about political payback from Clinton supporters to explain away the allegations, which he vociferously denied, but offered no evidence to back up these outrageous claims. This extreme behavior, undignified for a high ranking justice, is also oddly reminiscent of a President Trump’s modus operandi.
During the entire process, which took the entire day, the Senate’s republican leadership seemed more interested in presenting the illusion of due process while rushing towards a confirmation vote (still scheduled for tomorrow despite strong objections from democrats, who repeatedly called for an FBI investigation of the allegations of sexual assault, only to be ignored.)
It appears that Judge Kavanaugh will likely prevail after the vote and join the Supreme Court: Republicans, who control the Senate, simply outnumber Democrats. But what kind of justice will he be? Even without considering the sexual assault allegation, the hearing exposed a serious character flaw: a tendency to evade and obfuscate the truth, like his denials of extensive teenaged drunkenness despite evidence to the contrary. Will the aggressive, belligerent manner he demonstrated during this hearing materialize during heated deliberations in the Supreme Court, the natiion’s highest deliberative body?
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