Our Most Fundamental Right, Our Most Solemn Obligation

September 23, 2012 at 10:30 am | Posted in civil rights, Education, elections, Michelle Obama, Voting Rights | Leave a comment
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And make no mistake about it, change absolutely starts at home. We know that. It starts with each of us taking responsibility for ourselves and our families. Because we know that our kids won’t grow up healthy until our families start eating right and exercising more. That’s on us. We know we won’t close that education gap until we turn off the TV, and supervise that homework, and serve as good role models for our own kids. That’s on us. We know that.

But while we certainly need to start at home, we absolutely cannot stop there. Because as you all know better than just about anyone, our laws still matter. Much like they did 50, 150 years ago, our laws still shape so many aspects of our lives: Whether our kids have clean air and safe streets, or not. Whether we invest in education and job training and truly focus on the urgent challenge of getting folks back to work, or not. Whether our sons and daughters who wear our country’s uniform get the benefits they’ve earned, or not.

See, these are the types of decisions that are made by the folks in our city halls and our state legislatures, by folks in our statehouses, in our Congress, and, yes, in our White House. And who’s responsible for selecting those public servants? Who is ultimately responsible for the decisions they make — or don’t make? We are. That’s our job. As citizens of this great country, that is our most fundamental right, our most solemn obligation — to cast our ballots and have our say in the laws that shape our lives.

Michelle Obama
September 22, 2012
Congressional Black Caucus (Earthquake) Awards Dinner

“In your best interest: choose the Liberal People’s Party”

August 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Economy, Education, Foreign Affairs, Historical, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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"Mobilization of liberalism : in your best interest : choose the Liberal People's Party."

(WaPo) Finns have one of the world’s most generous systems of state-funded educational, medical and welfare services, from pregnancy to the end of life. They pay nothing for education at any level, including medical school or law school. Their medical care, which contributes to an infant mortality rate that is half of ours and a life expectancy greater than ours, costs relatively little. (Finns devote 7 percent of gross domestic product to health care; we spend 15 percent.) Finnish senior citizens are well cared for. Unemployment benefits are good and last, in one form or another, indefinitely.

History Repeats Itself.

May 24, 2009 at 11:58 am | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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On the alphabetical front   1934 Dec.  Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick, artist (1891-1969)

"On the alphabetical front" 1934 Dec. Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick, artist (1891-1969)

(Library of Congress) Cartoon shows the Democratic donkey clutching a group of alphabetical signs for the New Deal agencies — P.W.A., N.R.A., C.C.C., T.V.A., A.A.A., and R.F.C. In contrast, the GOP elephant holds only one sign giving the international distress signal — S.O.S. Appears to compare the complex Democratic program in progress to deal with the Depression with the lack of constructive action on the part of the Republicans.

About the artist, Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick:

Fitzpatrick was a supporter of women’s suffrage and the trade union movement and during the 1930s led the attack against the mergence of fascism in Europe. One critic, Stephen Hess, has argued that Fitzpatrick played a significant role in changing American public opinion on Nazi Germany: “Daniel Fitzpatrick, one of the masters in the use of symbolism, transformed Nazi Germany’s swastika into a horrific death machine. As Adolf Hitler’s armies marched across Europe in the 1930s, Fitzpatrick used his symbol repeatedly to challenge America to rethink their isolationist stand and enter World War II.”

Fitzpatrick twice won the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning: The Laws of Moses and the Laws of Today (1926), and How Would Another Mistake Help? (1955). He retired in 1958 and was replaced on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by another radical cartoonist, Bill Mauldin. Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick died in 1969.

As a country we are repeatedly turning the same damned corner. The path may be well worn, it may be familiar, but it inevitably leads to the same failed results. This is why education is so important, particularly history education.

Documenting Our Loss.

November 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Economy, Office of the President, Reality Bites | 1 Comment
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Hilzoy over at Political Animal points us to one man’s documentation of what we have lost.

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