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John Boehner Gets Coffee and Breakfast, Then Resigns.

John Boehner certainly had some big things planned for today: First coffee, then breakfast, then resign his position as Speaker of The House – Wait, what? Yes, that’s right, John Boehner has resigned as Speaker as well as vacated his congressional seat, effective October 30. As keeper of an out of control zoo, I can’t say as I blame him. Who wants to be in charge of a monkey house when all the monkeys want to do is bite the shit out of him and shut the whole thing down? For the entire time of his run as keeper of the gavel, Boehner has had shit thrown at him from every direction. When Boehner was first chosen to be Speaker, he wanted to watch over a Congress that would go on to do historic things, which would glorify his 35 year career in politics. If by historical, he meant historically inept and dysfunctional, he hit the nail on the head.

I don’t know that you can blame Boehner as much as you should blame the Tea Party. In my opinion, Boehner is a moderate by today’s standards: A moderate who is clueless as to how to interact with and negotiate with today’s rabidly conservative Republican. I honestly get the impression that he dislikes the far right as much as the far right dislikes him. The enthusiasm  never seemed to be there, when he lip synced to the public about any of the far right talking points. At any rate, he will be gone at the end of the month, and if I had to guess, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is going to replace him. I don’t know much about McCarthy, other that the fact that he was tight with Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan, and that he has less than ten years of experience as a congressman (he was elected in 2006).

Whoever gets the nod, it’s going to feel like swimming upstream in a raging torrent of rapids right away. The new speaker will be facing the immediate threat of yet another government shutdown, as well as default. Things are going to have to come together fast, and nothing comes together fast in Washington.

I can only surmise that with a new and improved (for the Tea Party) Speaker, things are only going to get worse for the rest of us. I just can’t help but feel that with Boehner’s resignation, the GOP leadership just took another gigantic step to the right.

Get your popcorn folks.

Earthquake Hits Washington DC, Breaks Boehner’s Tanning Bed.

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Seismologists have already found the cause of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the hell out of Washington and the east coast. There is a major fault line that originates near Richmond Virginia, and runs through Washington DC. We liberals proclaim it to be Bush’s Fault 🙂

A Genuine American Hero: A Brief History of Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner Truth, albumen silver print, circa 1870

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There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before. So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again. — Equal Rights Convention, New York, 1867

Sojourner Truth (1791-1883) was an outspoken woman who campaigned for abolition and the rights of African-Americans, as well as the women’s rights movement of the 19th century. Born into slavery in New York State and given the name Isabella Hoffman. Hoffman would endure beatings and rape from her master until she became emancipated in 1827. Married twice as well as bearing 5 children, Hoffman first earned recognition for going to court and winning back her 5-year-old son after he was sold illegally to a slave owner in Alabama. This was the first case of a black woman taking a white man to court and winning.

After becoming a devout christian in 1829, she moved to New York City and went to work for Elijah Person, an evangelist in a Methodist commune. It was there that she met Prophet Mathias, who influenced her beliefs a great deal. While living at the commune, Elijah Person was murdered and both she and Mathias fell under suspicion. Hoffman sued for libel and in another landmark move won her case.

In 1843 she took the name Sojourner Truth which means traveling preacher, and set out on her journey to spread the word of god as well as speaking out against abolition and for women’s suffrage. It was in 1851 while speaking at a women’s rights convention in Akron Ohio that she gave her most famous speech Ain’t I a Woman?  Truth would prove herself to be as feisty as she was religious; when someone questioned her gender during a speech in 1958, she disproved him by opening her blouse and showing her breasts!

After her speech in 1851 Truth would spend the next 23 years speaking out for abolition, women’s rights, prison reform, and temperance. What’s amazing is she did this without being able to read or write! She worked during the Civil War to recruit black men to fight for the Union. She fought for desegregation in Washington DC by purposefully riding the trolleys that were for whites only. She worked for the National Freedman’s Relief Association after the war, and held meetings with Presidents Lincoln and Grant. She worked with Frederick Douglass, as well as Harriett Beecher Stowe, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony.   

Truth moved to Battle Creek Michigan in 1868 and would retire there in 1875 due to her deteriorating health. Although struggling with several health issues, she remained incredibly alert until her death in 1883. 

When the topic of Abolition and Women’s suffrage in the 19th century comes around, Sojourner Truth is one of the first people recognized. She overcame slavery, racism, sexual discrimination, and illiteracy to become an icon in civil rights and suffrage. 

For African-Americans and women across the country today, this Truth did indeed help set you free.