Let's just call this out for what it is. A certain segment of our population can't abide the notion that education might inspire a broader perspective. That might encourage more compassion and understanding and undermine fear and the resulting dehumanization and cruelty.

Understanding and empathy for others interferes with their power.

People like Ron DeSantis are anti-democratic, anti-society, and must be forcefully challenged and opposed.

Erasing Black History Is Not the Role of the College Board-
nytimes.com/2023/02/04/opinion

@TonyStark

We all laughed at Trump but nobody was still laughing later. DeSantis clearly believes he can also govern 49 other states if he can stoke up enough outrage. The billionaires know Dolt 45 is history but would love this horrible man to be their No. 47 enabler.

2 years of Biden and Democrats-

The American Rescue Plan.

Infrastructure Law.

The CHIPS Act.

The PACT Act.

Inflation Reduction Act - including addressing Rx drug pricing and the single largest investment in climate and energy in American history.

Gun safety legislation.

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

Good jobs numbers.

Low unemployment.

Rejoined the Paris Climate Accords.

NATO strengthened.

Support for Ukraine.

College debt relief.

Diverse, fair justices appointed to federal courts and the Supreme Court.

And a lot more.
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A few weeks of Republicans:

Op-Ed: House Republicans' first order of business: Balloon the $31-trillion national debt-
latimes.com/opinion/story/2023

Josh Shapiro was an impressive candidate because he is an impressive person who cares about the needs of all Pennsylvanians.

Shapiro made a big effort to listen to and work with people regardless of their personal politics long before he ran for governor. That paid off for him but also for Pennsylvania. He’s a rising star that we Democrats can count on now and for future higher political office and is just the kind of leader we need.

Something Very Important for Democrats Just Happened in Pennsylvania-
nytimes.com/2023/02/02/opinion

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Democrats didn’t remove any Republican house member from a committee for any reason other than the Republican promoting violence on social media after January 6 toward other sitting members and none of them ever recanted.

Anything on the GOP agenda about policing reform, taxes, healthcare, infrastructure, their sacred economy, etc?

McCarthy is a weak, juvenile, petty and hypocritical politician, who caves at any flinch from the hard-core right-wingers who own him. More pathetic political revenge from a Republican party that has no desire (or idea how) to govern or do anything for the American people.

The Republicans’ case against Ilhan Omar was wrong, but successful-
msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/m

@TonyStark

This GOP House has removed two highly experienced members of the Intelligence Committee and now removed another experienced member who made a comment, not a personal threat, from a committee for which they are well-qualified. Look no further than that to see the GOP hasn't evolved to care about the country, only themselves.

I've heard and used the word shameless many times, but this guy is top of the line shameless. He’s just getting a salary for doing nothing.

Hopefully this is the first step to him stepping all the way out.

Santos steps down from committee assignments |
thehill.com/homenews/house/383

@TonyStark Reminds me that I'm eternally grateful that Chris Christie isn't in charge of my state anymore and probably wants everyone to forget he killed a tunnel project that would have been really helpful.

cnn.com/2023/01/30/politics/bi

But I remember.

In other words, Mrs. Roberts is helping to staff high profile corporate law firms with high profile lawyers who will be arguing in various federal courts - including the Supreme Court and in front of Chief Justice John Roberts - that the very rich corporations that they represent are *not* violating anti-trust laws and should be allowed to continue monopolization and restraint of trade.

And Chief Justice John Roberts would be more than happy to rule in favor of more unbridled corporate power and monopoly as we’ve seen repeatedly. The complete collapse and absence of ethics and basic rules and the elevation of glaring conflicts like this destroy court legitimacy.

This is what you get when Republicans get into higher office: neo-feudalism.

politico.com/news/2023/01/31/j

@TonyStark

Nothing so thoroughly guts an institution and destroys its integrity like a Republican.

They turned our Supreme Court into a arm of the right, dragged the presidency into an embarrassing, lawless 4-year hell, and surrendered our House of Representatives to a group of seditionist, fringe right-wing lunatics who have no interest in governing in the interest of the people.

The whole party is a cancer on the country.

As predicted.

During the 2022 campaign season, gas prices were one of the most frequently raised issues against President Biden but now that 1, the so-called red wave didn't happen and 2, gas prices at the pump have dropped some, you don't hear a peep about it.

Record profits were made last year by gas companies, who are fumbling furiously to try to explain how they didn't engage in price gouging - except that they did.

Billions in profits for stock buybacks and dividends to shareholders. Oh, and buying GOP votes to maintain their current tax breaks and giveaways.

White House blasts Exxon over historical $56 bln annual profit-
reuters.com/business/white-hou

@TonyStark Always follow the money if you want to know what’s really going on. This applies to everything.

@TonyStark

House GOP, doing ALEC’s bidding by demolishing the civil rights and civil liberties committees.

On the day before the first day of Black History month, no less.

news.yahoo.com/republican-hous

Dr. Carter G. Woodson: Father of Black History

During the early 20th century, many assumed black folks had little history besides the subjugation of slavery. In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson started “Negro History Week.” This would later become what we know as ‪#BlackHistoryMonth. February was chosen because Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays are in Feb.

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Known as the “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson was the son of former slaves and advocated for black life, history, and culture. He created the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), because it was clear that Black Americans significantly impacted development of social, political, and economical structures in the USA and the world.

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Although Carter Woodson did not begin his formal education until he was almost 20 years old, he was able to:
• Earn his diploma in West Virginia
• Earn his first BA from Berea College in Kentucky
• Earn a second BA and a MA from the University of Chicago
• Earn a PhD at Harvard University, where he became the second African American to do so (WEB DuBois was the first).

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youth.be/0bVUlt2PE9U

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Black people have had to consistently push the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.” - ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Black history is American history.

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nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/

watch.historyvault.com/topics/

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