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I was wrong

Obama is right. And I should have supported him from the beginning.

And bravo to him for finally putting it out there. We are bitter and resentful. Now he may not be on the mark 100% for where those emotions get displaced to, but its a good start to being honest with us. Which is a whole hell of a lot better than McCain and Clinton have been. At the end of this post you will find the full text of what was supposed to be a closed fundraiser dinner.

My father, who is neither a democrat nor an Obama or Clinton supporter, has put it more eloquently than I have been able to. We talk often about the political state of the country we both cherish so much, and even his hardcore conservative republican roots whither before what is represented by these three opponents; you are either for change, or not. With Clinton and McCain, a vote for either of them is a vote for old money and an established way of doing things. In this modern era the average American understands this as merely giving lip service to those you want votes from. That is the Clinton and McCain legacy; we’ve done it like this for so long, why change? Obama on the other hand, represents change and a new way of doing and thinking within this republic for which he wants to stand.

Clinton and McCain both (with a surprising amount of similarity in their responses) said that Obama is out of touch with the average American. Are these two stoned? Are they so wrapped up in their own elitist dogma that they actually think they know what an average american goes through? Clinton paid her own brand of lip service to Pennsylvanians when she said she met “people who are resilient, optimist positive who are rolling up their sleeves.” This reeks of Republican pull yourself up by your own bootstraps rhetoric, and makes me sick to hear it from a Democrat I once supported. McCain called his comments elitist condescension, or rather an aide did, because it seems like McCain wants to be able to distance himself from sounding like the Republican hypocrite he really is.

We have to admit there is a problem before we can even begin to fix it. It’s time to talk and I think the Obama camp said it best in their press release regarding Clinton’s and McCain’s statements.

Senator Obama has said many times in this campaign that Americans are understandably upset with their leaders in Washington for saying anything to win elections while failing to stand up to the special interests and fight for an economic agenda that will bring jobs and opportunity back to struggling communities,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.

“And if John McCain wants a debate about who’s out of touch with the American people, we can start by talking about the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans that he once said offended his conscience but now wants to make permanent.” (taken from this post)

What follows is the full text of the speech Senator Obama gave that started this. You can listen to it at this website.

“So, it depends on where you are, but I think it’s fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people feel most cynical about government. The people are mis-appre…I think they’re misunderstanding why the demographics in our, in this contest have broken out as they are. Because everybody just ascribes it to ‘white working-class don’t wanna work — don’t wanna vote for the black guy.’ That’s…there were intimations of that in an article in the Sunday New York Times today – kind of implies that it’s sort of a race thing.

Here’s how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn’t buy it. And when it’s delivered by — it’s true that when it’s delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama (laugher), then that adds another layer of skepticism (laughter).

But — so the questions you’re most likely to get about me, ‘Well, what is this guy going to do for me? What’s the concrete thing?’ What they wanna hear is — so, we’ll give you talking points about what we’re proposing — close tax loopholes, roll back, you know, the tax cuts for the top 1 percent. Obama’s gonna give tax breaks to middle-class folks and we’re gonna provide health care for every American. So we’ll go down a series of talking points.

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Um, now these are in some communities, you know. I think what you’ll find is, is that people of every background — there are gonna be a mix of people, you can go in the toughest neighborhoods, you know working-class lunch-pail folks, you’ll find Obama enthusiasts. And you can go into places where you think I’d be very strong and people will just be skeptical. The important thing is that you show up and you’re doing what you’re doing.”

Surprise! Republican hypocrites

Not wanting to turn my blog into soapbox from which to spout anti-republican rhetoric, I refrained from talking about politics too much. I announced the candidate I was going to vote for and while it appears the rest of the country does not feel the same way I do, I am glad my fellow Democrats across the nation have someone in whom to finally believe. IN the attempt to keep a politically rhetoric free blog I have kept silent about some of the goings on in the party and the race.

Not after today. And damn me for not speaking up sooner.

With the race being so close, no matter who wins the next few primaries and caucuses, the deciding factor will be the super delegates awarded at the Democratic National Convention. However, a new wrinkle in the fight has been added as Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist and Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm have come out demanding the DNC seat the delegates of their banned primaries.

I am outraged. Not only have these states selfishly violated party rules to get their primaries out in front of everyone else’s, now they come back months later to whine about the consequences. Both Florida and Michigan violated Democratic Party rules by holding their primaries before February 5th. Because of this, their delegates will not be seated at the DNC, which means their delegates will be up for grabs only at the convention. What is even more outrageous is that the Republican Governor is being so vocal about it. This is some of the worst dirty politics I have seen in a long time.

Gov. Crist had the audacity to tell the nation that not only should those primaries be allowed to count, but that their results should be untampered with and that he would only be willing to hold another primary if the Democratic Party is willing to foot the bill. Personally, I hope Howard Dean, current chair of the Democratic party, sticks to his guns and tells both states to stuff it. They both knew the rules ahead of time and Dean even promised them back long before their primaries were held that the party would help pay to move the primary dates, but both states refused.

I want to see democracy work, and I want to see people’s voices heard, but this is a society that only works because of rules. We have the most peacefully held exchange of governments in the world and it is due to the fact that everyone involved knows the rules and commits to following them before pen is ever put to paper. Now, because the Republicans want to pit McCain against Clinton rather than Obama, they are crying about how the democratic process is being mucked with. Now these two Governors have the arrogance to stand up in front of the nation and wag their little finger at the Democratic Party for following the rules when they obviously couldn’t brings out a rage in me I haven’t felt since 9/11.

Shut up Crist, you sanctimonious hypocrite, and keep your politically fueled, partisan whining about rules you broke to yourself.

I have been saying the following to friends and family for months; someone within the Democratic Party needs to stand up and give the “for the good of the party” speech. Someone from the party needs to stand up and tell these candidates they are fighting the wrong fight and wasting resources on nitpicking character attacks. Someone from the party needs to stand up and scold these two candidates for not combining forces to stand against the Republican Party. That someone isn’t me, nor is it Howard Dean, nor is it Senator Kennedy. That someone needs to be Al Gore.

Please Mr. Gore stand up for your party and do something. Stop sitting on the sidelines like the rest of the super delegates. Help your party when it needs it the most. I strongly believe that only Mr. Gore has the political clout within the party for this to succeed. It would be a bold move, but it needs to be done. McCain is getting a free ride out there because our forces are too preoccupied with this stupid character race. I am a true card-carrying Democrat and because of the platforms of BOTH candidates I will be proudly voting for a Democrat President regardless of who it is that wins the nomination. So lets stop this redundant character debate before it ruins our chances to regain the White House.

If you are a Democrat and you are also tired of the current shenanigans we find ourselves in, please go to the DNC website, the Hillary Clinton website, and the Barack Obama website to tell them.

Vote Hillary/Obama or Obama/Hillary in 08!

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