the first 8 days of the Trump Administration

a message from

Patrick Murphy

By nature, I am an optimist.  I believe the strength of our country comes not from politicians, but from the people themselves – our drive for innovation, our spirit of inclusion, our shared conviction that we can overcome any obstacle together.

What harms us is refusing to acknowledge our diversity – and the fact that despite our political differences, we are still one nation with considerable promise and considerable responsibility to our neighbors.

But n have been, in a word, unreal.  Truly scary stuff.  So far we’ve witnessed President Trump and his team:

  • Declare war on the free press, calling it an “opposition party”
  • Announce plans to reinstate torture abroad
  • Initiate plans to build a wall along the border
  • Issue executive orders targeting immigrants and denying healthcare to millions
  • Scrub climate change efforts from the White House website and federal agencies
  • Demand an investigation into non-existent voter fraud for an election he already won
  • Double-down on lies at press conferences to feign popular support for these proposals

In my heart of hearts, I was hoping that the weight of the office might…might…transform Trump.  The awesome responsibility of representing the entire nation after an acrimonious campaign could have been humbling and unifying.  But after only 8 days that seems impossible.

It is more important now than ever that we unite our party.  Democrats must come together and right the ship.  We can’t let Trump’s damage to our ideals last one more minute more than it has to.  The outreach, messaging, and organizing for the 2018 midterms must begin now.

I plan to stay active here in Florida, as too much of what we’ve fought for over the past 8 years could be lost.  And together, we’ll be able to fight back stronger.

— Patrick

on this day …bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged

World1728 – John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera was first performed at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, London.

1802 – John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.

1820 – Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in the “New York Evening Mirror.”

1848 – Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland.

1850 – Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.

1856 – Britain’s highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross, was founded by Queen Victoria.

1861 – In America, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

1886 – The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.

1916 – In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.

1924 – R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.

1936 – The first members of major league baseball‘s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.

1940 – The W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company displayed the first tetraploid flowers at the New York City Flower Show.

1949 – “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia.

1956 – “Indictment” debuted on CBS radio and stayed on the air for three years.

1958 – Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.

1958 – Charles Starkweather was captured by police in Wyoming.

1963 – The first members to the NFL‘s Hall of Fame were named in Canton, OH.

1963 – Britain was refused entry into the EEC.

1966 – “Sweet Charity” opened at the Palace Theatre in New York City. It ran for 608 performances.

1979 – U.S. President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House. The visit followed the establishment of diplomatic relations.

1985 – The Dow Jones industrial average peaked at 1,292.62.

1987 – “Physician’s Weekly” announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci’s Mona Lisa was caused by a “…facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear.”

1990 – Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.

1995 – The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in National Football League (NFL) history to win five Super Bowl titles. The 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26.

1996 – French President Jacques Chirac announced the “definitive end” to nuclear testing.

1996 – La Fenice, the 204 year old opera house in Venice, was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected.

1997 – America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers under threat of lawsuits across the country. Customers were unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.

1998 – A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, AL, killing an off-duty policeman and severely wounding a nurse. Eric Rudolph was charged with this bombing and three other attacks in Atlanta.

1999 – Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain’s Princess Diana.

1999 – The U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.

2001 – In Indonesia, thousands of student protesters stormed the parliament property and demanded that President Abdurrahman Wahid quit due to his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals. Wahid announced that he would not resign.

2014 – Archaeologists announced that they had uncovered what they believed to be the oldest temple in Roman antiquity. The temple was found at the Sant’Omobono site in central Rome.