Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

So this happened.

Pope Francis, in Congress, Pleads for Unity on World’s Woes


WASHINGTON — Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, challenged Congress and by extension the mightiest nation in the world on Thursday to break out of its cycle of paralysis and use its power to heal the “open wounds” of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.

Taking a rostrum never before occupied by the bishop of Rome, Francis issued a vigorous call to action to lawmakers who have spent years stalemated over major issues and even now are days away from a potential government shutdown in a dispute over the moral boundaries of federal spending.

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Then this happened.

John Boehner, House Speaker, Will Resign From Congress

WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio barkeeper’s son who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said Friday he would relinquish his gavel and resign from Congress, undone by the very Republicans who swept him into power.

Mr. Boehner, 65, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning as lawmakers struggled to avert a government shutdown next week, a possibility made less likely by his decision.

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And now this.

House Conservatives Push Trey Gowdy for Leadership Job


WASHINGTON — House conservatives, fearful that the post-John A. Boehner era of leadership may look more like a modestly renovated old house than a newly built one, have begun to cast about for one of their own to join the upper ranks: the head of the committee that has been ripping into Hillary Rodham Clinton for well over a year.

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Yes, that Trey Gowdy!   It is hard to know whether this script could be more absurd if Samuel Beckett had written it.  An element of drama is suspension of disbelief.  But this is not dramatic fiction.  This is taking place in our Capitol, and it is very real.

There is no question as to whom Gowdy has been targeting.  He has twisted and contorted himself every which way like Brody on that crane hook to aim at Hillary Clinton. Like a mouse in a maze he has tried every avenue.  Now his Tea Party partisans want to place him in the leadership position.

You cannot make this stuff up.  We can never put the absurd past the Republicans.  I know this hits you like an “And now this” segment from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.  It should.  Like everything in those segments, this is actually happening.

There is only one explanation for an option so extreme.  They fear Hillary Clinton.  It is as pathetic as it is possible.




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Finally!  I have found someone else who sees history repeating itself here.  I was beginning to think I was the only person who remembered how ACORN came down.


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Reflections on Planned Parenthood, Clinton and ACORN

Posted: 09/06/2015 9:14 pm EDT Updated: 09/08/2015 11:59 am EDT
Hannah Giles, James O’Keefe, Peter Schweizer, and David Daleiden: These are names the American public should know. Their writing, which thrives on catchy headlines and specious content, has embodied modern-day yellow journalism. Their investigations have masqueraded as a “public service”. But in reality, they have aimed to eviscerate political enemies, regardless of whether their targets have committed any wrongdoing. In fact, time after time, these hatchet jobs against Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, and Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) have been debunked by federal investigations. Our demand for accountability of our politicians and national institutions has been poisoned by a failure to demand the same from our media and liars operating under the façade of journalism.

In 2009, Fox News and BigGovernment.com released videos secretly recorded by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe at the offices of ACORN. ACORN had in the past done noble work for the public, registering hundreds of thousands of voters, providing relief for Katrina victims, and fighting predatory lending. The videos purported to show ACORN’s employees intentionally assisting clients’ activities in underage sex trade and prostitution. Soon after, ACORN lost its partnership with the US Census Bureau, along with other government institutions, and it was barred from federal funding. Even President Obama called for an investigation into its activities. When private funding dried up, the organization disbanded.


Fast forward to the scandals of 2015 and we see quite comically, the same incidents have occurred. Soon after a Republican-dominated panel found that no wrongdoing was committed in the Benghazi scandal, Peter Schweizer published Clinton Cash. In the book, he alleged that the Clintons used their positions in government to benefit financial donors, including human rights violators like Russia. Although the headlines have had some truth to them, in that the Clinton Foundation’s donation policies might need some reform, they are ultimately deceptive to the American public. Multiple instances cited in the book, like one where Clinton “could have stopped” Russia from buying a uranium mining company in the U.S., have been debunked by organizations like FactCheck.org. When asked about the matter, Schweizer himself noted that there was no direct evidence of wrongdoing, though he remained unrepentant, saying that such evidence is not necessary to attack Clinton’s record.

David Daleiden’s dishonest Planned Parenthood activities have been even more disconcerting. He’s ignited a political firestorm, with conservatives claiming that Planned Parenthood has profited off fetal tissue, just as they claimed that ACORN intentionally committed voter fraud. However, five investigations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, South Dakota, and Massachusetts, all thankfully early enough to help defuse the issue, have found that no wrongdoing has been committed by the organization. Conservatives have become so desperate to find any mud to sling at the organization that Florida Governor Rick Scott attempted to scrub statements on evidence clearing Planned Parenthood in his investigation.

