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Republicans … say one thing in front of cameras and continue to vote another on the floor of Congress


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yep, just another rant … Please Vote to keep #BidenHarris intact in 2022! This is a post from 2013 tweaked

The 113th-116th Congress’ are long gone, but it should be noted they were “in session”  or “at work” fewer days than most of their constituents, even with the attack of #Covid-19 … the people they seem to keep saying depend on,” the government tit for entitlements,” then without remorse proceed to vote against the average voter and their lives … some Republicans call “average voter” their constituents lazy and these constituents continue to vote against their best interests? I still cannot understand this.  The nonsense continued with the 114th, 115th, 116th Congress, and now here we are with the 117th Congress.  Thank goodness, the 117th Congress is mostly a predominantly Democratic Party.   We have a slim but winning trifecta. We all must support trust and push for great policies that help ALL, Not a select few, in America.

Furthermore, we the people were governed by a guy with no political experience; seemingly no sense of real loyalty to what most of us call #AmericanValues, doesn’t seem to be a true Republican or a person who leans left though the fact is he has given $$ to both, he said a lot, done little though the executive orders he once hated when President Obama was in office came fast hard and against We The People. His comments for the action are incoherent at times and a lot of those policies will be doing some damage shortly… btw, can somebody tell this to trump voters, who while now possibly are all insurrectionists; most will still reap the benefits the rest of us vote for and that is offensive. The trifecta he held, aka our 3 branches of government, was capable of doing the right thing, but they decided slashing, burning, cutting average voter lives to shreds, stalled CHIP, and holding DACA/Dreamers politically hostage was better for their agenda. This group once called DACA kids #incrediblekids now saying on every platform possible that they are bad folks, illegals, criminals, and murderers. This trifecta government held a lot of secret meetings, seemingly making secret deals constantly; lest we understand or accept that all of this talk is not only cheap … The truth is being manipulated and what most of us know as the truth has officially become known as  “alternative facts”  … sigh

What happened to Congress?

It should make Americans all wonder if $175K for members of Congress is just too much for public servants that work less than 120 days a year as members of Congress, led by Republicans. The thing is they seem to think the rest of us need 2 maybe 3 jobs, and deserve less social services among some other stupid things like fewer migrant families, though reports are that the Trump administration has requested foreign workers for Mar-a-Lago numerous times a year. I am SMH. While I am not an expert, it is certainly important to know our GDP will suffer if he goes full out to ban the browns and blacks

Yes, it is time to breathe in slowly and slowly release your breath … be still, then repeat the process when needed as insanity in the News, and Politics begins to try and make viewers accept the trump era as valid that “alternative facts” are real while the extreme right puts it on loop mode.  The idea that Americans should just trust anyone on a news platform and or in the highest office or a member of Congress at face value is a joke especially when that looks like “performance art” seeming not only like they believe what they are saying but assume that no one is paying attention to their behavior on the floor of Congress because they certainly act like we all have amnesia every time they get a chance to be hooked up to a mic!

So, again … Congress, if led by republicans will say one thing while in front of the camera while planning a takedown in secret rooms; tossing their titles of Public Servant down the nearest sewer which makes you wonder how we will ever pass the Voters Right Act, immigration reform and other bills For Americans when a good faith effort is kept off the floor of Congress because of political competition and poison pill amendments added.  There was a time when we would tell the Republican Party they need to be more inclusive because trust, respect, and future votes are not seasonal or easily earned, nor should they be. The current Republican Party has many leaving, stating this party is no longer worthy … due to white nationalism or something even worse.

