Jeff & Jill Need Your Help!

As most of you know, Jeff and I began a project titled Discord & Dissension in January of this year.  We posted every Friday on a variety of topics concerning the upcoming November election, from the various congressional races, the candidates, climate change and other critical issues, the Courts, voter apathy, and more, until May when we found ourselves exhausted and decided that we needed a break, a hiatus, so that we could come back strong in the weeks leading up to the election.  Well, guess what, folks?  We are just 11 weeks from election day as of yesterday!

So, Jeff and I have begun collecting our thoughts (some had run away and we had to chase them down!), dusting off the cobwebs, and doing a bit of brainstorming about our direction in those all-important weeks before the election.  We plan to resume our posts on the afternoon of Friday, 11 September, barring anything unforeseen at this time.  We will have 8 weeks, 8 Friday posts, plus possibly an extra “Special Edition” on November 2nd or 3rd.  But we need your help!  The title for this second half of our project will be America’s Wakeup Call, for that is truly what we must all do … wake up and help others to do the same … before it is too late.

We have a few ideas, but we would really like to hear from you guys before we formulate a plan.  What is most important to you?  What would you like to know more about?  Issues?  If so, do you have specific issues you’d like to know more about?  Polls?  Polls can be confusing and misleading … is there anything you’ve always wanted to know but were afraid to ask?  Do you want to know more about Joe Biden and/or Kamala Harris … the person?  Would you like to know more about the best, safest way to vote in your state in this year’s election?  What interests you most – environmental issues, law & justice, our relations with other nations, immigration, or something else?  Do you understand your constitutional rights, or would you like some additional information?

Our goal with this project is to provide the information you need to make informed choices, to help you to better understand what is at stake, so in order to meet that goal, we really want to hear from you about what matters most, what you’d like us to cover.  Feel free to leave a comment here on this post, or if you’d prefer anonymity, email me at dennisonjill@aol.com using “The Project” in the subject line, and either Jeff or I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Thanks to you all for your input and your support of our project.  The stakes are higher this election day than any other has been in our lifetimes, and we need to make sure we help people in whatever way we possibly can!

Below is a link to the full Table of Contents for the project to date:

Discord & Dissension — Table of Contents

40 thoughts on “Jeff & Jill Need Your Help!

  1. Jill, your persistence is a great service to those of us who still honor our nation and revere the sacrifices of its fallen warriors. Many trumpers seem to be trumpers because they see the entire political arena as dark and corrupt. I disagree, of course, but often fall short in stating my case. A list of ‘good works’ by Democrats, especially during the Obama/Biden years, would be a tremendous help in my conversations with these people. The Party philosophy should make this election choice a ‘no-brainer’, but I am worried.

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    • Thank you, Larry!!! Yours is an excellent idea … to show what the Democrats have done to help the people … that it is not just a platform, not just talk, but that they have actually done things that brought about change for the average Joe! Thanks! Yes, I am worried as well, for by all indications, Trump will do everything he can to cheat his way to re-election, to another 4 or more years in office. I cannot … simply will not spend another 4+ years under this tyrant.

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      • Jim and I stopped by the county Democratic Headquarters….picked up a few signs, dropped a few $$$$, and got inspired by the volunteers. Maybe volunteering is in our future. Jim had a vinyl sign created for his car yesterday…it says, “BIDEN, yes. TRUMP….oh hell no!!!! Not again.”
        On our ride home from visiting the Dems, the driver of a PU truck pulled aside us and shook his head in disapproval. We are considering volunteering to monitor trump’s proposed polling place monitors. Fun job, maybe??

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        • You guys are the best! I love the sign Jim had made … “Oh hell no!!!” 🤣 My sentiments exactly! I think volunteering is a terrific idea! Do whatever you can! Our polling place is just about 1/2 mile from here, so I might volunteer there, as well! You’ve inspired me! Interestingly, I’ve had about as many supportive remarks on my “I Miss Obama” bumper sticker as I have had negative ones! But then, I live in a very diverse area.

