Rent Control, Gun Control and Impeachment

What would Nelson Mandela do?

Lew Church | 12/6/2017, 9:35 a.m.
The excellent editorial cartoon and commentary about gun control (Preventing Gun Deaths and Protecting Gun Rights, Portland Observer, Nov. 15 ...

But what about impeaching the current occupant of our White House? Are the offenses against our country and the world tantamount to 'high crimes and misdemeanors'? Moreover, like rent control in Oregon and gun control in Estados Unidos -- is impeachment a 'feasible' and desirable goal? We believe it is.

Collusion with Russia is treason. Trump still wants to "lock" Hillary up, at his rallies a year after she won the popular vote by almost 3,000,000 votes. Trump brags about grabbing women by their privates, trashes Gold Star families and John McCain, despises Black Lives Matter and Colin Kapernaek, and says there are "good Nazis" and good protestors on both sides of the racist marches at Charlottesville.

Trump says Judge Roy Moore is a GOP stalwart, but Senator Franken is sketchy. Trump also adds that NFL players who protest racism "should be fired." Trump's right wing practices mirror his TV celebrity, game show rhetoric.

What would rent control, gun control and impeachment look like? With enough grassroots support, these things are totally possible. After 27 years in jail in South Africa to secure voting rights for black folks, and then to become that country's first black president -- many of us believe that Nelson Mandela would say if you organize long enough, and with strategy, tactics and a timeline -- you can win.

Rent control can be legal in Oregon, not just New York City or San Francisco or Berlin. Gun control can be legal in the world's "best democracy." And, we can eject a fascist, racist, sexist profiteer from what belongs to the people, in a democracy, our White House in Washington, D.C.

Lew Church is coordinator of Portland Gray Panthers and founding publisher and editor of two Portland State activist papers, the PSU Reargard and PSU Agitator.