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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Barack Obama claims to be the candidate of change. Yes, as the first African American male to have a real shot at the presidency he is correct. Saying he is the harbinger of change because of policies he has advocated is not necessarily true. All three Democratic candidates are the harbingers of change in terms of policy. There is virtually no difference between Clinton, Obama, and Edwards. No matter which candidate wins the election, we will see dramatic changes in War policy, healthcare, etc….all those things which are important to Democrats.
The real change that can take place here is the election of a woman, Hillary Clinton. The male establishment have come together to oppose that…One only has to watch critically the various cable and network television programs each and everyday leading up to the most recent primary to see how Obama is privileged and Hillary because she is a woman, indeed a strong and forceful, highly intelligent woman, is attacked in ways that Obama and Edwards are not.
For example, Obama’s spouse and indeed Edwards’ spouse are highly outspoken about and critical of other candidates. Elizabeth Edwards has been made iconic because of her forceful support of her husband. All those talk shows, Tucker, Matthews, Blizter, that I’ve mentioned all praised Elizabeth Edwards. The same is true when Obama puts his wife in as a surrogate when he cannot be present. Let it be Bill in as a surrogate for his spouse, Hillary Clinton, and whamo, Hillary is attacked, denigrated, called anti-feminist, nasty, etc…by all the commentators, and mostly all men.
All those men in the Senate, where Hillary is uniformly praised as one of best, are now moving and mostly all to support Obama, the other electable male in the race. Even Ted Kennedy is said to be on the verge of endorsing Obama. Caroline Kennedy writes in today’s Times that Obama is “a president like my father” because Obama DOES excite people. He does give a great speech. He does give hope and mouths the need for change.
But Kennedy did give excitement and hope to many of us, but when it comes to experience and substance, Kennedy’s presidency does not come across well. It was Lyndon Johnson who brought us real change, and Lyndon was the Hillary of the 1960 campaign that saw style over substance win the democratic nomination.
Hillary Clinton is clearly the most qualified of the candidates. Yet, and I believe it because she is a woman, that the male establishment is coming together to block her earned nomination even if it means electing an African American candidate for the first time. The world won’t fall apart if Obama is elected, and under different circumstances I would vote for him in a snap, but not now. But, those men who are supporting Obama now, especially South Carolina, are men who block African Americans for centuries.
The woman happens to be the most qualified of the candidates, and the men don’t like that. Conservative men in South Carolina who for centuries debased and kept in slavery black men all voted for Obama rather than have a woman. South Carolina has a sizeable black population, and they rightly voted for Obama along with conservative white Christians who don’t like Hillary or the social agenda she represents.
No, Obama is not the candidate for change any more than John Kennedy was the candidate for change. He in fact is the anti-change candidate by blocking a breaking of the highest and strongest of the glass ceilings in America and especially in American political life: the block against women of all colors as equal when it comes to running for highest political office.
Hillary Clinton has earned the Democratic nomination for president. As attractive as Obama is as a candidate, and he is, there is no man on the current American political landscape who deserves the nomination of the Democratic party over Hillary Clinton.
As Bill Clinton said, he wants to vote for Obama for President some day, but right now, Hillary—a woman—is the more qualified candidate. She is the candidate who has earned this nomination even over Obama. We need to elect her.
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Joe Scarborough has been painting Mike Huckabee as worthy of the Presidency. Mika makes it clear she has his reservations. Here's the guy Scarborough promotes:
Does Huckabee pray to Jesus with that mouth? So much for our Christ-invoking preacher. Now he's suggesting that civil rights advocates shove flag poles up their ass. Not a very nice, or mature, thing for any adult candidate to be saying, let alone the guy who says that God wants him to be president and that he's going to amend the Constitution to bring it in line with the Bible. I don't think the Bible says anything about shoving flag poles up your ass.Oh yeah, Huckabee's also hanging out with the same white supremacist that Trent Lott and far too many southern Republican racists hang out with.
[T]he former Arkansas governor told a Myrtle Beach crowd on January 17, referring to the Confederate flag. "If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell them what to do with the pole. That's what we'd do."Making coded appeals to white racism is nothing new for Huckabee. Indeed, well before he was a nationally known political star, Huckabee nurtured a relationship with America's largest white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens.
The extent of Huckabee's interaction with the racist group is unclear, but this much is known: he accepted an invitation to speak at the group's annual conference in 1993 and ultimately delivered a videotaped address that was "extremely well received by the audience."Descended from the White Citizens Councils that battled integration in the Jim Crow South, including at Arkansas' Little Rock High School, the Council (or CofCC) has been designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.In its "Statement of Principles," the CofCC declares, "We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called "affirmative action" and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races." (Thanks to AmericaBlog)
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Saturday, January 05, 2008
Democratic strategist, Peter Fenn, appears regularly on the Tucker Carlson program, and becuase I don't watch Tucker very often now that Willie Geist is on Morning Joe, thank heavens he is also regularly on other MSNBC programs. He's bright, articulate, and easily out shines when Tucker and others like Scarborough, when they start throwing their bull spins around. Peter Fenn is solid. MSNBC is moving in the right direction giving him more airtime. I also like Pat Buchanan. We have MANY differences, but at times, Pat shines, too. I also like his defense of his Catholicism.