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 I was beginning to think I had dreamed all of that.  I did not.  It has happened before and is happening again.

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It seems that truth is relative.  Is it possible that discerning truth involves applying a formula more complex, esoteric, and profound than Einstein’s or anything ever worked out by Stephen Hawking?  Or is it a simple matter of speaker identification?

For weeks, a word association poll dominated the media because and only because respondents associated words like “liar” and “untrustworthy” with Hillary Clinton.  This remained a top story and interview topic for an extended period because, of course, Hillary Clinton is running for president so we all need to know what some cherry-picked population thinks of her.


The generalization that is then applied is that nothing Hillary says is trustworthy.  Everything is potentially a lie or actually is a lie because Hillary Clinton said it. There can be no such extenuating circumstance as a clouded memory due to transition from one major role to another years in the past, for example. No way.  If Hillary says it,  well, we just are not so sure it is true.

Carly Fiorina is also running for president and referred in a campaign debate to a video.  Since that day, she has mentioned that video every time she has a chance to speak to the media.  Apparently the same principle that applies to Hillary Clinton does not apply to her.

Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion

There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts.


… for Fiorina to actually be proven as wildly misleading and fundamentally dishonest as her critics keep suggesting, they would need to marshal evidence beyond just a parsing of her words, and demonstrate that the thing she’s describing is an inaccurate depiction of what happens inside abortion clinics that double as tissue procurement centers.

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This is striking:  “… they would need to marshal evidence beyond just a parsing of her words ….”   Seriously?  How many times has Hillary been condemned with no evidence except her parsed words, and worse by lies and words she did not say?  How many media outlets completely misquoted her after the Benghazi attack using words that she never said?

Myth:  Hillary Clinton said the attack on the Benghazi installation was an outgrowth of a demonstration against an anti-Islamist video on the internet.

Not exactly.  Here are her words on September 12, 2012.

We are working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault. Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.

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The New York Times stands as a rather odd arbiter of truth given the very hard time they had admitting to … well … lying in a front page header a few months ago.

Rather than issue the apology they should have and that she is owed, the New York Times has chosen instead  to publish this shabby, third-rate excuse for its unethical treatment of Hillary Clinton.

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I suppose it is simply asking too much for the same principles to be applied equally to statements by all candidates.  I know some people think I should get off Fiorina’s case and that her own party will kick her under the bus.   I disagree.  They like what she is saying and that accounts for her rise in the polls and resultant presence on debate stages and on the media.

I will stay on her case as long as she repeats this mantra.

As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.

Barack Obama is not running for president. It is clear that Hillary is really the only target.

So when Carly Fiorina attacks Hillary I will defend Hillary with the same vigor as when Donald Trump has done the same.

I just heard Donald Trump say that Hillary Clinton was the “worst secretary of state in the history of our country.”   Apparently he suffers from a linguistic disorder that causes him to make phonemic substitutions.  A phoneme is a meaningful unit of sound.  Phonemic production establishes differences in meaning between words.

There is one phonemic difference between the words /fərst/ {first} and /wərst/ {worst}.  It occurs with the initial consonant.   Mr. Trump’s linguistic slip belies the facts.  In two important instances, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was first.

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Full frontal assaults, as Bill Clinton characterized the email/server attacks, will not go unanswered.  Especially when deceit is defended by the media.



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Highlights from the hours of mind-numbing “serious” GOP debate.

FTR Jeb also said his brother kept us safe.  That went over well on Twitter.

“When it comes to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe.” – Jeb

As if 9/11 did not happen on His brother’s watch.

Marco Rubio thinks Ronald Reagan defeated Communism

In Soviet Russia… RT : Reagan did not bring down Communism. Communism brought down Communism. It self-destructed.

Rubio also said China is constructing islands in the South China Sea.

Rubio complaining about synthetic islands in So. China Sea. Why did Republicans refuse to ratify LOST? Debate

Finally, it was time for Jimmy Fallon and his special guest for whom he reprieved his performance as The Donald.

In this image released by NBC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

In this image released by NBC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has her hair pulled by host Jimmy Fallon (R) during an interview on the Tonight Show in New York in this image released on September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/Handout TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has her hair pulled by host Jimmy Fallon (R) during an interview on the Tonight Show in New York in this image released on September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/Handout TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

In this image released by NBC, host Jimmy Fallon, portraying Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton appear during a skit titled, "Trump calls Hillary" during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

In this image released by NBC, host Jimmy Fallon, portraying Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton appear during a skit titled, “Trump calls Hillary” during a taping of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC via AP)

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A good time was had by all!



