‘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 (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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30. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
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