Congressman John Lewis succumbed to cancer at age 80

Reply Fri 17 Jul, 2020 09:51 pm
Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis has died at age 80. We are much poorer as a nation tonight. Rest in peace John Lewis.
Reply Fri 17 Jul, 2020 10:00 pm
His work when he was younger was superlative. I always respected him.
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2020 06:35 am
‪“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.” -Rep. John Lewis‬
Thank you, sir.
‪America owes you a debt it has never repaid.
Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2020 11:01 pm
Now it's our turn, to make sure this country doesn't become a dictatorship with only Uber-wealthy merchants deciding what the American people can buy or eat.
Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 12:37 am
I think we can still make those decisions ourselves. It does seem like every day, we have less choice about who we buy from.

Funny thing about that. Last month, I wanted to buy a pair of Hagger pants. We've no kmart and I think Penney's bit the dust. Sears seems to be missing. I went to goggle, and what do you know? The first five listings were for Target. Unbiased search engine my bare patoot. Oh, our local Target doesn't stock them. Go online, of course.
Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 05:02 pm
I live near a Mall that had 5 big anchor stores, Sears, Penny's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Nordstrom. Lord and Taylors left last year, no one has moved in, Sears is scheduled to close up shop, Nordstroms is closing their store and Penny's and Macy's are hanging on by a thread. I refuse to shop at Home Depot for shoes.
Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 06:44 pm
If Home Depot is out, surely you have a Tractor Supply. Heard they've got a decent selection - at least in the men's boot department.
Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 09:30 pm
Do they carry Boots in a woman's narrow?
Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 10:22 pm
Not real sure, but maybe.
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2020 09:39 am

John Lewis wrote this essay shortly before his death...

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.
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