Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
“The first thing we have to do is take the monkey wrench that the court threw in it, out of the Voting Rights Act, and then
use that monkey wrench to be able to fix it so that it is alive, well, constitutional and impervious to another challenge that will be filed by the usual suspects,”
(R-WI Rep. James Sensenbrenner on August 26, 2013)
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) made a huge splash at the 50th-Year Republican commemoration of the March on Washington when he vowed to restore the recently-gutted Voting Rights
Act by the Supreme Court. RNC Chairman Reince Preibus followed Sensenbrenner’s speech with a smile (wink wink) saying that his friend just made some news.
is an important development in the voting rights for many disenfranchised minority voters. This is what I call a GOP End Run. The Republicans are seeing the light when it comes to trying to PULL IN voters not PUSH THEM away. That is what Sensenbrenner
and more moderate GOP Politicians like McCain and Mike Enzi (Montana) have been quietly reiterating to their fellow Republicans.
The disconnect of state and national party interests comes mostly at the state levels where GOP legislatures have literally been in a panic since President Obama was first elected in 2008. Texas and North Carolina GOP-run legislatures seem to be under the notion that if minorities can’t vote, Democrats can’t win. They are doing everything they can like closing on-campus polling places, Voter ID Cards, the contesting of state residence for students. The list goes on and on.
I want to remind our Republican friends that President Obama cannot run for President again and the likeliness of the next President ALSO being an African American is not too great. Hillary Clinton (a woman) already has southern roots. I believe you will see an about face now that Sensenbrenner has broken the ice.
He said he will do everything in his power to restore the gutted Voting Rights Act BEFORE the end of the calendar year. This is big news and really a NO BRAINER if the GOP ever wants to win and national elections again.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (a Republican) has been speaking out against these voter suppression movements himself. Powell is still well-respected.
When Republicans realize that these stringent laws will affect THEIR ability to vote, there will be an uproar in these states.
I suggest that Democrats now let nature take its course and move on to other issues that affect their pocketbooks directly right now. I believe the GOP will undo this mess because it suits THEIR needs and could give a rats ass about disenfranchising minorities. They had better start caring the way the census is rapidly changing in its numbers to display more and more minorities. The white man will be in the minority in 10 years. Pay attention people….
“You know the score pal. If you're not a cop, you're little people!”
Update: "Shooter at the Gate" song by Marc Platt
It is not race that is driving the senseless crime rate in America by armed youths. The Christopher Lane case in Oklahoma and the Delbert Belton case in Seattle,
as well as the Georgia would-be school shooter (Michael Hill) are more or less due to hopelessness. In Florida, a trucking magnate was shot and killed along with a fellow employee by a retired employee who then killed himself. These horrific incidents are
becoming more commonplace in America.
Is anyone surprised that poor youths with no hope of education or job security are roaming the streets with weapons looking for trouble? Can we possibly be surprised that people like the troubled man in Florida would resort to killing his former employer in desperation?
It is easy for these people to get guns and ammo. This is a fact.
Lanza (Newtown shooter) and Michael Hill (Georgia would be shooter) were both emotionally-challenged and had easy access to weapons they really had no business handling.
Hill, who was talked down from shooting up a school in Georgia was on probation and had a history of mental illness. The three youths (1 white, 2 black) in Oklahoma shot Christopher Lane, 23, because they were “bored.” Their NEXT intended target
was an African American kid. The father called the police and they were nabbed outside of their house before the three youths could carry that killing out.
The climate in urban America has turned into the Wild West with youths being armed and the NRA condoning it politically by making it possible for them to be armed in the first place. I won’t go on a liberal rant about this. The NRA is only PART of the problem.
How many stories have we heard lately about children accidentally killing other children or themselves handling handguns?
The government (local and national) have exhibited ineptness in dealing with these issues. They are beholden to the NRA for the money that gets pumped into their campaigns for doing nothing.
Parents have their hands tied with the shrinking economy and a lot less supervision. The Social Media Age has accelerated kids maturing in certain ways, but not “SOCIALLY.” If they are not taught respect and proper values, they will continue to spiral out of control.
The stronger the family unit, the less likely their child will resort to hunting humans out of boredom. The consequences obviously aren’t too much of a deterrent when it comes to these crimes. They are happening far too frequently.
Dear Mr. President:
Trayvon Martin...Newtown...Egypt...Immigration...Sequestration...Health Care...The list goes on and on...
You give great speeches. You can inspire like no other president I have seen in my lifetime.
If you want to be in the same league as Dr. King, you must take action like Martin Luther King did back in the day. It is almost the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's incredible off-the-prompter "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington. You have the gift of gab, just like Dr. King, BUT he actually marched on Selma. He went to jail. He won his Nobel Peace Prize AFTER taking action.
