As we move forward with the president’s executive orders and with his second term in office, it’s vital that the rest of us highlight and immediately denounce the sort of dangerous language that Sen. Rand Paul is using.
Chuck Hagel in all likelihood will serve as our next Secretary of Defense. The entire confirmation process, however, is guaranteed to be complicated. But it’s important we remember that this is all just political theater.
Whether it was draconian voter ID laws, the shooting death of young Travyon Martin, or the attacks on women and the workers of America, I went into each challenge concerned that they had outmaneuvered us financially. But in the end, I left convinced that money could not buy genuine commitment.
People have been advocating for stiffer gun legislation for years, but now they have the momentum of the nation behind them. The question isn’t when, why or how the media covers tragedies, but rather what we do in their aftermath.
Whether it’s a statutory initiative, a veto referendum or an outright recall election, we must take action in Michigan and anywhere workers’ rights are under threat. There has been far too much sacrifice to secure our ability to collectively bargain and create fairer working conditions for us to give up now.
When the top 2 percent were enjoying tax breaks and stockpiling prosperity, there was no sharing. Now they have the audacity to ask seniors, minorities, folks whose children fought in our wars, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable among us to sacrifice some more. Does that seem fair?
The days ahead will require commitment and tolerance from all of us, but we will not forget why we voted for this President. We will continue to fight for those who may not have a voice, and we will deflect negativity from all sides. We must be strong enough to emulate those stronger than us like Mandela, like Dr. King.
From every corner of this nation, a majority sent a resounding message that we will not tolerate a rollback of our liberties, nor will we sit by idly as the rights so many fought and died for were under attack.
We cannot allow 50 years of progress since the day James Meredith enrolled in the University of Mississippi to be erased with one ruling. Far too much is at stake for us to remain silent.
Over the last few weeks, we observed both the Democratic and Republican conventions. It was easy to absorb the difference between the two parties. One was dedicated to fighting for the middle-class and poor of this country, the other for millionaires and billionaires.