Say what you want about those right-wingers, but they keep their promises.
Tax cuts for the rich? Check.
Endless war? Check.
Destroying worker protections and the environment? Check.
And last year, they made a promise about me. The Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said that I am the Republicans' Number One Target for 2010. That they would do whatever it takes to defeat me.
I took it as a compliment.
But here we are, six weeks before the election, and they're going all-out to keep that promise. They've already thrown $1 million in "independent" expenditure TV ads (a/k/a corporate-funded lies) at us. And now the NRCC says that it try to trash me with $817,000 of its own money (which, at the current exchange rate, is exactly equal to thirty pieces of silver). They're throwing everything at us but the kitchen sink, and then they're throwing the kitchen sink.
This is not spring training. This is not the trial run. This is not batting practice. This is not dress rehearsal.
It's show time.
They're hitting us with $250,000 of Big Oil lies, $600,000 of Big Pill lies, $100,000 of Big Business lies, and now $800,000 of Republican lies. All these lies, just to keep that promise to get rid of me.
Remember: In elections, there are no do-overs.
Today is the final day of our moneybomb, at www.CongressmanWithGuts.com. Tomorrow, the attacks from the Republicans begin, because tomorrow is when the Republicans choose their candidate to run against us.
It's a good time to reflect. I have five young children, and they range in age from 5 to 15. A while back, my youngest asked me, 'what does tomorrow mean?' I've always found that question hard to answer. I think that if a five year old could understand this, I'd explain that tomorrow means the place where our hopes live. It's the place where we imagine a better world, and try to make it happen.
That's what courage means, too. Being audacious enough to dream, and tenacious enough to make those dreams come true.
The fundamental choice we face today is about what tomorrow we want to have. There are two groups in this country right now. I call those groups Us, and Them.
We want more jobs, better schools, better health, better pensions, and we want to keep our homes. We want not just jobs but jobs that mean something, jobs that pay a decent wage. We want to live a good life.
And then there's them. They simply have one goal and one goal only. And that is to destroy the government. They're not conservatives. They're anarchists.
I don't know why they want anarchy. In fact, they don't know, either. Even they don't know what kind of inner darkness causes them to seek wars without end, to burn the planet, to welcome poverty for so many, to leave the old and the sick helpless, to cheer oil in the Gulf. I've spoken to enough of them to be able to tell you that they themselves don't know why.
But that's what they want. So, now we have to decide who is going to run this country. Is it Us, or is it Them? And what's at stake is the future. The future in a country that my five children will live in, that your children will live in, that you'll live in for the rest of your life.
Are we going to have a country with a decent middle class life for everyone - jobs, health care, roads, schools? Or, are we going to have poverty, cheap labor, helplessness and hopelessness? The choice is yours.
The only way to make everyone better off is to make everyone better off. Not just a few, but everyone. Each day, I fight for a good life for all; I fight for the common good. I have a tough race in November because of that. Not in spite of that, but because of that.
This is our fight. And I'm grateful that you're a part of it.
Elections are funny things. No matter how bad all the candidates may be, someone always wins.
In the 1991 Louisiana Governor's race, crooked Edwin Edwards ran against racist David Duke. And this sign sprung up all over the state: "Vote for the Crook. It's Important."
Even if the choices on the ballot come down to stupid versus evil, someone always wins. Sometimes Stupid, sometimes Evil. If you don't believe me, then just watch the Republican primary in my district on Tuesday.
We introduced the candidates to you this week. The racist. The tax cheat. The warmonger. The drunk driver. And Taliban Dan, who wants to prevent battered women from divorcing their husbands.
One of these evil clowns will be my Republican opponent.
But whoever wins on Tuesday is not the real opponent. The real opponent is the National Republican Party. And the Executive Director of the NRCC said that I am the Republican's Number One target for 2010.
So I must be doing something right.
As far as the Republican Party is concerned, they wouldn't mind if Timothy McVeigh wins the Republican primary on Tuesday. (And by the way, if McVeigh ran, he would win.) The National Republican Party doesn't care who wins on Tuesday. They just want to get rid of me.
Whoever wins the Republican primary, you can be sure that he fits the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, hateful, fearful mold that is the National Republican Party of 2010. And that mold gets moldier every day.
Let's send them a message. Their primary is on Tuesday. Our Money Bomb is on Monday, tomorrow. Let's seize the headlines. Let's steal their thunder. Let's show that right still is stronger than wrong.
With 36 hours to go, we are halfway there at CongressmanWithGuts.com -- $150,000, from almost 5000 contributors. Help propel us another mile on that long and winding road to victory in November.
P.S. Lots of people who received Susannah Randolph's e-mail yesterday not only contributed, but also sent the e-mail to five of their friends. To them, I give special thanks. That's what builds a movement.
You probably heard that a Republican tool in Washington, DC offered $100 last week for someone to punch me in the nose. But you may not have noticed to whom Dan Gainor extended that kind offer. Here is what he said:
"I'll give $100 to first Rep. who punches smary [sic] idiot Alan Grayson in the nose."
"Rep." means Representative, or Congressman. Gainor wanted to motivate a Congressman to hit me. And he thought that offering $100 was the way to do it.
Now Gainor is not just any crank. He is the Director of the Business and Media Institute, a Big Business-funded Republican lie-tank in Washington, D.C. He meets with Republican Members of Congress all the time. And he seems to have an uncanny understanding of what motivates them. Dan Gainor thinks that if you give a Republican elected official money, and he'll do anything you want. Even punch someone in the nose.
The amazing thing is not that Republican Members of Congress are for sale. The amazing thing is that you can buy one for $100, at least according to Dan Gainor. And he ought to know.
