Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has had enough of the Wisconsin Republicans and called them out in a press conference yesterday.
"If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people's prejudices," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Obviously Mr. Ryan is sick of such shenanigans as Rep. Bob Gannon's blatant racism and hatred of minority youth, and knows that there is no place for that in todays society.
Then in an innocuous vote to name a Post Office after the late great Maya Angelou, Wisconsin's own Glenn Grothman was one of 9 openly racist Republicans to vote against it!
According to the Post, Grothman went on the House floor and said, "I think people should investigate Maya Angelou a little bit, and I’ll suggest perhaps if you want to investigate a little bit further that perhaps you Google ‘Maya Angelou’ and look at other articles in places like the American Thinker or the American Spectator.”
After Angelou's death in 2014, those publications noted her "embrace of radical leftist politics in the 1960s — including sympathies for Fidel Castro and interactions with Malcolm X," the Post said.
At President Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration, Angelou recited a poem, "On the Pulse of Morning."The measure to name the post office to honor Angelou passed on a vote of 371-9-1, with one member voting present.
While Mr. Grothman says he does not like who she talked to in the 60's, I think it is fair to say there is something else about Ms. Angelou that he does not like and was the motive behind his vote(can you guess what it is?).
By the way Googling Maya Angelou and I found this:
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. Maya Angelou became one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. With over 50 honorary doctorate degrees Dr. Maya Angelou became a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.
The biggest surprise though, is that Paul Ryan would speak about something that so directly affects his good friend Scott Walker. From Mr. Walker's race baiting dog whistles in his campaign speeches to the incredible racism that was exhibited in the #walkerdocs, the blatant racism he exhibits on a daily basis was too much for Mr. Ryan to take anymore.
Kudos to Mr. Paul Ryan for denouncing the racism in Wisconsin, especially of his old friend Scott Walker.
As Ms. Angelou says:
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
― Maya Angelou
Hopefully the corrupt group of politicians we are dealing with here in Wisconsin will be caged birds in the near future and we can hear them sing from the stand.