Who else felt like the era of trump while not over per se, his reign as POTUS felt so much longer than four years

on 1/6/21, the ugly happened

The fact is, the era of trump created misguided, awful people gullible to false misleading information and some were just waiting for this guy to finally arrive.  We have seen a lot of divisive behavior since 2016, which makes a left-leaning voter wonder, can Republicans continue on this path, continue to get away with so much, and not pay for the BS that happened in the 2016 or 2020 elections and at the DC Mall?  Okay, I don’t know about you, but the number of times I actually had to stop and take a deep breath as we watched the government of trump try to take our country beyond the extreme right rivals the number of times we had to listen to Republicans continue to say one thing in front of the camera while voting the opposite on the floor of Congress. Some of us watched in horror as they acted; remember (acted) like they plan to be bipartisan, but they continued to show themselves to be less than trustworthy, less than bipartisan and their votes … Please check any and all republican members voting records! This is proof of how they actually feel about constituents that cannot be denied or overlooked.

Republicans have been waiting for a trifecta that allows them to vote and pass bills without hearings or much debate. So, folks must call your member of Congress because the next generation is counting on us because climate change is real, Women deserve reproductive rights, the voting rights act should be permanent, immigration reform and a real jobs act is the American path toward Stability, not Austerity though Republicans seem to keep pushing or that 2007 financial collapse just didn’t impact them enough

– When you’re a rich member of Congress; you tend to say, do as We say Not as we do, and they continue to Vote as they want or get paid to vote NOT the way they sold/ran their campaign  on

I want America to wake up, push back, and demand all members of Congress do the People’s business

#VotingMatters

Republicans see themselves as stewards of the purse strings in the House of Representatives, but it does not give them the right to toss #WeThePeople under the bus, who as taxpayers give them not only a salary but government healthcare?

All elections from here on will decide what kind of life we all want our next generation to navigate through … please take the time to understand what and who is causing America to decline at this time  … The House of Representatives holds the American #PurseStrings which is why Americans have been held, hostage when Republicans are given that task to govern… try leaning left

Nativegrl77

 

Black History… is American History


The featured image is by -Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, 1876-1958  “Loading a Rice Schooner”,c.1935

“I am no friend of slavery, but i prefer the liberty of my own country to that of another people, and the liberty of my own race to that of another race. The liberty of the descendants of Africa in the United States is incompatible with the safety and liberty of the European descendants. Their slavery forms an exception (resulting from a stern and inexorable necessity) to the general liberty in the United States.”  

 – Henry Clay

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Richard Powell said, “Jacob Lawrence maintained that he was not a “protest” painter but a depictor of scenes. He had ambitious visions and experimented considerably with his styles over the decades. Some of his works in the series”Over the line” are a bit clumsy, but most likely intentionally so and always strong and there is little ambiguity about his sympathy for his subjects.”

I strongly suggest looking reading and researching the works …”scenes” of the great Jacob Lawerence … they speak loud and clear – say what so many of us are feeling yet too timid to express.

– Richard Powell 

Please checkout the link below …

https://whitney.org/www/jacoblawrence/overview.html

I am a big Jacob Lawrence fan … met him; he was very calm quiet and gracious and UW was very fortunate to have him as an  “Artist in Residence” and faculty member. Anyway, his “scenes” speak to the current social conditions of today and the quote I choose to use for my rant is from Henry Clay … a symbol of conservatism … in a bad way and could explain the need for both the “Harriet Tubman” and”Migration of the Negro” series – Nativegrl77

August … a month full of historic events


270px-Hurricane_Katrina_Mobile_Alabama_flooded_parking_lot_20050829just another rant …

August~

 remember Katrina … remind folks what happened on the Gulf Coast as the people fled, some were forced out into the streets some died in the Katrina disaster trying to get out safely; while others faced excessive force violence and death

August 1, 1838 – Slavery was abolished in Jamaica. It had been introduced by Spanish settlers 300 years earlier in 1509.

August 2, 1776 – In Philadelphia, most of the 55-56 members of the Continental Congress signed the parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence.

August 3
1936 – Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.

1943 – Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.

1981 – U.S. traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as U.S. President Reagan had warned.

1992 – The U.S. Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons.

2004 – NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March 2011. On April 30, 2015, Messenger crashed into the surface of Mercury after sending back more than 270,000 pictures.

