Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I've gathered some quotes that say a lot about our current situation even though they span more than two centuries.  ‎

"The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy." 
~ George Washington, Founding Father of the United States of America

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the Republican party and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.” 
~Barry Goldwater, 5 term Senator from Arizona, credited with recreating Conservatism in the U.S. speaking in Nov.1994

“I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. “And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.”
~New York State Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith during Occupy Wall Street

Senator Sanders, who describes himself as a Democratic Socialist, is a former Representative from Vermont and proof, if proof be needed in the wake of that remark, that some few but courageous members of the U.S. Congress are still working hard and intelligently.

"It  consists half of people who think like Michele Bachmann and half of people who are afraid of losing a primary to people who think like Michele Bachmann and that leaves very little room to work things out."                                                                                                                                  
~Retiring member of Congress Barney Frank on the House of Representatives under Republican control

Good stuff. I especially like the quote from O'Donnell. I will always remember how I felt when I realized that the right was intentionally trying (and succeeding) to make "liberal" a four-letter word. Rush Limbaugh and his pronunciation "librul" will always be with me. Ugh.

I thought they were all silly. I mean, liberal was always a good thing. All those things that O'Donnell listed. Liberal arts education. Liberal = generous, as in "liberal portions." How could such a deliberate campaign to tarnish a very good word, a very good idea, and the very foundation of our nation, succeed?

Liberal. Freedom and justice for all. All men are created equal. A nation of laws, not inherited power. Representative government. Government independent of religion. Minority rights.

All those things were liberal, if not radical, ideas at the time of the founding of the United States. And they remain liberal ideas and values today.

I'm proud to be free thinker, a liberal. And I'm reassured that there are still people, prominent people, out there who aren't afraid to call themselves liberal, too.
Excellent post!
Lawrence O'Donnell pretty much says it all. (He & Rachel Maddow & Bernie Sanders & Barney Frank are my heroes!)(oops! I left out Ronald Reagan, Jr.!)

P.S. I don't have your e-mail address. Please e-mail it to me > billywm02@aol.com ?
First of all, I can provide some elongated head.

I have kissed the crypt of Oscar Wilde.

I have noted that the Republicans are getting worst & Goldwater, Nixon & even Reagan seem reasonable. That is how bad things have turned.
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