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    • That’s a great idea Larry. Perhaps a detailed look at what Biden himself was a part of while VP…Some of the things Obama charged him with doing, might not be a bad idea either.

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  2. Jeff & Jill, i would like to add how do we inspire apathetic younger ppl to get out the vote? It is well known that the 18 to 26 crowd are not reliable voting segment, may or may not show up come election day.
    We were so optimistic and hopeful for change during Bernie Sanders’ primary, was counting on his millions of younger supporters to lift him to victory. The result was lackluster, the younger generation who stood to benefit the most from Bernie’s progressive policies failed to show up en-masse. The DNC under Obama organized massive support for Biden and it was the suburban wine moms who saved the former VP from obscurity.
    It seems coddled snowflakes from my generation would rather stay home and play video games than participate in the future of our country, this is insane. Any ideas how we can motivate the slackers to register and do their civic duty?
    I remember my grandma saying that schools use to teach civics class to instruct how to become better citizens, get involved and be the change we want to see. Why was civics removed from the curriculum…. hmmm?
    I’m thinking this is all done by design to take the power from the ppl and concentrate within the Washington elite and their corporate cronies. But that’s another story, we really need a revolution to change this broken system of governance.

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    • That’s quite a dilemma isn’t it? Getting 18-26 year-olds motivated to vote won’t be easy. I think the last time they stepped up, and one of the only times, is when Obama won the first time. Perhaps this year, with all the social justice stuff. Maybe that will spur them a bit more. It worth looking into though.

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      • I think the young people are more politically savvy and more motivated than you’re giving them credit for. After the Parkland shootings in 2018, young people seemed to waken and realize that it is their lives on the line here. I’m more concerned about people our own age, who seem to be waiting for the “perfect” candidate, though as you and I know, there is not such thing.

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  3. From across the pond I can’t do much to help but I wish you well in your enterprise. I’m fairly certain most of my followers/ FB ‘friends’ on your side of the water are also on your side of the argument already. Nevertheless, I’ll share your posts so that any who are not also following you get the facts they need to enable them to make the right decision come the day.

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    • Thank you so much, Frank, for your support and your willingness to share our work! You guys ‘cross the big pond see our situation more clearly, I think, than many in this country. Perhaps it’s like that old adage “Can’t see the forest for the trees”, or perhaps half the people in this nation have been spoiled by too much ‘freedom’ and have come to think they have the ‘right’ to live sans any rules. Again, thank you for sharing what we do … the more we can be heard, the more likely we are to make a bit of a difference somewhere!

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  4. Honesty is the key for me. I can’t trust any communication from a president who has spoken more than 20,000 lies and deceptive statements in under four years. I understand there are times when a president must not publicize sensitive topics, but there is a difference between necessary circumspection and self-serving lies. I suspect Biden will be far more honest and reliable than the current president.

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    • I am in full agreement with you on that! I do not believe a single word that he utters, and if I cannot believe him, then I cannot trust him and if I cannot trust him … then why is he even still sitting in the Oval Office??? Oh yeah, because the republicans in the Senate didn’t have the courage to oust him when they had the chance. You’re right … some things are not for the public to know, but when the prez lies even about stupid, irrelevant things, then we’ve got a problem. A pathological liar is NOT what we need in our leadership, even at lower levels, and certainly not in the highest office in the land!

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    • Very true Jerry. Just the man’s decency alone is on the ballot. Frankly, there’s no comparison. Biden isn’t perfect of course, but the man he wants to replace can’t even sniff how to be decent, honest, or trustworthy. Just isn’t in his DNA

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  5. I look forward to reading these. I look forward to your take on the debates when they take place. I’ve also been reading that there are few undecided voters at this point, so what does that mean for the election? And the polling stats fascinate me. Perhaps a look at any potential surprises; scenarios where Trump could once again lose the popular vote, but win the election. What are the key states in this election?

