he's a liberal republican

When the British and American detachments approached within a few miles of each other, Lieutenant-Colonel Laurens, being in advance with a small party of regulars and militia, engaged with a much superior force, in expectation of support from the main body in his rear. In the midst of his gallant exertions, this all-accomplished youth received a mortal wound. Nature had adorned him with a profusion of her choicest gifts, to which a well conducted education had added its most useful as well as its most elegant improvements. Though his fortune and family entitled him to pre-eminence, yet he was the warm friend of republican equality. Generous and liberal, his heart expanded with genuine philanthropy. Zealous for the rights of humanity, he contended that personal liberty was the birthright of every human being, however diversified by country, color or capacity. His insinuating address won the hearts of all his acquaintances; his sincerity and virtue secured their lasting esteem. Acting from the most honorable principles - uniting the bravery and other talents of a great officer with the knowledge of a complete scholar, and the engaging manners of a well bred gentleman, he was the idol of his country, the glory of the army, and an ornament of human nature. His abilities shone in the legislature and in the cabinet as well as in the field, and were equal to the highest stations. His admiring country, sensible of his rising merit, stood prepared to confer on him her most distinguished honors. Cut down in the midst of all these prospects, he has left mankind to deplore the calamities of war, which, in the twenty-seventh year of his life, deprived society of so invaluable a citizen.
—  From Ramsay’s History of South Carolina by David Ramsay

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Yeah, you kids have fun with this for the next few days.

peskipixipesternomi  asked:

Do you really think that President Obama squandered his first two years in office? He passed the Affordable Care Act and the stimulus package during that time. Part of his mandate when he was elected was to overcome bipartisan politics. Working with others has to happen to some extent because nothing gets done with only half the people agreeing on it. As a follow up, what will Bernie Sanders do differently? I honestly want to know because I love his policies but can't see how they will happen.

Yeah, I do think he squandered his first two years. As the leader of the Democratic party, he explicitly allowed Joe Lieberman to keep a powerful position in the Senate, giving Lieberman zero consequences for undermining votes that were important to Democratic voters.

It was painfully clear to everyone who was paying attention that the Republicans in Congress weren’t interested in working with him, or in compromising on anything, or doing anything other than trying to nullify his election. He had two years to push a liberal agenda before a Republican congress could start undoing it, and President Obama didn’t even try. 

That said, the ACA is a great step in the right direction, and I still mostly like the president’s policies (notable things I despise: the illegal drone war, the vindictive and unprecedented war on whistleblowers, the lack of urgency to fill federal judicial vacancies). 

As far as Bernie Sanders goes, I don’t believe that electing him will suddenly turn everything around in America. It’s not going to instantly undo three decades of our lurch toward oligarchy, and of course the Republicans in Congress won’t work with him. But here’s the thing: the Republicans in Congress won’t work with anyone, because they don’t have to. Thanks to gerrymandering, the worst of the worst in Congress are totally protected and they can pander as hard as they want to the lunatic fringe of the right wing of their party.

But I know that electing Bernie Sanders will begin to change the fundamental direction of our national political identity, the same way the election of Reagan did in 1980. Sanders will energize and motivate young voters to get involved. He has consistently said that he thought it was a mistake for President Obama to essentially say, “thanks for electing me, now let me take it from here,” instead of keeping the people who voted for him engaged and active in forcing policy changes.

But even if he doesn’t make the epic, sweeping changes I think we need, I know that Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate we have who won’t get our nation embroiled in even more wars in the Middle East. He’s the only person who is running for president who won’t expand or continue the drone war that has created a generation of innocent people who rightfully hate everything America represents, as they watch American military hardware kill their friends and families. I know that he’s the only candidate for president who isn’t taking money from Wall Street, and that he’s the only one who will aggressively lead efforts to take power away from the banks and people like the Koch brothers, and start returning it to the people.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that we have, at this moment in time, a choice to make: if you’re on the Right, have fun with that because they’re all lunatics. On the Left, we can choose between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. For me, that’s an easy choice, because I know that Hillary Clinton is the status quo candidate, and the status quo needs to change.

They are saying that? These people who want to cut social security, cut medicaid, and give tax breaks to billionaires at a time when we have more income and wealth inequality, who reject science, who like a campaign finance system that allows billionaires to buy elections. They are telling the American people that I am to extreme? Sorry dont buy it.
—  Bernie Sanders when told republicans think hes too liberal 

With an unusual assist from African-American voters and other Democrats who feared his opponent, Senator Thad Cochran on Tuesday beat back a spirited challenge from State Senator Chris McDaniel, triumphing in a Republican runoff and defeating the Tea Party in the state where the movement’s hopes were bright.

“We all have a right to be proud of our state tonight,” Mr. Cochran said at his victory party in Jackson, Miss. “This is your victory.”

Mr. McDaniel, speaking in Hattiesburg, was angry, and he did not hesitate to say so. “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” he said.

He accused Mr. Cochran of abandoning the conservative movement. “So much for principles,” he said.

Mr. McDaniel, an uncompromising conservative, relied on the muscle of outside groups and the enthusiasm of conservative voters who are weary of Mr. Cochran’s old-school Washington ways.

The 76-year-old senator ran a largely sleepy campaign until the primary on June 3, when he was edged out by Mr. McDaniel but won enough votes to keep his opponent from outright victory. Mr. Cochran, who is seeking his seventh term, used the past three weeks to turn out Democratic voters — especially African-Americans — to make up that deficit.

A surge of voters showed up on Tuesday in African-American precincts and in Mr. Cochran’s other strongholds to surprise Mr. McDaniel, 41, who just Monday night declared his campaign had gone from impossible to improbable to unstoppable. Early Wednesday, with all but one precinct reporting, Mr. Cochran’s lead over Mr. McDaniel was a little more than 6,000 votes. Recounts are not required under Mississippi law, although Mr. McDaniel could seek to challenge the results through the courts.

Mr. Cochran’s victory was powered in part by African-Americans in areas of north Jackson whose turnout shattered that seen in those precincts in the primary. Turnout jumped fivefold at New Hope Baptist Church, and sevenfold at Green Elementary School, where only 14 voters came out on June 3 but about 100 showed up on Tuesday.

Their high numbers came despite pledges by conservative political action committees to monitor turnout in Democratic areas targeted by Mr. Cochran’s campaign. Both the N.A.A.C.P. — which sent its own poll watchers — and the United States Justice Department expressed concerns about the possible intimidation of black Democrats, but no irregularities were reported to Mississippi election officials. The state has no party registration, and anyone could vote in the Republican runoff who had not voted in the Democratic primary, which was won by former Representative Travis Childers, 56.

It was an extraordinary end to a wild campaign, with a Republican standing up for the rights of black Democrats, and with Tea Party groups from the North, especially the Senate Conservatives Fund, crying foul.


The New York Times, “Cochran Holds Off Tea Party Challenger in Mississippi.”

You would laugh if you didn’t realize how sad it all was.