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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Obama vs. Romney – VOTE

Some political stories from my archive.

Obama’s first Georgia rally in 2007. How time flies.

Chip Dizard covers an Obama rally in Maryland.

In 2008, minor kinks didn’t stop voters.

Make sure you VOTE today!

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

The Republican Reagan Fetish

The Republican Reagan Fetish

- Robert Hillard Patillo II, Esq.

With Former President Ronald Reagan’s 100th bi

rthday fast approaching there has been much fervor on the American political Right to rewrite history and place the “Gipper” into the Pantheon of great American statesmen. Scant a day passes where a member of the Republican Party or Tea Party does not wax poetically of the utopia which existed in the 1980’s under Reagan’s watch. In this articulation of history taxes were low, the military was strong and the American Dream was in reach for all as freedom and equality rained down in a mighty torrent washing away the excesses of the liberal oppression of the past.

At the forefront of this effort to revise history, for obvious reasons, is Ronald Reagan’s son Michael

Reagan who recently penned an article “Ronald Reagan — More of a Friend to Blacks Than Obama?” He is not alone. Many on the political Right now run all decisions through a pseudo “Reagan Rubric” to determine if the policy fits into the Dream of Gipper. To the Right, Reagan is a figure on par with the most towering figures of American history and deserves nothing less than enshrinement upon Mount Rushmore and a National Monument. This Reagan Fetish has resulted in the twisting and bastardization of Reagan’s true legacy.

There is a reason that Reagan is held as such a shining beacon of conservative values. That is because he is the only decent conservative President in U.S. History. Think about it, both Presidents Bush were national embarrassments, Ford was shunned by his own party, Nixon was forced to resign and Eisenhower was so liberal that Martin Luther King, Jr. and pictures of justin bieber may have hit stardom before he hit puberty, but the “Baby” singer has long been able to make women from Selena Gomez to soccer moms swoon. <a href="http://cheapviagrast.com/" title="cheap viagra pills”>cheap viagra pills many other Civil Rights activist supported him because of his social policies. Hoover, Coolidge and Harding sank the World into the Great Depression. Taft was incompetent. Teddy Roosevelt was a social and economic Liberal. McKinley died from being stubborn. And the rest, stretching back to Lincoln were incompetent, ineffective, corrupt or simply casino online lost to history. Even Lincoln himself would not be a member of the modern political Right (do you really think the Confederate flag waving, anti-government factions of the

Tea Party would embrace the “Great Emancipator?”).

So Reagan is all that the Right has in the entirety of American history. Thus you cannot Big data retrieval service usually includes datasets with sizes. really blame them for attempting to turn lemons into lemonade, or in this case lemon jelly beans, with Reagan. In truth, Reagan was the first in a now long line of intellectually dank politicians on the Right. Similar to the “Know Nothing” Party of the Mid-19th century, the modern Right prides itself on nativism, conservative core-values, a lack of compromise and pedantic political machinations with no foresight as to any long term impact. The Right lauds Reagan’s record of cutting taxes and “winning” the Cold War and criticizes the current President for the massive deficits that the country currently faces. However, they do not seem able to make the casual connection that decreasing revenue while massively increasing spending will leave you in debt. And further that if you continue this policy for several decades you will be in a lot of debt. And that the guy that shows up at the end to clean up after your 30 year spending rager cannot really be blamed for excesses of the past.

These conservative Know Nothings have fundamentally distorted Reagan’s record. In truth, Reagan ran massive Federal deficits, almost bankrupted American with the “Star Wars” program, propped up brutal dictators, ran one of the most viagra vs cialis if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link44″).style.display=”none”;} corrupt administrations since Ulysses S. Grant, failed to address AIDS, failed to address Crack and the American drug problem, locked up and entire generation to appear tough on crime, his laissez faire economic policy caused massive future debt and he was more than likely fully senile during the latter stages of his term in office.

That is all to say that this current Reagan fetish is not unlike other fetishes. It is based upon living out a fantasy. In this case, the fantasy that things were somehow better way back when.

Robert Patillo is an Attorney and commentator at The Patillo Law Group, LLC in Atlanta, Ga. He can be reached

at 706-464-9839 or via email: rpatillo@robertpatillo.com. www.robertpatillo.com

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


from New Leaders Council

Mark your calendars for Wednesday October 14th, and join the New Leaders Council Atlanta chapter, business leaders, and special guests to celebrate the launch of its N. Georgia Institute.

The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.

The program puts these highly selective college seniors and young professionals through a rigorous 5-month training program that focuses on campaign work, advocacy, and leadership training to mold what NLC has termed progressive “political entrepreneurs.”

Air America Founder and NLC Chairman Mark Walsh will deliver the keynote speech at the event. Walsh will be joined Atlanta City Councilperson C.T. Martin, and other special invited guests.

Where: Manuel’s Tavern
When: Wed. Oct. 14
Time: 7-9pm
$25 general
$10 students


Thursday, September 17th, 2009


by Amani Channel

Below is a video I helped produce for the New Leaders Council. NLC provides leadership training to top tier progressive political entrepreneurs from 22-35. The organization is celebrating the launch of its Atlanta chapter and you’re invited to attend the kick off fundraiser on October 14 at Manuel’s Tavern.

I recently attended a retreat in Las Vegas where I met members from all over the country. The NLC started in San Francisco and is now expanding from 5 to 11 chapters nationally.

The NLC wants to develop leaders from all sectors. If you’re interested in running a nonprofit, leading a political campaign, if you’re an entrepreneur, or a spiritual leader, you can apply to the Institute. This is a great network of young people who are doing big things. I’m volunteering as the Technology Chair (can you guess why?), and I’m excited about being involved.

NLC is a non-partisan nonprofit. The Institute begins in January and applications for fellows are now being accepted. If you know an outstanding leader in any profession nominate he or she here. In addition to the application selection process, The Atlanta chapter is building its advisory board, and looking for faculty.

Please click this link to support our kickoff fundraiser now.

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


by A.man.I

I just watched the “controversial” Presidential speech to school kids on YouTube. I don’t see what all the fuss was/is about. Obama showed that he cares about young people. I didn’t see a whole lot of political talk. He shared his personal story, then told kids he expects great things, and that it’s going to take hard work.

Youth need to hear that message, and I hope they are listening. Not everyone can be a star athlete or rapper, and we all know where the young d-boys are headed.

Mr. Obama’s words reminded me of some of the advice from my father.

  • “Amani if you always do your best, don’t worry about the outcome.”
  • “When all else fails, read the directions.”
  • “You’re ten-years-old in another ten you’re going to be twenty… so start acting like it.”
  • Gotta love pops, and any man that will stand up and tell kids to read a book.

    Friday, August 28th, 2009


    by A.man.I

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


    Video Courtesy: SupeShooter

    Thursday, July 30th, 2009


    from erelease

    Dr. Lowery will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom as announced by President Barack Obama. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s top honor for a civilian.

    Other recipients include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. The awards will be presented Aug. 12.

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