“I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
From the Washington Post by Petula Dvorak:
The Women’s March needs passion and purpose, not pink pussycat hats
Please, sisters, back away from the pink.
Pink pussycat hats, sparkly signs, color-coordinated street theater, all of it is gleefully in the works for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
And that scares me a little. Because all of this well-intentioned, she-power frippery can make this thing more Lilith Fair than Lilly Ledbetter. And the Women’s March of 2017 will be remembered as an unruly river of Pepto-Bismol roiling through the streets of the capital rather than a long overdue civil rights march.
This is serious stuff.
It’s about human rights. It’s about the way 51 percent of our nation’s population still gets less pay, less representation in elected office and in corporate corner offices, less access to health care, less safety and less respect that the other 49 percent of our deeply divided nation.
A growing number of prominent Republican women are worried that as members of their male-dominated party step up to defend Donald Trump against accusations of sexual assault, they are causing irreparable damage to the GOP’s deteriorating relationship with female voters.
Trump has faced questions throughout his campaign about his crass comments about women, but concern escalated this month following the release of a 2005 video in which Trump boasted that he had sexually assaulted women and subsequent allegations by 11 women that Trump had inappropriately touched or kissed them. A series of mostly male Republicans have come to Trump’s defense — dismissing the accusers as liars and, some worry, further alienating the female voters that the party desperately needs to survive.
“For next-generation professional women, the party is going to have to do something very, very drastic to change the course of where this candidate has taken us,” said Katie Packer, a deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012. “I think the leaders in our party are going to have to aggressively reject this. Come November 9, they better be prepared to make very strong statements condemning all of Trump’s behavior.”
This division within the Republican Party comes as polls suggest the nation is on the verge of electing its first female president even as misogyny remains a part of American life and culture. Ironically, it is Trump’s candidacy rather than Hillary Clinton’s that has brought sexism to the forefront of political debate.
Finally! It’s about time the problem was seen by all women. Non-GOP women have always recognized that there was a war on women. This issue became very apparent when various issues involving reproductive rights were in the forefront. There was great denial amongst Republican males. “War on women?” they scoffed. “Nonsense!” Then numerous reasons were given to negate when we knew.
GOP women now see instance after instance of disrespect shown to women, starting with the trashing of Megyn Kelly,and on to the fat-shaming of Miss Universe. They heard the famous bus genital-grabbing remarks with their own two ears. The bad behavior has been verified by 11 women who stepped forward so far to discuss in detail, their own personal experiences with Mr. Trump. They also see men who so far have refused to denounce much of the personal behavior of the GOP candidate. These same women also see many other examples of creepy behavior far too numerous to list that just shouldn’t be acceptable in the year 2016.
Listening to leadership as well as Trump supporters minimize or deny allegations of sexism and misogyny has made GOP women nervous. It has made them realize there really is a war on women. In 2016, we shouldn’t even be having these conversations. Yet alas, we still are.
RICHMOND — Virginia’s highest court on Thursday turned down a request from Republicans to find Gov. Terry McAuliffe in contempt of court over his efforts to restore voting rights to felons.
The ruling clears the way for McAuliffe (D) to continue a fast-paced effort to grant clemency to 200,000 violent and nonviolent felons. It also gives McAuliffe at least a temporary win in one of the most bitter battles of his administration, in which he has repeatedly called Republicans racists while the GOP has accused him of administrative bumbling and violating the law.
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has dismissed the case Republicans filed in their latest attempt to prevent individuals who have served their time having a full voice in our society,” McAuliffe said in a written statement. “It is my hope that the court’s validation of the process we are using will convince Republicans to drop their divisive efforts to prevent Virginians from regaining their voting rights and focus their energy and resources on making Virginia a better place to live for the people who elected all of us to lead.”
It’s time for Republicans to stop equivocating. They need to call Trump out for his racist remarks and tell him to stop or they will retract their endorsements. They need to stop hiding behind Hillary. Right now many of them have put themselves in the untenable position of a self-avowed racist or Hillary. Those really aren’t their only choices.
Republicans have a choice. They can pour their efforts into the Senate and House races as well as the various gubernatorial races around the country. If they do not, they will lose it all. If they lose it all, they risk losing the party of Lincoln now and forever.
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Supporters of Ted Cruz dominated a slate of delegates that Virginia Republicans chose Saturday at their state convention, further demonstrating the Texas senator’s mastery of the delegate-selection process.
Of the 13 national delegates picked by party activists here, 10 are Cruz supporters and three support Donald Trump. The tally represents the biggest chunk up for grabs of the 49 total delegates who will represent the state at the national convention in Cleveland this summer.
Despite bruising primary losses around the country, Cruz is betting that Trump will not make it to the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the party’s nomination, and he is working to woo delegates who would be loyal to him at a brokered convention.
Cruz came in a distant third in Virginia in the March 1 primary but had enough supporters among the 2,610 party activists who filled an arena at James Madison University on Saturday to win critical delegates.
Why do politicians involve themselves in these issues?
If a girl becomes a boy, unless he has had surgery, he can’t use the urinal. Therefore, he goes into the stall. The door is closed, what’s the issue?
If a boy becomes a girl, then she goes into the girls’ room where there are stalls with doors. There are no urinals. Close the door, do your business and leave. No politician needs to be involved.
If we are speaking of school environment, if the Moon-Howler solution doesn’t work, then build a unisex bathroom with a single stall. One at a time. Mission accomplished.
We don’t need 500 rules to govern bathrooms.
