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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/18/2020 07:54 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/18/2020 07:54 AM
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Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

San Francisco, CA...San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passing of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis: “Today, America mourns the loss of one of the greatest heroes of American history: Congressman John Lewis, the Conscience of the Congress.

“John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation – from the determination with which he met discrimination at lunch counters and on Freedom Rides, to the courage he showed as a young man facing down violence and death on Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the moral leadership he brought to the Congress for more than 30 years.

“In the halls of the Capitol, he was fearless in his pursuit of a more perfect union, whether through his Voter Empowerment Act to defend the ballot, his leadership on the Equality Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans or his work as a Senior Member of the Ways and Means Committee to ensure that we invest in what we value as a nation.

“Every day of John Lewis’s life was dedicated to bringing freedom and justice to all. As he declared 57 years ago during the March on Washington, standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial: ‘Our minds, souls, and hearts cannot rest until freedom and justice exist for all the people.’ How fitting it is that even in the last weeks of his battle with cancer, John summoned the strength to visit the peaceful protests where the newest generation of Americans had poured into the streets to take up the unfinished work of racial justice. His visit with Mayor Bowser, the Mayor of Washington, painted an iconic picture of justice.

“In the Congress, John Lewis was revered and beloved on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol. All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing. May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make ‘good trouble, necessary trouble.’

“God truly blessed America with the life and leadership of John Lewis. May it be a comfort to his son John-Miles, his entire family, Michael Collins and his entire staff that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”

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John Lewis a Civil Rights Icon
Posted on: 2020-07-18 08:09:47   By: Anonymous
Oh Nancy, please don't soil the name of Rep John Lewis by talking about him. Let someone worthy tell everyone just how great this man is, and what he has done in his long battles about Civil Rights. Your talking about this great man would be like Bill Clinton talking about the girl scouts.

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Angry Old Man
Posted on: 2020-07-18 09:28:10   By: Anonymous
Lewis, like John McCain, was just an angry old man. May they both seethe in eternity.

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    Re: Angry Old Man
    Posted on: 2020-07-18 09:34:25   By: Anonymous
    Stupid Trumper's. John McCain was a War hero. A true man respected by people on all sides. Who respects Trump besides the ignorant few. Go on out and do your nasty deeds like your Pres.

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      Re: Angry Old Man
      Posted on: 2020-07-18 12:19:59   By: Anonymous
      A War Hero? Could you imagine how bad it would be to have bone spurs so horrifying painful that it would keep a Warrior like Trump out of the military? He could of talked the communist (no, not the Democrats, yet anyway) in to laying down their arms just to shut him up, and the war would be over.
      I could just imagine it, the first 12 🌟 General in America's History, General Trump. We'd have a statue of him next to the Statue of Liberty, and no doubt dwarfing our Lady of Liberty.

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    Re: Angry Old Man
    Posted on: 2020-07-18 09:39:20   By: Anonymous
    You are an angry old man!

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      Re: Angry Old Man
      Posted on: 2020-07-18 09:42:25   By: Anonymous
      Trump just plain sucks . He is worthless

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    Re: Angry Old Man
    Posted on: 2020-07-18 21:08:52   By: Anonymous
    I love how posting anonymously gives thugs courage. I suggest The Pinetree require a person to own their opinion by putting a name on it. Lets see the hate fade into the shadows.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 11:16:49   By: Anonymous
Lewis built his career off of claiming he was one of the main organizers of the Washington DC march with MLK. The fact is he just happened to be in a picture about 15 yards away from MLK during the march because for a moment he pushed his way up there. He might have met MLK once. He was arrested a few times during marches in the South, but MLK was not at any of those. When people tried to bring up those facts, he used his position to destroy them. He ruined the careers of more than one reporter. Let's not forget that he was in Congress since 1986. During that time, his District in Atlanta has seen a steady rise in unemployment and a decrease in the standard of living. 1 in 3 of his constituents(mostly Black) live in poverty. All the while, he made hundreds of millions during his tenure. Any time someone didn't go along with what he said, he would yell like a brat. Look at any video of him in Congress and he is yelling every single time. He was a white hating racist who did nothing to help his people.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 11:56:42   By: Anonymous
    Your statement is pure BS: I quote from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's tribute to the Congressman:

    "[Lewis] graduated high school and refocused on becoming a minister, but couldn’t ignore his calling to challenge the injustice he saw. While attending American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, he issued a bigger challenge. He sent an application to all-white Troy State University in his hometown. African American students were doing the same across the U.S. in an organized effort to force the question of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.
    Video: Lewis remembers MLK humor

    Troy State, like the library, never replied.