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How did you like the debate, Hillary?

If you rolled your eyes too...




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The Republican debaters are doing their final walk-throughs at the Reagan Presidential Center.  Women for Hillary are finishing up the last minute arrangements for this evening’s house parties.  Pundits are talking obsessively all over the cable news shows.  Hillary is taping her appearance with Jimmy Fallon.  What are Hillary’s supporters doing online?

Hillary and her campaign have some suggestions for you.  Of course Twitter should be a pretty lively place to be following the action.


“Previously On Presidential Candidate Apprentice”

The GOP: like bad reality TV, with worse ideas. Get caught up on what you’ve missed since the first debate.


Today’s the day the Republican presidential candidates meet for the second debate. Follow for fact-checks and more.

So if you are getting ready to settle in and watch the fireworks, set up your tabs.  You can fact check at The Briefing,  follow on Twitter,  or chime in on Facebook.  Let’s try to keep in mind that the subject right now is the GOP and their proposed policies.  Internecine battles have yet to begin.





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On CNN this afternoon, political director,  David Chalian blamed Hillary Clinton for making her server and emails political.  Apparently he missed the July 15 letter from Democrats on the Select Committee on Benghazi.

Select Committee Dems Call Out Republicans for Turning Political Turrets on Hillary Clinton

July 15, 2015

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As Hillary said at the Iowa Wing Ding dinner this past weekend, it is not she who has turned this issue into a political football.

Not only is Hillary not the one who turned tragedy into a political issue, the ones who have done so have changed  the focus of the investigation from physical security in regions at risk to communications security inside the government.   From the beginning, Hillary has promised to cooperate fully, to provide the documents requested, to testify publicly, and to answer all questions.  Proactively, she provided 55,000 pages of work-related email to the State Department and asked the department to release the emails to the public.

Her focus all along has been the American public, her former and, she hopes, future employers.  Dogged by a whiny, overwrought press corps since before she announced her run, she has consistently kept American voters and their concerns central to her campaign from the moment she asked us to hire her.

You really cannot blame Hillary for distrusting the media which long has been critical and adversarial on all things Clinton.  The recent smear effort by the New York Times attests that Hillary-hatred is alive and well in so called “newsrooms.”

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July 24, 2015

NYT: Strong on the Hillary Attack – Feeble on the Walk-Back

July 25, 2015

NYTimes Washing its Hands and Dryig them in the Dust on Botched Implication of Hillary Clinton

July 28, 2015

CNN has joined the ranks of Hillary bashers.  Netting the first exclusive interview with the candidate since the campaign launch appeared to be a feather in their cap at first.  But Brianna Keilar abused the opportunity to launch her own campaign – against Hillary.

KEILAR:  I’m wondering if you can address a vulnerability that we’ve seen you dealing with recently.  We see in our recent poll that nearly six in 10 Americans say they don’t believe that you’re honest and trustworthy.

Do you understand why they feel that way?

CLINTON:  Well, I think when you are subjected to the kind of constant barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the Right and –

KEILAR:  But do you bear any responsibility for that?

It is a mean season.  Megyn Kelly is apparently at fault for her own abuse from the mouth of Donald Trump.   And Hillary is … what?  Responsible for attacks on her?  Blaming the victim, especially when the victim is a woman, has been going on for millennia.  So CNN’s new posture on Hillary is to blame her for attitudes promulgated by the media in the media.

CNN should be very careful taking a page out of the New York Times manual, however.  It did not turn out so well for the Times when their story was shown to be fiction.  Chalian is wrong as the July 15 letter attests,  and Hillary is right when she says that the Select Committee has altered its purpose and done so for political purposes.

They would also be well-advised to think twice about trying to victimize Hillary Clinton.  Another of their anchors, Kate Bolduan, won an interview and plane tour with Philippe Reines back in January 2013 as Hillary was recovering from a scary blood clot.

Philippe Reines: “I felt sorry for the blood clot.”





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If a Republican has the mike in this election cycle and immigration arises as a topic, we are going to hear about a wall or a fence.  Donald Trump intends to build a wall that,  in his world,  Mexico will finance.  On State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Governor John Kasich (OH) referred to a fence.   At the Thursday night debate, Kasich called it a wall, “Mr. Trump is touching a nerve because people want the wall to be built…”   Meanwhile, Marco Rubio changed it to a fence, “I also believe we need a fence. The problem is if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence….”  All conveniently forgot or ignored that the 9/11 hijackers and the and potential “shoe-bomber” arrived by air, and recent terrorist activity has come from domestic residents and citizens.

