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How about Republicans respect the president and the process by which he was elected? That appears to be too much to ask for, apparently -LS
From Snarky Democrat
Yes, I found this posted about Republicans....so why are some on DU doing the same? You don't like him, that's fine, you disagree with him, that is fine too. However on a Democratic board the disrespect and name calling is not okay for our duly elected Democratic president. What is wrong with people?
Have we lost our way? Women and LGBT and AA are bashed and ridiculed here. They are being chased off this damn site. These groups are huge voting blocks for Democrats, why are they being chased off a Democratic board?
Is this what we have become? Are we the party of no tolerance. Have we become the party of me or do we still believe in blessed equality for each and every person, no matter their color or their sexual orientation or their gender.
Goddess help us, I thought the Republicans and the TeaParty were the antiquated ones in their death throes. Here I see a Democratic party that wishes to divide and conquer. That is no way to win, we will only make change together, united as one. It is not about you, it is not about me, it is about us.
We can do this, yet we have to do it together.
Posted by sheshe2 | Thu Sep 11, 2014, 09:31 PM (41 replies)
To Obama Haters: The Actual Evidence of Obama’s Achievements Shows You’re on the Wrong Side of History— Again
November 19, 2013 by Frank Schaeffer
There are Obama haters aplenty, have been from Day One: Snooty left wingers have offered advice he should have, could have, would have followed to success if the president had just listened to his white betters in the media. Hate-filled right wing bigots have jostled to be the loudest claiming Obama isn’t a “real American,” not one of us, from somewhere else, a liar, a communist, a Muslim, the anti-Christ… and that’s just a start.
Economists have lined up on all sides to predict his policies would fail, that we were headed for depression, world economic collapse, and higher unemployment. Hawks told us the president was giving in to terror, maybe he was a terrorist himself. Doves told us he’s a mass murderer, using drones to target the innocent.
The Religious Right also tells us that the president is a baby-killer, wants to destroy marriage, hates families, and is in league with a global gay conspiracy to coddle pedophiles. Speaking of pedophiles, the Roman Catholic bishops – when not busy with settling lawsuits on behalf of abused children their priests raped – have told us that the president is anti-religion, anti-Catholic and anti-religious freedom, all because he hasn’t kowtowed to them and insisted that women are given full health coverage, including access to contraception.
The president has only been forced to tell one untruth, and it’s not that everyone could keep their coverage irrespective of how bad their so-called insurance was. That was a misstatement. It’s this: He’s never been able to say that the bitterness of his opponents stems from the fact he’s black. Not everyone who opposes the president is a racist. But race embarrasses us. We try not to mention it. We pretend we’re a less race-divided country than we are.
Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2013/11/to-obama-haters-the-actual-evidence-of-obamas-achievements-shows-youre-on-the-wrong-side-of-history-again/#ixzz3CxEDxumA
That goes for Tavis Smiley, Cornell West:
Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and the Cattiness of Slandering President Obama
As a black academic at a fine institution of higher learning, I have constantly tried to overlook the repeatedly blatant verbal shots thrown at President Barack Obama. Many Republican politicians and conservative media critics have taken to attacking almost everything about Obama from his ethnicity, scholarship and ethics to his wife and children. And while many of these remarks can cross racially insensitive boundaries, there has been a trend of spotlighting black scholars who criticize the president and this often creates buzz. But more often than not, the two black intellectuals who stand to grasp the most limelight for taking spiteful jabs at President Obama are Cornel West and Tavis Smiley.
Now Michael Moore who claims Obama will only be known for being President while Black. Yes a lot of Obama hate out there, nothing the black man does is ever good enough. This is what is coming from the left. No need to say what the right is saying, it's just as bad, if not worse.
Posted by sheshe2 | Wed Sep 10, 2014, 07:01 PM (73 replies)
Today in Estonia, I believe President Obama was speaking to all of us.
