‘Tis the season to be feisty as election year politics are in full swing.
Last week, a Republican-led congressional committee voted 23-17 to recommend holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents on a controversial gun scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Operation Fast and Furious was a program of the Obama administration that evolved out of a similar Bush administration initiative where our government would basically allow guns to be smuggled into Mexico as a way of tracing the guns to leaders of drug cartels.
Tragically, Operation Fast and Furious has been linked with the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered with a gun from the program.
Not good. The Republican-led vote occurred hours after the White House claimed that the requested documents were subject to executive privilege, which protects the Administration from having to release ‘sensitive’ documents.
Obviously, the GOP jumped all over this, especially because it’s an election year and they can seize the opportunity to accuse the Obama administration of inappropriate conduct and harboring secrets.
The contempt measure is now headed to the Republican-controlled House for a full vote. if it passes there, it will then go to Holder's own agency, the Department of Justice, for consideration by a grand jury.
Enter House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who recently came firing back for the Democrats, saying the real reason Republicans are charging Attorney General Holder with contempt is they wish to weaken his ability to prevent voter suppression in the upcoming elections.
Hmm…could it be? Might not be too far-fetched an idea since Holder fights to overturn voter suppression initiatives and because of the GOP’s checkered history of unethical voter tactics. (Can you say Florida?)
While I do believe that all administrations, even ones we like, should be held accountable to the public, I also believe that the GOP would certainly love to hurt the Obama administration and its base voters with voter suppression tactics.
And guess who most of those targeted look like? Yep, you and me.
So no matter what’s going on with Operation Fast and Furious, we can’t afford to get distracted and lose sight of our stake, as a community, in ensuring both our voters and our votes will count this fall.
So, we should acknowledge that 1) this particular Attorney General is committed to preventing such suppression; 2) such suppression measures in states across the country are primarily aimed at voters of color on the Democratic side; and 3) that we need to stop such suppression tactics any way we can.
Go to projectvote.org to learn more about this issue and how you can help prevent it.
I’ll leave you with this from free-speech advocate, Alexander Meiklejohn: “Whatever the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression are always greater than the dangers to the safety resulting from political freedom. Suppression is always foolish. Freedom is always wise.”
Until next time, this is Stephanie in love and hope.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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