Sunday Open Thread

I hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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22 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    from POU

    I’ve adopted as an article of faith that a whole lot of so called “progressives” aren’t going to realize what a friend they’ve had in President Barack Obama until he’s gone. Quibble about pollicies but there’s never been a doubt in my mind that this man genuinely cares about this country and it’s people. This extends to the First Lady as well. We really got it right in 2008 and 2012 and we’re so much better off for having the Obamas in the WH.

    • Liza says:

      Agreed. I’m already dreading 2016. Just look at the line-up so far. And the Democrats are all behind Hillary without Plan B, just begging to lose. This email controversy is just the first glimpse into what it will be like.

    • Ametia says:

      These so-called progressives are really not PROGRESSIVES at all.

      They are “POSSESSIVES.” They have no real strategies or anyone that can LEAD.

      Most of them are no better than the Tea party gang. Wailing & whining when they don’t get their way.

      Progressives got caught with their drawls down by their knees, when Barack Obama came on the scene. He changed the game. The rest of the Democrats in this party got caught too, and thought if they bent over, PBO would kiss their asses.

      2008 was indeed a game changer. PBO showed the Democratic Party how to run a campaign on the ground and win, not once but twice.

      But have they learned anything, to keep the party moving forward? NO! Still running rehashed candidates like Hillary Clinton, using the same OLD playbook.

      I’m doubtful we’ll ever have another president in the White House a 1/4 as PROGRESSIVE as President Barack Obama!

  2. rikyrah says:

    In Selma, GOP Lawmakers Explain Why They Don’t Support John Lewis’ Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act

    SELMA, ALABAMA — Dozens of members of Congress, and many more Republicans than ever before, came to Selma this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous attack on voting rights protesters known as Bloody Sunday.
    Some lawmakers told ThinkProgress the event highlighted the urgency of passing a currently languishing bill that would restore the full powers of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Others showed little interest in doing so.
    On his way to the commemoration ceremony, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said it’s been “powerful” to hear stories from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who helped lead the Selma march 50 years ago and was severely beaten by police. But when ThinkProgress asked if he supports Lewis’ voting rights bill, he replied, “I haven’t looked at it. Is there a Senate version?”
    A Senate version was introduced several weeks ago, and currently has zero Republican sponsors.
    Portman, who has advocated for cuts to Ohio’s early voting period and voted against the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, added before walking away: “This day is about more than just tweaks to the Voting Rights Act. This is about ensuring equal justice and learning from the lessons of the past.”
    This year’s congressional delegation also included Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) — a vocal supporter of voter ID laws in South Carolina — and Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), who has tried to pass laws to require proof of citizenship for voting, a policy found to disenfranchise eligible voters in other states.

    • Liza says:

      Republicans do not support the bill to restore the VRA because a major component of their strategy to win elections is to disenfranchise likely Democratic voters. And, Republicans march in lockstep, an outlier is a rare thing and not likely to survive his/her next election.

  3. rikyrah says:

    found this at TOD.This was one of Mama’s favorite poems:

    The Bridge Builder

    By Will Allen Dromgoole

    An old man going a lone highway,
    Came, at the evening cold and gray,
    To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
    Through which was flowing a sullen tide
    The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
    The sullen stream had no fear for him;
    But he turned when safe on the other side
    And built a bridge to span the tide.

    “Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
    “You are wasting your strength with building here;
    Your journey will end with the ending day,
    You never again will pass this way;
    You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
    Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

    The builder lifted his old gray head;
    “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
    “There followed after me to-day
    A youth whose feet must pass this way.
    This chasm that has been as naught to me
    To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
    He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
    Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  5. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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