New Englander, and Poet Laureate of Vermont (although his farm stands in Derry, NH) , Robert Frost had some hardscrabble experience with both walls and fences built beautifully by Fencing Builders, referred to interchangeably here.

The Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, where he wrote many of his poems, including “Tree at My Window” and “Mending Wall.” – Wikipedia

Mending Wall

Robert Frost, 18741963

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of outdoor game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’

Yes, maybe, and the only ones tunneling under Frost’s walls,  presumably,  were moles.  The Great Wall in China has served two  purposes, as a defense, and now as a tourist attraction.  Then there was this wall.

Frost was honored to craft and read a poem at the inauguration of a young president in 1961.   Some of us remember how he struggled against the wind and bright sunlight in his presentation.  (I was in tears for him).

This is the poem he intended to read.


Summoning artists to participate
In the august occasions of the state
Seems something artists ought to celebrate.
Today is for my cause a day of days.
And his be poetry’s old-fashioned praise
Who was the first to think of such a thing.
This verse that in acknowledgement I bring
Goes back to the beginning of the end
Of what had been for centuries the trend;
A turning point in modern history.
Colonial had been the thing to be
As long as the great issue was to see
What country’d be the one to dominate
By character, by tongue, by native trait,
The new world Christopher Columbus found.
The French, the Spanish, and the Dutch were downed
And counted out. Heroic deeds were done.
Elizabeth the First and England won.
Now came on a new order of the ages
That in the Latin of our founding sages
(Is it not written on the dollar bill
We carry in our purse and pocket still?)
God nodded his approval of as good.
So much those heroes knew and understood,
I mean the great four, Washington,
John Adams, Jefferson, and Madison
So much they saw as consecrated seers
They must have seen ahead what not appears,
They would bring empires down about our ears
And by the example of our Declaration
Make everybody want to be a nation.
And this is no aristocratic joke
At the expense of negligible folk.
We see how seriously the races swarm
In their attempts at sovereignty and form.
They are our wards we think to some extent
For the time being and with their consent,
To teach them how Democracy is meant.
“New order of the ages” did they say?
If it looks none too orderly today,
‘Tis a confusion it was ours to start
So in it have to take courageous part.
No one of honest feeling would approve
A ruler who pretended not to love
A turbulence he had the better of.
Everyone knows the glory of the twain
Who gave America the aeroplane
To ride the whirlwind and the hurricane.
Some poor fool has been saying in his heart
Glory is out of date in life and art.
Our venture in revolution and outlawry
Has justified itself in freedom’s story
Right down to now in glory upon glory.
Come fresh from an election like the last,
The greatest vote a people ever cast,
So close yet sure to be abided by,
It is no miracle our mood is high.
Courage is in the air in bracing whiffs
Better than all the stalemate an’s and ifs.
There was the book of profile tales declaring
For the emboldened politicians daring
To break with followers when in the wrong,
A healthy independence of the throng,
A democratic form of right devine
To rule first answerable to high design.
There is a call to life a little sterner,
And braver for the earner, learner, yearner.
Less criticism of the field and court
And more preoccupation with the sport.
It makes the prophet in us all presage
The glory of a next Augustan age
Of a power leading from its strength and pride,
Of young amibition eager to be tried,
Firm in our free beliefs without dismay,
In any game the nations want to play.
A golden age of poetry and power
Of which this noonday’s the beginning hour.

This is the poem he recited from memory that day.

“The Gift Outright”

Poem recited at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration
by Robert Frost

The land was ours before we were the land’s
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England’s, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she will become.

That young president visited that infamous wall and had these words to offer.

I am proud to come to this city as the guest of your distinguished Mayor, who has symbolized throughout the world the fighting spirit of West Berlin. And I am proud — And I am proud to visit the Federal Republic with your distinguished Chancellor who for so many years has committed Germany to democracy and freedom and progress, and to come here in the company of my fellow American, General Clay, who — <

— who has been in this city during its great moments of crisis and will come again if ever needed.

Two thousand years ago — Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum.”¹ Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

(I appreciate my interpreter translating my German.)

There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world.

Let them come to Berlin.

There are some who say — There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future.

Let them come to Berlin.

And there are some who say, in Europe and elsewhere, we can work with the Communists.

Let them come to Berlin.

