Wednesday, April 21


New law under consideration in Arizona would give the Secretary of State unilateral freedom to keep a presidential candidate off the ballot in Arizona if he or she has "reasonable cause" to believe the candidate is not qualified. Wow. I think the legislators are trying to get us laughed out of the Union. There are a lot of us who are not Democrats who will be voting for Democrats in the next election. We need to shift the unhealthy and loopy balance of power in Arizona politics more toward center. Weird things happen when too many Republicans or too many Democrats are in power. They forget the people and see their power as a mandate to advance their pet causes. ~ link

Chuck Warnock on the tea-partiers:
I was born in the South and have lived here all my life. My great-great-grandfather fought for the Confederacy, and I grew up going to segregated public schools. I grew up during the era of the Civil Rights struggle and heard many Southern Baptist preachers and laymen express their anger at the audacity of the federal government to force our state to integrate its schools and our businesses to serve all people, black and white. The images of white Tea Party protesters are eerily similar to anti-integration protesters in the 1960s. The subtext of racism is still there, even in our churches. Sometimes especially in our churches. ~ link
✽ I was responding to an iGoogle query about updating my contact list and apparently as I was adding some people the system sent out invitations to join Google chat. Sorry about that. I was just trying to stay organized.

1 comment:

Beth B said...

Warnock and Richard Clarke are onto something. The following is the Fresh Air interview with Richard Clarke:

"Throughout our history we have had right wing people who say they don’t like the U.S. government, they want to take down the U.S. government, they think violence against the U.S. government is okay; and since the election of Barak Obama these people have grown in volume, and I think they have grown in number.

We have to remember when we worry about Al Quaeda and foreign threats that one of the biggest—certainly the second largest and second most destructive terrorist attack in our history-- inside our borders-- was was done by these people, American right wing people, extreme right wing people, anti-government, violent people. I think the United States today has a serious threat from those people, because legitimate public officials are egging them on, and legitimate public officials who are conservative, and who are Republican, aren’t criticizing them; or aren’t criticizing them enough. We need to de-legitimatize these people, or we will have another Oklahoma city."