August 4, 1962 – Apartheid opponent Nelson Mandela was arrested by security police in South Africa. He was then tried and sentenced to five years in prison. In 1964, he was placed on trial for sabotage, high treason and conspiracy to overthrow the government and was sentenced to life in prison. A worldwide campaign to free him began in the 1980s and resulted in his release on February 11, 1990, at age 71 after 27 years in prison. In 1993, Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa’s President F.W. de Klerk for their peaceful efforts to bring a nonracial democracy to South Africa. In April 1994, black South Africans voted for the first time in an election that brought Mandela the presidency of South Africa.

August 4, 1964 – Three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi. They had disappeared on June 21 after being detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. They were participating in the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. When their car was found burned on June 23, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the FBI to search for the men.

August 5, 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the first Federal income tax, a 3 percent tax on incomes over $800, as an emergency wartime measure during the Civil War. However, the tax was never actually put into effect.

August 6, 1965 – The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act suspended literacy, knowledge and character tests designed to keep African Americans from voting in the South. It also authorized the appointment of Federal voting examiners and barred discriminatory poll taxes. The Act was renewed by Congress in 1975, 1984 and 1991.

August 6-10, 1787 – The Great Debate occurred during the Constitutional Convention. Outcomes included the establishment of a four-year term of office for the President, granting Congress the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, and the appointment of a committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution.

August 9, 1974 – Effective at noon, Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Nixon had appeared on television the night before and announced his decision to the American people. Facing possible impeachment by Congress, he became the only U.S. President ever to resign.

August 10, 1863 – The President meets with abolitionist Frederick Douglass who pushes for full equality for Union ‘Negro troops.’

August 11, 1841Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, spoke before an audience in the North for the first time. During an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, he gave a powerful, emotional account of his life as a slave. He was immediately asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society.

August 11-16, 1965 – Six days of riots began in the Watts area of Los Angeles, triggered by an incident between a white member of the California Highway Patrol and an African American motorist. Thirty-four deaths were reported and more than 3,000 people were arrested. Damage to property was listed at $40 million.

On August 14, 1862, Abraham Lincoln did something unprecedented in presidential history up to that point: he met with a small delegation of black leaders (all free: 5 black clergymen). But the meeting did not auger a decision to give African Americans a voice in government. In essence, Lincoln sought to lobby these men in essence to agree to a divorce. In other words, the President wanted to get black Americans behind his plan to colonize them abroad. –Source http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln5/1:812?rgn=div1;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=August+14

August 14, 1935 – President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65. The Social Security system also aids states in providing financial aid to dependent children, the blind and others, as well as administering a system of unemployment insurance.

August 15, 1969 – Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960’s.

August 18, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

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August 28, 1963 – The March on Washington occurred as over 250,000 persons attended a Civil Rights rally in Washington, D.C., at which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his now-famous I Have a Dream speech.

    August 28, 1955 The death of Emmett Till

 August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina slams into Gulf Coast

August 30 1967 Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice

1983 U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford becomes the first African American to travel into space when the space shuttle Challenger

August 31

Resource: http://www.historyplace.com

~Nativegrl77

This is America … time to face the changes needed to reflect words in the Constitution or are they just words?


 Just another rant …On Jan 21 we all saw posts on social media cheering for America’s new president and had to respond.

I admit trump won the Electoral vote but he did not win the Popular Vote which is more important to most Americans who believe in one person one vote.  Obviously,  America seemed stunned at how election 2016 turned out and though there was talk about the electoral vote and how changes to the caucus, delegate rules, and processes, which have been a subject of debate for years- republicans are feeling themselves and doing little on all levels least we talk about the number of actual Sessions held in Congress.

Unfortunately, the electoral process not only gave us trump; the trump Congress became what some call “something else” and they still don’t seem to care that worried or interested in much else other than getting lifetime judges appointed rather than preparing for another cyber attack, infrastructure, climate, fires, natural disasters or keeping the chaos down to a low roar let alone how to improve the caucus and delegate rules.

