RIP, Rep. John Lewis

Rep. Lewis was 80 (extra innings!), and had fought cancer for at least the past 6 months.

Eulogies abound, he touched so many lives for so long. As we used to say in Scouting, always leave the camp better than you found it. Lewis always improved things. He will be missed for so many reasons.

We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. — Joe Biden

I love this particular glimpse of Rep. Lewis and it’s the way I will remember him. One of a kind, and full of life and love.

“My philosophy is very simple: When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to stand up and just say something. You have to do something. I got into good trouble, necessary trouble. Even today, I tell people, ‘We need to get in good trouble.’”

— Rep. John Lewis, quoted by CNBC.

UPDATE 1: No More Mister Nice Blog did something I did not consider. He looked for and found reaction from the Red Hats to Rep. Lewis’ death. It’s not pretty. It’s also not exploitive. Steve M. makes a very clear point: “No, there will not a magical moment of national healing if Donald Trump is defeated in November.” We really are two different countries.

It’s as notable as it is predictable: so far no comment from our so-called president. Politico morning email thingie:

EBONY BOWDEN of the N.Y. Post is today’s pooler, and she said the president arrived at his golf club in Virginia at 9:04 a.m.

[We’re sticking this on top, flags at half-mast today. Fresher posts, if any, will be below. — The Management]

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34 Responses to RIP, Rep. John Lewis

  1. ali redford says:

    This was the first thing that came to my mind, too, when DH told me last night. Then lots of other stuff. I’m thankful he’s no longer in pain, but he’ll be missed for a long while.

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  2. spotthedog says:

    A magnificent human.

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  3. Diane says:

    I laughed and teared up too. He was a beautiful soul.

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  4. laura says:

    A giant is taking his rest after living a life dedicated to justice and and non-violent means to ensure that our nation lives up to it’s promise. He was a joyful warrior.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. beckymaenot says:

    He will be missed. The void that is left at his passing is massive.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. well, Lord Dampnut can just leave John Lewis’ name out of his shit mouth.

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  7. Dennis Cole says:

    I hate to say this, but I’m now convinced that some type of violence, some reaction to an action by either side, is inevitable. tRump is constantly stoking the fires of animus and hatred, of racism and xenophobia, and lately he’s been actively encouraging uses of force against protesters. He wants another Civil War, as punishment for everyone who he knows is going to vote against him. Kill ’em all, he don’t care; he’s assured of a hideaway that is absolutely safe and well-stocked, and I imagine him emerging when it’s all over, to declare Victory, no matter who wins.

    And where the HELL are Nancy and Chuck, et al, with vociferous opposition to these Gestapo tactics? The Dems are Dim & silent, as per usual….


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  8. FELINE MAMA says:

    DAMN, FUCK, DAMN !! I will say the quiet parts out loud. Who, or, whatever is in charge, take the ASSHOLES. and leave us the GOOD ones. For the next 6 mos, anyway !!!

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  9. Weird Dave says:

    John Lewis is someone who if I had the decency and courage he had in his little finger I would be a better person.


  10. donnah says:

    Hey, I’ll bet Trump had all of the flags on the course dropped to half staff in honor of John Lewis.

    Trump doesn’t know who John Lewis was or what immense value he holds in this country. Trump’s pathetic tweet is an insult to John Lewis and he needs to just keep his mouth shut and his fingers off the phone. But he’ll find a way to further insult Lewis because he’s a classless racist boob.

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  11. spotthedog says:

    From CNN, story of his encounter with the daughter of George Wallace;

    When Peggy Wallace Kennedy was invited to Selma to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2009 with civil rights leaders, she found herself sitting alone in a room as other dignitaries chatted together. Lewis approached her.
    “He saw this person who was nervous and looked unsteady and he come over and said, ‘I’m from Pike County,’ ” she told CNN.
    As the civil rights leaders stood for the commemorative march, Lewis told Kennedy, “Well, sister, it’s time for us to move on now.” Lewis held her hand throughout.
    Several years later, when she returned to Alabama to speak at another civil rights commemorative event, Lewis was on the stage with her.
    Near the end of her speech, she turned to Lewis and acknowledged he had not been recognized by her late father when he was Alabama’s governor.
    “But today, as his daughter and as a person of my own, I want to do for you what my father should have done and recognize you for your humanity and for your dignity as a child of God, as a person of goodwill and character and as a fellow Alabamian and say, welcome home.”
    Lewis arose, walked toward her and grasped her hands.
    “Why do you always make me cry?” she says he said to her.
    “Brother, I don’t mean to.”
    “But sister you do.”
    Years later, the emotion in Kennedy’s voice is still apparent from their encounter. She wrote about Lewis in her recent memoir, “The Broken Road.”
    “He does not have an unlovable bone in his body,” she says today.

