🔥 Gaslighting, It’s a Thing

I’ve witnessed mean-spirited individuals gas-lighting others, first hand. It’s ugly. It’s disturbing. It’s perverse.

If you’ve never witnessed a malignant narcissist up close and personal, you’ll likely disbelieve such exaggerated mental states are possible. But sadly, it’s all quite real. 

Now we all must cope with the reality of such destructive behaviors on a yuge national stage and share the consequences together. 

Let’s first acknowledge “alternative” facts. Some folks are even gushing with excitement about this “alternative” reality. In contrast, I say, “Hold on to your butts” and educate yourself on “gaslighting.” Learn more about gaslighting, in this link:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201701/gaslighting-know-it-and-identify-it-protect-yourself

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Where and How to Contact Your U.S. Congressional Reps for 2017 — If You Live in Ohio

 

Sherrod Brown (D) Senator

(202) 224-2315

On Trump: Does not support Trump

“Dem senators: Trump must drop Bannon” https://origin-nyi.thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/306110-dem-senators-trump-should-drop-bannon
“Brown urges Trump to reverse Steve Bannon appointment”

http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2016/11/15/Ohio-U-S-Sen-Sherrod-Brown-urged-President-elect-Donald-Trump-to-reverse-his-appointment-of-Steve-Bannon.html
“Brown calls on Trump to revise trade deals”

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/brown-calls-trump-revise-trade-deals/OP5w0iybaeZh4PNkkvdDHJ/
“Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown looks for common

Committees:

Member Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

Ranking Member Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs

Member Finance

Member Veterans’ Affairs
https://www.brown.senate.gov

Office Locations:
Cleveland

801 West Superior Ave., Ste 1400

Cleveland, OH, 44113

tel (216) 522-7272

fax (216) 522-2239

Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Cincinnati

425 Walnut St., Ste 2310

Cincinnati, OH, 45202

tel (513) 684-1021

fax (513) 684-1029

Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Columbus

200 North High St., Room 614

Columbus, OH, 43215

tel (614) 469-2083

fax (614) 469-2171

Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Lorain

200 West Erie Ave., Ste 312

Lorain, OH, 44052

tel (440) 242-4100

fax (440) 242-4108

Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)
Washington, DC

713 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, DC, 20510

tel (202) 224-2315

fax (202) 228-6321

Twitter: @SenSherrodBrown

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SherrodBrownOhio

Rob Portman (R) Senator
On Trump: Doesn’t support, but did. Voted for Pence instead.
Committees:

Finance http://www.finance.senate.gov/

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/

Subcommittee: Investigations Chairman

Energy and Natural Resources http://www.energy.senate.gov/

Budget http://www.budget.senate.gov/
email: https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact-form
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senrobportman

Twitter: @senrobportman

Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/senrobportman/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SenRobPortman

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senrobportman/

Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R] 2nd District Congressman (Blue Ash, Hyde Park, Milford, East to Chillicothe & South to River at Portsmouth)
Hillary: “Never has a person this close to the office of the Presidency displayed this level of unprecedented irresponsibility and engaged in this type of criminal activity …” blah blah blah
Wenstrup went on to say actions speak louder than words, and that this election is about the future of the nation.
“The Supreme Court matters. Our national defense matters. Honesty matters. Trust matters. Following the Constitution matters. American lives matter,” Wenstrup said
Upcoming Events:
http://wenstrup.house.gov/calendar/?EventTypeID=0&CategoryID=0
Committees:

Committee on Armed Services

Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces

Subcommittee on Military Personnel

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

Subcommittee on Health

United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee

Emerging Threats Subcommittee
Offices:

WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE

2419 Rayburn H.O.B.

Washington, DC 20515

P: (202) 225-3164

F: (202) 225-1992
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP OFFICE

7954 Beechmont Ave, Suite 200

Cincinnati, OH 45255

P: (513) 474-7777

F: (513) 605-1377
PEEBLES OFFICE

170 North Main St

Peebles, OH, 45660

P: (513) 605-1380

F: (937) 798-4024
UNION TOWNSHIP OFFICE

4350 Aicholtz Road

Cincinnati, OH 45245

https://wenstrup.house.gov/
Steve Chabot (R) 1st District Congressman (Downtown, West Side, Lebanon, & Montgomery, Indian Hill)
On Trump: Supports Trump, wants a wall, He’s on Trump’s list as a possible cabinet member, drain clogger at the bottom of the swamp
Blog Post: http://stevechabot.com/blog/is-the-trump-campaign-getting-back-on-track/

