Jesse Helms Republican

I struggle to describe the radical North Carolina branch of the Republican Party. As I tell my Republican friends, this is not the Republican Party I grew up with in Minnesota.

The message that drew my mother to the "Party of Lincoln" 50 years ago: fiscal efficiency, individual responsibility, equality of opportunity, and protecting rights and civil liberties, is now completely lost. The NC GOP of 2008 has abdicated those mainstream American values in favor of anti-government rhetoric, rigid and dangerous fiscal policy, social intolerance, and divisiveness.

Thank you BlueNC 1,791 times over!

Thanks to you, our UNPRECEDENTED army of 1,791 volunteers, WE WON!

Chairman Chris Van Hollen today announced that Larry Kissell (NC-08) won the 2008 Mobilize for Change: A National Day of Action. Democratic Candidate Gary Peters (MI-09) won an honorable mention on the day when candidates across America bolstered their volunteer base to kicking off the last 100 days of their campaigns. Kissell has won a fundraising email that will be sent on his behalf to our list of three million supporters and activists.

Congratulations to Gary Peters, and all the Democratic challengers who mobilized volunteers last week to contact over a quarter million voters in just one day!

Drilling

Cross posted from The Progressive Pulse

Just so we're clear on this, I hope everybody understands that the current debate on off shore drilling is nothing more than exploitation of fears by the Republicans and the right wing market fundamentalists. They are using the fear and pain of high gas prices to ram their agenda down your throat. How do I know this? Because they did the same thing in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. As outlined by author Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine p. 410:

Knoxville

Speaking of card-carrying liberals, I was recently pondering the idea of having a t-shirt made up that combined a bullseye with an identification of the wearer as a liberal. I don't have the creative skills to come up with and illustrate the design (though I know that plenty of YOU guys do) but I do have the stones to wear it.

Quoting with permission from Pamela Troy's personal blog -

How could it have happened?

"Liberalism is, in essence, the HIV virus, and it weakens the defense cells of a nation." -- Michael Savage 7/11/2006

"We need to execute people like John Walker [Lindh] in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors." — Ann Coulter, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, January 2002

"We do detest you, we despise you and we hold you in complete and utter contempt…The day will come, the day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of stupid liberals, it’s going to be amusing to watch, very amusing to watch." -- Lee Rodgers, on liberals, KSFO radio, 6/30/06

"If guns are outlawed, how can we shoot the liberals?" -- State Sen. Mike Gunn (R-MS), quoted in the Atlanta Journal -Constitution, 12/31/96

Can any of you imagine the reaction had so-called "liberal" commentators made cute jokes like these?

N.C. Family Policy Council Does not think that some children should be bullied

Immediately after the news came out that the bullying bill was facing complications, I jumped on BlueNC to encourage everyone to contact their state legislators. I was pretty angry, as were many here, and in my rush to get folks activated I got careless and said some things that apparently aren't true.

According to a woman from the NC Family Policy Council, the organization has never endorsed bullying of children and instead supports legislation to protect all children and teachers. She also said the NCFPC believes that no child should be bullied at any time.

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