What Are We Waiting For? Democrats Must Prepare For 2018 Elections

When Trump won the Presidency, he did so with 62,985,106 votes. Hillary received 65,853,625 votes. If that isn’t enough, votes cast for others: candidates,Mickey Mouse, and friends of individual voters, totaled 8,261,894(1). Yup, 54 % of voters chose someone other than Trump to be our President. Still, based on the all important input of the electoral college, he is our President. He is not someone else’s President. He is our President.

So, what do we do now? We better recognize that 46 % of voters (including friends of ours) voted for Donald Trump. It does not matter that I don’t understand why. It is enough that they did. Now we must move forward: with dignity, determination and integrity. The same attributes we must expect from Trump and Trump’s supporters.

With that said, we do not need to stand down. If we want to change our leadership, in 2018, 2020 and beyond, we must strengthen our Party and reexamine our role in Trump’s success. How do we do that?

1) We must study ourselves, our party, and our leadership. Were we prepared to wage a 21st century campaign, or were we stuck with 20th century technology and strategies?

2) We must truly examine and reexamine the needs of our constituents. It is essential we truly understand how to most effectively address the world in which we find ourselves.

3) We need to capture the best technology, people and ideas to move forward to serve our nation with awareness and concerns for the interests of others.

4) We must never lose our sense of the uniqueness of this country and our Democracy. While accepting our nation’s and our own foibles, we must always seek the truth, as best we can know it, with integrity, as best we can define it; and with wisdom in determining how best to lead the nation.

5) We must identify and prepare future leaders, i.e. especially those who will take on the challenge of government service at all levels.

6) We must recognize that good government is not something we can focus on a few months every two years, but must be part of our work every day and every month of every year.

As the news continuously focuses on both the protesters and Trump’s “base”, the Democratic Party must focus on awesome responsibility of  proving to the 74,114,519 voters who did not vote for Trump that there is a better way to reshape and rebuild this great Democracy, consistent with building a truly better world for us all.

(1) U.S. election atlas.com. It will not surprise you that I cannot verify the accuracy of the above information personally.

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Cleaver continues to lead the way

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Representative Emanuel Cleaver held his first 2017 Town Hall Meeting.  Its focus was on immigration: providing information and responding to concerns of the immigrant communities.

Speaking to a crowd of over 1,000 strong, Cleaver was inspiring and informative, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and the benefits immigrants provide to our communities.  His panel of experts responded to specific, individual questions from the audience.  In addition, outside the hall, organizations had booths with staff available to provide additional information.

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Cleaver continues to lead the way on these important issues, showing that Missouri’s 5th District is represented by one of the great leaders of our time.

#immigrationpolicy #nobannowall #knowyourrights #revcleaver

Emanuel Cleaver II For Congress: It is a Family Matter

As long as U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver has served in government, the Mesle family has supported him. Our loyalty to him is ongoing because we believe he personifies the ethics, civility and judgment essential to wise governance.

On behalf of ourselves, and my late father, we ask for your support of Representative Cleaver. We believe he is good for Kansas City, good for Missouri, and good for our nation.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II

Carl Mesle at The K

Today would’ve been Granddad’s 100th Birthday. I’ve thought about him throughout the day today, scrolling through many wonderful memories. One of my recent favorites was the day he threw out the first pitch at a Royals game. It was September 2010, and as the oldest Eagle Scout in the Midwest, he was the lucky man who got to go out on the mound and throw the pitch. He was so happy that day, with 4,800 scouts there to celebrate with him, along with his family. So here is a photo of him on the big screen, smiling ear to ear, in honor of the Royals’ incredible third win against the Orioles tonight, and in honor of his (almost) 100th birthday.

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68 Years Of Great Living: Happy Birthday Terry

Today is a day to celebrate.  Terry Christenberry turns 68.  He lives a wonderful life, filled with travel, family and friends. IMG_4393 France IMG_3516 Great Britain DSC_0861 Cuba IMG_3584 Amsterdam It is, truly, a wonderful life.  Congratulations Mr. T.  You are the best. May your future be joyful and long.  May your family and friends love you as much as you love them.

The Beauty Of Amsterdam

We spent Thanksgiving in Amsterdam this year with the Rooijens, Meg and Jake.  It was a wonderful holiday.  We were fortunate to spend this uniquely U.S. holiday with our Dutch family.  We did not know it would be the last holiday we would share with Rudy. But it gives us quite special family memories.

Amsterdam is a city of great beauty.  the historic center represents elegance and power.

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Even during Amsterdam’s winter season, flowers are in abundance.  The varieties are endless and the prices are quite modest.

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Laura, Michel and Sophia live in a lovely urban apartment, with restaurants, markets and retail shopping to rival New York or Paris.

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In the center of town, adjacent to the canals, we came upon this wonderful caravan which is, or could be, a home for a Roma/gypsy family.

While nothing like the kind of housing we have come to expect in the states.  It is quite lovely in its uniqueness.

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Rudy

It is with great sadness that our family deals with the loss of our beloved friend, father, husband and the world’s best “opa”. Born Roelf Michel Rooijen, but known to all as “Rudy”, he was one in a million.  He was well-loved and respected by his family and friends.  With his partner and equally wonderful wife, Evelien, he cherished his role as a grandparent and lived life to the fullest.

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Terry, Meg and I met the Rooijens when Terry’s daughter, Laura, met and married Rudy and Evelien’s (also wonderful) son, Michel Rooijen.  Thereafter we shared our lives with them as our children and then our granddaughter, Sophia, brought us together in Amsterdam and in Kansas City.  We celebrated Laura and Michel’s wedding in Maastricht, Sophia’s birth in Amsterdam, Thanksgiving in Amsterdam and barbecue in Kansas City.  Our lives are far richer because of our friendship with this special family.

His death was a horrible shock to all of us.  A pillar of strength throughout his life, he seemed invincible.  His death leaves a hole in our lives and our hearts.