Category Archives: History

GOP’s Abismal Terrorism Record!

I just love it when the Obama haters are proven to be liars. My grandfather always said that Republicans were liars. Rest his soul, he was spot on about many of them.

When I consider the GOP Primary candidates and their eventual nominees in just the last two presidential elections, the one constancy is the level of overt mendacity. Well, maybe I should add racism to that. Wait, let’s add fascism too.

This DailyKos piece lays out the facts on the true track record of the hawkish GOP on terrorism. They suck at keeping Americans safe!

The Emancipation Proclamation, 150 Years Later: Hear the Many Voices That Cried Freedom

EP2On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Time Magazine examines this historic abolitionist document.

“This is truly a democratic literature. It begins in the late 1600s as far as the records show, mostly with religious writings. What’s in here are writings of every genre: there are sermons and religious tracts; there are novels and poems and plays and short stories and magazine articles; there are even children’s books and alphabet books with little rhymes that areabolitionist. Everything you could imagine in terms of human utterance and the scope of human imagination.”

Read the full article at

By Jan. 01, 2013

The Truth About Attacks on Our Diplomats

—By Adam Serwer | Wed Oct. 3, 2012 2:00 AM PDT

As horrible as the attack was on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Lybia, it was not the first time a U.S. embassy has been attacked resulting in the loss of American lives. If you don’t know history or only listen to Republicans, who have shamefully politicized this incident due to election 2012 and their hatred for President Obama, you would be fooled into thinking that our embassies have never before been attacked, breached or otherwise endangered. Or that this incident would not have happened under a Republican administration. Not so. This article by Adam Serwer of Mother Jones sheds light on the Benghazi attack and places it into its historical context. For the last 40 years since the Nixon administration, U.S. embassies and diplomats have been targets regardless of which political party occupied the White House.

  “…no matter which party is in office, no matter who is president, terrorism and violence are always going to be a potential risk for foreign-service officers serving in troubled areas.”

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Alabama-born and Kentucky-raised and educated, Mitch McConnell has no intention of working with President Obama in his second term. McConnell’s statement in response to President Obama’s re-election says it all.

Now it’s time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.

This Kentucky Senator is up for re-election in 2014 (not soon enough), and I can only hope that some formidable candidate will be raised up to oppose him and defeat him. Surprisingly, Actress Ashley Judd is reportedly considering running against him in 2014, but it’s probably a long shot. If she challenges, she will have her work cut out for her.

I am thrilled to say, McConnell’s top priority of ensuring that Barack Obama became a one-term president has failed. As did most of the GOP’s election 2012 tactics, e.g., campaign lies, voter suppression  and Super PAC mega millions targeted to defeat the President and other Democrats. You would think that McConnell would have been more focused on creating jobs for the people of Kentucky and the American people rather than trying to sabotage President Obama. This makes Obama’s reelection victory that much sweeter and just desserts for McConnell.

A friend and I recently reflected that McConnell is a reminder of the old segregationist southern guard, the infamous Bull Connor, who by any means necessary, would stand in the path of black people exercising and receiving their civil rights. I liken McConnell to Bull (no pun intended) because of his stiff-necked resistance to the nation’s first black president and his pledge to sabotage Barack Obama. Politically speaking, McConnell governs in the tradition of Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond. There is nothing new under the sun, and in McConnell’s case something very old and ugly. This Senator is a throwback to a time and mentality in the United States, that now has no place in the Senate as this country attempts to move forward. He needs to go!

L. Jackson / 11.9.2012

Roosevelt and Obama

See my latest post, Roosevelt and Obama, under Salient Points.

“Let history be our teacher. When Republicans are in power, it’s anything goes. Laissez-faire capitalism is the rule and the actions of the Republican plutocrats lead the country to the brink of economic ruin.”

This post is dedicated to my mother.

L. Jackson/10.27.2012