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President Barack Obama has done more to advance LGBTQ rights and marriage equality than all previous U.S. presidents combined.

odinsblog:

ednaisdrowning:

theskaldspeaks:

odinsblog:

Period.

And yet so much could have been done.

You expect me to give him kudos for doing almost nothing for LGBTQ rights simply because everyone before him did actually nothing? Yeah, naw.

How. typical.

People just can’t seem to admit that PBO ended DADT, successfully fought against & ended DOMA during a hotly contested election, made assaults against LGBTQ people a federal hate crime, is fighting for ENDA, was and still is a vocal advocate for marriage equality, spoke out against the discrimination of the Boyscouts of America, has tried to put the most number of *openly* lgbtq people into positions of political power…but somehow none of that counts because…? Why exactly?

Hmpf. I wonder

And claiming that the presidents before PBO have “done nothing” is highly disingenuous…because many of them actively fought AGAINST marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights

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FWIW, HERE’S what Obama doing “almost nothing” looks like

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Here’s the deal: PBO is not a king. There is a House of Representatives, a U.S. Senate and a Supreme Court of the United States who also get some say in the matter —unfortunately even when that means unprecedented obstruction

Just to recap: we now have one of the most partisan Republican congresses in recent American history, and the previous 43 presidents have either dragged their feet or outright fought against lgbtq rights…so no, I do not even remotely agree that we should somehow just go on about how it’s Barack Obama, and Obama alone, who “hasn’t done anything” or it’s only he who could have “done so much more”

"Here’s the deal: PBO is not a king.”

Preach!

thoughtfulandclueless:

talkingwithtami:

First Lady Michelle Obama in Marchesa! 

Shes so beautiful.


OMG She is STUNNING!!

…and look at the President’s smile in the bottom pic. :D

I swear they are the best looking first couple.

The GOP’s little rule change they hoped you wouldn’t notice

via BuzzFeed

Republican leaders were nervous about the possibility that the Senate’s clean spending extension bill would pass the chamber on the strength of Democratic votes — or worse, that it would fail, taking it off the table permanently as a solution.

That concern appears to have driven the decision to change the rules to allow only Majority Leader Eric Cantor to force a vote on the Senate plan.”

The house GOP changed the parliamentary rules to prevent anyone but the majority to make a motion to call for a vote.

In other words, this government shutdown was caused by the house majority. The GOP.

James Baldwin: excerpts from the KQED documentary “Take This Hammer”

Yes, we have come a long way. A very long way. But after watching the documentary, you might be surprised at how much has remained the same.

Just because we elected a Black President doesn’t mean we are a “Post Racist” America.

The following excerpts are from “James Baldwin: Who Is The N*gger”  by which appeared on AmericaBlog.com (7/15/2013)

“What you say about somebody else, anybody else, reveals you. What I think of you as being.  It’s dictated by my own necessity, my own psychology, my own fears and desires. I’m not describing you when I talk about you, I’m describing me.”

Read More at ADignorantium.Wordpress

ramrodd:

The Tea Party wing of the GOP has spent the last five years trying to find a way to impeach and remove Obama. They have offered little constructive to the debate beyond becoming a stalking horse for the IRS

ramrodd:

The Tea Party wing of the GOP has spent the last five years trying to find a way to impeach and remove Obama. They have offered little constructive to the debate beyond becoming a stalking horse for the IRS

(Source: azspot)

A word about the so-called IRS scandal…

Shortly after President Obama was elected, 501(c) (4) applications started to pour into the IRS by the thousands from anti-government Tea Party groups. Those of you with a short memory might not remember the negative reaction to the economic stimulus and those big business bail outs that saved the auto industry. By 2010, as healthcare reform legislation became law, and the U.S. Supreme Court deemed corporations are people too, the number of 501(c) (4) applications increased.

According to Michael Scherer of Time.com, "many of these so-called social-welfare groups have multiplied—annual applications for the designation have nearly doubled since 2009—with many spending nearly 50% of their money on campaign advertising, almost daring the IRS to challenge their activities. Of the more than $1.2 billion spent by outside groups in the 2012 federal election cycle, at least $254 million came from “social welfare” nonprofits.”

To me, this is a red flag!


"All this outrage threatens to obscure an important point: the IRS does need to crack down on political groups masquerading as social-welfare organizations. Many of the nonprofit groups who claim 501(c)(4) status either flout tax law or flirt with the murky line between electioneering and issue advocacy, all while using their tax-exempt status to conceal their donors." - Alex Altman "The Real IRS Scandal" time.com

The IRS may have been overzealous, but there’s certainly no scandal here.