Thank you John Lewis, I wish we had more people in Congress like you.
Lewis still riles up the wingnuts after all these years.
Go get 'em, Congressman.
Funny that a self proclaimed rights champion like Lewis spends so much balloon juice trying (and failing) to abolish a fundamental civil right, i.e. the right to keep and bear arms.
"Fighting for civil rights is a noble cause; using your association with civil rights in a fear-mongering campaign -- rather than debating on actual facts -- is despicable. I lost all respect for Lewis when I heard that ad."
Oh please, more feigned white man indignation...how original.
If you got your ass beat fighting for civil rights, you can do whatever you want with that experience -- cut in line at the AMC, demand a discount at Wal-Mart, berate a meter maid for giving you a ticket.....or invoke it to fight a political machine that has shamelessly employed the Southern Strategy of dog-whistle politics since blatant racism became unfashionable (which was maybe 10 years ago, I think). GA Republicans are a particularly vile species of politician, so I applaud a candid calling-out of how bigoted they are. We don't hear it nearly as much as we should. Talk about that shit loudly and often.
"the ad was factually correct."
So what? Lewis was connecting dogs and water hoses, utilized by Democrats at the time, with Republicans running for county office in the 21st century. It wasn't the Grady part that was rotten. It was the voting-for-republicans = Bull Connor-and his-dogs part that was rotten.
I lost all respect for the man when he waved his urine specimen in the air during the race against Julian Bond. Course Bond was caught up with a coke whore at the time, but still....
The man was noble for a time and part of history but he should have stepped aside long ago and let some younger blood take over.
"I lost all respect for Lewis when I heard that ad."
If that is what it said, the ad was factually correct. Grady Hospital's funding is dependent on the compassion of the Fulton and DeKalb county commissioners. For many low income folks their lives depend on an adequately funded Grady. The Republicans have never been keen on funding Grady.
Now if your Republican governor had accepted the Medicaid expansion those low income folks would have insurance, Grady Hospital would have more funding and your county taxes could go down. Then again, in addition to a compassion deficit, Republicans have never had an abundance of long term thinking either.
“If you think fighting off dogs and water hoses in the ’60s was bad, imagine if we sit idly by and let the right-wing Republicans take control of the Fulton County Commission...Your very life may depend on it.” -- John Lewis, in John Eaves campaign ad, 2006.
Fighting for civil rights is a noble cause; using your association with civil rights in a fear-mongering campaign -- rather than debating on actual facts -- is despicable. I lost all respect for Lewis when I heard that ad.
AWG: "Every two years, I am proud to be able to go into the voting booth and reelect that race-baiting, lying jackass John Lewis as my congressperson." There. I fixed it for you.
Every two years, I am proud to be able to go into the voting booth and reelect John Lewis as my congressperson.
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