Category Archives: Politics

Words

(via The Daily Don)

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1919

  One of the books I’m reading currently is America’s Part in the World War by Richard J. Beamish, ©1919.  Here’s a brief excerpt: How the flower of America’s youth, answering the call to battle, sprang to the support of the colors; how America’s army of democracy was raised almost overnight, trained in an incredibly …

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If this were a Dickens’ novel, Steve Scalise would awaken and renounce his mean spirited, racist, homophobic past, and work tirelessly to ensure that all Americans have access to the same level of health care that saved his own life. Sadly, this is not a Dickens’ novel.

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*bang*

Steve Scalise pushed through a “health care” bill that will strip coverage from millions of people, resulting in the deaths and suffering of– at a minimum– thousands. They will die one at a time, surrounded by family or alone. They will live lives of poverty, crushed by overwhelming debt. They will linger in pain, even …

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You would think after thirty straight years of daily bombings they would have figured out that violence doesn’t work as a means to solve your problems. The sad thing is, you can’t be sure which side I’m talking about.

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Doddering

When Ronald Reagan was president he was asked by an investigating committee if he had secretly sold arms to Iran (which was illegal) and used the proceeds to fund a covert war in Nicaragua (also illegal).  His reply was, “I don’t recall.” Seriously! And there were people who leapt to his defense, saying a president …

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Standing By

“There’s no such thing as an innocent bystander.”  ~Abbie Hoffman People sometimes ask rhetorically, “If you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you?”  but there’s a big problem with that premise:  it assumes that only one man was responsible for World War II, and the millions of other people who participated were …

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I Like the Lyrics

How many of you are picturing Benny Hill running around like a madman right now? Also:  if you imagine this playing in the background while you’re reading the news, it’s a lot less stressful.

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The Better Nature

“My concerns, and my father’s concerns, were usually less about who a particular president is and more about who we are as a people and a nation.  Presidents come and go, but the people are always here. There’s only one president, but there are hundreds of millions of us… I try to reinforce the better …

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Great, Again

When you need a new roof, you don’t hire a carpenter. When you need a cavity filled, you don’t go to a professional dentist. I like to think that the brakes on my car were not installed by someone with training and experience, but by someone who merely held strong opinions on how it ought …

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As Political an Act

“Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence; either way, you’re accountable.”  ~Arundhati Roy

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All of us

One battle conservatives have won, for at least a generation, is that government can no longer be seen as a tool to help people.  It seems to exist mainly to protect the interests of the leisure class- and as a corollary, to keep the working class in their place. So if you’re sick, you’re on …

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