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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

3 responses to “Whitehouse admonished by constituents, ordered to resist Trump agenda”

  1. Sally Jane Wilson

    Once again I must point out that all the so-called ‘progressive’ State reps voted FOR Mattiello to be speaker. That was an astounding act of cowardice! When I have pointed that out in the past, I have been roundly reviled. This is an incredibly important issue! Mattiello is an utterly corrupt politician, and if our reps do not stand up to him, they do not deserve our votes. Getting yourself into headlines by joining and attempting to lead large blocks of people in resisting Drumpf is dishonest when you can’t even stand up to an unscrupulous RI leader!

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  2. Senator Whitehouse Faces The Music - Providence Daily Dose

    […] 3-minute mark. You can see other clips of the evening and read Steve’s write-up at RI Future “Whitehouse admonished by constituents, ordered to resist agenda.” Big thanks to Steve for taping and editing the […]

  3. cailin rua

    I have to thank “Johnnie” for linking to the Robert Parry piece in a thread to Robert DuPont’s post . After watching those Whitehouse videos I have to ask myself how much of the rally at Nathan Bishop was a protest rally against some of his recent moves and how much he and his re-election campaign exploited the opportunity to make it a campaign rally for him within what was supposed to be a rally of protest.

    Someone asked him a question about facts and the establishment press. It was a joke. When he said “we need to support the press”, one of the things that came to mind, beyond what the Providence Journal represented in the age of Henry Anthony, was what the press did to Gary Webb. Without a hint of irony, in a video that comes shortly after in the series posted above, Senator Whitehouse has the nerve to talk about how he’s working with Bernie after he was discovered in an email correspondence to the Clinton campaign trying to falsely link Bernie Sanders to Karl Rove. That was all a Russian conspiracy, I suppose. “Facts”, you know?

    I’ve been to a couple of so called “resistance” marches and demonstrations. Didn’t make the one last Sunday, though. What has really impressed me about the ones I’ve been to is how ripe for co-optation the angry crowds are and how quick to exploit opportunistic pols such as Gina Raimondo and our Congressional delegation are. Even Kilmartin has joined “the resistance”. Yeah, sure.

    The Columbia Journalism Review has been running stories about how over blown the “fake news problem” is. They did a scathing review of the first piece the Bezos owned and operated WaPo put out on the subject. There is another article that just came out titled, “Is Fake News a Fake Problem”

    Whitehouse is a product of the Sundlum machine which revolved around Sundlun’s Outlet Communications empire. Anyone groomed by a personality such as Sundlun, who would partner with such lunatics as Curtis LeMay, is to be expected to have little problem with the kinds of people Trump has put in his cabinet.

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