    Lewis was going to push this time. He looked for support from the voice on the radio. He wrote a letter to King, now the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in nearby Montgomery, asking for help. King sent Lewis an invitation and bus ticket.

    “I was overwhelmed,” Lewis would later recall. “I kept telling myself to be calm, that fate was moving now, that I was in the hands of that spirit of history.”

    He was 18.

    “So, you’re John Lewis,” King greeted the young man who would become an ardent supporter, protégé and colleague. King dubbed him “the Boy from Troy,” a nickname Lewis carried the rest of his life."

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 11:18:21   By: Anonymous
The patron saint of New Wakanda. John Lewis was a racist thug that never did anything that benefited any black man other than John Lewis. It is disgusting watching the msm and politicians fawn over this phony a$$h**e that made it his life's work to perpetuate the division of the races. In that, I guess you could say his life was a success.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 12:00:09   By: Anonymous
    He was beloved by not only the Black communities of the South and the North, but by white progressives who understood that the ugly truth about slavery, John Crow, and racism would cause some in our country to resent change, resist equality, and revolt against what is moral, right, and true.

    You sir are truly a pitiful example of reaction and stupidity.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 12:04:41   By: Anonymous
    I suppose you would like to go back to a time when their were colored people and white people; a time when "Negroes knew their place"?

    In the eyes of the law, those times are long gone, but obviously in the hearts of some, we are still fighting the long war.

    But we will win and you will lose. As they say at an execution "May God have mercy on your soul."

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      Posted on: 2020-07-18 12:06:02   By: Anonymous
      changing thoughts in mid-sentence should have read "there" not "their"

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 11:59:15   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 12:26:52   By: Anonymous
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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 13:20:05   By: Anonymous
Not that businesses in Calif need any help, but business owners can be paid to relocate from the highest taxes in the nation. Good job dumbacrats.

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But it does include Texas. In fact, that’s its top choice.

The Pittsburgh-based company, which moved out of California in 2018, is teaming up with three private investors to cover moving costs for businesses to flee states it considers business hostile, like California, to more business-friendly states, like Texas.

The offer applies to any business with revenue ranging from $5 million to $200 million, said Joe Vranich, the firm’s president and a frequent critic of California’s business environment. He has been tracking corporate migration away from California for years.

“California is our No. 1 target because the irresponsibility of California’s politicians has reached new levels,” he said. This year, California is considering raising business taxes and enacting legislation that will increase labor and litigation costs.

“People who do good work deserve a bouquet instead of a brick,” Vranich said about the difference between Texas and California. “The whole economic apparatus in the state of Texas is top-notch.”

Vranich said he was hired by the investors to act as a front door for the program, and he’s had a “couple of calls.” The investors, who want to remain anonymous, can take on several companies each, he said.

The program is geared toward companies with 20 to 200 employees, such as electronics or plastics manufacturers or a software company, he said.

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COVID-19 has also led to a marked increase in relocation inquiries, Vranich said.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 15:15:25   By: Anonymous
    He was just another black trouble making congressman.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-18 18:32:55   By: Anonymous
      Oh mighty be. Another uppity black man causing trouble for the good white folks. Oh mighty Lord. What we all going to do?

      Wait a minute. What about assisted suicide. Lets all racist white folk move to Oregon and call BLM a terminal disease. Then surely we can end it ourselves all n' all. (Don't call me Shirley!). But please Lord I can't live in a world where black men and yellow men and red men are all treated the same as us poor white folks. The Lord Shirley don't want it, does he? Oh my gawd, I see the Rev Al Sharpton standing on yonder hill with a sword a flaming. He's comin for us. He goin to destroy us. He goin........Save me white Jesus. Save me from hell. Them blacks folk goin to....oh no. Now I see Antifa. They are Reverend Al's reserve army. And now I see General Putin and the devil himself. Oh no. Oh no. Its all so terrible. Like some invaders from Mars.

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 15:20:21   By: Anonymous
    Better move quick because the Democrats already control the city governments of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, and Austin.

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      Posted on: 2020-07-18 17:19:57   By: Anonymous
      Build him a statue so it can be torn down!

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        Posted on: 2020-07-18 17:59:14   By: Anonymous
        Paint it black!

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          Posted on: 2020-07-18 18:24:08   By: Anonymous
          Said the Rolling Stones.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 19:10:37   By: Anonymous
Who cares, he never did anything that stands out as remarkable, too bad it was not Pelosi passing in his place, that I would celebrate

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