I think you have great potential, but you now MUST TAKE ACTION. Kids are being gunned down at a higher and more public rate. We are MORE aware of these acts of domestic terror the moment it happens because of emerging technology.
I understand that Presidents have the hands tied and no one more than you being the first African American-Elected President.
I believe you need to spend twice as much time in the briefing room yourself giving executive orders. If need be, go to Congress. Call a joint session..Give a speech DIRECTLY to these guys and gals and tell them to roll up their sleeves. Have them over every Sunday during football season and work this sequester bullshit out. We can't keep cutting Food Stamps and Head Start and then ALLOW the GOP House members to say that "Spending is out of control" and our "Deficit is out of control" when it is actually at the lowest point in years.
Come on dude CALL THEM OUT on this crap now and do not become a lame duck. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are lying in wait to take over.
Are you going to let John Boehner and Eric Cantor keep spitting all over your Presidency? Are you going to stand for these people wasting MY tax dollars to try and repeal Obamacare, KNOWING you would NEVER sign that. Come on man.
The middle east is in turmoil and you will take the hit. You have to figure outr a way to get Egypt, Syria and Iran on board with the program.
The NSA Issue. Snowden was wrong, but so were you. Transparancy is essential because YOU SAID IT WAS. You will have to tweak these programs.
Drones. I don't like them, but I understand you want to decrease our military and fight our wars this new way. I get it, but level with us. Once we know shit, you have to come clean about it.
Make your constituents (the American People) proud to have voted or NOT voted for you. Show the peeps who didn't believe either time that you are as great as I think you can be.
If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women. (Our 2nd First Lady Abigail Adams)
I went to America.gov to find out what the First Lady of the U.S.'s role is. We know from recent history that it varies from President to President. Hillary Clinton dealt with many important issues when she occupied the White House from 1993-2001.
What the hell will Bill Clinton do when and if she wins the 2016 Presidential election?
Will he host tea parties and the OTHER first ladies who visit? This is a crazy thing to think about. This man HAS been leader of the free world and he may well end up being the man behind the woman who leads the free world.
When the real campaigning starts in 2015, we know the machine will be geared up with Bill and Chelsea criss-crossing the country and Hillary looking Presidential. They will all have to deal with the crazy Republican Primary process, like President Obama did. While they will not be active IN those primaries. The GOP clownshow will affect the Democrats.
Just go back in recent history and remember how the Tea Party and Uber-Conservative wing of the GOP attacked Obama to make themselves look more conservative.
Once Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden sort out their differences and she has a clear path on the Democratic side, the real fun will begin.
We will get to see how the Clintons adopt the Obama ground game strategy from 2008 and 2012 to their machine. It will be quite formidable. Right now, the only question for the Dems is Joe Biden. He wants to be President and he is a bit older than Hillary Clinton. This needs to be sorted out and then it will be all Clinton all the time.
Bill Clinton may need to take some etiqutte classes. He will need to learn a whole new way of living in the White House.
He can ask his wife. She has experience, you know.
a. To make an accusation against.
b. To charge (a public official) with improper conduct in office before a proper tribunal.
How do you make a name for yourself if you are a Texas Republican Congressman with no distintive record in congress, so far?
You can start by telling your constituents at a small Town Hall that it would probably not be productive to impeach Obama: "if we were to impeach the President tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted,” according to Texas GOP Congressman Jake Farenthold.
This wahoo won't tell anyone exactly what the impeachable offense is. Impeach basically means accuse, bring to trial...FOR WHAT? Passing Obamacare against HIS frigging vote???
This is nothing more than Red Meat to the Republican base...That is what this is all about. In 2009, the Tea Party went to town on President Obama on the then-proposed Affordable Health Care bill which later became law. They organized people to disrupt Town Halls with End-Of-The_world urgency that there would be "Death Panels" and all sorts of armagedon if Obamacare passed. Oy veh.
Mr. Farenthold is just one among many U.S. Representatives using these scare tactics during the congressional recess. I'm not going to go through the list of Red Meat tatctics they are using this time around. I will also spare you the details on Farenthold's "Birther" comments. OK just one “I think unfortunately the horse is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue. The original Congress when his eligibility came up should have looked into it and they didn’t. I’m not sure how we fix it.”
2014 is just around the corner. The question in the midterm elections that will be answered is...Just how good is the voter suppression movement been in protecting GOP House seats? How many GOP govedrnors will lose their jobs because of Abortion and Social Issues? Will the Dems hold the Senate this time around?
This is what we are sending our representatives to Washington for. ONLY to protect THEIR jobs and THEIR ideology, not ours. Use your common sense. Politics is a business not "Of the people, by the people and for the people," but rather the lucky few who know how to jack the system.