Ah… to be an American in this era of trump, who started his bid for president by shouting that Obama is not an American?  Yet, If you follow trump’s rise, and I do not use that word loosely,  we are definitely still hearing folks comparing him to Hitler, maybe Mussolini, while seemingly supporting white nationalists and or supremacists as well. Yes, some say he is acting a little like Napoleon, or dreams of being a king and yes it is all snarky … but ultimately nouns like authoritarian or a dictator are more likely the goal; none of which is accepted or the norm here in the US of A.  I voted for Hillary, supported her without question knowing what we had …it was a binary choice.  This man is NOT presidential material, cannot fix our problems alone, he is NOT our savior nor does he care about his constituents who sadly were/are misinformed in my opinion. Apparently, with the fear being tossed around his constituents are all too willing to be pushed and verbally shoved into whatever direction they need to change the balance of white V nonwhite America?

However, the change that is coming is one that will appear positive by all those in his camp and given the position of power the President has, #teamtrump can and will do anything they want.   The thing is, our end result seems to be headed in a negative direction.  Why do I say this, any person with so much power should know not to act out with revenge in your mind, he has a reputation, is called a narcissist in all its forms; so what we have had to experience for the last 2 years will not only impact Hillary voters but his constituents who continue to vote against their better interests, and as we witness all the rollbacks of the Obama legacy, his administrations reach will be long and global in ways that will take years to clean up or correct. I first posted this in 2017, Today the news is covering his comments at the UN Assembly, tariffs, his SCOTUS nomination and as we watch the stock market take a dive on numerous occasions; I continue to be reminded of the house of bush #financialcollapse of 2007 and hope for the best. We have heard trump disparage people of colour,women,lgbt,trans on the regular and is now moving to legislate what looks like hate. The trump government stated it was planning on making folks in the US eat from dry goods boxes while taking money from countries that need help to cope with drought, disease and health care issues that impact children and women etc. Do folks on the right even know that $15billion with a B cut in spending includes a $7billion of social services for children?

I believe in choice, so the effing idea that women should be punished for making decisions about her own body is crazy in itself but this man has just made it impossible for Americans to help women globally with the Reagan gag rule…Do they know the number of unsafe-abortions may increase certainly along with other reproductive issues women have and will most definitely continue-  in all probability, end up in a rise in the rate of mortality among women globally?

This man is a failing protectionist, acting like an isolationist with white nationalists seemingly standing side by side. History speaks to us rejecting this behavior so you have to wonder, will trump be the thing, that vehicle for women on both sides of the political aisle as well as race as a common denominator to vote out asap?! The poll numbers obviously suggest women see or are seeing that this man should not be in power but enormous numbers of women are marching not just in America but globally and while he is only talking to his constituents this carpetbagger can’t help but make all his speeches about him. He has stomped on our constitution already, broken what most will say are American values and while republicans wring their hands in joy, their corrupt behavior will show itself as some of our economist suggest could be another ride into another ditch with all the costs created by actions like moving the Israel embassy, repealing ACA just to name two lest we talk about block granting education ending Medicaid and increasing qualifiers reinstating others that restrict health care … this man is NOT the savior but an emperor wannabe though he seems to act as if he was voted in as a king … hopefully, his voters will see the light in time.

People of colour feel our rights our bodies will now be targets and a threat while living as Americans depending upon what city is most likely to take his comments literally. If or will their social norms make them choose to act above the rule of law, lest we talk about how folks interpret trump’s rhetoric and unfortunately will be spread as often as he holds rallies for the people to see him and how far his communication staff is willing to go and say whatever it takes to keep his followers.  Is it possible, is it apparent that this era of trump needed to happen to America …equality, freedom and the pursuit of happiness seemed to be sliding away …  hopefully not gone, just a wicked storm before the reboot to a better America …right?

