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Speaker Boehner tells Senator Harry Reid to “Go f--- himself!”
The “f-bomb” is no stranger to modern politics these days, but there comes a point where a little tact is necessary. The recent episode of John Boehner going off on Sen. Reid shows just how ugly and partisan the Republican Party has become. One might excuse such an occurrence were it just this one time, but there are multiple disgusting examples of how the GOP holds zero amount of respect for the opposition party.
Remember the Tea Party rallies on Capitol Hill where protestors were spitting on Democratic members of Congress and using racial and homophobic slurs? Remember the infamous “You lie!” outburst from Joe Wilson during Obama’s 2009 Presidential Address?
Republicans all over the country use their buzz words of “fascist” and “socialist” to describe our President. They prey upon people’s fears of change in order to stymie any real attempt at true progress. When you truly look at the people that represent the leadership within the national Republican Party, you should ask yourself this question, “What does a party of fear, hate, and arrogance have to offer me?”
We need to come back to civility and be able to remain humble when things do not always go the way we want. One does not have to say everything that comes to mind. There is no real excuse for rude outbursts and public displays of disdain.
The American people should tell the GOP that they have had enough of the playground antics and to get to work to help create real solutions for tomorrow. They need to be able to come together with Democrats, sit at the table respectfully, share their ideas and be willing to make realistic compromises. We have to be able to work together in order to continue to move our country forward.
GOP leaders want to do away with the popular vote in awarding states’ Electoral College (EC) votes and replace it with a gerrymandered map created by state legislators.
As of right now, there are only two states that don’t award their EC votes on a winner-takes-all basis -- Maine and Nebraska. Instead, they allocate their votes by Congressional districts. Republicans are now making a push for the swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan to follow suit.
Conservatives have acknowledged that demographics are no longer on their side, and in a move that can only be seen as extreme desperation, they are ready to play dirty. By having complete control of these states’ governments, they are ready to move forward with this power grab to change the course of Presidential elections as we know it.
The GOP lost the national popular vote for their House candidates by more than one million votes, yet still maintained control of the chamber. This was only possible through extreme gerrymandering of Congressional districts -- squeezing all urban areas into smaller districts, while creating huge sprawling rural districts where less people live. These tactics not only decrease the voices of the majority, but give underrepresentation to them as well.
Now, they want to use these unfair and misappropriated maps in the Presidential elections.
Republican leaders should be working towards building a more inclusive platform for their party, but instead are busy with dirty politics as usual. Fair warning: there will be political fallout should they attempt to push these measures through. Not only will we as progressives work to fight against them, but we will be on the frontline banging the battle drum.
We want to say "thank you" to our partners, donors and friends who may this year's Post-Election Summit such a great success.
First, the GOP says there is left-wing bias in the media so they create Fox News. Then, they say all the polls are biased so they create unskewedpolls.com. Now, there is a growing movement of them that are unhappy with the election results and are signing petitions for their states to leave the Union. When does the madness stop?
When conservatives don’t like reality, they create their own.
Wanting to secede from the United States is not only disrespectful to the office of the presidency but it is highly disrespectful to the country itself, our troops that serve to protect this country and every citizen that resides within. That kind of attitude is unpatriotic and downright un-American. Thankfully, only a little over 35,000 people have signed the Texas petition out of over 25 million people that reside in the state.
One person does not speak for many; neither does a minority speak for a majority. Within a democracy, the majority rules and here the majority has clearly spoken. Republican ideas were once again rejected and progress has won out. But the time has come for these silly parlor games and extreme bitterness and anger to end. We need real solutions to our nation’s problems. We need cooperation and togetherness, not obstruction and divisiveness. If we work together, we can continue to prove what makes this country so great and that we can work through our differences and continue to make it better.
With such a tight Presidential election this year, all eyes have been on Ohio. Not only was it a critical swing state for President Obama’s re-election campaign, but there was also a hotly contested Senate race between Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican Josh Mandel. On the national level, progressives came out on top in two of these three targeted races.
On a second term!Thank you to all our partners, state directors and staff for all their hard work this year re-electing our President.
Marriage Equality Laws are on the ballot in 4 states this election cycle, three of which are America Votes states. Maine, Minnesota, and Washington each have ballot measures that would defend equality for all individuals. Our partners have been working hard on these measures and we pleased to announce that in Maine and Maryland that marriage equality has passed. We hope we’re able to announce the same results in Minnesota and Washington as well.
Republicans have had a bad case of “foot in mouth” disease on sensitive topics such as a woman’s right to choose, especially in the circumstances of rape. From the top of the ticket all the way down to candidates running for state office, the Republican Party has consistently been saying that they are against abortion in all cases because the unborn child is a “gift from God.”
Of the 50 US Governors, only 6 are female, two Democrats and four Republicans. When both Bev Purdue (North Carolina) and Christine Gregoire (Washington) retire at the end of their term this year, they’ll leave only one, newly elected female Democratic Governor, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.America Votes in conjunction with state and national partners worked tirelessly to elect Ms.Hassan to the Governor’s office as a part of a program to elect progressives across the state.