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Posts tagged Republicans
"Oprah Winfrey tells everyone that you can wish prosperity into existence and not bats an eye. Michelle Obama suggests drinking water could be healthy, the whole world goes crazy."
— Mark L. Evans
“Nobody has a monopoly on what is a very hard problem. But I don’t have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
— President Barack Obama, speaking at Georgetown University
Well said Mr. President!
Today, the Supreme Court stuck a dagger into the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most effective pieces of legislation Congress has passed in the last 50 years.
These men never stood in unmovable lines. They were never denied the right to participate in the democratic process. They were never beaten, jailed, run off their farms or fired from their jobs. No one they knew died simply trying to register to vote. They are not the victims of gerrymandering or contemporary unjust schemes to maneuver them out of their constitutional rights.
I remember in the 1960s when people of color were the majority in the small town of Tuskegee, Alabama. To insure that a black person would not be elected, the state gerrymandered Tuskegee Institute and the black sections of town so they fell outside the city limits. This reminds me too much of a case that occurred in Randolph County in my own state of Georgia, when the first black man was elected to the board of education in 2002. The county legislature changed his district so he would not be re-elected.
I disagree with the court that the history of discrimination is somehow irrelevant today. The record clearly demonstrates numerous attempts to impede voting rights still exist, and it does not matter that those attempts are not as “pervasive, widespread or rampant” as they were in 1965. One instance of discrimination is too much in a democracy.
As Justice Ginsberg mentioned, it took a Bloody Sunday for Congress to finally decide to fix on-going, institutionalized discrimination that occurred for 100 years after the rights of freed slaves were nullified at the end of the Civil War. I am deeply concerned that Congress will not have the will to fix what the Supreme Court has broken. I call upon the members of this body to do what is right to insure free and fair access to the ballot box in this country.
— John Lewis, Congressman who almost died to win passage of the VRA in 1965.
This is still a racist, backwards ass state with a racist state government and a racist court system and now they have been given the green light by the right wing of the federal Supreme Court to rape and pillage the hard earned voting rights of thousands of citizens. It’s a dark day for Alabamians and America…
Under this proposed Republican Bill in Michigan,
Women who are raped could be denied emergency contraception. People who are afflicted with HIV could be denied medical care. Women with ectopic pregnancies could be denied care. Patients who seek treatment of an STD could be refused help. Women who want contraception to protect themselves during sex could be denied that protection by their doctors. LGBT patients could be turned away if a doctor disapproves of their sexual preference. Babies could be denied vaccines. The list goes on and on. And all a doctor needs to do is claim a religious objection.
This is obviously a bit over the top but I am obligated to confirm that this is exactly the mindset of many in the GOP, including what apparently includes a couple of my good friends from way back when.
Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Thousands of activists on both sides of the issue are holding rallies marking the day at state capitals across the country.
In the decades since the decision, abortion has been one of the most debated and legislated issues in the nation. And state legislatures, which are increasingly passing laws restricting abortion, have become the debate’s key battlegrounds.
Democracy Now! premieres “The United States of ALEC,” a special report by legendary journalist Bill Moyers on how the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council has helped corporate America propose and even draft legislation for states across the country. ALEC brings together major U.S. corporations and right-wing legislators to craft and vote on “model” bills behind closed doors. It has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in promoting “stand your ground” gun laws, voter suppression bills, union-busting policies and other controversial legislation. Although billing itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership,” ALEC is actually a national network of state politicians and powerful corporations principally concerned with increasing corporate profits without public scrutiny. Moyers’ special will air this weekend on Moyers & Company, but first airs on Democracy Now! today. “The United States of ALEC” is a collaboration between Okapi Productions, LLC and the Schumann Media Center.
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