This week, we recognized the 50th anniversary commemorating the death of President John F. Kennedy. There are two of his quotes in particular that strike me, as they seem even more relevant today than they did half a century ago. "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Additionally, the quote "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." We all would benefit by keeping these quotes in mind as we continue to work towards address our nation's problems.
It's hard to believe that US Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-ALEC) could sink lower than she has in the past, but she has managed to do so.
She introduced a new bill that she calls the "Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights". Now, it would seem to be hard to quibble with that. Our veterans, especially injured and amputee, deserve the very best that this country can give them.
I found this interesting tidbit in The Dunn Daily Record. It seems that US Rep Renee Ellmers was back in her hometown (well she moved there from out of state a few years ago) for a meeting with her "constituents". Specifically there was a get together at the local Sagebrush restaurant with a group called, "Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform". http://www.bbbimmigration.org/ This appears to be a nation organization and I'm not clear on exactly if or how many 2nd District members they have. Regardless, the organization is "meeting with federal representatives around the country to urge the support of common sense immigration policies".
Submitted by KatyMunger on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 4:33pm
PLEASE JOIN PROGRESS NORTH CAROLINA IN TELLING CONGRESS: DO NOT REWARD HATE SPEECH & INTOLERANCE. Please sign our petition rejecting a bill recently introduced by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers that seeks to name a federal building in Raleigh after Jesse Helms.
As anyone who lived in North Carolina before 2000 knows, for decades Jesse Helms embarassed our state by standing for antiquated, racist, outdated political views. He fought against equal rights, civil rights and women's rights while absolutely villifying gay Americans with his obsessive hompohobia. He opposed a federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. and once accused kids who got free lunches of double dipping in the welfare system and suggested their food stamps be cut to adjust. Click thru to learn more.
I am a constituent of the 2nd district (at least until 2013.) I called Ellmers' office at the end of May and was treated horribly by two male interns who answered the phone. One accused me of being rude and insulting the representative and would need to end the call because I had nothing constructive to say. The next day another one started debating with me about my opinions, raising his voice with me, insulting and laughing at me for anything I said. He even accused me of not believing in the freedom of religion.
The fallout from a rather heated meeting in Pinehurst between local Tea Party leaders and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers has local activists ready to organize a district-wide revolt against Ellmers in the upcoming GOP primary.
Amendment One has far-reaching negative consequences for our families, our children and our communities. ...as a proud daughter of North Carolina, I urge all North Carolinians to join me in opposing it.
To quote Clarke Cooper from Equality NC's website discussing Tea Party supported Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers' statement on the amendment:
"Representative Renee Ellmers is speaking for many North Carolina Republicans when she says that you don't have to support marriage equality to know this constitutional amendment is wrong."
There are other Republican, Democratic, Green Party, Unaffiliated folks, and Libertarians from NC who I could list with this ever-growing chorus of bipartisan opposition, but I think these examples powerfully demonstrate why this amendment can be defeated.
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