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Trumpcare Travesty

[dc]A[/dc] Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood IS a good movie. And Fred Rogers seems to have been a truly good man.

But the movie is mostly about the reporter character, with Mr. Rogers providing guidance, but the breakthrough having to be Lloyd Vogerls self-work.

So the movie is more than Fred Rogers’ lessons on how to live better. It is a reminder that if we do not do the work, if we cling to our tightly-held notions, we will not succeed.

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HELLO, Progressives. HELLO Democratic Party.

Fred Rogers showed Lloyd Vogel that he mattered. That his concerns were important to Fred Rogers. He didn’t simply tell Lloyd Vogel what he needed and how to behave.

Sure, you know what the people NEED. But you pay so little attention to what the people WANT. And it is pretty simple. As the Donald keeps showing us, it isn’t nearly as important to deliver than it is to listen. People want healthcare. They want jobs. They want a future for their children. They want to think that they are important enough for politicians to actually listen to them.

Fred Rogers showed Lloyd Vogel that he mattered. That his concerns were important to Fred Rogers. He didn’t simply tell Lloyd Vogel what he needed and how to behave.

WHY are we not hearing about the bills that Congress has passed and sent to the Senate to die? Why are we not hearing about what the Democratic Congress is actually trying to do for the people? Because grand theories of what constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors” are more important to discuss?

I hear plenty from Republicans about a “do nothing Congress, being distracted from doing anything by the impeachment process.” That is a REPUBLICAN LIE. But it isn’t getting pushback from either Progressives or Democrats.

Fred Rogers pushed back against lies every day of his ministry. THAT is a lesson we could take from him. We could each strive to be a Lloyd Vogel, actually acting to represent our own interests in the electoral sphere.

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