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    Congressman Malinowski-Making His Constituents a Priority

      “He stood up to dictators; he will stand up for us.”  At last, NJ07 has a representative who is both standing up to Donald Trump, and his Republican enablers, and aggressively pursuing the needs of our constituents.  Tom Malinowski is using his two House committee assignments - Foreign Affairs, and Transportation and Infrastructure - asplatforms to address many of the issues that were neglected under the previous incumbent.  Let’s start with infrastructure. The very first Bill that Malinowski introduced was an Act that would allow states to count federal transportation loans towards their share of jointly funded large-scale projects like Gateway. And, mercifully, the bipartisan spending bill that averted a second government shutdown contained $650 million in funding that could be used for Gateway projects.  It is a start on something that represents a true emergency rather than the faux emergency at the southern border (Malinowski spoke out about that too. A tunnel failure and its impact on one fifth of the national economy would plunge us into instant recession.  A second topic close to the heart of many constituents is gun safety.  Tom supported the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, the first significant gun control bill to clear the chamber in a quarter of a century.  The Senate and the White House will stonewall on this, but at last we have a Congressman who is offering more than “thoughts and prayers.”  On Foreign Affairs, Tom has aggressively confronted the supine posturing and amoral equivocation of the Trump administration. When Trump shrugged off the torture of Otto Warmbier, Malinowski tweeted he would introduce a bipartisan resolution affirming that Congress holds Kim Jong Un responsible. Tom spoke out as we learned more of the overlay of Trump’s pro-Russia statements during the campaign with his business interests in a Trump Tower in Moscow. And while Trump equivocated, Tom called for sanctions on Mohammed bin Salmanfor ordering the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.  What a difference a year makes.  We have gone from a spineless Banana Republican to a to full throated, challenging Democrat looking after our interests. He deserves our equally full throated support.
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    Colorism - You’re pretty for a dark girl. (Part 2)

    [Click here to read Part 1] Messages from Media We cannot underestimate the tremendous power of advertising and media to influence our perceptions and standards of beauty, particularly images in magazines, music videos, TV shows, and movies. Not only is there power in advertising and media, there is also great thought given by people who study how to get consumers to respond to an image. Research has shown over time and from the testimonies of people I’ve worked with, most of the images seen on television hold lighter skinned people in higher esteem than darker skinned people. Because of this messaging, many people hold lighter skinned people in high esteem and aspire to be lighter. This aspiration manifests itself in skin bleaching. Globally, one of the most popular products is skin-bleaching cream. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on skin bleaching products every year all across the world because of the idea that lighter skin is to be preferred over darker skin.
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    President’s Day - In the Year of Unprecedented Deception

    This week we celebrate President’s Day. Let’s reflect upon how far we have fallen from the ideals of Washington and Lincoln in the person of the present incumbent of the White House.  George Washington famously could not tell a lie. Donald Trump cannot tell the truth.  He is a reflexive liar. In 2018, “a year of unprecedented deception,” Mr. Trump averaged 15 false claims a day. The border imbroglio provides a perfect example.  The President chose El Paso to hold a rally trumpeting the success of a wall in reducing violent crime in that city, an assertion vigorously contradicted by locals, including the Republican mayor, who pointed out that the county's violent crime rate dropped 62 percent from 1993 to 2007, and that a fence wasn't installed until 2008. The Presidential response?  "I don’t care if a mayor is a Republican or a Democrat, they’re full of crap when they say it hasn’t made a big difference."   Which brings us to Abraham Lincoln. He brought into his Cabinet every strain of thought opposed to his own - his Team of Rivals. President Trump cannot even keep together a team of self-serving sycophants. Personal loyalty is valued over loyalty to the Office, dissent is not tolerated, simpering expressions of adulation are expected. Little wonder that the Cabinet and his government are riddled with vacancies. There is no honor to be gained by serving in this administration.  Lincoln was probably the finest writer to ever hold the office of president. The Gettysburg address and his Inaugural addresses contain the highest expressions of American ideals.  But President Trump does not summon “the better angels of our nature”, nor with “malice towards none” seek to “bind the nation’s wounds.”  Those he disagrees with are “full of crap.” His message is one of division, hatred and mistrust.  The greatest service we can do to the legacy of Washington and Lincoln is to work to make sure Trump is a one term President.  In that way, we can help ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
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