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From The Left: What Are You Going to Do? (Opinion)

By ThisIsReno
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Rep. Mark Amodei and Sen. Dean Heller in 2012 with former Rep. Barbara Vucanovich.

Rep. Mark Amodei and Sen. Dean Heller in 2012 with former Rep. Barbara Vucanovich.

By Dave Mulligan

If you know me at all — or if you know just about anybody from the Left — you’ll know how absolutely offended we all feel by almost everything that comes out of the President’s mouth. I consider him to be dishonest, ill-informed, inarticulate, narcissistic, unintelligent, and completely corrupt. I also feel that everybody in Congress sees these very same traits and many still enable him and even support his reckless policies. Especially the Republicans, for obvious reasons.

Now, instead of simply whining about what I’m witnessing, I have made the conscious decision to get involved in the most effective way I can. I examined the issues (access to healthcare, Medicare, Social Security, gun safety, environment, ethical governance, etc.) and looked at Nevada’s legislators to decide how, specifically, I can affect change. And I made a choice.

To me, it came down to two options. I was either going to get involved in the process and help defeat Senator Dean Heller or Congressman Mark Amodei. Heller may be the most vulnerable candidate in the Senate, whereas Mark Amodei holds a seat in northern Nevada’s Congressional District 2 where I live, which has remained steadfastly red for decades. Research tells me that, even though history suggests an uphill battle for a Democratic opponent, Amodei is also vulnerable.

Why? Two main reasons (although I know that research will reveal more): Mark Amodei was the Nevada Campaign Chair for Donald Trump’s 2016 election and he also voted for the Republican Tax Reform plan, which basically fleeces the American economy to repay the billionaire donor class that put most Republicans in office. For these reasons, my choice was to go after Amodei.

Clint Koble

Clint Koble

Now, how can I do this? How can I help end his reign as Congressman from northern Nevada who regularly demonstrates blind support for a president who represents a clear and present danger to the United States of America? Simple. I’ll go to work for one of his opponents.

Clint Koble, obviously, must first make it through the primary on June 12 before he can face and defeat the now-vulnerable Amodei. I’ve looked at Clint’s Democratic opponents and they’re all decent, viable candidates. Every one of them would be better than Mr. Amodei, whom I consider to be a spineless sellout and spokesman for a corrupt and inept Trump administration.

But I have made my choice. I’m going with Mr. Clint Koble. I am going to do everything I can to strengthen his campaign, to share his message, broaden his name recognition, and help him be the man who defeats and replaces Mark Amodei. Because democracy is not a spectator sport, I have gotten off the sidelines and into the game.

What are you going to do?

(Note: My opinion is my own and in no way represents that of of Mr. Clint Koble or any other candidate). 

Dave Mulligan is a local Reno resident of over 25 years. He is a published author (Mulligan’s Wake), television producer and a left-leaning political activist. He lives happily on the Truckee River and is the married father of three (his most important role, according to Dave).



Norm Robins April 12, 2018 - 8:12 am

What am I going to do you ask? Good question. I’m going to push back on your endless stream of ad hominem, wrong-headed cliches, cliches that have no basis in reality.

Example #1: “I consider him [President Trump] to be dishonest, ill-informed, inarticulate, narcissistic, unintelligent, and completely corrupt.” Really? President Obama found the Federal Register (all the federal government’s rules and regulations) at 69,000 pages. By the time he left office it had expanded it to 80,000 pages. President Trump cut that back by 30% which is why the economy, stock market, and employment, white, black, and Hispanic, took off so smartly.

Example #2: My son went unemployed for 4 months last year and therefore had no Obamacare during that period. Thus, he had to forgo a third of his tax refund to pay the Obamacare penalty tax. Do you like that? My son and I don’t. I suspect America doesn’t.

Example #3: Bonuses and increased take home pay may be crumbs to you and Mrs. Pelosi. Let’s see come November what the voters think, crumbs or substance.

Further examples: President Trump is backing down Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping, and Vladimir Putin. Did President Obama do that, or did he go around the world apologizing for our economic strength, vitality, and power on the world stage? Did President Obama move our embassy to Jerusalem as required by a 1995 law? Did he cut off terrorist funding to the Palestinian Authority as required by the Taylor Force Act?

No, Mr. Mulligan, President Obama was a disaster. President Trump is the best thing to happen to this country since Ronald Reagan. You lost the election fair and square. Get used to it.

Ryan April 12, 2018 - 10:49 am

So, it’s safe to say that you’ll be doing nothing, Mr. Norm?

