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The Republicans “Dream” Nightmare!!!

2012. They will decide?

Ah yes! The DREAM ACT….

A BILL: To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes. (See Article before this, titled: The Dream Act)

Martin Luther King said: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

Back in December 2010, when Republicans rejected the Dream Act in the U.S. Senate they were riding an anti-illegal immigration surge within the Republican/Tea party.

Republicans were castigating and denigrating Hispanics. It didn’t even matter if these Hispanics were born in the USA! Long as you looked Hispanic – didn’t matter if you were from Texas. You needed to go back home – to Mexico!

Brewer's "heated discussion" with Pres. Obama

Arizona governor Jan Brewer was championing The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070 or simply: Arizona SB 1070).

It aims to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. The Arizona law makes not carrying immigration documents a crime and gives police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The bill has been described as the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history.

Republicans were ecstatic!

Other states rushed to follow – passing crass measures that ended up costing farmers to lose millions as illegal immigrants told those states – “adios”, and headed, not South – elsewhere!

Tomatoes rotting on an Alabama farm after Immigrants left over Immigration crackdowns!

Eight months later, in December 2010, with a Senate mix of 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans and 2 Independents, Republicans shot the Dread Act down in flames.

Only FIVE Senate Republicans voted FOR the Dream Act. FOUR Senate Democrats, out of 56, voted AGAINST the Dream Act.

THEN along comes TIME Magazine with it’s left-wing article about Hispanics and their VOTING POWER. Have I said Ooops!!! 

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —59

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Crapo (R-ID)

Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Warner (D-VA)

Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —40

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 1

Brownback (R-KS)    

Republicans alienated Hispanics with their fiery and often divisive and misleading rhetoric, then thought they would easily cruise to a 2012  election Victory by courting to Tea Party voters!

To add insult to Hispanic injury,  just see who the Republican’s prospective nominee is likely to be…Mitt Romney! Romney loves Illegal Immigrants so much, when he was governor here in Massachusetts, he tried to get State Police to round up illegal immigrants! Do I hear DOUBLE oops, Mr. Romney!

“Mea culpa….Lo siento, por favor perdóname”

So if you were say, a Romney supporter like U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and you happened to be Hispanic and you needed to sort of pull Romney and Republicans from the edge of Immigration Infamy, maybe you start thinking of drafting a bill that would SHOW Hispanics that you’re not really an unfeeling robot – that you actually CARE?

Sen. Rubio does not Support Dream Act. Now Flip-Flopping, but again, he supports Mitt Romney!

In 2011, Republicans tried to cut  2-billion-dollars in  funding for Headstart,  the preschool program for poor children. And in 2012 Republicans tried to cut billions in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) But so what? They still LIKE kids, right?

So-oo…

How about giving kids of Illegal Immigrants a chance to Dream. What a brilliant, novel idea. And let’s call it the, er…Dream Act? Now why does that sound familiar? Never mind…

And so, Marco Rubio is drafting his version, or a Republican version, of the Dream Act…

As Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez put it, the Rubio bill allows certain young people to eventually earn legal status by attending certain four-year colleges or serving in the U.S. military. The proposal would bar these young people raised in the United States from ever becoming citizens. Similar restrictive or watered down proposals are said to be coming from Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona (both of whom have supported the DREAM Act before now opposing it). Let’s call them collectively The ‘Stolen Dreams’ Act.

I can’t wait to hear Republicans defend their version of the bill because theirs DOES NOT allow these kids to EVER become citizens! So go FIGHT AND DIE for us – but we’ll bury you in a Mexican flag!

You know what, serves President Obama right!

I’ve always maintained that he squandered his social capital on shoddy Health Care Reform when he should instead have gone for IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Pro Dream Act Rally

I believe strongly that if he’d gone for Immigration Reform, The Supreme Court would NOT have him over a barrel today…Hispanics would still be chanting: “si, se puede”, he WOULD NOT HAVE LOST the mid-term elections and millions of people would be out of the shadows buying houses, staring businesses, buying Insurance, travelling on airlines, buying vehicles, etc…

But that’s just me!!!

