January 17, 2009

Just a quick tweet of a post to notify the world that I claim the coinage of “OBAMANEBRIATION” as my own.  Know it.  Use it.  Do it.  Love it.

Yes We Can!


I Endorse Barack Obama

November 2, 2008

On Tuesday, when the polls close we will not find ourselves sighing, “almost…so close.” We will not let our patriotism…our unity…our visions and plan for a better, stronger, and more secure America be broken by the extreme right-wing political strategists and religious extremists. We will not let them destroy our hope. We have not been dreaming. We are wide awake. Awakened to an administration that would rather wage an unjust ware than ensure that our workers’ toil be fore fair wages. Awakened to a congress held stagnant by partisan hackery and a refusal to compromise locally-held values with the overall common good of our nation. Awakened to an economy cheated into dysfunction by corporate greed and immorality, encouraged by tax loopholes and favors handed over to lobbyists in place of fair, responsible, and reserved use of regulations. Awakened to a society that has been manipulated and misled by our government to bicker, prejudge, and attempt to restrict one another’s rights and civil liberties, rather than fight together for the shared promise of an even greater America for all its citizens. But being awake is only the beginning of this new day in our nation. Today, it is time to get to work.

Our hope must inspire action. We can not hold our government accountable for their failures, if we allow ourselves to fail too in bringing about the change we need. We must work together. We must reach out and inspire the same action in others who share our love for America. We must meet political and cultural differences with compassion and understanding, and teach the power and importance of bringing out in one another all that we have in common, and not that which divides us. And we must declare – declare and demand – that our next President will also work for the best in all of us, rather than playing on the worst of our divisive, basest impulses, and will serve for our liberty, justice, and common good for all.

I am sick and tired of being called “naïve” and “inexperienced,” and being told that I “don’t understand” just because I do not agree with John McCain. I have experienced more than enough to hold our leaders accountable for their decisions, actions, and words. I understand that the Presidency requires incredible responsibility and proven ability. I also understand that John McCain has dodged and shirked much of the responsibility of a Senator to always serve for our ideals, and not for political advantage at the expense of the common good. I understand that John McCain has repeatedly proven himself to lack the judgment to stand up for America’s best interests. And yet he still tries to belittle me solely because he has been in Congress longer, and has made more decisions through his long career. But the quantity of decisions made, bills sponsored, votes placed, and stands taken is all but inconsequential…what we rely on is not the lengths of our leaders’ political careers or the number of experiences they have had in office, but the quality of their character, their drive to do what is right for America, and their consistency in serving with honor, with honesty, and always with good judgment. Barack Obama has proven to us that he never sets aside his best judgment, and has remained committed to our nation throughout ever moment and every decision of his career. And this unfaltering dedication, insight, and understanding are why Obama is exactly the right person to lead our nation through these times of crucial change.

This election is not about choosing between Democrats or Republicans, liberal or conservative, left or right, progressive or reactionary. This election is about our ability to call for real change, and our moral obligation to make it happen. Barack Obama is not just our best option, but the only candidate who can and will lead all of us through the change we need. Whether you agree or disagree with every plank of his entire political platform, Barack Obama will stand for you, and you will share in the benefit that he will help bring to all Americans.

Today is a day for change. Today is a day to look within ourselves, at our neighbors and fellow Americans, and at the world around us, and to seize on this moment, this opportunity to make our future better. Today—and everyday—we embody the full potential of the American Dream, and like our greatest generations before us we will pull this dream ever closer to becoming a full reality. We will push ourselves and this great nation ever closer to living up to our ideals.

Barack Obama shares these ideals. And with our work, support, and allegiance – not just toward this presidential campaign but through a continuing dedication to serving our communities and our nation day after day, year after year, president after president, and generation after generation – we will succeed. We will continue to build an even greater America. Because we are America.

Barack Obama will lead us with Passion, devotion, and honor. But President Obama will not be the only one who helps us achieve this dream for a better future. We the people must come together to serve our nation alongside our President. From entering public service to teaching our kids, advocating for just causes, and contributing to business which strengthens our economy and fulfils our needs – and yes, even community organizing – we will join President Obama in leading together. We will lead our nation to the future that we and our children deserve. We can change our nation. We will change our world. Nothing is beyond our reach, if we work together to make these changes that we believe in, and that we need.

In his Annual Message to Congress on December 3, 1861, Abraham Lincoln underscored the lasting importance of the decisions facing a country at a crossroads, “The struggle of today is not altogether for today — it is for a vast future also.”