On January 26,2017 when trump whipped his pen of revenge out and seemingly took America back to the dark ages in just a couple of minutes then moved on to other acts of hypocrisy on the regular

Our country is NOT moving toward a more perfect union but I believe that we must gain insight, become mindful, analyze all that must get done before election 2018; we need to be 2-4 steps ahead of the trump administration and while I completely disagree with a couple of pro-trump bloggers, one was kind enough to accept opposition comments. I also admitted I understand their point, said as much when we elected Obama and watched as the opposition party in congress pledged to do nothing … So, as bill after bill had some kind of stipulation or nasty pill /rider attached to it; no one addressed stagnant wages, 21st-century living, climate, renewables or jobs and while babies were/still are being killed by guns; infrastructure among other things were all put on hold unless and until republicans could get the trifecta to make change their way.  Thing is, they have done nothing to improve the status of Americans and our social programs like social security, Medicare and Medicaid —- which btw we all pay into are at risk in the hands of this government,  “affordable healthcare”  for regular folk is at risk … FACT!  and how ironic is it that congress enjoys good health care paid for by US taxpayers … yet, women seem to be wearing scarlet letters or phrase of #preexistingcondition

I say he is talking in code… Has anyone in the US of A thought we would have to deal with freedom of speech and or censorship on this level? The government of trump seems to want absolute power of the people or at least the press, control women, tell scientists that any and all information about climate has to pass a White House review panel before the public sees it or that a joint government/nonprofit summit can be and have been canceled by a President? This is offensive and should be considered inappropriate autocratic behavior imo.  The notion of being told to have babies let alone comply or be punished is insane, that the media needs to shut their mouths, torture works though it’s against the Geneva convention, that we should have taken the Iraqi oil or that nukes should be available to all while sidestepping the 1st Amendment … maybe a lot of other amendments as team trump hearkens back to a time when men(white mean) who governed considered themselves to be the only legitimate Americans and suffice it say there weren’t many amendments back then to protect what we now call folks in “protected classes”  So, I am resisting. I am not naive, but I am hoping that enough folks who usually sit on the sidelines will finally see through the bull before November 6th.

Thanks for letting me exercising my 1st amendment rights

Nativegrl77

Mike Pompeo/teamtrump said Life begins at conception, with no exceptions- a reminder of the things Republicans keep targeting!


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The question is will Republicans force women back to the days of hangers and wires? 

Reproductive Rights

  • Life begins at conception, with no exceptions. (Nov 2010)
  • believes in torture
  • Trump CIA Pick Mike Pompeo Depicted War on Terror as Islamic Battle Against Christianity,” The Intercept, Nov 23, 2016.
    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/23/mike-pompeo-religious-war/
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Didn’t disclose his dealings with China
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Prohibiting forced abortions by the UN Population Fund. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored prohibiting abortion information at school health centers. (Mar 2013)
  • Life and human rights begin at fertilization or cloning. (Jan 2013)
  • No family planning assistance that includes abortion. (Jan 2013)
  • Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection. (Feb 2015)

Environment

  • Stop considering manure as a pollutant or hazardous. (Sep 2011)
  • No EPA expansion of regulated waters. (Jul 2014)
  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (Mar 2011)
  • No EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. (Jan 2011)
  • Let states lease energy rights on federal lands. (Jun 2013)
  • Let wind energy production tax credit expire. (Aug 2014)

Budget

  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage program. (Mar 2011)

Civil Rights

  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Oct 2013)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)

Corporations

  • Voted YES on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated 0% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012

Social Health Issues

  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Nov 2010)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • Rated 0% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance. (Jan 2013)
  • Secure our borders; stop rewarding lawbreakers. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes a pathway to citizenship. (Nov 2010)
  • Stop releasing low-risk illegal immigrants. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Opposes public option for health insurance. (Nov 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)

Govt and Foreign Policy

  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval.
  • Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
  • Rated -5 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Oppose Arms Treaty that limits gun trade to Israel & Taiwan. (Nov 2012)
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resource: ontheissues.org , theintercept.com