“If you are asking us to stay on message, give us a goddamn message to stay on!“Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D, MI) on Tuesday 9/24/19 to House Leadership after House Speaker Pelosi left closed-door Democratic caucus meeting as reported by POLITICO on 9/25/19
As the House of Representatives is on a 2-weeks recess, the Democrats are refining their message in the impeachment inquiry for members to take back to their districts.
In a late Sunday afternoon article on POLITICO, a conference call took place over the weekend among the Democrats in order to honor Congresswoman Slotkin’s request for a message for her, and follow Democratic freshmen like Congressman Sean Casten and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood while they are in district over the next 2 weeks.
As written on McHenry County Blog last week, Casten is hosting six town hall meetings across the 6th district on Saturday, including at Fox River Grove at 11:30AM in the Community Room at Village Hall.
As a reminder, some key dates up until the initiation of an impeachment inquiry:
- Sean Casten, June 20, supports impeachment inquiry based on the Mueller Report
- Lauren Underwood, August 20, supports impeachment inquiry based on the Mueller Report
- Late September, the whistleblower complaint concerning phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president leaked to the media
- Speaker Pelosi, September 24, announces the launch of formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump based on the whistleblower complaint and not Mueller Report
The headline and excerpt of POLITICO‘s Sunday afternoon article is below:
House Democrats are plotting an all-out offensive against President Donald Trump as they pursue an impeachment inquiry, announcing plans on Sunday to streamline their messaging operation and aid vulnerable lawmakers as they face potential blowback in their districts.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top deputies laid out the strategy during a private conference call Sunday afternoon. The plan reflects a deepening sentiment among Democrats that Trump’s latest scandal involving Ukraine could persuade the public to support impeachment.POLITICO, 9/29/19
The same article also cited the results of initial polling the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) taken at the end of last week which says nationally, the public supports the impeachment inquiry with 54% support. POLITICO points out no details of the poll were released.
The DCCC also urged members to conduct their own polling within their district to gauge where their constituents stand on the impeachment inquiry, according to the POLITICO article. Therefore, residents in the 6th and 14th districts, and that includes all of McHenry County, should expect pollsters contacting them asking if they support the impeachment inquiry.
The links to the articles in POLITICO and an opinion piece by 7 of the House Democratic freshmen published last week in The Washington Post are below.
Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday early evening:
The last set of tweets quoted the Pastor Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, which is part of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Illinois’ Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) responded to the President’s final set of tweets just before 9PM Sunday night:
Given the President repeated such an incendiary quote from Pastor Jeffress of “…it [impeachment and removal of President Trump from office] will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.“, discerning voters need to hear the full context of the interview where Pastor Jeffress was quoted.
The video of the interview from Sunday was posted on YouTube on the channel for the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Closing commentary after the video:
COMMENTARY: A reminder, for the Senate to remove President Trump, it would take at least 67 Senators’ votes for removal. Assuming all 45 Democrats and the 2 independents voted to remove, at least 20 Republicans would have to join them. 20 Republicans is over 37% of the of the Republican majority in the Senate, so as one commenter said in Twitter and no matter how you define “bipartisan”, a real bipartisan Senate vote is needed to remove the President from office.
Mathematics aside, it does not matter where one stands on the issue of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump that the leadership of the House of Representatives initiated last week. President Trump is the duly elected President of the United States, and the Speaker of the House is the duly elected leader of the people’s House.
Why both the President and the Speaker are doing what they are doing can be debated, but to resort to promoting such an unholy division in our nation which in my honest opinion what Pastor Jeffress did and the President only made worse by tweeting Jeffress’ quote exacerbates this country’s polarization. Sadly, “Civil War” is trending on Twitter late Sunday night as a result of the President’s tweet.
The incendiary talk of a civil war which Pastor Jeffress said and President Trump spread is completely wrong, and contradicts Scripture:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.Romans 13: 1, 2 (KJV)
We submit to God by submitting to the laws of our nation, beginning with the Constitution, and the higher powers the Constitution created, including Congress (Article I) and the President (Article II). As a nation, we have to let the process defined in the Constitution work now that it is started. I would love to see the Democrats change course, and stop the impeachment inquiry, but if they do not, it must play out according to the Constitution itself, and all of us submit to the Law of the Land.
Meanwhile, prayers for our nation, including our leaders and all of us are needed. Quoting something Dr. Tony Evans, another Dallas-based pastor and president of The Urban Alternative, said from his 2016 book, Kingdom Citizen shows from where real hope and healing comes:
“Rather than focusing on what is wrong with our nation and bemoaning the depths to which we as a nation have fallen, we would do well to live in light of Martin Luther King’s call. We would do well to love. We would do well to focus on what is right with God and how He can reverse what is wrong in our land. We would do well to be the light that drives out the darkness.
“Only a few people like Martin Luther King Jr., in the face of hate, injustice, disagreement, and persecution, responded with love in their day. It seems like there are even fewer today.
“Spend ten minutes perusing social media sites (even, if not especially, those of Christians) and you will quickly see some of the most debasing, critical, and insulting forms of language and images related to our nation and/or politics. Especially regarding the 2016 presidential election.”Dr. Tony Evans, Kingdom Citizen, pp. 96-97
One of the supporters of one of the Republican candidates for Congress said this of their candidate of choice on Sunday:
“… empathetic leader working to bring people together… we need more like <name of candidate withheld> on BOTH sides!”Twitter supporing one of the 14th district candidates
Saying that a candidate will “bring people together” and “on BOTH sides!” could not be more true of what is needed. We need candidates, both incumbents and challengers alike, to use the real road map to bring real healing to our nation, as cited how to do so by Scripture and Dr. Evans’ Scripture-inspired message.
And right here in McHenry County and across the 6th and 14th congressional districts, we have the opportunity to choose the Republican nominees, and the eventual winners with discernment and guidance from Above who will submit to His Will to pass the laws and represent us to unite us as a nation.
I pray all of the candidates in the 6th and 14th congressional districts, both incumbents and challengers alike, knows what bringing people together really means, and what it will cost them to be the one whom the voters entrust to do so.
- POLITICO 9/29 article: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/09/29/democrats-impeachment-messaging-donald-trump-010934
- POLITICO 9/25 article: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/25/democrat-impeachment-vulnerable-freshmen-congress-1510587
- POLITICO 9/26 article: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/26/democrats-impeachment-guidance-nancy-pelosi-1515591
- The Washington Post 9/24 Op Ed from 7 Democratic Freshmen in Congress: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/24/seven-freshman-democrats-these-allegations-are-threat-all-we-have-sworn-protect