Sophie Theallet won’t work with Melania Trump

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Opponents of this move are painting it as hypocrisy, using the left’s offense at the cake maker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple as proof.

This is a false equivalency.

The first case was one of discrimination against a protected category of people.

Outrage against discrimination is not the same as discriminating against hatred.

We need not support those who support hate speech. They are entitled to their speech as well as the repercussions of the same.

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#NotMyLeader

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This man will never be my leader.

A leader does not divide a people.

A leader unites them.

A leader does not inspire fear in their people.

A leader conquers fear in their people.

A leader does not mock their people.

A leader inspires their people.

A leader does not encourage assault of their people.

A leader protects their people from assault.

This man at best will be the minority elected representative of the executive branch of our government.

He is no leader.

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Removal of the President: what is the 25th Amendment?

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The 25th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the transfer of power to the Vice President when the President is disabled or unable to execute the office.

The text is as follows:

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

It has a precedent for use though not one for the reasons this Amendment came to mind in contemplating a Trump presidency.

My hope is that the Vice President and the principal officers of the executive departments or Congress have the moral and political courage to implement this if needed.

I cannot believe this is happening in the United States of America in the year 2016.

 

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NY Mag: Of Clinton and the Glass Ceiling that Didn’t Shatter

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This is a heartbreaking read.

The America I thought I knew, the America in which I thought I existed…one of progress, one of equality.

This election, this result, tells me that America doesn’t yet exist.

And reading this article, I am furious anew.

Furious for everyone insulted by Trump.

Furious for my daughters.

Furious on behalf of our country.

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HuffPo: History teacher removed for comparison of Trump to Hitler

swastika-39031_640This is not ok.

This man studies the Holocaust. He is qualified to make this comparison.

The system – in this case, the school – needs to push back against the normalization of Trump’s words, not defend him as an institution.

The normalization is already occurring.

We cannot allow this to happen:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/…/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html

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A vote for President Donald J. Trump is…

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I haven’t had the words to respond to the election this week until today.

I’m not sure I do yet, either. But I am compelled to try.

To those who voted for Donald J. Trump:

You voted FOR an open misogynist.

You voted FOR an open fear mongerer.

You voted FOR a man who mocked the disabled.

You voted FOR a xenophobe.

You voted FOR a party that supports removing the rights of LGBT citizens, of removing the equality of marriage.

You voted FOR these things.

You voted FOR this man, who represents these things.

You may have voted FOR him in spite of these things but you voted FOR him.

You may have voted FOR him as an anti-establishment protest but you voted FOR him and endorsed these things nonetheless.

I’ve heard the rhetoric this week, from the right and from within the left that the Democrats own what happened.

Bullshit.

Those who voted FOR Donald J. Trump and his party own that result. You own what happens next.

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Conway suggests truth doesn’t matter if it benefits Trump…

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This is not okay.

Trump’s entire campaign is based on vague words, vulgar, sexist and racist statements and the jingoistic mantra of “Make America Great Again.”

I get that people are angry.

I get that people want change from the status quo.

But Donald Trump is not the way.

He is not the change our country needs.

I hope our country does not vote for “change” for the sake of change in the form of the Republican nominee for the office of the President of the United States of America.

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