Saturday, January 15, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

Did you know...
◼ The Republican Party - the party of Abraham Lincoln - was borne in 1854 out of opposition to slavery.

◼ The party of Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan was, as Jeffrey Lord points out in an article at the WSJ, the Democratic Party.

◼ The 13th (abolishing slavery), 14th (due process for all citizens) and 15th (voting rights cannot be restricted on the basis of race) Amendments to the Constitution were enacted by Republicans over Democratic opposition.

◼ The NAACP was founded in 1909 by three white Republicans* who opposed the racist practices of the Democratic Party and the lynching of blacks by Democrats.

◼ In fairness, it was the Democrat Harry Truman who, by Executive Order 9981 issued in 1948, desegregated the military. That was a truly major development. Yet - the military has been the single greatest driving force of integration in this land for over half a century.

◼ It was Chief Justice Earl Warren, a former Republican Governor of California appointed to the Supreme Court by President Eisenhower, also a Republican, who managed to convince the other eight justices to agree to a unanimous decision in the seminal case of Brown v. Board of Education. That case was brought by the NAACP. The Court held segregation in schools unconstitutional. The fact that it was a unanimous decision that overturned precedent made it clear that no aspect of segregation would henceforth be considered constitutional.

◼ Republican President Ike Eisenhower played additional important roles in furthering equality in America. He "proposed to Congress the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 and signed those acts into law. . . . They constituted the first significant civil rights acts since the 1870s." Moreover, when the Democratic Governor of Arkansas refused to integrate schools in what became known as the "Little Rock Nine" incident, "Eisenhower placed the Arkansas National Guard under Federal control and sent Army troops to escort nine black students into an all-white public school."

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was championed by JFK - but it was passed with massive Republican support over 80%) in Congress and over fierce opposition from Democrats who made repeated attempts at filibuster. Indeed, 80% of the vote opposing the Civil Rights Act came from Democrats.( Women were added to the Act as a protected class by a Democrat who thought it would be a poison pill, killing the legislation. To the contrary, the Congress passed the Act without any attempt to remove the provision....

◼ Martin Luther King Jr. was the most well known and pivotal Civil Rights activist ever produced in America. His most famous speech, "I Had A Dream," was an eloquent and stirring call for equality. You can find it here. Rev. King was, by the way, a Republican.

◼ h/t, and credit to: Wolfhowling, who compiled this wonderful collection of links: Standing At The Crossroads - Identity Politics, Multiculturalism & The Melting Pot (Updated & Bumped)
◼ article in WSJ
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Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15.

* To advance civil rights for blacks, Republicans started the NAACP on February 12, 1909, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The first black head of the NAACP was black Republican James Weldon Johnson who became general secretary in 1920 and wrote the lyrics to the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing". Republicans also founded the HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) because Democrats were trying to prevent blacks from getting a good education.

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There was never any political dimension to the awful story of a deranged loner

There was never any political dimension to the awful story of a deranged loner who tried to assassinate a woman he was obsessed with, killing six other people in the attempt. The only reason we are discussing the nature of our discourse in connection with the case is because the Left manufactured that connection out of thin air...

Two Events In Tucson - The difference between performance and leadership.
The Climate of Hate Will Not Dissipate - The Left won’t let go of this narrative, because they can’t.
...(Obama's) call to civility came after the President’s allies spent four days loudly indicting conservatives as accessories to murder, a campaign that led to a frightening surge of death threats against one of their primary targets, Sarah Palin...

They can’t back away from such a double bet on aggressive dishonesty, at least not until the ever-shifting news cycle provides a way to do it surreptitiously....
A Liberal Honor Roll - Recognizing liberals who rose above a manufactured narrative.
Top 5 Absurd Responses To The Palin Video - Eight minutes of video produces a full day of meltdown.
Early Reactions To The Giffords Shooting
Sadly, but not surprisingly, various liberal sewer sites like the Daily Kos rushed to use the Giffords shooting for political theater. The less said about such bilge, the better, but one instance cannot be allowed to pass without comment: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who wrote what should be a career-ending diatribe shortly after the shooting.
The Censorship Of Madmen - We cannot give lunatics editorial control of our discourse.

Some thoughts on the events of the last week - by John Hayward, a staff writer for HUMAN EVENTS, and author of the recently published Doctor Zero: Year One.

The Tucson Massacre’s Hall Of Shame: Liberals Who Used Tragedy To Smear The Right

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Republican Party chairman

Steele drops out of race; Priebus is the new Republican Party chairman
Reince Priebus is the new chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Priebus won with 97 votes in the seventh round of voting. Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, was the leader from the first ballot, and was the only candidate to not lose any supporters as voting progressed Friday afternoon...

