The President Must Be Impeached

November 26, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

There is now overwhelming evidence that president Trump is acting under the influence of Putin. We all know why he is doing this. For years his finances have been entangled with organized crime and Russian oligarchs. This started years before the election, and it is for this reason that his foreign and domestic policy decisions are in Putin’s interest. This is completely plain to anyone who cares to look, and we are sure that you are aware of this. We know that you were briefed, as a Senator, on the fact that the Ukraine story was a lie cooked up by Putin. The fact that Trump is continuing to promote this lie on national television and in emails and advertisements is no longer surprising. We have come to expect lies and criminal behavior from this man. However the willingness of the Attorney General of the United States and of Senators including you to support and defend him is so horrifying that we must continue to protest, to write to you and call you, and to beg you to wake up.

Do you really expect us to believe that the honorable people who testified under oath are lying and the people who are breaking the law by ignoring subpoenas are telling the truth? Do you really want to support a president who exonerates a service member who has committed war crimes, destroying the morale and discipline of our troops and causing the Secretary of the Navy to resign in protest? Do you really want to support a president who endangers the national security of the United States with nearly every major decision he makes, when every decision is clearly in the interest of Mr. Putin?

Who are you serving, Senator Tillis? Have you been bought by Mr. Putin too? This president must be impeached. You must stop defending him before it is too late. Our country will not survive another year of this president and his reckless and criminal behavior.

It is not too late to do the right thing

November 19, 2019

Dear Senator Tillis,

Today we are coming to your office to demand that you stop lying to the people of North Carolina and stop defending this president and his criminal friends.  As a member of the Judiciary Committee and a United States Senator, your continued determination to defend the indefensible is shameful. You have told so many lies this week, like when you said that the Mueller report “found that there was no collusion and no obstruction.”  You know perfectly well that this is not true, and that this report detailed actual crimes by the president, some of them impeachable offenses.

 

You said, “The American people are tired of the House getting nothing done.”  On the contrary, the House has passed over 100 bills that the Senate is sitting on, including a crucial bill on election security.  All the Senate does is confirm extremist judges.

You said that the impeachment hearing is based on “secondhand knowledge.”  This is only true because the president and the state department have forbidden the firsthand people to testify.  They have demanded that people defy subpoenas, which is a crime. Evidence of the quid pro quo, and bribery, has now been backed up by multiple witnesses, and we all saw witness intimidation by the president in real time last week. 

 

You said that the “American people” think the impeachment hearing is a waste of time, yet 70% of Americans believe that what the president did in the Ukraine was wrong.  You said that nothing wrong happened because the aid was released to the Ukraine. But you know perfectly well that the aid was released only after the whistleblower report became public, and after months of bipartisan pressure by multiple senators, representatives, and officials.  

 

It is not too late for you to stop lying in a futile effort to save your job.  It is not too late to do the right thing. A president who uses his power for personal gain in a way that consistently undermines the national security of the United States deserves to be impeached.

Protester at Thom Tillis' office. Sign says Trump is a threat to National Security

Rally for the Rule of Law, Tomorrow

*ADVISORY*

Rally for the Rule of Law, Tomorrow, November 19th at 11:30am

Impeachment Hearings Day Three. Now What?

Issue Advocacy and Activist Groups and Concerned Citizens Weigh In

RALEIGH – President Donald Trump pushed Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 election. He withheld U.S. military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to launch a sham investigation into a 2020 political rival in order to hurt his candidacy.

More than six witnesses have corroborated the same set of facts: President Trump would only meet the President of Ukraine and release US military assistance if he got something of value for himself. That’s bribery. He was using his public office for his personal benefit. The Constitution is very clear that bribery is an impeachable offense:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Tomorrow in Raleigh, grassroots activist groups, issue advocacy organizations and concerned citizens will gather together to bring awareness to the third day of impeachment hearings. North Carolina needs support from Senator Tillis to hold the President accountable!

WHAT: Rally for the Rule of Law!

WHO: Law Works NC, Tuesdays with Tillis and concerned citizens

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19th at 11:30 AM

WHERE: Terry Sanford Federal Building at 310 New Bern Road Raleigh, NC

Armistice Day Letter

Vicki Ryder speaks truth to power and gets an encouraging response from Erica Smith.

Posted by Tuesdays with Tillis on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

Never doubt that your efforts to “speak [or write] truth to power” can make a difference.

This past Monday – Armistice Day – I received an e-mail from Erica Smith, a Democrat who has served in the North Carolina Senate for the past four years and now is challenging US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) for his seat in Congress. Not surprisingly, her letter was filled with the usual platitudes about thanking the men and women in uniform who have “fought for our democratic freedoms.”

