Senator McCain, deep breath, calm down. You are not the only senator who lost a presidential election and returned to work in the senate. There is a model on how to do this with dignity while fulfilling your oath to serve the people without violating your loyalty to your party.
He’s a bit younger than you are but served in the same war. Like you he is a decorated Navy man. And he has much to teach you about controlling your temper and preserving your dignity. He’s right there, across the aisle. You can talk to him. He still likes you. The Navy bond is stronger than the senate bond. Go ahead. Ask John Kerry how he does it.
When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, he reportedly used more than 75 pens (video footage can be found here, although camera cutaways make it hard to keep track) and gave one of the first ones to Martin Luther King Jr. Senators Hubert Humphrey and Everett McKinley Dirksen also received pens for their aid in shuttling the bill through Congress.
President Kennedy had the process figured out: when he needed more letters, he wasted ink by spelling out his middle name and adding a flourish under his signature.
“ What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican Party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor. ”—
… his political advisers are hinting at a more aggressive strategy: portraying Republicans who oppose the legislation as opposing all of its benefits.
Obama has avoided this scorched-earth style of politics. But his advisers seem ready to try it. “Let them tell a child with a pre-existing condition, ‘We don’t think you should be covered,’ ” David Axelrod said of Republicans last night. On This Week, David Plouffe added:
We’re going to go out there and not just talk about what we’re for, but what the Republicans are voting against. They are siding with the insurance companies over people who are denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, siding with the insurance companies over saving seniors money. So this isn’t just about us being a pinata here in the election. Elections are about choices. They are voting against an enormous tax cut for health care for 40 million middle-class families and 4 million small businesses.
“Within the gay community so many leaders want acceptance from polite society. I think there’s been a betrayal of what is down inside of us in order to achieve what looks popular, what look enviable. The movement seems to be centered around how to become an elite. There is a deep schism [in the gay-rights movement], everyone knows this. But this shouldn’t be about which group has better branding. There is a tremor right now in every gay and transgender youth that these groups are not grasping. I would say to them—you do not represent us if all you are looking for is a ladder in to elite society.”—
“And when the opposition said this just wasn’t the right time. You didn’t wanna wait another year, or another decade, or another generation for reform. You felt the fierce urgency of now. You met the lies with truth. You met cynicism with conviction. Most of all you met fear with a force that’s a lot more powerful and that is faith in America. You met it with hope.”—President Obama speaking to administration and cabinet officials and healthcare advocates, doctors and nurses at the Interior Dept. (via brooklynmutt)
Of course the genetic differences that do exist among humans are enough to generate much of the biological diversity we see around us - differences in skin, hair, and eye color, our voices, our physical stature, and our personalities. Obviously environment plays a big role in many traits, but as the differences between Samoans and Japanese illustrate, genetics can account for a great deal even when there is a large environmental influence. At first guess, you might think that most of our genetic diversity would fall along racial lines. Race differences often seem to be the most obvious differences among different human groups, so it wouldn’t be surprising if genetic differences fell along racial lines as well. Genetically, a white guy like me should be much more similar to my white neighbor than my black one, right?…While there are enough genetic differences among human populations to make accurate classifications, those genetic differences make up only 5-15% of the total amount of genetic variation. Most of the genetic variation among humans has nothing to do with differences in populations. The genetic differences between ‘races’ are minor compared to the differences between people in general.
I’ve always been fascinated with race being a human construct that has such minor scientific basis…but yet we identify one another based on a physical appearance even though the genes that connote physical appearance are very, very few.
“…And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege…”—excerpt from Sen. Ted Kennedy’s farewell letter to President Obama, May 12, 2009. Full transcript (via thephlipside) (via hammerito) (via absurdlakefront) (via apsies)
I would like to know what AG McCollum, candidate for Governor of Florida, proposes to do about the fact that 4 million Floridians (out of 19mil) are uninsured, including 800,000 children. Alarmingly, 48% of women in Florida are uninsured or underinsured.
Perhaps he should spend a little more time figuring out how to solve Florida’s healthcare crisis rather then obstructing the solving of the healthcare crisis.
