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This excerpt from “The Week” is at once scary and ominous since Rep. King is a sitting member of Congress and I can name a few contributions.  Lewis H. Latimer 1848-1928 He was a pioneer in the development of the electric light bulb. He was also the only black member of the Edison Pioneers, a group of inventors and scientists who worked with Thomas Edison.He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848 and was raised in Boston. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a cabin boy on the U.S.S Massaoitta at the age of sixteen. Latimer was given the assignment to draw plans for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone patent . In 1879 Latimer went to work as a draftsman for Hiram Maxim, who invented the machine gun and headed the electric lighting company. Latimer worked on improving the quality of the carbon filament used in the light bulb. In 1882 he received a patent for an improved process for manufacturing carbon filaments. He died in 1928 and a school was named after him in Brooklyn, New York on May 10,1968.

Gerrett A. Morgan 1875-1963 He is best remembered for his invention of the gas mask and the three-way traffic signal. Morgan was born on March 4,1875 in Paris, Kentucky. He left school after fifth grade at the age of fourteen. He left Kentucky and headed for Cincinnati, Ohio and got a job as a handy man in a sewing shop. Morgan directed his attention to the frequent instances of firemen being overcome by fumes and thick smoke when they went into burning buildings. He perfected breathing device which he patented in 1914. In 1923 Morgan patented an automatic traffic signal which he sold to the General Electric Company for four thousand dollars. In 1963 Garrett A. Morgan died at the age of 88 in Cleveland, Ohio after he was ill for two years.

 In space exploration, there have been ten Hispanic astronauts, including Franklin Chang-Daz and Ellen Ochoa. This list could go on forever.

Republican National Convention

Rep. Steve King wonders aloud on national television what contributions non-whites have made throughout history

July 18, 2016

Don’t expect to see Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) leading the Republican Party’s minority outreach any time soon.

During an appearance Monday afternoon on MSNBC, Charles Pierce, writer-at-large for Esquire, said while discussing the Republican National Convention that if “you’re really optimistic, you could say this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, it’s platform, it’s public face.” King responded by saying, “This whole ‘white people’ business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about? Where did any other sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”

After being pressed by an incredulous Chris Hayes if he was really talking about white people, King backed off, and said he meant “western civilization.”

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Listening to the various attendees responding to reporters at the RNC convention, I have determined that these folks who support Trump know less about what is and has occurred in Government in the last 8 years. Many of these folks are in Government Federal, state and local. One speaker stated that Barack Obama got nothing done. This is only partly true but the real issue is the fact that the Dupublican leaders determined that the President would get no help from them once they got control of the Congress. As voters we have seen the results of their control. If the truth is ever put out, it will be clear that Political parties are no more than disseminators of party lines and little truth. The farther away a party member is from the source, the more the information is diluted and misconstrued, as much second and third hand information often is. How much clearer can it be when the Leader of the Senate states that this President will get nothing passed and would not consider a vote on a High Court candidate. All of these Political machinations are a direct slap in the face of the voters. These are the same people who always cite the wants of “American people” as reasons or causes for their actions or inactions. Regardless of who the becomes the Next President our job as voters is to concentrate on the lesser elections to make changes in the system and pay close attention to what the already seated officials tell us as most of it is political theater that we pay dearly to see. The speakers at The Dupublican convention have punctuated the discourse over the state of America with more poorly reasoned utterances and deceiving their constituents at the same time. The mentality of anger and mistrust of the Government with no facts results in the current Congress continuing in the same unimpeded direction.

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