I also like Chris Matthews , the good Irish Catholic, and his defense of his Catholic cultural background. Matthews (like Russert, Jesuit trained) and I probably have been raised in the same way (me an Irish Catholic mother/Italian father). Mass regularly, Catholic schools, etc. and in the same time frame. It was a good upbringing Tim Russert can attest, too, lol. Matthews and I also have a De Lasalle Christian Brothers connection I think, but the Franciscans were my major influence.
I particularly like Matthews confronting those, especially So. Baptists, who see Catholicism as a cult. Go Chris.
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Missing Willie Geist here. I like the Morning Joe program. I've actually changed my habits. I now get up a little earlier at 5:30 a.m. just to make sure I am ready to watch the morning news. I used to be a Today Show regular. Now it's Morning Joe. I also like Mika Brzezinski. It's a good team her and Scarborough...always going after each other in one way or another. Little too high school at times, and that's Joe's fault.
Scarborough of course as we all know is a little on the light weight side, but he is a good balance to Mika and the more intelligent guests the program books.
And then there is the unsung David Shuster. He is pretty much a regular and he towers over Scarborough intellectually. Not hard to do. His analysis of political events is thorough and generally right on target.
But then there is Willie Geist. Nice as a balance to Mika and Joe. Quiet, reserved, rather like the referee. He obviously is better educated than Joe and probably Mika. He is measured in his responses and makes sure he knows what he is talking about....unlike Joe, lol. His grasp of popular culture and sports is encyclopedic. He's a man with soul and heart...it comes across easily on the tube....
And, of course, Willie is really easy on the eyes. So like Brady...Tom...that is . not in looks but in temperment. Good Catholic boys, raised by good parents, educated and trying to do their best at their chosen professions.
Scarborough comes across as backwoods Southern the minute you meet him and his politics reflect that regional view: fundamentalist, baptist, conservative, with a very narrow world view. He's probably gotten by on his attention-demanding, insecurities-infested personality for years...I bet he's fun at parties...he's just not good at analysis...
But, heck, I'm there for Willie...in fact, as i've written, i've changed my entire morning routine to make sure I get to see him. Can't wait for him to return....
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
The Des Moines Iowa Register, while praising the other Democratic candidates in the state such as OBAMA AND EDWARDS, has made it clear that the woman we should elect as President of the U.S. is Hillary Clinton when they wrote "that Democratic challenger Barack Obama "inspired our imaginations. But it was Clinton who inspired our confidence."
Hillary is the candidate with the experience to carry out the job on day one....Hillary is the candidate that will do most for Rhode Island. I like Obama, I like Edwards, but at this time in our history a woman as president and a woman with all kinds of experience such as Hillary should be elected.
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Friday, November 02, 2007
Catholics vs. GOP
Catholics United, which routinely criticizes Republicans, is running radio ads against 10 anti-abortion House members -- including five Catholics -- for voting against the expanded State Children's Health Insurance Program. ''That's not pro-life,'' the ad says. ''That's not pro-family. Tell Congressman (blank) to vote for health care for children.''
The five Catholics are Joseph Knollenberg and Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan; Steve Chabot of Ohio; Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, and Gene Taylor of Mississippi (the only Democrat among the 10). Others targeted by Catholics United are Tim Walberg of Michigan (non-denominational Protestant); Michele Bachmann of Minnesota (Lutheran); Sam Graves of Missouri (Baptist); John Peterson of Pennsylvania (Methodist), and Thelma Drake of Virginia (United Church of Christ).
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Thursday, November 01, 2007
Everyone has probably read this NYTimes Editorial. Everyone knows that the insurance "industry" is doing in American health care and that it is time for the U.S. government to takeover health care and make it a right for all Americans just like socialized education k-12, fire depts., police depts., etc.
"The findings underscore the need to ensure that all Americans have quick access to a primary care doctor and the need for universal health coverage — so that all patients can afford the care they need. That’s what all of the presidential candidates should be talking about. "
Yeah, that's what all candidates should be talking about.....how the government can give us health care just like all those other countries in the world who give their citizens health care as a condition of their citizenship! Where is the crowd on this one?
STOP THE INSURANCE HEALTH CARE SCAMS!!! NOW!!!!
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Monday, October 29, 2007
That's it for me. No vote for Obama. He's still having this anti gay man leading his gospel campaign in South Carolina. He stands up for gays or we don't stand up for him.
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama kicked off a series of local outreach gospel concerts Friday in Charleston, South Carolina, that unexpectedly came back to bite his campaign. CNN
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Sunday, October 28, 2007
The streets were filled with thousands as labor union members, anti-war activists, clergy and others rallied near City Hall before marching to Dolores Park.
As part of the demonstration, protesters fell on Market Street as part of a "die in" to commemorate the thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi citizens who have died since the conflict began in March 2003.
The protest was the largest in a series of war protests taking place in New York, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, organizers said.
No official head count was available. Organizers of the event estimated about 30,000 people participated in San Francisco. It appeared that more than 10,000 people attended the march. More>>>>
For the Boston March news is given by the Boston Globe.