Tags: Charlie Rangel, civil rights, Congressional Black Caucus, Education, health care, honor, Michelle Obama, Voting Rights
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.
September 22, 2012
Congressional Black Caucus (Earthquake) Awards Dinner
Tags: bullshit, Daniel Lipinski, death panels, health care, health care reform, Illinois, politics, Southtown Star, Tea Bag Patriots, Tea Baggers, video
The people in this video, the people who support Sarah Palin, hang on Glenn Beck’s and Rush Limbaugh’s every word would rather have corporate death panels decide who is “worthy” of living, and believe their money is better spent overpaying corporate bureaucrats.
Watch them laugh when one woman tells about how her daughter and unborn grandchild died a very painful and horrible death because they lacked health insurance.
To insurance companies, pregnancy is a pre-existing condition. The insurance company killed this woman’s daughter and grandchild. The “Tea Bag Patriots” are working hard to make sure that more Americans die and those who survive are left with devastated lives.
Pooling their hard-earned money and enjoying the security universal health care would provide to every American is to them a radical and dangerous idea.
If these “Tea Bag Patriots” are “real Americans,” I want no part of it.
Tags: 1940, Federal Art Project, health care, poster art, public health, syphilis, Works Progress Administration, WPA