Last Wednesday, I sat in a House hearing and listened to Republicans describe Obama exercising “unparalleled use of executive power” and operating an “uber-presidency.” They accused him of acting like a “king” and a “monarch,” of making the United States like a “dictatorship” or a “totalitarian government” by exercising “imperial” and “magisterial power.”
But after events in Ukraine, this very tyrant was said to be so weak that it’s “shocking…”
In theory, it is possible for Obama to rule domestic politics with an iron fist and yet play the 98-pound weakling in foreign affairs. But it doesn’t make a lot of sense that one person would vacillate between those two extremes. A better explanation is Obama’s critics are so convinced that he is wrong about everything that they haven’t paused to consider the consistency of their accusations.
Do I agree with everything Obama does? No - but here’s the thing. The right’s trumped up smears and ridiculous hyperbole always seem to fall into the realm of overblown name calling and conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.
With every passing day I find it more and more difficult to take the GOP seriously, it’s like they have so much spite they will latch on to anything they can that will paint the president in a bad light, true or not and outright oppose anything he says or does - it’s gotten outright cringe-worthy.
I stopped taking Republicans seriously when they voted Ronald Reagan into office. They’ve been an extremist party for over 30 years. They have zero ideas for governing. All they want to do is obstruct everything.(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)
"Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990."
I feel like there is a trend where photos of monumental moments in civil and human rights are presented in black and white, which really distracts from the reality that this happened less than 25 years ago.
This is a fucking badass demonstration and to present fighting ableism as something that happened a long long time ago is really just not reality.
Yeah, I think that it presents this in a sort of “we’ve come so far since then” kind of light, when that’s just not true. For example, in 2009 ADAPT protested the lack of long-term care services in the health care reform legislation with a very similar protest/sit-in:
This past weekend, a group of activists blanketed the National Mall with a monument to rape survivors made out of 100 quilts.