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Check Out Gallup’s Presidential Job Approval Center (Updated March 2020 With A New Observation)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017; we have updated it with a new directive.

 

Check out the Presidential Job Approval Center on Gallup’s web site, which lets you see how popular many 20th and 21st century presidents were on specific weeks of their terms.

 

The Presidential Job Approval Center is weirdly fascinating and includes everyone from Harry Truman to Donald Trump. But we’re going to direct you to something very specific.

 

When you visit the site, scroll to the bottom.

 

Under “All Presidents”, select “Donald Trump”.

 

Click on “Job Approval” among “All Adults”.

 

Then pull up “Job Disapproval” among “All Adults”.

 

Then move back and forth between the two, in rapid succession.

 

We have to ask you to do this because Gallup won’t let you overlay the Job Disapproval numbers over the Job Approval numbers, but here’s what we’re getting at.

 

At virtually no point, according to Gallup’s numbers, have President Trump’s approval ratings been higher than his disapproval ratings.

 

Trump is unique among the presidents tracked by Gallup on this score. While everyone has had bad patches during which their disapproval numbers have exceeded their approval numbers, no president has been as consistently underwater as Trump has.

 

We at OTYCD have no idea why this isn’t being discussed more, but it should be. Trump is, truly, historically unpopular in a way that no other president is or has been.

 

Below is the original language of the post. While its message is obsolete in the wake of the kangaroo court impeachment trial of Trump in the Senate, it remains interesting, and the underlying point about the need to act is just as relevant, so we’re leaving it in place.

 

Now try this. Select “All Presidents,” and select “Richard Nixon.”

 

Then look to the right, pull up “All Adults,” and select “Republican.”

 

Now click on the right extreme of the red line.

 

That will show you how popular Nixon was among Republicans during August 2-5, 1974–the week that he chose resignation over certain impeachment.

 

Even then, Nixon had the support of 50 percent of Republicans.

 

Turn that over in your mind for a bit. Even as Nixon was readying to board that helicopter and leave the White House for the last time as president, half of all Republicans still supported the guy. FWIW, Nixon also had the support of 22 percent of Independents and 13 percent of Democrats in his final week as president.

 

What can we learn from this?

 

We don’t have to wait for the goddamn Republicans to come around to our levels of distaste for Trump. We can agitate for impeachment while he still remains popular with his party, if it is clear–and it is increasingly so–that the evidence supports impeachment.

 

This is not to say that we should agitate for impeachment in mid-2017, however. Let Mueller and his team do its work. Let Comey’s testimony sink in. Let the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s lawsuits carry forward.

 

Stay strong. Stay alert. Keep calling your MoCs, and keep asking your friends to do the same. Keep marching. Keep protesting. Keep writing those postcards. Keep fighting the good fight. It matters.

 

See the Gallup Presidential Job Approval Center’s interactive tool.

 

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Are You Able to Donate Blood? Now–Yes, Now, During A Covid-19 Lockdown–is a Great Time to Give

Are you able to give blood? Now–yes, now, when many states are imposing Covid-19 lockdowns–is a great time to give.

 

In past posts, we’ve asked you to think about donating blood. While there is never a bad time to give blood (there’s always a need), now is an especially good time to do so. And doing it now grants you the extra benefit of a legit reason to leave your damn house.

 

As long as Covid-19 is running rampant, blood drives are cancelled. As you might have guessed, blood banks rely on periodic blood drives to maintain their holdings. Being forced to quit scheduling these events has already started to take a toll on the blood banking system.

 

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) began raising the alarm about potential shortages in early March of 2020.

 

If you can give blood, please do. If for some reason you are stopped by authorities, bring up this post on your phone and click on the links in the paragraph above.

 

If you’d like to give blood but aren’t sure where to go, start here. Or here.

 

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The FEC Q1 Deadline is One Week from Today

Headsup: The FEC first-quarter deadline for 2020 is one week from today.

 

Giving you this headsup because quarterly donation hauls matter to candidates.

 

It doesn’t just matter to presidential candidates, either. The quarterly deadlines matter to House and Senate candidates, too.

 

Big donors look at the quarterly numbers and weigh them carefully when considering which candidates to support with their own dollars.

 

If you need to budget strategically, aim to give toward the end of the fiscal quarters.

 

If you’re already giving monthly and have some to spare, aim to give before midnight on March 31. Your money is extra-magical then.

 

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Find Out Which Organizations Are Handling the Grab-and-Go Lunch Program at Your Local Public Schools, and Donate to Them

Find out which organizations are handling the grab-and-go lunch program at your local public schools, and give them money.

 

The spread of Covid-19 is pitilessly exposing all the frayed links in our social safety net. One obstacle to shutting down public school systems is the fact that for a significant minority of children, their only reliable source of meals is their school cafeteria.

 

Grab-and-go lunch programs have sparked into being to serve this need by opening the school daily only to those who need meals.

 

We’re asking you to call around, find out which organizations are responsible for running the grab-and-go programs, and donate to their efforts.

 

If you have a kid in school, try emailing the school’s administrative office or asking about it on your school’s Facebook page.

 

Alternately, you could try calling your local school department, or your local food bank. They’ll probably know the answer or know who else you can check with.

 

Another thing to think about for the near future is supporting school-based feeding programs during the summer. We wrote about this before, and deadlines for food donations and for offering a specific venue as a feeding site start arriving this month and next.

 

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Are You Crafty? Consider Making and Donating Surgical Masks

Are you crafty? Specifically, are you good at sewing? Consider making and donating surgical masks.