For modest amounts of money, people like Dan Gainor think that they can buy a tax break. Or a lucrative government contract. Or exemption from regulations. Or a bailout. (Which is why the House Financial Services Committee passed the Shareholder Protection Act yesterday, based on legislation that I introduced months ago - to end the buying and selling of elected officials after the Citizens United decision.)
Now we have had almost 50,000 people contribute to our reelection campaign. (You can do so here.) And here's the thing. None of you has ever asked for a tax break, or a government contract, or a regulatory exemption, or a bailout. In fact, all you've asked us for is good government.
Dan Gainor probably thinks that that makes you a sucker. I see it differently. I think it makes you an American that I'm proud of.
No punches in the nose for sale here. But if you'd like to make a contribution to government of the people, by the people, and for the people, then click here. Maybe you can match Dan Gainor, dollar for dollar -- $100, or whatever you can give.
Well, we did it. We got some help for Americans who are living in their cars, and Americans who are eating cat food out of a can. Americans who have been out of work for almost two years, and then saw the right wing block their unemployment insurance payments for months.
Here is some interesting commentary on the speech that started it:
After that speech, the Senate voted to release the funds, the House voted yesterday, the President will sign the bill, and we're done.
We didn't get sidetracked by Dan Gainor's assault threat on Tuesday, or Mr. Anonymous' assassination threat on Wednesday.
Call them out.
Make them squirm.
Don't let them bully us.
Don't back down.
That's how we do it.
And it's working. Because in the House vote, 30 of the 179 Republicans peeled off from the all-powerful No Caucus, and voted to release the unemployment insurance funds. For the first time, they got that funny feeling that you get when you exercise a muscle that you didn't even know you had. That funny feeling the Republicans experienced was . . . a pang of conscience.
Evidently, 30 out of 179 Republicans in the House now have a functioning conscience. It's a start.
Rep. Alan Grayson
One day, a Republican operative offers $100 to anyone who'll punch me in the nose.
The next day, I get a death threat.
After Fox News spewed its usual clownish hatred about me yesterday, my office received a call. The caller told our receptionist - a young intern - that "10 people are going to kill the Congressman within 24 hours." We gave the information to the Capitol Police; they are investigating.
Fox. You'd think that they would have learned their lesson after Dr. George Tiller was killed. And they did learn a lesson: a lesson in killing.
And why? Because I told the truth: the truth that by stalling on unemployment insurance, right-wingers revealed themselves to be heartless, selfish wretches, who have been taking food out of the mouths of children.
Am I the only one who has noticed this? Because if you're with me on this, I'd like your support. I need your support.
First threatened assault. Then threatened murder. Do you see how they ratchet up the bullying, and try to cow us?
In his poem "The Second Coming," the Irish poet William Butler Yeats described a time like ours as the "widening gyre." A time when "the centre cannot hold."
A time when "anarchy is loosed upon the world."
A time when "the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." Up to, and including, death threats on Members of Congress.
But we have to stand up, and we have to fight back. Because what is at stake is . . . everything.
Please, support our campaign. Stand with me. Fight back.
Congressman Alan Grayson
TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"
They may not have a health plan. Or a jobs plan. Or a peace plan. But they do have a plan.
Here is the Republican plan:
"I'll give $100 to first Rep. who punches smary [sic] idiot Alan Grayson in nose."
That incitement to violence was tweeted yesterday, by Dan Gainor. Who is Dan Gainor? The Vice President of the Media Research Center (MRC). MRC is a right-wing Washington slur tank that glorifies Big Business in its "Business and Media Institute." It is a $6 million lie factory, blessed by Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.
And in case you missed the point, Gainor later tweeted, "I'd love to see the video."
Why is the D.C. Republican Establishment so angry at me? Because I stood up on the Floor of the House last night, and demanded that the Republicans release unemployment insurance. I demanded that the Republicans stop pushing people out of their homes to live in their cars, and that they stop taking food out of the mouths of children.
I'm not going to give up fighting just because they want to punch me, but I've got a tough race, and I need your help getting the money I need to win. I went on Ed Schultz's show on MSNBC to talk about all this.
This is their response. This is how the right wing does it. They pay people to clean for them, to cook for them, to drive for them, and now:
To punch for them. Or, more specifically, to punch me for them.
We knew they're crazy. It turns out that they're also lazy. Too lazy to throw a punch themselves.
So here they are, inciting violence against our elected officials. Just as they did during the healthcare debate, when many of my Democratic colleagues - and my five-year-old son -- got a death threat.
But they're forgetting something. Something very important.
We punch back. We punch back with our votes, and our voices. And we will be heard.
Thanks for your support.
Last week, my friend and colleague, Congressman Anthony Weiner, did something very good, and very gutsy.
He released a report on Goldline, Glenn Beck's prime advertising sponsor. Weiner's report showed that this firm, which sells gold coins, rips off its customers while benefitting directly from Beck's Chicken Little lunacy about the economy. Every time Beck screams that there is an impending Obama-led government takeover of the economy and your savings aren't safe, he's making a sales pitch for this sleazy advertiser.
You see, Beck's ratings have recently crashed, and most of his reputable advertisers have deserted him. So he's resorted to scaring - and then cheating - his viewers.
Now that he's been exposed, Beck has spent the last week using his big media platform to attack and undermine Weiner - he even set up an attack website designed to damage Weiner's political standing.
This is what happens when someone with guts actually takes on power. Power strikes back.
This collusion between big media, conservative commentators, and quack economics is a scam, but it is powerful if it remains unopposed. And we need to support people like Weiner, who have the guts to go after right-wing lunacy at the source.
He showed guts. He deserves our support.