Loveland Magazine opinions of that above blog post: http://lovelandmagazine.com/steve-chabot-advises-trump-how-to-beat-clinton-using-violent-language-and-image/

“Chabot is a relic of another era” Cincinnati.com http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/10/20/chabot-relic-another-era/92428922/

Chabots’ open letter to DJT June 8th,2016

http://stevechabot.com/blog/my-second-open-letter-to-donald-trump/

When Trump won the nomination:

“With so much at stake, I think we need a President who believes in smaller government, a stronger military and greater personal liberty and responsibility,” Chabot said in an emailed statement.
Committees:

Foreign Affairs

Small Business

the Judiciary
Phone 202-225-2216

Room: 2371 RHOB
https://chabot.house.gov/

Email: https://chabot.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/?zip5=45242&zip4=7084

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RepSteveChabot/

Twitter: @RepSteveChabot

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/congressmanstevechabot

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+CongressmanSteveChabot

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/repstevechabot/
Ballotpedia https://ballotpedia.org/Steve_Chabot

Ask the Electors of the 2016 Electoral College

On December 19th, electors of the Electoral College will cast their official votes for the President of the United States of America. For those concerned about our President Elect’s fitness for office, you can post an open letter to the electors, too. Will it make a difference? Not likely, but we must start our resistance somewhere.

So, here is a copy (and link) of my submission:

I have deep concerns about our President Elect’s ability to fulfill his duties as stipulated in the presidential oath of the office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Concern number one: His business entanglements as they relate to the emoluments clause of our Constitution. The conflicts of interests that will ensue between his Constitutional obligations and his global business holdings are fraught with terrible consequences for all Americans.

Number two: His well-articulated predisposition for authoritarian governance that stands in stark contrast to the very principles of our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Number three: His calls for violence at his campaign rallies to “rough up” dissenting voices with additional inflammatory rhetoric yearning for bygone days when harsher treatments were meted out with impunity.

Number four: His lack of forceful repudiation of the white supremacists who have enthusiastically and boisterously supported his positions. 

These are just four objections that I hope you take into careful consideration in your momentous vote. 

I pray that enlightenment prevails over political expedience.

Who Are the Plebeians?

Historians mark the appearance of the plebeians in Rome during the reign of Ancus Marcius. Most were likely foreigners who settled in Rome as naturalized citizens. In those early days of the Roman Republic, the elites maintained a monopoly on political power and social status. The plebeians were excluded from public institutions and were not even permitted to learn the Roman laws that governed them.

In time a growing dissatisfaction with the elite’s stranglehold on society erupted. General strikes — a secessio plebis — shook the establishment. In extreme acts of civil disobedience, the plebeians withdrew en masse from Rome, leaving the wealthy elites behind. In the span of 200 years, 5 dramatic plebeian walkouts took place.

Eventually, these actions resulted in garnering greater political influence for the plebeians. The publication of the laws and rights were formalized. The rights for plebeian intermarriage with the higher classes and other social restrictions were lifted. The concept of egalitarian rights took root for Roman citizenry. Eventually the plebeians gained power through their unrelenting efforts to force reforms.

So, now we arrive in the new Millennium at the precipice of the digital age. We’ve advanced society far from hardscrabble of antiquity. Yet the themes of plebeian struggle from those distant times still echo today.

The American Revolutionary Era was another dramatic step that fits into that very same plebeian spirit. A fresh sense of liberty and possibilities swept across the American Colonies and sparked the creation of the American Constitution. In those times, Benjamin Franklin used the term “leather aprons” to describe the hardworking everyday folks that made colonial American vibrant and new — essentially a new era for the very same plebeian spirit.

Today, the digital age hails another transformation era — brimming with opportunities and fraught with dangers. And again, it will be the plebeians who will do the hard work, make the discoveries, write the code, and create a new society.  But deep down our core values and principles remain steadfast as they’re inscribed into America’s founding documents — our cherished aspirations. We reaffirm more inclusively than ever the notion that we are all endowed with certain unalienable rights. Among these are: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, let’s do this.