These changes and others increasingly give Virginia the face of a "blue state," which would have been nearly unthinkable even five to 10 years ago.
Rather than obsess over absurd conspiracy theories, Americans should be proud of a federal workforce which shows up every day to perform cutting-edge research, investigate accidents, care for our national parks, and administer any number of federal programs which make a positive difference for millions of your fellow American citizens.
Essentially, you have an 80s-style televangelist a la Jim and Tammy Bakker, who has direct access to the president of the United States on the basis of apparently little more than she's an attractive blonde who happens to have a religious credential.
Protesters worry that the upcoming nationwide citizenship registry, for which everyone will be required to provide documentary evidence of citizenship, will be used to deprive Indian Muslims citizenship under the new law, leaving them stateless.
Instead of calcifying towards the most conservative positions, our culture has nearly inexorably bent toward inclusivity and respect.
Thanks to House Democrats, particularly Rep Sheila Jackson-Lee and legislation she's been shepherding this year, the nation has finally begun to have a long-past-due conversation on its history of chattel slavery--particularly how to make that history right for the descendants of slavery through reparations.
Mister Rogers, Big Bird, and all of Big Bird's friends pointed us toward compassion. We are the ones who chose to turn away to a path of cruelty and divisiveness instead, as embodied by Donald Trump.
In our current tribalistic and hyper-partisan lives, we have perhaps become too often accustomed to identifying ourselves or our neighbors first as Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives... instead of what unites us first as Americans.
I apologize for my enthusiasm in believing that our progressive might could have made a real difference in this case.
Apparently, the collective willpower of American progressives has finally paid off. Chick Fil A's move certainly angered those on the right who approved of the company's previous stances. And they were quick to point to the progressive boycott as the culprit.