Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton with Reverend Al Sharpton on Politics Nation

This week Hillary will meet with top civil rights leaders, Reverend Al among them.  On his Sunday morning show, Politics Nation, Reverend Al pointed out that Hillary's  history in civil rights has been consistent. She spoke about inequities in the system that need to be addressed.

Hillary talked about civil rights from the most basic like safe water, safe food and air, and safe circulation on the streets to voting rights.  She said the debate in Flint will keep a spotlight on the important issues.

Regarding the millennials supporting Sanders: "Elections are about the future... Even though they don't support me, I support them." She said that Bernie's camp doesn't really have a plan.  "I do," she affirmed.

"The Supreme Court is right on top of important reasons to vote in this election... I don't know what it is about democracy that the Supreme Court and Republicans are afraid of... This court can undo the progress of more than a century that people voted for, people marched for, people died for and I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen."

One last note with regard to SCOTUS:  Hillary, Reverend Al, and Democratic voices in general are reminding people that President Obama was elected in 2012 to a four-year term, not a three-year term.  Constitutionally, he is empowered and obliged to make a SCOTUS appointment when a vacancy exists.  We all share in extending condolences to Justice Scalia's family, friends, and colleagues. His loss, obviously, creates potential  gridlock and stagnation on decisions. Following a respectful period of mourning, the government needs to get on the road and moving again and that includes Supreme Court decisions. We should move ahead with a full court of nine, and President Obama is the person who should nominate a successor. Period.

Clinton: GOP calls to block Obama court nominee are ‘outrageous’

Outrageous is right! There is a very unfortunate metaphor beneath every effort by the GOP over the past seven year to shackle President Obama and prevent him from doing the job the American people elected him to do. A different but similar metaphor underlies GOP efforts to prevent Hillary Clinton from running for the highest office. It is most unfortunate to see young people buying into the latter.

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