A letter, in full, from Hal Gazaway of the Bartlett Democratic Club in Anchorage, to the membership of the club is below, announcing that while there will be no meeting this week, due to the holiday, the fight against President Donald Trump must go on.
Cliff Notes: Gazaway has some things to say about the founding of our country (throwing off tyrants), likens our current national and state Republican leadership to aforementioned tyrants, and then uses his Independence Day message to tell his membership to “take out Don Young,” impeach the president, oppose any replacement to Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, and demand a state income tax:
Dear fellow Bartlett Club Supporters;
This day celebrates the day, 242 years ago, representatives from the American colonies, assembled in the name of the people, to declare the American colonies free and independent.
A fundamental principle guided them. All men are created equal, entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Governments are instituted to ensure these ends. When government becomes destructive to these ends; it is the right of the people to alter or abolish the government.
The declaration listed a litany of offensive acts by their current ruler. The colonial representatives who signed the Declaration of Independence dissolved their allegiance to the tyrant who had been placed on the British throne. They chose to replace that autocratic rule with a government by free and independent states. The 56 representatives pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. With that pledge they signed the Declaration of Independence.
Today, a no less tyrannical regime has gained control of the United States and Alaska – an oligarchy, composed of plutocratic, international conspirators focused on concentrating wealth and power in a few, at the expense of the people.
Nowhere has the threat of this oligarchy become more apparent than here in Alaska where we have been reduced to a Third World colony by our state government over these last 15 years.
Today it is time for people of principle to stand up.
To stand up for America.
To stand up for Alaska.
Justice Kennedy‘s retirement opens the door for Donald Trump to appoint a sixth ultra conservative federalist justice to the Supreme Court Bench:
One who will swing all legal issues raised in Donald Trump‘s impeachment proceedings;
One who will decide all legal issues in Donald Trump ‘s challenges to:
- Federal prosecution of political wrongdoing,
- Immigration issues,
- Environmental issues,
- Protective designation of federal lands,
- Corporate exploitation of federal lands,
- Challenges to environmental laws,
- Laws repealing a woman’s right to exercise her choice and control over her body,
- Laws repealing people’s rights to chase who they love and spend their life with
Today we can do something about that.
Call Senator Lisa Murkowski:
Tell her to oppose any effort to rush the appointment of Justice Kennedy’s replacement until a full vetting can occur or take place before the members of the Senate and the House elected by 2018 voters who now have the benefit of seeing the results of 18 months of Trump Rule.
Take out Don Young:
For 40 years hard-working Alaskans have not had the benefit of a respected congressman capable of working outside of a small political clique. Don Young has two ardent opponents.
Work for Don Young’s opponents
Use social media, phone, letters, postcards to get their names and messages to your friends neighbors, and family.
The person we elect as governor will have two appointments to the five-member redistricting Board.
The disproportionate over-representation of Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives resulted from the gerrymandering by the four Republicans on the last redistricting board, loosely based upon the 2010 census.
The governor elected in 2018 will be able to appoint two of the five members to that redistricting board in 2020.
Campaign for and vote for a governor committed to a balanced redistricting board
- STATE GOVERNMENT
For six years Alaska has been a Third World colony. The legislature whines about not enough money to:
- Fund our courts to be open more than 32 hours a week,
- Fund public K-12 education even to the level the state had 1960 – 1964.
- Fund public roads,
- Fund the repair of bridges,
- Fund professional law enforcement presence in 50% of Alaskan cities, towns and villages,
- Fund public water and sewer in rural Alaskan villages to the level established by 1978,
- Fund an effective public response to the opiate epidemic spiraling out of control in our city and the petty crime wave that funds it.
Today is the time to demand of our candidates for state Senate seats and state House of Representatives seats to commit to:
- Adopt an income tax
- Adopt an oil production tax that meets the Alaskan constitutional requirement to use Alaska’s natural resources for the maximum benefit of Alaskans
- Repeal oil tax credits that are not for exploring and developing new fields.
Provide steady state income by a graduated income tax on all income earned or received in Alaska.
My wish for all our members is to have a happy and safe Fourth of July. It is my wish that we will renew our joy of life and living in the land of opportunity, left to us by generations before us. I am hopeful that we can bring that change necessary to ensure those that follow us will enjoy the same rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we have enjoyed.