“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” Dr. King.

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Powell: A Republican even I Can…

Hello, Colin Powell…you do know where the Weapons of Mass Destruction are buried! I love republicans! Please readers, disregard every article that I’ve ever posted in my blog…prior to this Powell-induced GOP love fest!

Did you hear what Powell said about John McCain, his friend, colleague and fellow veteran whom he’s known for 25 years? The Bush White House insider/outsider appeared on NBC’S Meet The Press, Sunday (October 19).

And he endorsed democrat Barack Obama!

It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Senator McCain…and I regret that. But I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with some changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue, basically, the policies that we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I need, think we need, a president who is a generational change. And that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama. Not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Senator John McCain”.

Translation: (mine) John McCain is much too similar to George Bush. We need a different direction, not a president who, although he may not be George Bush, is SO similar policy-wise, THAT HE WILL SIMPLY CONTINUE THE POLICIES OF GEORGE BUSH…and Dick Cheney!

When it comes to Obama, Powell says he’s been watching the democratic candidate over the last six of seven weeks…”as both of them have really taken a final exam with respect to this economic crisis that we are in and coming out of the conventions. And I must say that I’ve gotten a good measure of both.

In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem. And that concerned me, sensing that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had. And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin.

She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired; but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.

On the Obama side, I watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor.

I think that he has a, a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well. I also believe that on the Republican side over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower.

Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He’s crossing lines, ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He’s thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values”.

Powell was especially critical of the negative tone of McCain’s campaign. But he’s also unhappy with the direction in which the Republican Party is heading. He says the GOP “has moved more to the right than I would like to see it.”

According to Powell, he has been “disappointed, frankly, by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently, or his campaign ads, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that’s been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign.

But Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed-out terrorist. Well, then, why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have these robo-calls going on around the country trying to suggest that, because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow, Mr. Obama is tainted. What they’re trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that’s inappropriate.

Now, I understand what politics is all about. I know how you can go after one another, and that’s good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for.

And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift. I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that’s what we’d be looking at in a McCain administrationn.

I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.

But the really right answer is what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ‘He’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists’. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Powell says that point was underscored when he say a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. One was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery. He says “she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards–Purple Heart, Bronze Star–showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old.”

Powell says the headstone had a Crescent and a Star of the Islamic faith. The dead soldier, Kareem Rashid Sultan Khan, was an American, who was born in New Jersey. Powell says Khan “was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I’m troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.

So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we’ve got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time?

And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities, and we have to take that into account,as well as his substance, he has both style and substance, he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world–onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama”.

Thank you, Colin Powell, Thank you! Now here’s a republican that even I, can LOVE!

Powell: A Republican even I Can…

Hello, Colin Powell…you do know where the Weapons of Mass Destruction are buried! I love republicans! Please readers, disregard every article that I’ve ever posted in my blog…prior to this Powell-induced GOP love fest!

Did you hear what Powell said about John McCain, his friend, colleague and fellow veteran whom he’s known for 25 years? The Bush White House insider/outsider appeared on NBC’S Meet The Press, Sunday (October 19).

And he endorsed democrat Barack Obama!

It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Senator McCain…and I regret that. But I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with some changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue, basically, the policies that we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I need, think we need, a president who is a generational change. And that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama. Not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Senator John McCain”.

Translation: (mine) John McCain is much too similar to George Bush. We need a different direction, not a president who, although he may not be George Bush, is SO similar policy-wise, THAT HE WILL SIMPLY CONTINUE THE POLICIES OF GEORGE BUSH…and Dick Cheney!

When it comes to Obama, Powell says he’s been watching the democratic candidate over the last six of seven weeks…”as both of them have really taken a final exam with respect to this economic crisis that we are in and coming out of the conventions. And I must say that I’ve gotten a good measure of both.

In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem. And that concerned me, sensing that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had. And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin.

She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired; but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.

On the Obama side, I watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor.

I think that he has a, a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well. I also believe that on the Republican side over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower.

Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He’s crossing lines, ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He’s thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values”.

