The difference between current GOP leaders and Teddy Roosevelt

John McCain wants to send 10,000 American troops to fight ISIS. Before and after his Presidency, TR volunteered to raise a troop of volunteers, train them, and then lead them personally in combat in wars he supported. If McCain wants American ground troops fighting ISIS, then he should recruit volunteers, help equip them, pay for their training, and then lead them in battle. If not, he should shut up.

“Christian Exceptionalism”: Conservatives Want To Rewrite The History Of The Crusades For Modern Political Ends

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At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a statement that you wouldn’t expect to be controversial: violence in the name of religion is a global problem and it’s bad.

He referenced the war in Syria, the killings in Nigeria, anti-Semitism’s resurgence in Europe and religious violence in India. He admitted that it can be hard to “counteract such intolerance. But God compels us to try.” Then he offered a longer thought about humility:

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The subsequent controversy fuelled by right-wing American commentators and politicians has shown that…

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8 years ago

Eight years ago today on February 10, 2007, in Springfield, Illinois, Barack Obama declared his candidacy for President of the US. Two days later, I started a group called Dixie4Obama in support of his candidacy under Organizing for America. This part of Utah is called Utah’s Dixie because it is in the southern part of Utah, its summer heat and because early pioneers grew cotton here. Eight days after the Springfield speech, candidate Obama repeated that speech in Las Vegas before about 2500 people and I was there. On August 5, 2007, I met the candidate briefly at a fund-raiser in Park City, Utah. When he was elected in November, 2008, I thought my work was done. Silly me. I did not foresee the GOP obstruction as they refused to accept the verdict of the American people.

I shall continue this blog for at least two more years, until we elect a Democratic President, a Democratic House, and a filibuster-proof Senate. While we are at it, we need to elect more Democratic governors and state legislatures to begin undoing the damage the GOP are doing to the country. Electing Elizabeth Warren or Jim Webb alone as President in 2016 will not be sufficient to prevent further GOP/TEA Party obstruction.