In the face of violence that seems intractable and suffering that is so senseless, it is easy to grow cynical and I think tempting to give in to the notion that peace and security may be beyond our grasp. But I say to all of you here today, especially the young people, do not give in to that cynicism. Do not lose the idealism and optimism that is the root of all great change. Don’t ever lose the faith that says if we want it, if we are willing to work for it, if we stand together, the future can be different. Tomorrow can be better...
Dignity will win, because every human being is born equal, with free will and inalienable rights, and any regime or system of government that tries to deny these rights will ultimately fail and countries that uphold them will only grow stronger.
And freedom will win – not because it’s inevitable, not because it is ordained, but because these basic human yearnings for dignity and justice and democracy do not go away. They can be suppressed, at times they can be silenced, but they burn in every human heart, in a place where no regime can ever reach, a light that no army can ever extinguish. And so long as free peoples summon the confidence and the courage and the will to defend the values that we cherish, then freedom will always be stronger and our ideas will always prevail, no matter what.
READ MORE: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-yearnings-that-burn-in-every-human.html
So many lament the return of Howard Deans '50 State Strategy', yet seem clueless to what President Obama and his team did.
From one of the links:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zack-exley/the-new-organizers-part-1_b_132782.html
The New Organizers, What's really behind Obama's ground game
Inside the Obama campaign, almost without anyone noticing, an insurgent generation of organizers has built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people's organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level.
The "New Organizers" have succeeded in building what many netroots-oriented campaigners have been dreaming about for a decade. Other recent attempts have failed because they were either so "top-down" and/or poorly-managed that they choked volunteer leadership and enthusiasm; or because they were so dogmatically fixated on pure peer-to-peer or "bottom-up" organizing that they rejected basic management, accountability and planning. The architects and builders of the Obama field campaign, on the other hand, have undogmatically mixed timeless traditions and discipline of good organizing with new technologies of decentralization and self-organization.
Neighborhood team leaderWin or lose, "The New Organizers" have already transformed thousands of communities—and revolutionized the way organizing itself will be understood and practiced for at least the next generation. Obama must continue to feed and lead the organization they have built—either as president or in opposition. If he doesn't, then the broader progressive movement needs to figure out how to pick this up, keep it going and spread it to all 50 states. For any of that to happen, the incredible organizing that has taken place this year inside Obama's campaign—and also here and there in Clinton's—needs to be thoroughly understood and celebrated. Toward that end, here are glimpses from several days of observations and interviews in Central and Southwest Ohio. This article focuses on the field program's innovative "neighborhood team" structure and the philosophy of volunteer management underlying it that is best summarized by the field campaign's ubiquitous motto: "Respect. Empower. Include."
I know, this last link is from 2008. Yet it continued for 2012.
Towards the end, when we were approaching the 2008 elections, I knew Obama was going to win. Yes, some will ridicule me for that. I have often been called an Obamabot here. Yet I had been paying attention. I read a lot and followed closely. You could feel it, you could here it, there was a ground swell that was happening.
Our soon to be President in 2008, The Community Organizer helped build a team of 'New Organizers.' As the article states, we must continue with this. "Respect. Empower. Include."
And the only path to lasting peace is when people know that their dignity will be respected and that their rights will be upheld. And citizens, like nations, will never settle for a world where the big are allowed to bully the small. Sooner or later, they fight back.
Some try to say we can never win Congress in 2014 and will lose the Senate. That is correct, if you do not vote, that will happen. Yet for those who have had their rights taken away it is past time to stand up and make your voice heard. It is time to fight back.
I am a woman and I sure as hell am going to vote for my rights. The GOP tried to take away our dignity and I am saying no.
One last thing and I will stop boring you. I have another feeling right now, something that will make a change in 2014. Ferguson. That was a tipping point, a catalyst and a shot that was heard around the world. They tried to take away their dignity, not happening. They are going to vote and it is not stopping with Ferguson."Respect. Empower. Include."