He thanked Steele for his service but pledged that under his leadership the RNC will "begin to restore the faith of our donors" and "work hard to develop a new line of communication with state parties," including Republican leaders in Congress.

"I am here to earn the trust and support of each and every one of you," Priebus said. "I'm going to start working right now as your chairman."

"We can defeat Barack Obama in 2012, together unified as a committee," said Preibus, who told members he can't wait to "rebuild this party and move on to conservative candidates."


Thursday, January 13, 2011

TRANSCRIPT: Sarah Palin on ‘America’s Enduring Strength’

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

Wonderful News!

Doctor: Giffords passes 'major milestone' msnbc
TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has passed a "major milestone" on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, doctors said Thursday.

The Arizona congresswoman has been sitting up, dangling her legs on the edge of the hospital bed and moving her limbs in response to commands. That's after she spontaneously opened her eyes during visits with her colleagues Wednesday night. She is able to lift both of her legs on command and is yawning and starting to rub her eyes, doctors said.

"She's becoming more aware of her surroundings," trauma chief Dr. Peter Rhee said during a news conference at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday....
more at the link

Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Wasserman Schultz Describe Giffords Opening Her Eyes

The month of January begins our HRWF Membership drive.

Membership Report

Hello and Happy New Year to you!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year celebration.  We accomplished much in 2010 and overall it was a great year.  2011 also looks to be more promising for conservative endeavors. This year we need to work even harder to educate people because the battle is far from over.  Everyone should be vigilant, informed, and speak out against the progressive movement. You can do this by joining us at Humboldt Republican Women.  We must take back our country!  We need more conservatives like you running for local offices, volunteering, donating, and writing letters to the editor.  Get involved or just come to our meetings so you will be informed on local, state, and national issues! You are not alone.  We are a family.  You will realize in joining HRWF that there are many people like you who want to take their country back to what our founding fathers had intended.   We have always been a grassroots organization.  2011 marks our 73rd year!

The month of January begins our HRWF Membership drive. Please send in $30 for the annual 2011 membership dues.  A membership form is included for you below.  If you’d like to have your contact information available to other HRWF members, please remember to check the box for sharing your info with us….  Ditto if you have a business, so members can patronize a conservative minded business owner if they wish.  We will be compiling a membership contact roster this year.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Judicial Watch Sues HHS to Obtain Obamacare Waiver Documents

Judicial Watch Sues HHS to Obtain Obamacare Waiver Documents
According to an official estimate by the Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at least 222 companies and unions have received waivers from Obamacare so far. Yet, as this number continues to soar, HHS refuses to explain to the American people how decisions are being made regarding which organizations receive a waiver and which do not. read the rest

TRANSCRIPT: Obama Speech Addresses Tragedy in Tucson

TRANSCRIPT: Obama Speech Addresses Tragedy in Tucson

To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.

The tale of two Americas - Can this marriage be saved?

The tale of two Americas
John Edwards ran his ill-fated presidential campaign around the theme that there are “two Americas,” one that is wealthy and powerful, and the other that is poor and weak.

Events that have occurred since the Tucson shooting tragedy have revealed that there are indeed two Americas, just not the two that Edwards envisioned....

With all of the challenges facing our nation, perhaps the largest is can these two Americas co-exist when they don’t speak the same language, get their information from the same sources, or even have a common frame of reference?

A pretty common comedic gag is for a protagonist to be speaking to someone who speaks a different language, and when he is not understood, he speaks more loudly.

The answer to our national communication problem is not to speak more loudly, or even more clearly. The answer is to communicate using language that the other America understands.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

National Federation of Republican Women Extends Sympathies to Arizona Shooting Victims, Families

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◼  ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Sue Lynch, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), issued the following statement:

"The National Federation of Republican Women is shocked and saddened by the senseless act of violence in Arizona on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman Giffords and the other victims who are fighting to recover at this hour, as well as to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy."

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

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Boehner Condemns Attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement condemning the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and members of her staff today in Tucson, AZ:

“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country."

Statement From RNC Chairman Michael Steele On The Attack In Tuscon
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:
"I am deeply shocked and horrified by the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and her constituents. Today’s senseless act of violence is an attack on the American ideal and goes against our country's deeply held democratic values. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Representative Giffords and the families of all of those who were victims of this national tragedy."

Obama: Giffords 'gravely wounded, Unspeakable tragedy'
President Obama called the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday an “unspeakable tragedy,” and he said she was “gravely wounded” in the attack.