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Countdown Until Election Day 2020: Protesting Trump’s Strategy

You may have noticed that Democrats and Republicans adopt increasingly different strategies when it comes to winning elections: Democrats try to get out the vote while Republicans try to suppress the right kind of vote. Generally speaking, Democrats and left-leaning Independents outnumber Republicans and right-leaning Independents. That means that a high voter turnout usually signifies a blue wave. Democrats are hoping for that wave to wash over Trump this year — which is what looks most likely to happen.

Republicans are fighting to allow guns at the polls, which combined with poll-watching techniques — which were illegal during the last election — should amount to a significant amount of voter intimidation. Add to this the fact that Trump is doing his best to manipulate his voting block to believe that mail-in voting amounts to fraud (even though that’s how he votes), and you have a recipe for legal battles after this Election Day.

Many of us have been personally damaged by this administration’s actions. While we cannot litigate against Trump as an individual, we can sue the government as a whole. It’s unfortunate that a personal injury or work accident attorney isn’t enough to obtain compensatory damages for the financial harm that has been done, but there are other avenues to fight back beyond litigation. One of those is good old-fashioned protest!

It’s expected that Trump will make a valiant attempt to dismiss any votes cast after Election Day. That would negate much of the blue wave because most Democrats plan to vote by mail while most Republicans plan to vote in person. Should Trump be successful, many other groups of people won’t be able to vote. This includes the armed forces — which have increasingly abandoned Trump — and certain U.S. territories.

It’s important to note that Trump only won in 2016 by a slim 70,000 vote margin. Without the armed forces, suburbs, and women, he would have lost by a landslide.

Many Los Angeles communities will see an increased police presence in the days following the election, in part because Trump’s comments practically invite violence and unrest. Should he find a way to delegitimize or delay the results, the city expects protests. Considering what’s at stake, no one would be surprised to see some of these turn violent. The same precautionary steps are being taken in several other cities, including New York.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “We are very prepared for the election, but at the same time I don’t want to buy into a narrative that there’s going to be chaos during our election. We prepare for the worst, but we are hoping and expecting generally the best. There may be individual instances, we’ll see some stuff around the country, but don’t let any of that change the narrative of you, your right to vote.”

“Law enforcement isn’t and oftentimes by law allowed to be right at an election site,” he added, “because…that’s not the sort of country we live in. But they are available to protect our rights when we need them should anybody through violence or other means try to take that away.”

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The Fight For A Universal Basic Income

This is a subject that has been around for decades, but is only now reaching a fever level of excitement for the general public. Andrew Yang was a big part of that push, giving a few lucky families $1,000 a month for a year as part of his presidential campaign — which ultimately failed. But that fight for income equality is only just beginning. Oddly enough, it seems the covid-19 pandemic might factor into making this happen sooner.

None other than Republican Senator Mitt Romney — another failed presidential candidate from a bygone era — floated the idea that all American adults should be granted $1,000 to dampen the financial impact that faces our nation because of the viral outbreak. That’s far from a universal basic income (UBI), but it could get the ball rolling if our Congressional leaders go for it. And that’s one big “if.”

How much support the idea receives both inside and outside of Congress is likely dependent on the hardships facing most Americans. We’ve heard the number 400 floated a number of times during this current campaign season. It’s the number of dollars Americans have to put toward an unforeseen emergency. A near-majority wouldn’t be able to handle even that much.

Should this outbreak continue into the future — as it is almost guaranteed to do — it’s easy to predict that many Americans are about to fall upon fall times. Not everyone can work from home. Not everyone can afford good healthcare when they need it the most (now).

The irony lies in how hard the media is trying to push the narrative that Joe Biden continues to come off as the 2020 Democratic candidate with the most pragmatic virus-related ideas when he has in fact stated that he would veto any push for medicare for all. It’s almost as if this coronavirus is shouting to the world “vote Bernie” if you want to have a chance at a good future, but the world isn’t listening.

It might shock you to know that the reproduction rate (or “R” value; i.e. how many people an infected person is likely to infect himself) of the seasonal flu is R1.3, meaning that an infected person would infect slightly more than one other person on average. The Spanish flu had a value of R1.8. Covid-19 has a value of R2.3 on average. It’s fatality rate falls only slightly below the Spanish flu, but much higher than the seasonal flu.

That means if we do nothing, millions could face death. Which is to say little of the financial realities facing us if we don’t take more drastic steps soon.

Is it time to fight for a universal basic income? Maybe so.

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Who Are The Biggest Celebrity Activists?

Hollywood is well known for producing a substantial number of people that can become active this for many different causes, including Peter Deluca. These people believe in something, and wish to contribute, and they can do a lot because they have the money to do so. It is this ability to contribute that is why so many actors and actresses nationwide become not only activists, but become well-known as an activist in the process. Since their names and pictures are already well known to the public, it’s easy to identify them once you have heard their name in connection with an activism group.

George Clooney

He is a celebrity activist that really started from humble beginnings, at least in regard to the roles that he had early on. It was not until his later years that he began to make his way in Hollywood, and became one of Hollywood’s most visible and wealthy stars. Many people have compared him to Cary Grant, but it is his celebrity activism that has helped identify him in the public even more. He has been outspoken about violence in Darfur, organized a telethon to help raise money for the people that suffered in the Haitian earthquake, and is very focused on helping people in Africa.

Angelina Jolie

Although most people know the actress for the many roles that she has had over the last few decades, she is also known as a celebrity activist. She typically plays iconic heroes in the movies that she does, and this is also true of her in real life. She has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, going back to 2001. She was able to use her celebrity status to motivate people to contribute to certain causes including helping people in Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Cambodia.

One of the main reasons that celebrities can become so prominent in activism is that they have connections to people with money. They will probably have friends that are worth millions of dollars, and their friends will also have millions, and this can lead to substantial contributions. However, at the very least they are able to use their name on advertisements and websites to get people to donate money. It is their notoriety in the movie industry, as well as their popularity with fans around the world, that helps them become very successful activists that can help people worldwide.

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What Is Propaganda All About?

Propaganda is information that people put out that is biased or that isn’t true. It’s usually used to try to change the opinion of people on a certain subject. It’s used by anyone from celebrities to politicians. You can see propaganda everywhere in a lot of cities worldwide.

Propaganda is everywhere all the time. You can go online to a site like Facebook, and you probably have friends right now that are sharing it. Or, you can just look to what is trending and that’s what you’ll find a lot of the time. The reason it’s so prevalent is because it’s easy to get people to click something if you have a catchy headline whether that headline is true or not. Sometimes, you’ll think a story is about one thing but when you read it you realize that it was all made to get you to check their website out and nothing more.

Why would the various popular main stream media outlets want to use propaganda to get their points across? Well, because a lot of people expect these sources to do their research. While a main stream media source usually does a lot of work to create and prepare a story, they are not always giving you the full truth. What you get is a story presented in a way that people that like that news source expect. It’s not about presenting the facts as they are, it’s about spinning the facts so that they make one side of an issue more appealing.

Some people think that propaganda is only what the other side puts out and they don’t realize that a lot of what they believe is due to propaganda from their own side. For instance, a Democrat may talk about an issue like immigration using buzz words they heard on a news channel to argue a point that really has nothing to do with what they are talking about. Or, a Republican can be talked to about the same subject and can miss the point too because they followed a different piece of propaganda about the same issue.

You now know what propaganda is and how to spot it. If you don’t research what you are looking into online or anywhere, you may be trusting propaganda. It’s easy to not realize that’s the case because of how good people have gotten at hiding it from people.

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