For people who want less government interference, the Republicans in North Carolina have really out-done themselves in the invasion department.
The Secret Service on Monday quashed the hopes of gun rights advocates who were pushing for the open carry of firearms to be allowed at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
An online petition in support of the effort rapidly gained signatures and attention in the past week, applying pressure to pro-gun Republican officials and presidential contenders to walk the walk when it comes to guns. But on Monday, the Secret Service said that only law enforcement personnel will be allowed to carry firearms at the event.
“Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752 provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states,” Secret Service spokesman Robert K. Hoback said in a statement. “Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site.”
Ticket or not, any unauthorized person with a gun will not be allowed into the event, he said.
Why on earth would any of the candidates want guns inside the convention center? There are enough fruits and nuts wandering around as it is. Arming them would surely spell trouble for someone.
If the Secret Service says no, then that’s that.
Mitch McConnell is not budging.
No matter how much pressure President Obama and Democrats try to apply, McConnell’s allies say the Senate majority leader will never agree to hold hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge, to succeed Antonin Scalia as a Supreme Court justice.
Even Republicans who disagree with him think that McConnell (R-Ky.) will not retreat from that defiant stance. “I don’t see the majority leader changing his mind on this issue. He believes strongly that this should be a decision made by the next president,” said Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), one of two Republicans to call for hearings on Garland.
Since Scalia’s death, and McConnell’s pronouncement hours later, Democrats have been stunned by the senator’s determined position not to consider any nominee — and his flat-out refusal to extend the traditional courtesy of meeting with the nominee.
From the Washington Post:
“Republicans in general tend to be a group of people who like to view themselves as serious, having decorum, being orderly, being thoughtful,” said Roger Porter, who served as a senior policy official in the White Houses of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and who is now a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
But, he said, Thursday’s debate “was the culmination of a long process of the people running for president this year finding themselves drug into a maelstrom in which they look anything but serious and calm and thoughtful and responsible. That’s very distressing for most Republicans. How did we get to this situation?”
More urgent, many Republicans say, is the question of how they get out of it.
1. Does this description fit members of the Republican party?
2. Can they get out of this maelstrom and if so, how?
When I was a young woman I had the view expressed in the first paragraph of Republicans. They were the grown ups. The Democrats were the party boys and girls. The Democrats had to sit things out for a while. It wasn’t until Bill Clinton ushered in a new era. It looks like the GOP didn’t learn from the mistakes of their arch enemies.
I personally think this is what happens to political parties when there is one set group-think. when people are ridiculed and all required to think alike, things break down.
Americans weren’t made to do group-think. That’s why I won’t belong to a political party. I don’t have one belief system that matches everyone else.
Reprinted with permission from Jill Palermo
An unauthorized investigation aimed at uncovering possible voter fraud might cost Prince William County Electoral Board Chairman Guy Anthony “Tony” Guiffré his job.
The Virginia State Board of Elections took a rare vote Friday to initiate steps to remove Guiffré from the county electoral board over allegations he compromised voter privacy and might have broken state and federal laws. The allegations stem from his efforts to determine whether absentee ballots were improperly requested for the Nov. 3 election.
The three-member state board, which includes two Democrats and one Republican, voted along party lines during a meeting in Richmond to ask Attorney General Mark Herring (D) to begin the removal proceedings.
Guiffré’s fate will ultimately be decided by the Prince William County Circuit Court.
Summer is over. And Donald Trump is — still — at the top of the 2016 Republican primary field.
That makes lots and lots of Republicans with an eye on winning the White House in 2016 (or even 2020) very, very nervous. That unease — and its origins — are explained brilliantly in this paragraph, taken from a broader piece entitled “The GOP is Killing Itself,” by former Bush administration official Pete Wehner:
The message being sent to voters is this: The Republican Party is led by people who are profoundly uncomfortable with the changing (and inevitable) demographic nature of our nation. The GOP is longing to return to the past and is fearful of the future. It is a party that is characterized by resentments and grievances, by distress and dismay, by the belief that America is irredeemably corrupt and past the point of no return. “The American dream is dead,” in the emphatic words of Mr. Trump.
Are the congressional Republicans imploding? What’s going on? Have the hardliners killed the GOP?
Something needs to give. Do what I call “normal Republicans” even have a chance? The GOP leadership appears to be in chaos.
This year is definitely bizarre world in terms of politics. Trump and Carson still have the lead. They are absolutely not leaders, in my book.
What will happen tomorrow? I will sort of miss Rep. McCarthy. There was something endearing about him.
Quote of the day: Anthony Weiner said “These guys are the straws that are stirring the drink in the Republican party.” [meaning the 40 rebels]
Democrats have seized on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments tying Hillary Clinton’s declining poll numbers to the Benghazi investigation as evidence that the congressional panel’s examination is a veiled political attack on the Democratic candidate for president.
McCarthy, widely viewed as the frontrunner to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner when House leadership elections are held Oct. 8, said in an interview Tuesday on Fox News that Clinton was “untrustable” in a large part because of the committee’s work.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable,” McCarthy said in reference to Clinton’s role in events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack. “No one would have known any of what happened had we not fought and made that happen.”
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon blasted the remark as “a damning display of honesty.”
“Is your opinion of Planned Parenthood favorable, unfavorable or haven’t you heard enough about it?”
“Do you support or oppose cutting off federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”
“Would you support or oppose shutting down the government over differences about federal government funding to Planned Parenthood?”
“Who would you blame more for a government shutdown: the Republicans in Congress, or Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress?”