I’m genuinely curious. When the voters speak in November, and the Republicans get walloped, will you accept that as you expect us to do for a man who lost by 3,000,000 votes? If you do accept it, and say to yourself and others, “the voters have spoken, and I am on the wrong side of history,” then you can honestly say that we should do so now. I have a sneaking suspicion that you had some serious problems with Obama even after he won elections, so I would bet that you don’t actually live on that principle. And you shouldn’t. just don’t expect me to do so.

Also, what did Dave say about any of the things you mention here? Have you ever heard of “whataboutism?”

Norm Robins April 12, 2018 - 4:42 pm

I will accept any judgment by the American people just as I accepted the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. I think Obama is an economic illiterate and a unilateralist, but I did indeed accept his election as valid. So you see I have always been on the right side of history.

Who cares if Trump did not get the popular vote? First, he didn’t campaign for the popular vote. He campaigned for the Electoral College vote as well he should have. Second, in 1787 we convinced (with great difficulty I might add) 13 British Colonies to form themselves into one country. In order to convince the smaller states that they would not be overwhelmed by the few larger ones, the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention put together the Electoral College. That was the covenant the big states made with the smaller ones, and it was what we have today. To my mind that is still in force and still relevant despite calls to eliminate it.

As to whether the Republicans will get “walloped” as you call it, if it weren’t so farcical it would be tragic how lefties are such triumphalists. Remember please that during the primary season Democrats were salivating over the prospect of a Trump candidacy. They even called him their favorite Republican. Why? Because Trump was manifestly so easy to beat. Whoopee you shouted from the housetops when he won the nomination. Well, the left lost because Hillary Clinton was a terribly flawed candidate whose campaign organization was destined to commit suicide. She lost not because of the FBI and not because I forced my wife to vote for Trump (egad). She lost because Americans didn’t trust her going into the election, and they didn’t like her during the campaign. I don’t like being called deplorable, irredeemable, and I told like being told I cling to my Bible and my guns.

No I have never heard of “whataboutism”. I wouldn’t recognize whataboutism if it fell in my soup.

Ken Koeppe April 12, 2018 - 7:49 am

We appreciate your overly partisan non substantiated, unintelligent opinion and respectfully disagree. Mr. Amodei, obviously is a member of the opposite party, however, first and foremost he works for his EMPLOYERS the VOTERS of the second district. Then he applies his talents to national issues that effects the citizens and lastly to party concerns. Your uncivil comments regarding the duly elected president are so “ synced “ with the losing Candidate that they do not appear to have any individual origin and continue the divisiveness that is destructive to the American way of life. Be partisan but factual and work for The betterment of Nevada and the United States

John Hopkins April 12, 2018 - 9:30 am

Amodei clearly put the business interests of those who pack his campaign coffers ahead of his “employers” in 2009 when he worked to undermine tobacco legislation his “employers,” the people of his district and the State of Nevada passed at the polls. His support of tavern operators over families who breath is just one example of who Amodei really works for and how willing he is to undermine the will of the people. Nothing partisan about preventing people from spewing carcinogens around public places, many of which, While supporting Amodei’s efforts, continued to market to and are frequented by families with children who should not be in smoke filled environments. But hey, it cut into their profits, right? Amodei has demonstrated this attitude (contempt?) for his constituents time and again throuout his career first in Carson City and now misrepresenting us in D.C. Time for him to return to the private sector, perhaps tending bar in a smoking establishment where breathing exceeds a pack a day.

Marion Vermazen April 12, 2018 - 7:33 am

Excellent piece! I feel the exact same way about the need to do something. But what exactly are you going to do? I get the impression that the only help candidates want is money.

Ryan April 12, 2018 - 10:56 am

I think you’re correct about the money. But I do have a but here.

I have followed a group called The Great Slate (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/great_slate)(https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/8/17092684/great-slate-fundraising-congressional-campaign) for the past several months. It’s nine Democratic candidates across the nation that are running in reliably red districts. Those districts mostly don’t even have Democratic opponents most of the time. It’s run by a guy who runs a website I have used for several years and is basically doing what Dave advocates here. He’s acting. They are soliciting donations from the tech sector (workers, not PACs) to help fund these candidates BEFORE time for the general election. I gave $10 mostly to just say that I did something. The money that they raised last quarter helps fund the campaign managers and paid staffers that then organize volunteers so that they are very ready for the big race.

I get that we all want to do something other than money to help. The reality is that money is the way the system works. Find a candidate that hates that and will try to change it. But for now, you need money first or you can’t organize all the door knocking that happens, the phone calls, the mailers, or even the travel to remote parts of the districts. The Great Slate only gets as local as the district representing the Eastern Sierra, which I would love to see turn blue, but the explanation for why to give might help you better understand why it’s important to give to the local candidates as well.

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