Knowing full well that our freedoms cannot be gained on the battlefield of other nations, and that our civil liberties have been declining since we began our ‘wars of terror’ in 2001, I wrote to her to share my thoughts about the true meaning of Armistice Day:

Dear Erica Smith, 

My husband is a Vietnam Veteran. He also serves as the president of the Triangle Chapter of Veterans for Peace, and he is among a growing number of US War veterans who ask that you please not “thank them for their service.” He asks instead that you thank them for working now to end US imperialist and racist wars. It is a fallacy to assert that these wars “protect our freedoms.” Killing innocent children in Yemen and Syria and Iran will not “protect our freedoms.” Spending trillions of our tax dollars — so badly needed at home for health care and housing and environmental protections — on war planes and drones instead does not “protect our freedoms.” It does not make us more secure. It does not keep us safe. We are “guardians of our liberties” only when we exercise and protect our right to vote and our right to dissent, and when we work to strengthen our democracy here at home. That includes working against gerrymandering and voter suppression, not killing people of color who are falsely tagged as our ‘enemies.’ 

 

I support your candidacy for U.S. Senate, but your Armistice Day message today sounds just like the one sent by Thom Tillis. If you want to win the vote of progressive voters who do not support U.S. racist militarism and expansion, I urge you to create a platform that includes cutting the military budget (not veterans’ benefits) and bringing our troops home where they can transition to jobs that build and don’t destroy. 

I wish you well in your campaign.

Most sincerely, 

Vicki Ryder

Durham, NC

 

I didn’t really expect a reply, but less than an hour after I sent that e-mail [!], I received the following response:

 

Vicki- 

Thank you for your support and for the “truth to power” response from you and your husband. Everything you said is “spot on.” Those making these decisions on our imperialism are many of the ones who dodged this service themselves, and since being elected have been self serving. They have abused their power, benefiting from great healthcare and a six figure salary compliments of our tax dollars – yet they won’t promote this access for working Americans and our Veterans. Our communications team has noted your recommendations and you will see us incorporate several of these tenets in our messaging moving forward. 

Thanks 

Erica

 

Writing letters, signing petitions, calling on our elected officials… all of this often seems fruitless, but sometimes – just sometimes – it’s worth the effort. Let’s not give up!

With love and in peace,

Vicki  

 

Support HR1, the For the People Act

November 12, 2019

 

Dear Senator Tillis,

 

It is time for the Senate to vote on HR1, For the People Act of 2019:  To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.  Do you have the courage to stand up and let M. Mitch know that a campaign finance and ethics overhaul is actually how many of you on the Hill are going to stay out of jail?  I hope you have a lawyer and I hope she’s good.

 

Voting, Money In Politics and Ethics.  Where do you stand?  

 

Voting:  No need to go further than your ardent defense of voter ID laws, your endlessly stunning commitment to discriminatory practices.

 

Money In Politics:  $7,321,115.00 in your re-election bank.  We know about the NRA. Yet others remain not so evident.  Is Cambridge Analytica back on the job? Oh sorry, it closed last year in scandal mode.  Who’s your upcoming Big Data company? HR1 will at least make you vet the next group you use.

 

Ethics:  Your curious stand on information about a political opponent offered by a foreign adversary (yes sure, alert the FBI but oh heavens corroborate the information as well) does not fall into some gray area.  It affects the security of the country. Please pass that on when you’re getting a little more cash from 45.  

 

HR1 also requires candidates for President and Vice-President to submit 10 years of tax returns.

 

Our eternal wish:  Senator Tillis, do your job. With your heart as a guide all these answers will come easily.  You are forgetting who you are. You are forgetting who we are.

Stand up for our Country

November 5, 2019

 

Dear Senator Tillis:

I cry myself to sleep almost every night over the loss of my country – our country.  I am a registered Democrat but far more than that I am an American. I plead with you to search your conscience and take an informed stand about what is happening.  When I write “what is happening,” I mean all of the things that each cabinet leader seems to be doing with what used to somewhat work (Justice, Environment, State, etc etc).  I mean the Chair-Sitter in the oval office.  

You and Senator Burr are all we have to represent us in this toxic Senate environment.  We don’t understand why you are not standing up. I really mean that. I look at the facts – and I mean real facts, not flexible facts – and can’t you see that the majority of us also believe there is an emergency at the border – the emergency is about deaths, moral choices and human rights.  

I could go on and on but please know I love this country to the depths of my being.  I never believed in love it or leave it and I am not one looking to Canada for a new life.  I am staying put to bring my care and my talent to bringing justice to everyone. Right now, justice looks like removal of the Chair-Sitter.

If you met me, you might see how sincere I am.  And others who are like me. You can easily gather with us in a Town Hall here in the City of Oaks or anywhere of your choosing.  All of us are in so much pain over your silence and that of your colleagues. It is not too late to access your moral core, your soul.  Please meet with us.