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  12. moeman says:

    The crowd surf on Colbert will enlighten you even more about this great man.

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  13. CalicoJack says:

    Howdy y’all!
    The death of John Lewis lays bare the problem in American politics: conservatives HATE liberals. Literally. They hate John Lewis and everything he stood for or achieved in his life.

    Conservatives feel that any enactment of liberal policies is an existential threat to their very existence. In some ways this is true. Conservative policies are based on feeling that the world is a fundamentally hostile and dangerous place making change a threatening prospect. Most conservative policy goals involve oppressing PoCs, Native Americans, women, LGBTQ+ folks, immigrants, refugees, liberals, and other assorted riffraff. Liberals are diametrically opposed to these policies. For conservatives, it is a zero-sum game. If liberals “win,” their preferred world will no longer exist, so any action they take to prevent a liberal victory is justified.


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    • Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

      They especially hated Lewis because he wasn’t killed like MLK, who they constantly try to co-opt. John Lewis, inconveniently alive and unforgiveably liberal, couldn’t be dismissed with a glib ‘if he were alive, he would be a Republican’ lie.

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      • CalicoJack says:

        Howdy Big!
        The irony in the GOP race baiting strategy is that many Blacks and Hispanics are socially very conservative and probably would be Republicans if they weren’t so racist.

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    • beckymaenot says:

      CJ is right about this. It is a difference in fundamental values. Us and them- a dynamic created by them and we will never be able to coexist for long in peace- because they will always be seeking to increase their power in order to stamp out progressive and liberal ideals..

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  14. Art says:

    Liberals need to know, understand, and take to heart why it is that Republicans have, until 2016, owned the House, Senate, Presidency, the courts, and almost all of the state political structures. In a nutshell: They built a political machine from the ground up.

    They were ruthless within their own party. You backed the party line or you were tossed out. They got funding from wealthy interests. They established a series of think tanks to provide an intellectual and philosophical underpinning , position papers, experts ready to be interviewed, and a welfare system for operatives embarrassed by having to fall on rhetorical grenades. They established right-wing publishers to provide reading materials and income, cash transfers, for otherwise destitute water carriers.

    They started with the states and worked up. They enforced discipline, coordinated strategies and talking points. They weekly met to receive orders right down to which words to use. They divided tasks, delegated authority and selflessly worked as a team. They framed their opponents before they could frame themselves. They bought controlling interests in media outlets and opened new ones specifically to get their world-view and propaganda out there.

    They worked for over fifty years.

    Anyone expecting things to turn around in a grand and durable manner in Biden’s first term is fooling themselves. Get Democrats a majority in House, Senate, and Executive. Maintain that for three terms. You will see things roll back in a major and durable way.

    Of course, we are talking herding cats because we are talking about Democrats. Sustaining party discipline and enthusiasm for three whole terms seems entirely out of character.

    Even harder is building a political machine. Twelve years seems unlikely. Fifty years … a miracle. As usual the problem is not knowing what to do. It is summoning the discipline, constancy and dedication necessary to do it.

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      Only if doesn’t interrupt “Dancing with the Starz”; my DVR is on the fritz, so I HAVE to watch it live, I can’t possibly miss an episode…


  15. Dennis Cole says:

    And I know it was for a different John, but for me, it works quite well as a tribute:


  16. beckymaenot says:

    I did go over and get a look at some of those comments by the red caps. I found them to be disgusting. Steve M is right. There is going to be a fight if Biden wins. There’s going to be blood spilled and it may not be us that comes out on top. We want to rely on our democratic institutions to save us- and they will rely on a second amendment solution- as they have been threatening for years)- their killer cops, their white supremacist militias, and WS friends in the army to back them up and topple a democratically elected government. They DO want a race war. They want a new Civil War. They want the opportunity to kill as many liberals, people of color and “others” as they can to safeguard this country for themselves. Fuck- they are a frightening bunch of fully armed psychos. And Dolt45 will continue to wind them up and spread the crazy.

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    • MDavis says:

      A friend of ours who works at a local store told us he learned the use of [redacted] when a customer wanted some. The store doesn’t carry it. Top two uses – bombs and fireworks.
      It’s been nice knowing y’all.

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  17. Dennis Cole says:

    Just because it’s not Passover, doesn’t mean you can’t share some nice, warm, Mazletov Cocktails with the Troops.
    sp chk is trying to get me to say something I probly shouldn’t oughta.

    Oh, and “Pink Mist” is such a delightful color……I wouldn’t mind seeing more of it in the air, some evenings.

    And the only good ~CERX~ is a retired one. Unless they die gloriously in battle.

    ~Cell Extraction & Recovery Xpert~


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