On the evening of April 4, 1968, King was fatally shot while standing on
the balcony of a motel in Memphis, where he had traveled to support a
sanitation workers’ strike. In the wake of his death, a wave of riots
swept major cities across the country, while President Johnson declared a
national day of mourning.
If you have time for a Day of Action in memory of MLK Jr.
Just another rant …
As fights against discrimination in all its forms breaks out all over the U.S. one has to wonder if voters are drinking the Republican fear mongering kook aid instead of putting “We the People” ahead of Lobbying groups that arm their current or next elections with $$$. In a place that has always welcomed and or cared for the poor, single mom’s with kids, the constitution; specifically the 14th Amendment, immigration, women’s , senior citizens and worker rights when the need is clear with votes on the Floor of Congress in the House. Now, has a new look called the Republican Tea Party with even more ugly Colonial ways and ideologies on issues like – Race, Religion and the rights of its people. The GOP, say they speak for the people yet have decided to ignore the polls unless it’s against the Obama admin or democratic election races, they spent $24billion of the people’s money, called a shutdown when it was clearly a tantrum that can only hurt American in the long term. I used to think all we had to worry about was what side of the political aisle these righties stood on and how many actually needed to be voted out of Congress. Now, it is all about what State and social program will they cut, slash or burn while pitting the upper and middle class against the working class while eliminating those in need as well. The fact is 1 out 6 people live in poverty and 20% … let me say that again, 20% of our American children live in poverty and for an ultra-rich country that information should offend&outrage us all. If you listen to conservative media speak; because it is clear they control the airwaves … the lines of fair or balanced news and behavior becomes blurry leaving the voter confused or having taken the fear mongering to heart and vote against their own best interest. If the GOP gets their way, if
they complete their mission, the only ones standing will be those who claim to be a member of the Republican Tea Party.
So, if you have been one of those folks normally sitting out the Mid-terms … don’t let #Election2014 be another 2010! … Well, MidTerms turned out to be another 2010, and so goes that thing we say … Those that voted against their own best interest will get what they paid for and the rest of us will suffer … sigh
We the People cannot allow that to happen ….
We all know that programs like Social Security, Medicaid as well as Medicare; considered Mandatory Spending accounting for almost 60% of federal expenditures and yes, they definitely are in need of reform but not elimination. The current crazy offensive fiscal attacks by Republicans do not seem to be because of the deficits we are facing but a brazen attempt to privatize these programs, get a copy of the Ryan Budget and be informed. Most people in the U.S. know the big three need updating but Republicans are not going to update or reform them of waste abuse and fraud or expand them either. The plan is to split them up into pieces where premiums and prices probably will have absolutely no regulation of or caps on how high or how often the costs could rise. I have to ask, didn’t Republicans learn a single thing from our near collapse and do these new tea party members of Congress just have a big itch to see what exactly happens when a government falls apart.
What we have here, what we have all been watching is the destruction of our government as we know it, seemingly trying to change it into a new Republican Tea Party based on a “family values platform” which includes and is not limited to banning Choice suppressing the Vote eliminating Social Services among many other things.
It is a disturbing and truly rude awakening watching and listening to how a generation of folks seem to want to turn back the clock to segregation jim crow and poll tax.
We all know heritage month really is everyday … least we say Black Brown or Yellow History Month … right?
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