Joe did a teensy video today. It amounts to very little, so I’m not going to bother transcribing it. I will just briefly describe it. It shows Joe in the van at a post office.
He is mailing a stack of envelopes and yammering about how he’s this great activist for “Connie.” “A great initiative,” he says.
He’s vague, gives little information, but a wee trip to Connie Reguli’s Facebook page tells us more.
She wrote a letter to Donald Trump. It’s a relatively long letter and that’s just the first problem. Donald doesn’t read long stuff. In fact, Donald reads almost nothing. She should instead turn her efforts to getting on Fox and Friends which is where Donald gets all his news.
What she’s done is make umpteen copies of the letter, complete with envelopes already addressed, and she’s divided them up and mailed stacks of them to people in various states. Apparently Joe is the Kentucky sucker.
Joe then takes his stack of letters and mails them so it looks like letters are coming from all across the country. Because that’s what you do. You make it look like your group protesting is much larger than it actually is. You pretend to be people you are not. You lie. You know, kind of like making Facebook profiles and pages so you’ll look like you have more active supporters than you actually do. Joe’s a natural.
I don’t suppose Joe included a note explaining to Donald that he and Nicole don’t believe in government or voting.
And that’s the second problem.
Connie wrote the letter. And made copies.
How long do you think it will take some poor aide working in the White House mail room to figure out that all these letters were basically composed by the same person? Ten seconds? Two minutes?
I have been involved in a letter-writing campaign before in order to influence legislation. To my sorrow (now), we were quite successful. It was at the state level, not the federal, which meant that it was far, far easier to get the attention of legislators. But we didn’t mail copies of letters.
We actually wrote the letters. We composed them. And we hand wrote them. It was very hard work to get dozens and dozens and hundreds of people to write these letters, but we did it. In addition, we drove to Raleigh, and visited key legislators in their offices and begged them to pass our bill. They listened, and then the legislature passed our horrible bill and destroyed home education in North Carolina. (I’m working on a piece about all that. Later.) Even though we were really morally wrong, we managed to win because we did it the right way.
And that leads me to another problem.
Connie wants Trump to issue an executive order banning federal aid to states for adoption.
You know, the whole “the state takes kids so they can sell them and make money” complaint.
What is it with people on the right? When President Obama issued an executive order, they had a collective stroke. Every single time. He was a “dictator” and it was “unconstitutional.” He was usurping power from the Congress and “making law.”
But now, that’s all they want. Donald, just grab a pen and sign this please. Don’t bother to read it. Just sign it.
Here’s the deal. It’s called an “adoption subsidy.”
States are faced with a big problem. They have kids that are in foster care, too many kids, and no permanent homes for them. Some of these kids are cute, and white, and very young, and developmentally “normal” (I put that in quotes because I don’t like using the idea of “abnormal” to describe special-needs kids). They are easy. They get adopted rapidly.
But some kids are harder. Some of them come from very, very abusive situations and have severe challenges. Some of them were born challenged. And some potential adoptive families have a whole lot of stability and love to give and not much money.
Let’s take a relatively typical case. There is a family, the Smiths, who want to adopt a child, Billy. Billy has a lot of special needs, though, and even though the Smiths are uniquely qualified to deal with Billy’s needs, they are gonna have a real problem because Mr. Smith was laid off from his job and just now found a new one. During his layoff, they ate through their savings account and they simply cannot afford for Mrs. Smith to stay home with Billy for several months while he acclimates.
So, the state is looking at a situation where Billy will have to just stay in foster care, without a stable family, and potentially end up costing the state way more in care as a result – or – the state can help subsidize the Smiths so that Mrs. Smith can stay home for a while and in the end, Billy will have a real home, and ultimately an increased chance of a more stable adulthood.
Or how about a case I know of personally. The child in question has a heart defect. He required surgery, very, very expensive surgery and he requires ongoing medical care. The family that adopted him couldn’t afford that medical care. They simply couldn’t have adopted him at all if it weren’t for federal and state funding.
In addition, adopting kids out can be costly. There are court appearances, and legal fees and psychological testing and all sorts of things, in addition to the normal costs of foster care. So the federal government has a program to help states get these adoptable kids adopted.
This is what Nicole bitches about constantly as “selling children.”
And that leads to yet another problem, Connie Reguli.
Connie Reguli is a family-practice lawyer in Tennessee, who has had a kind of rocky history of her own.
Here’s what her latest kerfuffle with the courts was all about. If I have the story correct, she just got her license back recently (it was suspended for about a year).
Back when the Nauglers “went viral,” Joe appeared on Connie Reguli’s scare-mongering podcast thing as an example of the state being evil and taking children so they can sell them. (See why I doubt everything Connie Reguli says?) He’s the first interview, so you don’t have to listen to the whole thing to get his part of it.
According to Connie’s FB page, there were a whopping 1000 letters mailed.
I’m sure Donald will be tweeting madly about this in the wee hours three days from now.