The week end called our attention to events that contrasted two visions of the American experience. The laudatory remembrance of the late Neil Armstrong told of the optimism of the first astronaut to walk on the moon, who spoke to the entire planet of Earthlings when he said:
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
The words came back to haunt us with a different vision, that of the Republican Party arriving in Tampa with plans for no steps for man and a giant leap backward for mankind.
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Update: Secretary of State Jon Husted made a last-minute cancellation as a speaker at the True the
Vote Summit in Columbus, sponsored by a right-wing outfit known for supporting voter suppression and other questionable policies. You can find the full report on Plunderbund.com, which includes a report from NBC News. Husted has been busy these days dodging critics of his own voter handiwork in Ohio. We wonder if he'll ever get it right. Also, we wonder why he didn't vet the group before he agreed to be programmed as a speaker along with former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and other.
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