I'm so tired. So heartbroken. More kids. Another school shooter. This is our normal now. We don't have to accept it, though. When I was 17 & reeling after the Columbine shooting, no adults told us that it would be ok, that someone would stop the madness. 1/
We stumbled around, feeling blindly for the edges of our grief. Personally, I thought it was a one-time thing. I thought it was an isolated horror. I thought Littleton must have been a special town, & that we were special in our sadness, terror, & anger. 2/
I was wrong. Littleton, CO is the same as Newtown, CT, Parkland, FL, and Santa Fe, TX. My community was the same as theirs. Our shooters just happened to do it sooner. Even the pictures of survivors & parents crying are the same. Same emotions... different faces. 3/
When will we realize that freedom means that our kids must be free to learn without fear? When will we realize that throwing more cancer at an ill patient won't cure the cancer they already have? Only targeted treatment can do that. More guns won't fix this. 4/
I have no agenda other than sparing communities the shared terrible knowledge that it will never be ok again. Please, please consider that home arsenals will never be enough to stop a tyrannical government, but they are more than enough to end the lives of countless students. 5/
Let's try & remove some of the guns from circulation right now. Our federal government should offer a buyback program immediately, which can reduce the danger of a forgotten or seldom-used gun falling into the hands of an angry kid bent on destruction. 6/
A national gun buyback isn't a law. It's a choice. It's a chance for our country to begin changing our cultural attitude about guns. It's a step to show the kids at Santa Fe High that we won't wait another 19 years - until they're old enough to be president - to change this. 7/
I've waited 19 years for the adults to fix this, to cure our national disease. I am sick of waiting. My primary election is 17 days away. I have no legal powers now. All I have is the ability all of you have: the power to speak out. Try a gun buyback, @realDonaldTrump. 8/
Give our students a reason to believe the world is on their side. Help them understand the moral arc of the universe is long, too long sometimes, but it does bend towards justice. Take action. #
#NeverAgain #SantaFe #MarchForOurLives #GunControlNow #CA25

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Aug 12, 2018
Major takeaway from running for Congress: Unless we reform campaign finance laws to eliminate dark money, the people we get to vote for will continue to largely be the last people we want to hold office.

The system is a runaway train, & it's plowing over honest, good people.
If you want to see what's driving the passage of legislation, follow the money trail. Lobbyists can serve a purpose in educating lawmakers about niche issues, but the way money is thrown around has corrupted that function of the role.
In order to raise enough money to run a legitimate, viable campaign, you need a network of wealth to tap into. The chicken/egg scenario at its worst. You have to have money to get endorsements, & you have to have endorsements to raise money. How does that work if you have a job?
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Former Catholic here, & I'm watching commenters say Francis isn't the real pope rather than shift their position on the death penalty to be in line with the religion they follow. Hard to claim you're Catholic when you actively say you know better than the pope.
FWIW, I've been opposed to the death penalty since I learned 156 people on death row have been exonerated so far, which means for every 10 executed one has been set free. I can't reconcile executing people when the gravest errors are made. Life in prison w/o parole is preferable.
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We've spent over a year protesting Trump's words & actions, but his comments about Russia starkly reveal not only his ignorance of geopolitics & history, but also his lack of allegiance to the United States, our allies, & our intelligence community. He is a goddamn disgrace. 1/
Russia is a foreign power, & one that has taken direct action to harm our nation. They are not just a business associate. Their leader is as corrupt as they come, & he profits off of the suffering of his own people & the undermining of the democratic principles we strive for. 2/
It is up to us to define our role in the world. As citizens we have a responsibility to care of our nation. We are America. Trump does not speak for all of us. If you reject the regression he is forcing on us, ask yourself what you can do for your country. We need you. 3/
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Here's the new project I'm working on to help right the wrongs we're seeing in our country. We have a new way to give the environment a voice! Introducing #ProtectOurParks I founded this PAC to keep our parks OURS. #poppac

The website is in progress, but it'll be up in basic form later tonight. Of our National Parks are your thing, this is the fight you want to be in. We'll be working to highlight Congressfolk who work against the Parks. What's done in the dark will be brought to the light.
You may have noticed the logo has states in green, which are where the Congressfolk who take actions harmful to the Parks System are from. Pretty widespread, unfortunately. In this day and age, nothing is guaranteed. Let's work to keep our shared national treasures safe.
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#TheProblemWithPolitics is that the kind of people willing to run for office aren't the kind of people we need in office.* I saw this up close & personal, & it's even more ugly than you think. We need elected officials who mentor the next generation.

*With rare exceptions.
At the federal level, we keep sending professional fundraisers to office who are in it for ego or other selfish reasons. At the state & local level, people are consumed by grabbing & retaining power or territory. The larger purpose of serving is far too often lost.
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We're well within our rights to critique our President (& elected officials) when their actions warrant it. A very patriotic American once wrote, "The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. 1/
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...Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. 3/
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