Saturday, May 12, 2012

Quotation for Today: E Pluribus Unum - Still Working Toward That Ideal

The quotation for today, across the jump, highlights the continued struggle for equality and voting rights in the United States and against illiberalism; a narrow-mindedness that still can be found in the halls of Congress. 
“It is shameful that you would come here tonight and say to the Department of Justice that you must not use one penny, one cent, one dime, one dollar to carry out the mandate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. People died for the right to vote! Friends of mine, colleagues of mine! Speak out against this amendment — it doesn’t have a place.”
John Lewis

John Lewis is the Democratic representative to Congress for the Fifth District of Georgia. Rep. Lewis' comments, as presented in The New York Times, were in response to a Republican amendment to an appropriations bill. The amendment, proposed by a Republican congressman from Georgia, would have denied funding for enforcing voting rights for Americans.  

John Lewis is one of the few remaining civil rights leaders from the 1960s who helped advance equality and voting rights for all Americans.

"The Struggle to Vote." Editorial. The New York Times 11 May, 2012: online edition.

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