Walter Rhett

“Strike the Last Word:” Videos and Links to Today’s News

In National Affairs, Perlo on May 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

“Strike the Last Word,” is a motion used by members of the US House in order to obtain time (5 minutes) to address the House on particular issues.
Some things never change. see this oldie but still true DNC clip on social security.

A quick look from Anita Perry on the jobs we need.

Richard Pryor’s comedy skit, The First Black President, was produced 32 years ago. It has an eerie resemblance to the issues that swirl around Barack Obama today. Look for Robin Williams, Masha Warfield, Tim Reid, and Sandra Bernhart in the sketch.

Leave a comment.  Share your reaction after you are through laughing and marveling at how close Pryor comes to the real thing and why his comedy was timeless.


The greatest lawyer in South Carolina history died on Friday, July 29, 2011. Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. was one of the greatest lawyers in the history of the Southern civil rights movement. He almost single-handed guided South Carolina into the modern era, ending the priactice of legal racial separation known as segregation. He dampened violence and hostile confrontation by using the courts again and again to open the doors to public and higher education, public accomodations, voting, employment, and the legal system, winnning landmark case after case to forever chase the face of the state. Click the link below to see profounding moving tributes by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal, US Congress member Jim Clyburn, and US Circuit Court Judge John Anderson, among others. The sermon is a powerful example of Southern homiletics by one of the state’s most gifted preachers. The video, recorded by the state’s ETV network, is unique as oral history, in telling the story of segreagation at the funeral of the man most engaged in overturning its legal structure within South Carolina.
Click here to see the tribute video and web page.

The video clip below captures Rep. Clyburns remarks during the House debate over the debt ceiling bill.

Jon Stewart after the verdict stretches a point and strikes his best politcal best from left field.

The UN Makes Rape a Crime of War, A Historic First for the International Criminal Tribunal

US House of Representative Member, Gwen Moore, WI, discusses defunding Planned Parenthood in light of her own pregnancy at 18.

Families Denied Now Have Hope

In Perlo on November 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Families without resident status live in fear. Fear of separation, fear of discovery, fear of being torn away from their children, the fear that the place where they reside has the power to abruptly void their efforts at happiness and success, to abritarily interrupt their security and peace, to arrest their hard work to build a life of promise–merely because they live in a place that places property rights in front of people–that to live in this place, people not born here must get in line.

But what happens when there’s no line? Three percent of America, around ten million people including children, entered the country outside of the non-existent line and their presence challenges whether the laws of immigration are just. That argument, whether the law is fair or just, is ignored by politicians and many citizens who claim a law is a law–until they find a law with which they disagree–Obamacare, for example, one they claim denies their freedoms; or background checks for gun ownership which is envisioned as part of an imagined conspiracy to create a national roster in order to take away private guns.

What happens when there is no line is people who entered the country without attention to the administrative details are left in limbo and hide in the shadows. They feel hunted, haunted by living on the edge even as they join in the mainstream to cook meals and make beds, even for the families of persons nominated to Cabinet offices, so deeply are they a part of America’s fabric.

Myths about these families and workers are a part of politics of denigration: among the disaraging claims: “they” hold down wages, overcrowd schools, draw heavily on social benefits, deny others opportunity, undermine the social order. Much of this is victim blaming: often low wage jobs are all that is open to them as workers; many are not eligible for social benefits. They work jobs for which there is little demand or competition. Their incomes help the American economy grow.

Because they were unable to get in line, they are a constant source of blame. Even the exodus of children from Central America in the spring and early summer of 2014 were seen as willing to walk hundreds of miles for a hot box lunch and an air conditioned cot, even as the children themselves spoke of the desire for education and opportunity, or reunification with their family, or spoke of fleeing gangs in their communities who had threatened them with rape or violence, even death.

Is it illegal, under the authority of law by precedent and court rulings, to grant work permits to families already working? Is it illegal to say you will not be removed from your jobs? Is it illegal to perform background checks on people already here? Is it illegal to charge a $500 fee to meet the administrative costs? Is it legal to set priorities for deportation that puts working families who have been here for 5 years, who pay the fees and pass the review in a program category safe from deportation for the next 3 years?

Congress only funds 400,000 deportations annually. Sensibly, creating effective priorities for deportation means sorting out bad guys and latecomers from the earnest and long term earners. The funded level of deportations will continue–as the law requires–400,000 annually, by why is it illegal to secure in a program those working who represent no threat?

Especially, when Congress has repeatedly failed by law to establish a line?

Forward Goes Backward On Race

In Perlo on November 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

In Philosophy, where policy resides, a single person and idea drove this election—Obama, and race. Voters turned out to affirm that the wrong are not the weak, but the strong. Despite the success of his policies (healthcare, jobs and oil; peace, lower deficits) this election was never about policy or truth. Mainstream media maintains a shutdown; the GOP streams put downs.

Its votes were driven by anger and fear. The idea persists, expanded by every GOP candidate, that the President’s agenda is driven by race and incompetence, that every idea he proposes is a threat to America and American lives (read whites and recall death panels, debt, a refusal to go to war; immigration, Ebola, ISIL, food stamps), all distorted by a lens colored with racial prejudice (“buckwheat-in-chief,” posters with bones through his nose, soundbites, bad jokes, and daily syndicated national radio, magazine covers). The Democratic rearguard retreat reinforced these ideas.

In this churned climate, huge favors pass as policy; for example, tax cuts for the rich. The fear of change overwhelms common sense and wealth is increased instead of wages. The country is tilted by an historic item it again failed to confront. It stood by its disbelief.



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