In the post-election period, VFRL will be relaying critical election & post-election information, organizing, and activism — follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. For direct access to critical information, reporting resources (see something / say something), and organizing and activism, VFRL has compiled these resources.
For critical post election information:
On Tuesday the 27th and Wednesday the 28th, a mobile media truck with messages from VFRL and The Lincoln Project to Donald Trump and American voters is headed to DC. The truck will be cruising NW DC, the National Mall, Navy Yard, Capitol Hill and surrounding areas featuring the image above as well as this message for the Super Spreader in Chief:
While parked, the truck will be playing VFRL’s and The Lincoln Project’s greatest hits:
The truck’s planned parking schedule (subject to availability) is listed below — but check in with VFRL’s Twitter throughout the day for real-time location updates. Hope to see you there! …
This post is updated as new endorsements are made. Read our Statement on 2020 Endorsements here.
October 11 Update — This first slate comprises incumbent veterans of the US military, DOD and intelligence services. These Senators and Congresspeople represent the best of leadership and service to our nation. VFRL is proud to endorse each of them for reelection.
Senator Gary Peters — Michigan, US Senate
Congressman Anthony Brown — MD-4, US House
Congressman Chip Coldiron — IN-3, US House
Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan — PA-6, US House
Congressman Ted Lieu — CA-33, US House
Congresswoman Elaine Luria — VA-2, US House
Congressman Seth Moulton — MA-6, US…
At VFRL, we’ve been recommending On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder as required reading for these times. Between now and the election, we’re posting a discussion of each lesson every day or two. You can find the full list here, updated regularly.
1 — Do not obey in advance
When enough people conform — or fail to resist — would-be authoritarians learn what they can get away with. Anticipatory obedience teaches them how far they can go, and it is often further than they believed. Do not adapt. Do not normalize.
Trump and his cronies push the line every day. Fatigue is widespread, and actions that get a shrug today would be unthinkable four short years ago. Thankfully, most Americans are horrified and resistance remains vocal. When Trump deployed unnamed and unbadged paramilitary units to Portland, resistance was strong. Ultimately, they withdrew. …
For the first time since its founding in 2017, VFRL will endorse a broad slate of candidates across Federal and State offices in an election cycle. As an organization committed to nonpartisanship, but at the same time dedicated to defeating Trumpism, this process has not been without its challenges. A threshold criterion for VFRL’s endorsement is simple and binary: has the candidate stood up for our democratic institutions, the rule of law, and America’s standing in the world by denouncing President Trump and the threats his reckless, divisive, immoral, and often unconstitutional rhetoric and actions pose to our nation? As Veterans, we swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Our elected officials who hold high office do the same. This shared oath binds us in a common commitment to the high ideals and values we as a nation proclaim. But this bond is only as strong as our fidelity. Last winter, our representatives in the House and Senate were each posed essentially the same, simple question: was President Trump’s withholding of aid and accompanying request of a foreign head of state to investigate a political rival an impeachable offense? Save one Congressman and one Senator, all those in one political party pronounced to the American people and the world that they were unwilling to declare it so. We applaud the courage of Senator Mitt Romney and Congressman Justin Amash. …
Veterans for Responsible Leadership (VFRL) is a fully inclusive, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to uphold the integrity of American democracy from those who seek to undermine and subvert its institutions, the rule of law, and electoral system for personal or political advantage. We, like our military, hold a broad spectrum of political views. Yet we set aside those differences to defend the institutional and ideological foundations that underpin our nations’ open and inclusive political arena. Between now and November, we will use our voice and influence to keep Trump from being re-elected. After November, we will help heal our institutions and keep Trumpism, fascism, and authoritarianism from rising again in this country. VFRL brings to America’s political discourse the steady, respectful, and measured voice and actions that define great military leaders. …