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November 3, 2019

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Early projections are already being made about 2020 swing states.
Though President Trump's approval ratings have steadily remained below 45% through his time in office, the concerning news is that the Democratic National Committee is broke and has virtually no infrastructure in important swing states - via RealClearPolitics.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9
You can get pretty down when you read things like:

It was clear in September, when the [Republican National Committee] quadrupled the [Democratic National Committee] total that those investments have yet to materialize. September was the best non-election-year month for the RNC in history for either party, raising $27.3 million to the DNC’s $6.9 million. The RNC is carrying no debt; the DNC is carrying $7.2 million. The RNC has $59.2 million cash on hand while the DNC has $8.6 million. The RNC’s 2019 total is $168.7 million while the DNC has raised only $66.5 million this year. 
It is not surprising that the RNC has been able to raise obscene amounts of money – Donald Trump is the absolute best thing to happen to affluent corporate interests who care nothing for working people struggling paycheck to paycheck. As noted repeatedly in this newsletter, this administration opposes labor protections, increasing the minimum wage -  much less a livable wage - and it has actively fought against expanding affordable healthcare to those without. This administration is stocked with rich and powerful people and that is who they work for.
So, yes, their numbers are going to be sky-high. But, for whatever reason, the DNC is essentially broke and has not invested in building a ground game in swing states. Things do not look good, but perhaps this is just what those who are passionate about seeing justice for people who have been crushed or dehumanized by this administration need to realize. The change we want to see happen might just be left to us to make happen.
It reminds me of 2014 when the first state-based effort to pass universal background checks by voter referendum happened in Washington State. Expanding universal background checks was thought to be impossible by any means except through legislation in a friendly legislature and under a daring Governor. Voter referendums were simply not considered viable as a tool for this kind of change. And, to add to the challenge, the National Rifle Association saw the danger in this campaign and poured millions of dollars into the state to stop it. They even sponsored a referendum with language meant to confuse voters.
But it didn’t work. The referendum for universal background checks passed 59% to 41%. It wasn’t even close. And do you know why? Because there was more passion from those who wanted sensible gun reform change than on behalf of those who opposed it. Those in support of universal background checks knocked on more doors, held more discussion groups, invited more neighbors to join them, and in general, just outworked those on the other side. I traveled the state for a week and saw it firsthand. It was beautiful to see.
Sure, it would be nice for the DNC to get its act together, but if there is a choice between passion and money I will choose passion every single time.
It's not too early to plan your participation in the 2020 election. My wife and I try to calendar big events as early as possible, so I commit to you that I'll sit down with her this month and set dates for hosting discussion groups with our neighbors and friends. These don't have to advocate for specific candidates; they can simply discuss what we value and hope for in the upcoming election. I encourage you to do the equivalent.
Lord Jesus, when those in positions of leadership fail, remind us of your presence and give us the strength to move on ahead. Amen.
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