An Open Letter to

Here is my open letter to Jon Carson, who sends out fundraising emails from Organizing for America, the President Barack Obama grassroots fundraising machine listed online at  OFA wrote begging for more money to push the Affordable Care Act. That’s fine. I signed up for ACA. I’ve even donated to help make it happen. I’ve even donated to help Democratic Party candidates win. But I’m sick of these appeals, especially when OFA makes this ask as though their current campaign to save the push the Affordable Care Act is a defining moment for America.

“In 20 years, when we’re looking back at this defining moment for health care reform, what will you say you did?” – OFA asks.

My response to OFA:

Dear Mr. Carson:

In 20 years I’ll say I resisted President Obama on his misguided “all of the above” energy policy, got arrested trying to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, and spoke out against the President’s ignorant support for fracking. Whether this health care works out or not is not the main thing. ACD (Anthropogenic Climate Disruption) is the main challenge of our times and this presidency, not ACA (the Affordable Care Act). Yes, I have taken advantage of the ACA, but only as I continue to mourn the lack of leadership that caused the failure of the public option, which is what we were promised in the Obama platform during the original campaign; just like he promised that we would be “the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil” yet allows fracking for oil and gas all across this country and more than likely will approve the Keystone XL pipeline to carry the dirtiest oil on the planet.

By end of this September I’ll be on the public option of Medicare, a gift from a more gifted Democratic president of old.  When we have a clean energy path to the future and “Medicare for All,” then we’ll really be able to get excited about our political leadership.


Stephen Cleghorn

Reynoldsville, PA

About jstephencleghorn

My name is Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn. I am now a resident of Baltimore, MD. I continue to own a 50-acre certified organic farm in Jefferson County, PA that I operated with my late wife Lucinda between 2005 and 2011 when she passed away from cancer. The farm is now under lease to organic farmers and protected by "The Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez Conservation Easement” which protects it for organic agriculture and against the threats of industrial development that would violate the Rights of Nature. The blog’s name is taken from the writings of Saint Augustine who believed “Hope” to be the greatest of spiritual gifts. And, says Saint Augustine, Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger so that what must not be may not be; courage so that what should be can be. Anger and Courage. Now in late 2016, after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, these are the spiritual gifts that must come to the fore if we are to have “Hope” for a loving culture and a sustainable world for future generations. When I first created this blog it was focused on the extreme form of fossil fuel extraction known as “fracking” that was threatening much of the state of Pennsylvania and many other parts of the United States. At the root of that struggle was and is a struggle to halt and reverse climate change. Now the struggle has turned to resisting an incoming Trump Administration that is an existential threat to the climate with its plans to ramp up extraction and use of fossil fuels. This blog will be about having the courage to stand up to the massive global corporations that would ruin our planet and its climate, take their profits and leave the mess to future generations of to clean up. We need to rise up, my friends, and be not afraid.
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