The Midterm elections are upon us. We must organize ourselves on social media as aware and informed Americans. We cannot have a repeat of the 2016 campaign where disinformation and online bullying sapped our spirit and momentum and where media outlets presented biased “news” without push back.
We have to act. We have to act in concert. We have to counter false narratives, expose liars and present accurate information.
This plea is directed to anyone whose goal is to replace the Republican Congress and state offices with can-do, electable candidates.
How can you help?
Choose one or two of the categories below to monitor and report. Invite verified friends to join you in your effort. Be committed and consistent in your activity. Stay focused!
Twitter Marshal Categories with Hashtags
Countering Disinformation: Expose false narratives by media outlets, disinformation campaigns by hostile agents. When possible, counter myth with fact. #Disinfo
Bot Blockers: Identify, report and block bots. #BotBuster
Troll Patrol: Identify, report and block trolls. Start with your Followers. Many are embedded from the mass #FBR recruitments. #TrollPatrol
Authoritarian Watch: Be a guardian of democracy. #Guardians
Breaking News/News Tips: Report verifiable news as it emerges; provide news tips to credible news outlets and journalists. Shape the narrative and influence the media. #Breaking
The Mueller Investigation: Report on progress and new avenues of investigation. Keep to the facts. Keep watch on efforts to disempower the investigation. #Mueller #SpecialCounsel #RussiaGate #KremlinGate
The Democrats / Republicans / Congress: Track comments and activity by current members of Congress. #CongressWatch
Just a few days ago, Emmanuel Macron, the president of the French Republic, appealed to America. His speech before Congress was more than an eloquent affront to Donald Trump. It was a paean to shared heroes, a noble stretch of memory that touched again and again on the first American Revolution. This was more than a respite from the muck and lies that emit from the cavern of the Trump regime. His words were more than a litany of feel-good moments, articulate sounds and reminders of the special bond between our two republics.
Emmanuel Macron spoke to me. He reminded me of all that I cherish and all that I assume – liberty, humanity, literature, science – the elements of civilization. Macron embraced all. As a member of the resistance, I felt his embrace, his plea and his camaraderie.
There’s a gecko in my home, scurrying behind packaged food, racing up a window pane, frightened by my pounding presence. The little immigrant appears next night on a wall of the laundry room, wings between its jaws, meat in its teeth.
In a world of geometry and hard spaces, it flirts and bends on rubbery pads. Silent and quick, it seeks the surplus of my old home, bugs and sediment, the hidden life. It has a single agenda: survival in a strange land.
What is happening in Trump’s America isn’t about principles or policy or party. It is far deeper than partisanship. This is parasitism.
Donald Trump is the parasite, eating away at the marrow of the Republican Party, devouring the stanchions of its history, bleeding its conservative ideals and condemning its representatives to the dung heap of history.
So the parasite gorges on its host, spewing out the Grand Old Party in a pile of excrement. Members insert themselves in the maws of the parasite, lose their vitality, exhibit all the signs of pending death.
However, there’s something important to understand about this parasitic relationship. Without a host, the parasite ceases to exist.