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Post-modern politics…

The reason the pipeline was blocked is because Obama has a brain. A Good Cartoon.

From Good Cartoon— “spelling out what political cartoons really mean”…

The artist proposes a monument to Ronald Reagan, who famously squatted out a pile of sh*t known as Starve the Beast doctrine. The pile has increased through successive tax cuts by likeminded presidents, who ignore the promise of only increased debt at its core. By now the pile of sh*t has overshadowed the ideas of even our most hallowed presidents of the pre-Reaganomics era. A good cartoon.

As we steel our resolve to avoid the Intentionalist Fallacy, we might recall that it was on this date in 1965 that about six hundred people began a fifty-four mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery.  The marchers were demonstrating for African-American voting rights and commemorating the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who’d been shot three weeks earlier by a state trooper while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration.

One hundred years after the end of the Civil War, the protections of the Fifteenth Amendment had, in many Southern states (as indeed, in many others) been eroded by local statute and intimidation.  And indeed on the outskirts of Selma, after they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the marchers were brutally assaulted, in plain sight of photographers and journalists, by heavily armed state troopers and deputies.

John Lewis (on right in trench coat) and Hosea Williams (on the left) lead marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge


Written by (Roughly) Daily

March 7, 2012 at 1:01 am

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