Some of these statistics have me scratching my head. As a progressive who votes Democrat, and a New Yorker, I’m almost hoping some of it is wrong, but the NY Times does pretty good reporting, so the numbers are likely accurate!
Tanya’s Comments: It’s about time that Republicans acknowledge what the Confederate flag means to Black people, and most Americans in general. This move represents progress. I commend Gov. Haley for making this tough (for her political career), but brave decision.
“A day after thousands mourned the slayings of nine black worshipers at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, leaders of diverse ages, races and backgrounds came together to say a symbol of segregation has no place at the state Capitol.” (CNN.com)
“This has been a very difficult time for our state,” Haley said. “We have stared evil in the eye. … Our state is grieving, but we are also coming together.”
“Today, we are here to say it is time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” said Haley, surrounded by top leaders including U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, both Republicans like the governor. The…
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At OnTheIssues.org, you can find out where every U.S. representative and senator stands on every issue, including their voting records (how they have voted on legislation). As voters, it’s incredibly important that we keep an eye on what our politicians are doing and make informed decisions about who to support.
‘The state of Virginia is set to pass a law which would allow anti-LGBT business owners to bar gay people, purely on the basis of their sexuality’.
- ‘The Virginia Bill states that anyone seeking or holding a business license from the state of Virginia in the state can refuse service or entry to gay people, on the grounds it “would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex “marriage” or homosexual behavior.”
‘This would make it lawful for LGBT people to be barred from hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and any other premise where a good or service is exchanged by someone who dislikes their sexual orientation’:
“Want to buy a bed? Prove you’re not sharing it with a member of the same sex”.
“Want to buy diapers but show up with your same-sex partner? No diapers for you, and don’t darken the door of this…
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By Robert A. Vella
Well over a year ago, The Secular Jurist began to repeatedly warn Democrats they would lose the crucial 2014 election and seriously divide the party going forward if they didn’t coalesce around a core set of principles (see here, here, and here). In A Blueprint for the Left, we proposed the following political platform:
- Economic fairness through the concern for workers and for human prosperity.
- Social justice as a principled commitment to civil rights and equal application of the law.
- Public education as the instrument of knowledge and for developing productive citizens.
- Secular government to ensure both freedom of, and freedom from religion.
- Political equality via open democracy and restricting the corrupting influence of money.
- Self-determination through the preclusion of transnational and supranational authorities.
Now, after the November debacle, some Democrats are warming-up to our idea… belatedly. From Richard Eskow of Campaign…
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By Robert A. Vella
Late last night, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives once again cowered before the radical extremists in their party. After the firebrand Tea Party senator from Texas – Ted Cruz – had brazenly scuttled House Speaker John Boehner’s border remediation plan the day before, Republican leaders acquiesced to the rabid right-wing pressure and passed an even more draconian pair of bills in the media shadow of a Friday evening (see: House passes $694 million border bill).
Sooner or later, Republicans will have no other choice but to directly confront this insurgency within their political party. Otherwise, the Tea Party will inevitably win this escalating GOP civil war. Why? Because what drives the Tea Party is unrelenting zealotry for an irrational ideology based on hostility: hatred of democratic governance, hatred of ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual equality, and a profound resentment over losing the…
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Senator Ted Cruz has been called many things during his time in Congress. To many of his own colleagues who feel he’s too extreme, he’s a “thorn in the side” of the Republican Party. He’s also been called a “firebrand” for his ability to energize and increase supporters of the fringe Tea Party movement. In fact, MotherJones.com calls him the “Tea Party wonder boy.”