 

As we prepare this post in mid-to-late March 2020, Covid-19 infections are soaring in America and hospitals are bracing for a surge in patients.

 

Many states and cities across America have also called for, or legislated, shutdowns that allow only essential businesses to stay open.

 

If you’re crafty and looking for something to do, consider making surgical masks.

 

Some hospitals are already experiencing shortages and have asked the public to make and donate surgical face masks. The Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, formally asked the public for help and put out a how-to video with a PDF pattern suitable for making adult- and child-size masks.

 

The Deaconess Health System quickly received bundles upon bundles of masks and is no longer in need. But! A hospital, clinic, or other health care provider near you might be able to use whatever you make.

 

Below you will find an assortment of links to tutorials and instructions for making surgical face masks.

 

How to make a mask for doctors, nurses and health care workers for Covid-19, a YouTube video made by Deaconess Health System.

 

How to make a face mask, a YouTube video by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

 

DIY Cloth Face Mask, a post by ashevillejm on the Instructables site that relies on still photos and text.

 

Facemask: A Picture Tutorial, a 2018 still-photos-and-text post on the Button Counter website.

 

Also check the Twitter hashtag #millionmaskchallenge for news and updates.

 

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Sign Up for Jennifer Hofmann’s Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

This OTYCD entry originally posted in December 2017.

 

Sign Up for the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience, written by Jennifer Hofmann.

 

Hofmann is a ghostwriter and a teacher who was moved to create her weekly checklist. It includes, per its landing page:

 

Clear, no-hype actions you can take from home to support democracy, freedom, and equality for all Americans.

 

A weekly reading list of selected articles on important issues.

 

Acts of Gratitude praise elected officials when they do something good for all people, no matter which side of the aisle.

 

Good news includes progressive for democracy and people doing kind, heartwarming things for each other.

 

Hofmann’s Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience offers a good mix of things to do, things to read, things to celebrate, and things to reflect upon. OTYCD recommends it.

 

 

See the main website for the Americans of Conscience checklist:

Home

 

 

Subscribe to the Americans of Conscience checklist:

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Read the FAQ for the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience:

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Follow the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience on Twitter:

@AoCChecklist

 

 

Suggest an action for Hofmann to write about in a future checklist:

Suggest an action

 

 

Donate to the Americans of Conscience checklist:

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Support Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in His Reelection Bid (He’s Being Primaried, and It Is Such Bullshit, For Serious)

Support Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey in his bid for re-election to a second term. He’s being primaried, for fuck’s sake, and it is COMPLETE BULLSHIT, for serious.

 

As you might have guessed, it’s me, Sarah Jane, writing this one, and I’m more than a little pissed off.

 

I’m from Massachusetts, and in Massachusetts, and Ed Markey is a goddamn excellent Senator. God. Damn. Excellent.

 

Everytime I check his Twitter feed, he’s doing what I want him to do, and he’s on top of a mess of other things that I had no clue about.

 

I mean, this guy has been fighting the good fight for net neutrality. He’s trying to get a universal flu vaccine to happen. He co-wrote the Green New Deal with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, FFS, what else do you need?

 

Ed Markey is rock solid, and he’s more than earned a second term. I am entirely unsurprised that many people who staffed Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign immediately redirected their energies to him after she left the race.

 

Why is this get-behind-Senator-Markey post necessary, you might ask? Why is he unsure in his position?

 

Because he’s being primaried. By someone who is less progressive than he. And because said challenger has the last name of Kennedy, which is well nigh magical in Massachusetts, that twerp might just succeed.

 

Joe Kennedy III is, at this writing, the House Rep for District 4 in Massachusetts. He’s the grand-nephew of President John F. Kennedy and longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. He turns 40 later this year.

 

Evidently, he thinks he should be a Senator, and he’s getting antsy and wants to knock off Markey, despite the fact that Markey is, really, no kidding, doing absolutely stellar work.

 

And while he has since walked this statement back, Kennedy justified his pro-marijuana law stance by saying, “If you smelled [marijuana] in a car, you could search a car…When it became decriminalized, you couldn’t do that.” [Here’s the Boston.com story that contains the quote. You’ll have to scroll down a ways.]

 

Again, a crap-ton of horrified Dem friends must have schooled Kennedy, because he has since voiced support for decriminalizing marijuana laws. In an op-ed for STAT, he wrote:

“My concerns about the public health impact of marijuana remain. But it has become clear that prohibition has wholly failed to address them. I believe legalization is our best chance to actually dedicate resources toward consumer safety, abuse prevention, and treatment for those who need it. It is our best chance to ensure that addiction is treated as a public health issue — not a criminal justice one.”

 

If this was a Scott Brown situation–if there was a Republican in this Massachusetts Senate seat, things would be different. Kennedy would be the obvious choice under those circumstances.

 

But! I see no reason, absolutely no reason at all, to throw over a solidly progressive Democratic sitting Senator doing exceptional work for the state and the country just because there happens to be a younger guy named Kennedy who wants the job.

 

Please support Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey. Put him in your Core Four for 2020, and tell your friends to do so. The Democratic primary takes place on September 1, 2020. The Cook Political Report rates the Senate seat as Solid Democratic.

 

 

See Markey’s campaign website:

http://www.edmarkey.com

 

 

Volunteer for Ed Markey:

Get Involved

 

 

Donate to Ed Markey’s re-election campaign, and give monthly, if you can:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ejm2020

 

 

See Ed Markey’s Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Edward_Markey

 

 

Like Ed Markey on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/EdMarkeyforMA

 

 

Follow Ed Markey on Twitter:

@EdMarkey, @SenMarkey

 

 

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