Were You Born in a Bad Year?

L.A. Progressive article written by PPDC board member Ted Vaill

I was born on the day Hitler visited Paris after the collapse of France in World War II. Not a great day in world history. Two decades later, I was facing an order to report for induction in the U.S. Army to defend my country in the Vietnam War, which then was just ramping up.

Many Americans have faced what I did during their early adult lives. Many of us who fought in the Vietnam War were only made “adults” when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 after it was argued that “if you are asked to fight and die for your country, you should be given the right to vote.”

If you were born in the American colonies in the 1750s, you were faced in 1776 or 1777 with making a decision re whether or not to join the rebel patriots fighting the British forces controlling their American Colony.

If you were born in the American colonies in the 1750s, you were faced in 1776 or 1777 with making a decision re whether or not to join the rebel patriots fighting

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The 2020 Election: Can Democracy Be Saved?

by Ted Vaill (VP, Malibu Dem Club; PPDC board member) and Jon Katz (President, Santa Monica Dem Club)

Election Day, November 3, 2020, is less than six months away. What will the world be like by then? Will the Covid-19 virus be contained? Will there be a fall spike upward of the virus? Will Americans be allowed to leave their homes to vote? Will we all vote by mail? Will we be able to vote at all?

Most importantly, what can Progressives do to insure that the Tyrant Trump is not reelected? What can we do to flip the Senate as well? We can dump Trump and elect Biden or whomever, but without a Democratic majority in the Senate starting in January 2021, a full recovery from the virus and of our democracy will be crippled.

We can dump Trump and elect Biden or whomever, but without a Democratic majority in the Senate starting in January 2021, a full recovery from the virus and of our democracy will be crippled.

Here is what we need to do:

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Personal Freedom v. Public Health Police Power

L.A. Progressive article written by PPDC board member Ted Vaill

Under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, the federal government has the power to regulate interstate and foreign commence, but the 10th Amendment and 200 years of case law give each individual state government the primary authority to control the spread of dangerous diseases within its jurisdiction, including the authority to make public health emergency decisions, such as setting quarantines and making business restrictions.

Here is what a state governor can do:

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Coronavirus and Trump: Letter to the Editor

Letter to the editor written by PPDC board member Steve Cron
in response to Elle Feldman’s letter in the 3/26 issue of the Palisadian-Post

 

Dear Ms. Feldman,

I agree that we’re all facing an ominous enemy in the Coronavirus, and that we all need to stand together and find our common ground. If you had ended your letter to the editor after the first few paragraphs, I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you. But, you had to politicize your call for community action by praising Donald Trump’s leadership, and therefore, once again, I feel compelled to respond.

You say that Trump “is leading the charge.” If leading the charge means ignoring all scientific input from January until last week, then you’re right. Instead of heeding the call from public health officials for equipment and medical preparation at the early stages of this pandemic, Trump “led” us by doing nothing for two months, other than claiming that those who raised concerns about his cuts to emergency preparedness were perpetrating a hoax.

In early January, when real American leaders were calling for the federal government to produce new medical and safety equipment, Trump praised his

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Rep. Lieu's statment on COVID-19 CARES Act

 

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY RELIEF BILL

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

"We are living through truly challenging times. COVID-19 is a grave threat to our nation. The United States now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world...."

For more click here:

https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-lieu-statement-passage-coronavirus-emergency-relief-bill

 


The World Takes a Timeout

L.A. Progressive article by PPDC board member Ted Vaill

Most Americans have not experienced what all of us are experiencing now. Almost all public events have been suspended or cancelled, schools are shut down, and people are working from home and not their offices. Elderly people with preexisting health problems are most at risk, and children the least, so Gramma cannot come over to babysit. There is a worldwide timeout going on.

Those of us old enough to be alive during World War II or the Korean or Vietnam Wars have experienced something like this. Young men were going off into battles raging in Germany, Okinawa, Korea or Vietnam, not sure if they were going to come home to their families.

There will be no March Madness to distract us, or a concert or play that we absolutely cannot miss. We are stuck at home, wondering what to do.

During the early days of the Vietnam War, I was a Navy lawyer stationed at Camp Pendleton and I went out to an advanced Marine Corps base and wrote wills for 50 or so Marines about to head into combat in Vietnam. I believe that perhaps half of those wills were probated within the next year or so. Many of those young Marines knew that there was a fairly good chance that they would not come home alive or in one piece.

Read the rest here:

https://www.laprogressive.com/pandemic/


PPDC joins admonition of DA Jackie Lacey in advance of March 3 elections

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The same night the PaliDems board made its election endorsements, it also approved the issuance of a statement of admonition against L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey's office, signed jointly by members of the Stonewall Democratic Club and PPDC.

Read the statement here, and our March 3 endorsements here. (For DA, PPDC is endorsing Lacey opponent George Gascón in the primary.)


L.A. Progressive: Mueller Report

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Ted Vaill and Lance Simmens (VPs of the Malibu Democratic Club; Ted is also on the PaliDems board) hosted “The Mueller Report and What You Can Do About It,” a salon discussion, on April 27.

Ted is a lawyer who read the full (redacted) Mueller report. Missed the discussion? Follow the threads in Ted's most recent article for the L.A. Progressive:
https://www.laprogressive.com/no-obstruction/


Truman Award '18: Congratulations Janet Turner!

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Congratulations Janet Turner, PPDC's 2018 Truman Awards recipient

for outstanding service on behalf of all PaliDems!

 


Response to Pali Post letter from a Republican deriding Dems

The following letter to the editor was printed in the Palisadian-Post on July 19, 2018.

It was written in response to a letter published the previous week under the headline "Tell Me in Your Words." That letter began, "Many Americans are witnessing a hysterical and unprincipled 'left.'"

Author Steve Cron is a longtime PaliDems board member who is a criminal defense attorney and founding partner of Cron, Israels & Stark as well as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School.

 

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Here's the full version of Steve's letter, which the Post edited for space:

Dear Ms. Feldman,

You raised numerous issues in your letter to the editor, and asked for answers in our own words. Here are my answers, and a few questions for you:

Your main complaint is that those of us on the “left” don’t say anything positive about Donald Trump. That is the only statement in your letter with which I agree, because I can’t think of anything good to say about him. Not only do I dislike his policies and find them destructive for our nation, I dislike him as a person because he lacks the integrity we have always expected from our leaders—he has proven to be a liar, a bully, and a cheat, and he has a long history of abusing women. He’s certainly not someone whom I view as a role model for our children, our grandchildren, or our nation. Do you?

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