And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress.

Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen.

Let them come to Berlin.

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect. But we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in — to prevent them from leaving us. I want to say on behalf of my countrymen who live many miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, who are far distant from you, that they take the greatest pride, that they have been able to share with you, even from a distance, the story of the last 18 years. I know of no town, no city, that has been besieged for 18 years that still lives with the vitality and the force, and the hope, and the determination of the city of West Berlin.

While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system — for all the world to see — we take no satisfaction in it; for it is, as your Mayor has said, an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing a people who wish to be joined together.

What is — What is true of this city is true of Germany: Real, lasting peace in Europe can never be assured as long as one German out of four is denied the elementary right of free men, and that is to make a free choice. In 18 years of peace and good faith, this generation of Germans has earned the right to be free, including the right to unite their families and their nation in lasting peace, with good will to all people.

You live in a defended island of freedom, but your life is part of the main. So let me ask you, as I close, to lift your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow, beyond the freedom merely of this city of Berlin, or your country of Germany, to the advance of freedom everywhere, beyond the wall to the day of peace with justice, beyond yourselves and ourselves to all mankind.

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we look — can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.

All — All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.

And, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

Many remember Ronald Reagan asking Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down that wall.  Some believe it fell because he said that.  Some believe it fell because of prayers we said at the end of Mass for many years as instructed by the Virgin at Fatima.  The most likely reason was the fault in Communism, the system so failed that it had to build a wall in the first place to keep its people in.

Hillary Clinton led the U.S. delegation to the 20th anniversary of the fall of that wall that some of us remember being built upon blood – literally – on the blood of the people who tried to escape.

Secretary Clinton at the Fall of the Wall + 20

Video: Secretary Clinton at The Fall of the Wall +20

My favorite account of how that wall came down, is this one by Andreas Ramos. Very worth the read.

Hillary Clinton is not and never has been about building walls.  She has always been about tearing them down.

When it comes to our neighbor to the south, she holds Mexico in such high regard that after her first, quite extensive tour as secretary of state through Asia, her next official visit was to Mexico.

Hillary Clinton in Mexico with Women Leaders and Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa

US Secretary of State Clinton shakes hands with Mexican Foreign Secretary Espinosa after a news conference in Mexico City


On her second day there, she surprised the rector at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an early morning visit.  The Basilica is the heart of Mexican religious life.  Hillary wanted to see and to understand, and she understood the power of the gesture.

Hillary Clinton in Mexico Day 2

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So while the GOP continually speaks of walls and fences, Hillary has shown herself to be a builder of bridges and relationships,  One of her final acts as secretary of state was to welcome Patricia Espinosa’s successor to the State Department.

Video: Hillary Clinton Greets New Foreign Secretary of Mexico Jose Antonio Meade

It is up to Americans to decide what they prefer: candidates who want to wall us off and isolate us from the world and the world from us physically, militarily, and economically with unilateral sanctions already proven not to work,  or a candidate who builds and nourishes healthy relationships around the globe with friends and partners and who knows how to negotiate with those who disagree with us.


It is our choice.  It is your vote!  Be informed.  Use it wisely.




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In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s touching roundtable yesterday with one of the most under-appreciated and neglected segments of America’s workforce, home caregivers, the GOP luxury liner plowed through a number of channels last night following its little dinghy that served as a sort of ice-breaker earlier.  One sea lane, however, was conspicuously avoided as Hillary’s The Briefing was quick to point out.

The GOP has no interest in addressing issues involving equity or in removing their blinders to see the broader aspects of services Planned Parenthood offers.

Christina Reynolds took them soundly to task on Rapid Response.

Binders Full of Problems with Women

One of the most memorable moments in recent debate history was when Mitt Romney famously pointed out his “binders full of women” in staffing his Massachusetts government. It was the gaffe that launched 1,000 memes  — a moment that most clearly illustrated the Republicans’ problem with women, during a cycle with a number of them. Last night’s debate may not launch any Halloween costumes, but it offered some pretty scary views for women.

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It’s all fine.  We know who fearlessly navigates the waters Republicans fear.  Time to double down behind Hillary!

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, comforts home care consumer Karen Johnson who became emotional while sharing her story during a roundtable discussion home care, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, comforts home care consumer Karen Johnson who became emotional while sharing her story during a roundtable discussion home care, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)




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Medicare and Medicaid have saved lives for half a century. An attack on them is an attack on seniors and vulnerable Americans. -H

Medicare and Medicaid stories: Celebrating 50 years of lives saved.




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