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Through the primary cycle I had less than kind things to say about Hillary Clinton.  What was said can not and will not be unsaid.  I was unhappy with the caliber of her campaign and the quality of her candidacy.

However, after the primary she worked hard for Obama and hard for the democratic party.  In thanks for that work I contributed to reduce her 2008 debt.

I know not everyone will agree with the decision.  For many the wounds of the primary are bandaged, not healed.  We need to get over it and contribute to Senator Clinton.  If Obama’s supporters donated $10 or $20 her debt would go down very quickly.

I writing this in response to an article I just read on Politico.com in which nameless Clinton aides mention how little that debt has shrunk despite Obama’s promise to help Clinton reduce it. 

Don’t bitch or fuss or gloat.  Don’t air dirty laundry or lord over anyone.  Let’s be a team and reward Senator Clinton for keeping her word.  Hillary did work hard and we should all show her a solid by doing what we agreed to – help her pay down her 7.5 million dollar debt.

When I lost it:

Jessie Jackson crying in a cheering Chicago audience.

Seeing a checkerboard of blue and red on the US Map

Rep Clyburn saying “We can now truly tell our children they can be anything they want to be”

Barack Obama describing the events occuring during one woman’s 106 lifetime – Yes we CAN!

Driving down Broadway in downtown Oakland with everyone in cars honking and everyone on the sidewalks cheering and chanting.

Jessie Jackson crying

Jessie Jackson crying

Realizing that we will have an African-American first lady – a real honest proud black lady!

Jessie Jackson crying.

Senator McCain has asked to suspend Friday, September 26th debate so he may focus on the economic crisis. Senator Obama, I ask as a democrat and as an American that you not comply with his request.  For weeks he has slandered your good name, and by extension the values of democrats across this nation, with hateful commercials, disingenuous press releases and personal interviews where he said the tenor of this campaign would change if you meet him face to face.  Now when the day is finally upon him he wants to put it off?

I understand that we are in a crisis, I understand that someone as wealthy as John McCain would be very worried about this bail-out not playing out as he would like.  But the occupation of President requires multi-tasking ability.  Why should you, with all your vigor and skill, suspend an event because John McCain can not split his focus adequately?  If he is fit for office he is fit for debate.  The financial melt down of Wall Street is a crisis, no doubt, but it is not so dire that we as Americans and you as a candidate should place a moratorium on other spheres of political life.  No one has died, we aren’t in morning.  It is in no way disrespectful for you and John McCain to stand before the TV cameras and answer questions for the American public, in fact it is just the opposite.

Ultimately though this isn’t about the financial crisis, this is about John McCain’s very bad week, and his desire to put off having to answer questions about so much more than just the Wall Street melt down.  Please Mr. Obama, do not let him weasel out of this debate by pretending this is an issue of appropriateness.  It s not inappropriate to participate in a debate at this time, instead it would be inappropriate not to.

    My partner and I are very concerned about the up-coming national election.  In 2004 there was a campaign to invite the United Nations into the US to monitor the election.  That effort failed, but we would like to see the cause revived during this election cycle.
    We are increasingly concerned about voting machine tampering, voter caging, as well as out and out fraud in November.  We love America and the democratic process, and strongly believe that every American’s vote should be counted, even if it is a vote we disagree with. 
    However conspiratorial it sounds, we believe the current polling trends being “sold” by the media are potentially laying the ground work for a fixed election in November. While we would love to believe this is not the case with 100% certainty, we have some doubts.  We do not believe this pivotal election is a time when we should ignore those doubts.  We are asking that Congresswoman Lee request United Nations’ election monitoring herself, or co-sign any bill presented by her colleagues in the House of Representatives.  We ask this as constituents that love America too much to allow false election results to determine who lives in the White House.  We hope Congresswoman Lee agrees and does all she can to insure honest and appropriate elections are held on November 4, 2008.

Posted on: May 22, 2008

To all you Hillary supporters who say things as brilliant as Evelyn Norena’s statement that “she’ll vote for McCain in November, partly because she believes Clinton got cheated by her party. ‘They would force me,” she said. ‘

Go the fuck ahead.  Get out of my party.  You are not a democrat and you were never going to vote democratic.  A real democrat would never look at McCain as a viable option.  Clinton’s beliefs are closer to Obama’s than McCain’s, and yet Obama, your supposed party’s candidate is a worse choice than a formerly independent now rigidly conformist republican candidate?  How’s that?

There’s the door – don’t let it hit your ass on the way out.

 

 

I want to take a moment to thank Hillary Clinton and her supporters.  This was a hard election cycle for the Democratic party, but I believe it has made us tougher as a party.  It has given us the ability to fight!  That vigor will do right by us in November.  Take the time you need to gather your selves, we can wait.  We will be here when you are ready to work together for the General Election.  Together the Democrats can make the White House ours again.

 

Solidarity means we can make a change!

New Day

Posted on: May 1, 2008

     The last few days I have been horribly depressed. I am not prone to nihilism by nature, and I am often dismissive of the existential malaise so many of my generation thrive on. However, the combination of food riots internationally, global inflation, my allergies and the democratic party’s protracted and increasing destructive primary have sent me into a tailspin resulting in hours spent reading urban survivalist websites, pricing bike trailers (for hauling water and cats into the wilderness), and learning about bee husbandry so I am prepared to cultivate my own honey when “Post Peak Oil” destroys my comfortable American lifestyle. Yes, I am in a bit of a crisis. A crisis that makes me want to cry out “WAKE UP YOU FOOLS! PUT DOWN THE IPOD, STEP AWAY FROM YOUR SUV, DON”T BUY THOSE POP-TARTS, STOP PAYING YOUR MORTAGE, BECAUSE THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END! THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING…THE SKY IS FALLING” before rolling into the fetal position and sobbing helplessly. I have restrained my self so far, though last night I participated in a lifestyle defining purchase that many in the left or left leaning community would find objectionable, but I found oddly, and uncomfortably, comforting.

     I have no new insights to bring to the table on any of these fronts. I am being reactive not proactive and so I am depressed because… well…the sky is falling. Or so it felt until this morning when I read the remarkable open letter written by Joseph J. Andrew regarding his endorsement shift from Senator Clinton to Senator Obama.

     My funk has removed the ability to bring analysis to this fine text, so all I can do is urge everyone to read what he has to say and take it to heart. For myself, it has brought hope to my dark worldview as well as tears. I would like to share what caused the tears, because it is a strong reminder of what is good and right in the world:

“The difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party is that you are always welcome in the Democratic Party.

Because Democrats don’t care if you are black or white or brown or a nice shade of green, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care if you pray in a church or a synagogue or a temple or a mosque, or just before math tests, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care if you are young or old, or just don’t want to tell your age, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care what gender you are, or what gender you want to hold hands with; as long as you want to hold hands, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care about the size of your bank account, just the size of your heart; and we don’t care where you are today, just where you dream you want to be tomorrow.

That is your Democratic Party.

That is Barack Obama’s Democratic Party.

That is the Party that will win in November.”

 

      The world might be bleak today, but Mr. Andrew’s words of wisdom and endorsement of hope are inspirational in my dark time.  I am sure that Senator Clinton’s war hounds will have already begun tearing at his flesh and bellowing to the heavens over this insult to their candidate.  By doing so they reinforce his reasoning and prove how brave he was for looking at the future and the past and the present and choosing to work for hope in a moment that needs hope more than anything else.  I finally feel that something has broke free and we are going to see a change occur.