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    • Another Candian has an opinion. All states are key, even the red ones. Rebuglycans might think they own them, but even the “so-called lost states” must be contested to the fullest limit of the electoral laws. All it takes is stealing one state from the “red wall” to put a dent in Trump’s massive ego. If you can steal two, a thousand times better.
      Flipping the coin, don’t take the blue states for granted. They can be easily lost if only a few voters are lost because of political overload.

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    • Thanks, Jim, for your vote of confidence! I really rather dread the debates, for Trump will no doubt turn them into a 3-ring circus rather than any serious attempt to discuss issues and ideologies. Thanks for your thoughtful questions … we will indeed try to cover them all, for all of them are relevant. Quickly, though, there is a very good chance that, in a repeat of 2016, Trump will lose the popular vote and still win the electoral college … more on that later, though!

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  6. Jill, being president has a lot to do with character – empathy, decency, honor, service. To be brutally frank, I would not use any of these terms to defind the incumbent president, but would with his opponent. As a result, America is less trusted because of an untrustworthy president, America is divided because of a president who s divisive, and Americans don’t trust institutions because the president denigrates to save his own hind end. We are less secure as a nation says a former Trump DHS chief of staff because of Trump. Keith

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    • You’re quite right … character, integrity, values, compassion … all seem to be lacking in this shell of a person. To take it a step further, I question the character of those who support him, as well. Granted, some are simply uneducated and don’t help themselves any by getting all their news from Fox, but others actually seem to like what Trump is and what he says & does. I don’t trust those people any more than I trust him.

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      • Jill, we cannot lose sight of the impact of Sinclair Broadcasting and the reach of an evangelist like Franklin Graham we keeps saying God wants Trump to win. Really, Franklin? A person who exhibits little of the traits Jesus espoused and the Ten Commandments lists. Keith

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        • Good point! Sinclair has become just another Fox News in my book. I refuse to get even my weather report from the local Sinclair station! And yes, Franklin Graham … the #1 snake oil salesman in the nation, along with a few others. It seems to me he is the 180° opposite of what Christian principles adhere to. And yet … people listen to him and sing his praises. WHY???

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          • Jill, Sinclair may be worse as people do not know they are being read the same statement as opinion as 40 other stations. Compliance is a key part of the definition of disinformation. As for Graham, he is harming Christianity when he says inane things like Trump is divinely inspired. Keith

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  7. I think I would like a better understanding of the pros and cons of defunding the police, since that’s such a passionate topic lately. You two have done a splendid job thus far informing the electorate; I know you’ll continue to do so. I appreciate your efforts.

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    • Hah! You cannot vote, that is true, but your input and your understanding is far superior to many who have lived in the U.S. all their lives! I always value your comments, for you see clearly what is happening here!

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        • Me too, John! I posted it this afternoon, for I thought it was excellent! No longer can Trump call him “Sleepy Joe”, though I’m sure he will continue to do so, for once he assigns someone a nickname, he uses it ad nauseam. I agree, and it will be one of our primary focuses in the next two months. But how do you convince people who are convinced that their vote won’t matter? Sigh.

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  8. Reblogged this on On The Fence Voters and commented:
    The most consequential election in modern times is upon us. Jill and I took a break from a project we started earlier in the year. But we always knew we’d be back for the closing months of the campaign. And here we are. I’ll let Jill explain how we intend to move forward. Thanks Jill!

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  9. Hello Jill. I think you have been doing a fantastic job. I love all your posts and projects. As for topics I don’t have any real suggestions as I keep pretty well informed and you still add to my knowledge on issues. Thanks and keep up the grand work, we and the country need both your voices right now. Hugs

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    • Thanks so much, Scottie! Yes, you do keep well-informed, so if we can add to your knowledge, then we must be doing something right! There is just so much to keep up with these days … nobody can be everywhere at once! Thanks again … we hope we can reach some who are as yet undecided before November 3rd.

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