Powell was especially critical of the negative tone of McCain’s campaign. But he’s also unhappy with the direction in which the Republican Party is heading. He says the GOP “has moved more to the right than I would like to see it.”

According to Powell, he has been “disappointed, frankly, by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently, or his campaign ads, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that’s been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign.

But Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed-out terrorist. Well, then, why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have these robo-calls going on around the country trying to suggest that, because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow, Mr. Obama is tainted. What they’re trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that’s inappropriate.

Now, I understand what politics is all about. I know how you can go after one another, and that’s good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for.

And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift. I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that’s what we’d be looking at in a McCain administrationn.

I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.

But the really right answer is what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ‘He’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists’. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Powell says that point was underscored when he say a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. One was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery. He says “she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards–Purple Heart, Bronze Star–showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old.”

Powell says the headstone had a Crescent and a Star of the Islamic faith. The dead soldier, Kareem Rashid Sultan Khan, was an American, who was born in New Jersey. Powell says Khan “was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I’m troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.

So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we’ve got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time?

And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities, and we have to take that into account,as well as his substance, he has both style and substance, he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world–onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama”.

Thank you, Colin Powell, Thank you! Now here’s a republican that even I, can LOVE!

Obama, McCain, the Supreme Court…and Women.

THIS ELECTION IS NOT ABOUT RACE AND/OR GENDER. Yes, it’s historic: We have the first black presidential nominee and women cracking through the top of the ticket. And as a black female, I am practically salivating. I just made two breakthroughs!

But enough already! THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT THE ISSUES: The economy! Health Care, Education, Failing Infrastructure, Port Security, the Economy! National Security, Jobs, Pensions, Toyota or GM, the Economy! Immigration, Housing, Retirement, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Economy! Restoring American Credibility, our Reputation and Moral Standing in the World, The Deficit and Back to: The Economy! AND THE SUPREME COURT!!! Those justices with one hand on the Constitution and the other hand on women’s ovaries!

An article titled: “The Last Word” — on the back page of the May 12/2008 issue of the news magazine ‘Newsweek’ calls Supreme Court justices among the most powerful people in America! She says their decisions affect and shape our lives for decades. Like: Brown v. Board of Education? Roe v. Wade. School Prayer. Eminent Domain. Unreasonable searches and protection from self-incrimination. The Newsweek article says republican presidents have appointed all (but two) of the justices on the Supreme Court in the last 40-years and the court is now tilting in the direct of the ultra-conservative right with the appointments of Samuel Alito (he replaced Sandra Day O’Connor) and John Roberts, the Bush appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice.

And do not forget the lower courts. A ‘USA Today’ article (May 12, 2008) cites President Ronald Reagan and his influence on the APPEALS COURTS. The author says 20-years ago, Reagan appointed justices to an influential set of 13 regional courts and these Appeals Court justices are now a dominant force in American law. Author says we are now feeling their decisions. These judges have apparently become the first in more than a half-century to say the Second Amendment protects individual rights to own guns. They also took the lead in ruling against affirmative-action (University of Michigan–the affirmative action plan at their law school) and other race-conscious policies. They also upheld bans on partial-birth abortion procedures before that even reached the Supreme Court! Reagan was the one (according to the USA Today article) who set out to (quote) reverse the trend of judicial involvement in school integration, prison problems and the environment…(unquote).

Reagan also broke the prior White House pattern of accepting senators preferences for appeals courts seats and put in place a sophisticated screening of candidates run by Department of Justice and White House lawyers. One critic in the article says good people were passed over because they were not ideologues. The author says president Bill Clinton did not want to expend major political capital with his court appointments. Clinton chose, instead, to put a priority on diversity and set records for appointing women and minorities.

A president Obama or John McCain will likely get to appoint several justices to our highest courts. The question for voters, especially female voters OF ALL RACES IS: Do you want more conservatives and ultra-right courts? Want judges legislating your reproductive decisions? If you do not, then decide carefully whom you vote for. Because you may try to exercise your free will to choose what to do with your fallopian tubes and find that a pit bull is blocking your path. With or without lipstick!

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