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Harkin: An Apology For Slavery

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Iowa’s Sen. Tom Harkin spoke on June 18th in support of a bill that made an official government apology to black Americans for slavery in the United States, and for the government’s long failure to act against it. I am proud that one of my state’s Senators was a key mover in the apology. Every time America honestly faces the dark sides of its past, we become a better people.

Does it end racial division? Of course not. But, as with all trauma, healing only happens in small steps. Words are always part of those steps.   Some may say “Talk is cheap, nothing is solved, this Senate didn’t cause slavery anyway.”  But we are responsible for our history, and I’ll take an apology over official silence any day.


Today, Senator Tom Harkin delivered remarks on the Senate Floor just prior to the passage of S. Con. Res. 26, which he introduced and co-sponsored. The transcript follows.

“Madam President, the clerk just read for the first time ever in this body what we should have done a long time ago. An apology for slavery and the Jim Crow laws which, for a century after emancipation, deprived millions of Americans their basic human rights, equal justice under law and equal opportunities. Today the Senate will unanimously make that apology. Read the rest of this entry »

Good news! There ARE clean elections!

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Swim Against the CurrentA blog friend of mine from Europe wrote recently about her amazement at the role money plays in US politics. The idea that donors would give big bucks and expect favors in returns was purely astonishing, I guess. Of course to me it’s astonishing that it would be astonishing, having never even imagined any other way.

She tells me that if politicians in her country received donations from corporations or individuals, they would be breaking the law! Imagine it! How different would US politics be if private money weren’t involved! How different would US law be if corporations could not fund campaigns! How different would the slate of candidates be, if one didn’t have to be rich to run! How different would our itch for war be, if munitions-makers and oil brokers didn’t elect candidates! How different campaigns would be, if candidates weren’t begging for money!

Now an even greater surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

March 12, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Posted in Politics, Social change

Zogby: Obama would beat all Repubs; All defeat Clinton

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clipped from www.zogby.com
Zogby Poll: Obama, Edwards Strong but Clinton Slips Against GOPers General election match-ups show the New York Senator would lose against every top Republican
UTICA, New York – A new Zogby Interactive survey shows Democrat Hillary Clinton of New York would lose to every one of the top five Republican presidential contenders, representing a reversal of fortune for the national Democratic front–runner who had led against all prospective GOP opponents earlier this year.
Meanwhile, fellow Democrats Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards of North Carolina would defeat or tie every one of the Republicans, this latest survey shows.

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Clinton

 

40%

 

46%

 

43%

Giuliani

 

43%

 

41%

 

48%

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Clinton

 

40%

 

48%

 

48%

Romney

 

43%

 

38%

 

40%

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Clinton

 

39%

 

N/A

 

N/A

Huckabee

 

44%

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Obama

 

46%

 

46%

 

48%

Giuliani

 

41%

 

42%

 

42%

 

 

11/26/2007

 

7/14/2007

 

5/17/2007

Obama

 

46%

 

49%

 

52%

Romney

 

40%

 

35%

 

35%

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Many of us recovering religious-right-oholics thought this would happen. But I have no idea what happens next.


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Written by Monte

November 27, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Posted in Politics

Enraged McCain supporters jeer early voters

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Fayetteville, NC: After an Obama rally, the attendees—mostly black—head to the polls for early voting, where they’re berated by angry McCain supporters—mostly white. The Sheriff refuses to intervene, suggesting he wasn’t pleased with the idea of voting on Sunday.

clipped from www.washingtontimes.com
An organizer at the rally rattled off the addresses of early vote sites nearby that would be open after the event.
Photographer Joe Eddins and I headed over to the closest one and found a steady line of voters hoping to cast ballots early. Most seemed to be Obama supporters and several had come from the rally. Nearly all the voters were black.
Also at the polling site was a group of loud and angry protesters who shouted and mocked the voters as they walked in. Nearly all were white.
As you can see from these videos, no one held anything back
At the voting site, I asked a local sheriff monitoring the scene if the protesters were allowed. “They’re fine,” he said. I asked if he’d ever seen anything like that and he said he’d never seen Sunday voting.
One black woman told me she was deeply saddened to see people protesting the most fundamental right of democracy.
The first video closes with Roger Farina (who won NHL fan of the year in 2003) going into detail about why he was heckling the voters.
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Surely this is in violation of federal election law regarding conduct at polling places. The likelihood of intimidation of voters is all too real.

Surely it’s aggravated by the fear-mongering, race-baiting, terrorist-suggestive campaign elements that Sen. McCain denounces in public appearances but encourages in TV ads.

And surely it is all-too-reminiscent of the George Wallace days.


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Written by Monte

October 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Politics

Iowa District Ministerial Credentials Report ’06

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(As approved by the Iowa District Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene in July of 2006. This report will also be published in the 2006 Journal of the Iowa District.)

Dear Iowa Nazarene Ministers:

It still thrills me to realize that God would want me to serve him as a pastor, and that others would recognize the validity of that call. I hope the magnificence of his call on your life – and the recognition of it by your peers – is thrilling and humbling to you, as well. Congratulations to all!

Monte

 

Ministerial Credentials Board

Partial Report No. 1

We, your Board of Ministerial Credentials, submit the following:

We recommend that the following ministers Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

August 14, 2006 at 4:10 pm