“For someone who campaigned on ‘Country First’ and claims to take great pride in bipartisanship, it’s absolutely bizarre for Senator McCain to tell the American people he is going to take his ball and go home until the next election. He must be living in some parallel universe because the fact is, with very few exceptions, we’ve gotten very little cooperation from Senate Republicans in recent years.”—Spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Jim Manley, released the [above] statement today regarding Senator McCain’s comment pledging no cooperation from Republicans for the rest of the year. (via sexartandpolitics)
A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-M.D.) had been spit on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-G.A.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni—er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.
But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.
“It was absolutely shocking to me,” Clyburn told the Huffington Post. “Last Monday, this past Monday, I stayed home to meet on the campus of Claflin University where fifty years ago as of last Monday… I led the first demonstrations in South Carolina, the sit ins… And quite frankly I heard some things today I have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus.”
“Why do we have an abortion rate 20% higher than France’s (and more than twice as high as Germany’s), especially considering most doctors here won’t perform them? The answer is any country that has universal health care, where contraception is free, where child care is free or inexpensive, where there is less poverty because people don’t become bankrupt over medical bills — those societies are simply going to have fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. And there the mask gets pulled off the Bart Stupaks and the “Christians.” If the statistics show that countries with government-provided universal health care and nearly-free abortions are, in fact, the countries with the fewest abortions, then why on earth wouldn’t the Right be the first in line to support universal health care?”—Michael Moore (via azspot) (via apsies)
“But this morning, Democratic aides were confident. By noon, the whip’s office had informed members that the vote tally was at 217: one above the magic 216 needed for passage. And that was the absolute minimum House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would accept: by surpassing the 216-mark by at least one vote, she blunted the Republicans’ ability to characterize individual members as the deciding vote for the still-controversial bill.
The precision was vintage Pelosi, who has passed practically the entire Democratic platform by intentionally narrow margins, allowing members in vulnerable districts to keep a safe distance from the President and his agenda, both of which have agitated the Republican base.”—
“…On one side, the closing argument was an appeal to our better angels, urging politicians to do what is right, even if it hurts their careers; on the other side, callous cynicism. Think about what it means to condemn health reform by comparing it to the Civil Rights Act. Who in modern America would say that L.B.J. did the wrong thing by pushing for racial equality? (Actually, we know who: the people at the Tea Party protest who hurled racial epithets at Democratic members of Congress on the eve of the vote.)
And that cynicism has been the hallmark of the whole campaign against reform.”—
“So far it’s looking like the Tea Party is nothing more than a bunch of Limbaugh fans come to life; white racist homophobes scared that a black man is in the White House. It’s getting harder to see this any other way. It’s one thing to oppose legislation. It’s another to aspire to become the American Taliban.”—Jon Armstrong, blurbomat.com » True Colors (via apsies)
“Just this morning Rahm and I were talking about the importance of passing health care and I said to him, ‘Rahm at least put on a towel.’”—President Obama in a taped message to the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner. (via notthatkindagay) (via apsies)
“Previously undisclosed records from Mitchell’s case reveal that Fortis had a company policy of targeting policyholders with HIV. A computer program and algorithm targeted every policyholder recently diagnosed with HIV for an automatic fraud investigation, as the company searched for any pretext to revoke their policy. As was the case with Mitchell, their insurance policies often were canceled on erroneous information, the flimsiest of evidence, or for no good reason at all, according to the court documents and interviews with state and federal investigators.”—Insurer targeted HIV patients to drop coverage (via azspot)
“When I’m drafting right to life language, I don’t call up the nuns.”—
- Bart Stupak, regarding a letter from some nuns in defense of federal healthcare legislation that got sent to members of Congress.
I have ben intentionally very quiet about Stupak’s dumb campaign for a variety of reasons (when he’s not talking about abortion he’s a good representative and is, in general, a man I am glad is sent to Washington on behalf of Michigan; oh, my conflicting alliances) but this is a pretty huge bummer to read. I seriously cannot read it any other way than ‘when thinking about issues affecting women, fuck a whole bunch of actually talking to women about it.’ That really sucks. (via catbus)
“My four-year-old daughter has a pretend hair-and-nail salon, and I was doing her hair and makeup. I said, “Hello ma’am. What’s your name? And what do you do?” And she said, “I get paid to dance at parties.” And I said, “Oh, no. That’s a terrible, terrible answer.”—Tina Fey, Esquire (via somuchsass) (via lizlemon) (via scenes-from-my-hood) (via seriouslythough)