And citizens, like nations, will never settle for a world where the big are allowed to bully the small. Sooner or later, they fight back.
Posted by sheshe2 | Wed Sep 3, 2014, 07:37 PM (7 replies)
see what they are saying about you. I just did. I am even the topic of a hidden Op, however I am with some good company~
Posted by sheshe2 | Mon Sep 1, 2014, 05:15 PM (89 replies)
Posted by sheshe2 | Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:09 PM (0 replies)
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I'll take the "Audacity of Taupe" over the "Mendacity of Dopes" (aka #RWNJs) any day.
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Posted by sheshe2 | Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:54 PM (43 replies)
Posted on August 31, 2014 by SouthernGirl2
Call to Action: National March on Ferguson
Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition Demands
1.We demand that Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be immediately fired from Ferguson police department instead of remaining on paid leave. We demand Darren Wilson be charged and vigorously prosecuted for the murder of Michael Brown.
2.We demand that Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, under the emergency law clause he issued immediately remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch from the case involving Michael Brown.
3.We call upon the United States Federal Attorney General, Eric Holder and Missouri state Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the policies and practices of the local municipalities in Saint Louis City, Saint Louis County and other municipalities throughout the state of Missouri that have demonstrated a legacy of racial profiling. Accordingly, we call upon those officials to develop penalties/policies to put an end to those practices.
4.We call for the Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich to do an audit of the funds of the local municipalities that have demonstrated a history of racial profiling. We demand accountability of how much revenue is being generated from traffic violations and how these funds are being spent.
Posted by sheshe2 | Sun Aug 31, 2014, 08:20 PM (28 replies)
Ferguson, Missouri police are being trained to use and wear body cameras, CBS affiliate KMOV reports.
The training comes amid increased attention on police use of force in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Following that shooting, local police in Ferguson donned riot gear and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who refused to disperse and, at times, broke into nearby businesses.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said body cameras would have made a difference in the investigation of Brown's shooting.
"A picture's worth a thousand words and video, many more," Bibring said. "And video, from the perspective of the officer, is going to be an invaluable tool in determining why an officer acted the way he or she did - and whether he or she acted appropriately."
Video at the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ferguson-missouri-police-receive-training-on-body-cameras/
Ferguson's use of Force was a disgusting display of power.
Secondly, the response of the police had all the makings of Shock and Awe, I believe this was unprecedented.
Shock and awe (technically known as rapid dominance) is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness and maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the enemy's perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight.
I posted this here.
FERGUSON'S PEOPLE WERE NOT THE ENEMY! PLEASE READ THE QUOTE FROM WIKI! Dear Gawd!Freguson police did this! They did indeed TRY TO"destroy its will to fight."
Posted by sheshe2 | Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:41 PM (5 replies)
Here is the video...
Please read the story here:
Posted by sheshe2 | Sat Aug 30, 2014, 08:47 PM (2 replies)
I just want to say that Carol Anderson nailed it in her column titled: Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress.
The reason its important to remember this is that it keeps the focus where it should be...on racism. But it also allows us to acknowledge the strength of our cause. Change is happening and the backlash is very real. But as I've said so many times, the dying beast is lashing out in its death throes. That's why I loved how Rev. Al Sharpton ended his remarks at Michael Brown's memorial service.
I don’t know how long the investigation will be. I don’t know how long the journey’s going ot be. But I know how this story gonna end. The first will be last. The last will be first. The lion and lamb gonna lay down together. And God will! God will! God will make a way for his children! I been to the end of the Book. Justice is gonna come!
The backlash we're experiencing now was triggered by just that kind of hope.
We know the battle ahead will be long. But always remember that, no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change...
Lift Every Voice and Sing
MORE MORE MORE HERE:http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/08/beyond-ferguson-understanding-big.html
Posted by sheshe2 | Sat Aug 30, 2014, 08:20 PM (5 replies)