This time, on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, we must look back together on constant effort, commitment, and work to ensure that America votes for the best candidate for the office of the Presidency. And we must look forward together to continued contribution, dedication, and progress. This way, we will not be sighing, “almost…so close.” We will cheer together. We will declare together that we have just begun to take part in the proud story that is American History. And together we will realize an ever greater American Future.

Together, we will continue today, tomorrow, November 4, January 20, and every day in between and after. We will continue to strengthen this nation and its ideals. We will continue to hope, to dream, to unite, and to pursue this vision of an even greater America. We will continue to work to ensure a better future. Yes. We Can. And yes. We will.

“Today democracy, liberty, and equality are words to fool the people. No nation can progress with such ideas. They stand in the way of action. Therefore we frankly abolish them. In the future, each man will serve the interest of the state with absolute obedience. Let he who refuses beware.”
– Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator (1940)

The Republican National Committee Platform Hearings on C-SPAN (videos)

September 10, 2008

I caught some of the RNC Platform Hearings on C-SPAN the week before their convention. It’s pretty fascinating, if you’re into politics, government, and/or public service. Their discussions were also also surprisingly candid and overt — they put their many of overall goals and values out there regardless of how acceptable they’d be for the average American, be that a moderate voter or a member of the cultural mainstream (for example ultimate dissolution of the US Department of Education was a policy idea that gained general approval). But the committee tended to shape the final issues and stances they advance in their official platform so that the agenda would seem more amenable, with its underlying values and motivations hidden. Except the meetings were on film, and you can watch these clips to see how the RNC arrived at their platform.

I have arranged the following links in chronological order. The actual titles of the clips on the C-SPAN pages don’t always reflect the same part number that the links below indicate, but this is the correct order of the proceedings so I formatted the list so it’d be easiest to navigate.

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Palin’s “New-Clear” Energy Experience?!?

September 4, 2008

After watching Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech for the Republican party’s nomination for Vice President, I went to the RNC’s web site to try to find a video to review a couple points.  The video wasn’t up, but a full transcript of her speech was.  For such a seasoned “executive,” Palin seems to be fairly behind the curve in terms of some of the alternative energies.  Sure, she and her party love to “drill, baby, drill!”  But when it comes to the intricacies of nuclear power, Palin couldn’t even pronounce the name of the technology without a refresher in the form of phonetic spellings to help her out.

About 2/3 of the way through the transcript:

“Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines … build more new-clear plants … create jobs with clean coal … and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.”

Funnier still, if her speech writers and coaches were going to help her avoid misspeaking in the first place, they might have helped ween her off her concern for “eye-rack.”  Unless this is just one giant GOP conspiracy to distract the electorate, luring their eyes onto a nice rack, so that they can snatch the election.  So to speak.

Full text of the transcript:  “Remarks by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin” (from the RNC Web site,

Biden a Gamble? (No.) Hillary Amazing? (Yes.)

August 30, 2008

I typed most of this as comments under “McCain Picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin” (DCist).

Delaware might be a small state, but it still has more people than Alaska. Plus, look at how many national and even multinational corporations are incorporated in Delaware. Representing Delaware in the US Senate for 35 years is not experience that should be overlooked. Biden is not a gamble.

Some interesting stats:

Populations by area
Alaska – 683,478
Delaware – 864,764
City of Chicago – 2,833,321
Arizona – 6,338,755
Illinois – 12,852,548
(source: Wikipedia)

And as far as Hillary being an amazing candidate, yes…she was amazing. Both she and Obama energized millions of new voters to register and in many cases contribute their time to political advocacy and grassroots campaigning. And both of them have staked their entire careers on helping Americans everyday, and progressively reforming the government so that it can best serve the people.
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August 29, 2008

There’s no way PUMAs ever truly supported either the Democratic Party or Hillary Clinton’s platform. They’re just republicans, sexist misandristic zealots, or both. And the media would do both campaigns a favor by dropping their shovels, and not stirring up so much shit on the matter. Only someone with their head far, far up into the obscure squalor within the deepest depths of their bowels oblivious to the basic facts would support Hillary and then turn around to vote for a ticket that includes someone like Sarah Palin.

    Sarah Palin’s political positions

  • anti-choice
  • anti-healthcare

  • anti-gay
  • anti-environmental
  • anti-public education

  • anti-polar bear
  • anti-social justice

  • anti-religious freedom
  • anti-civil rights

  • pro-oil
  • pro-creationism
  • pro-homeschooling
  • pro-gun
  • pro-trickledown economics
  • pro-religious & socioeconomic hegemony

That’s not standing up for Hillary, Democratic values, or women’s rights. It’s not good journalism, either. It’s Karl Rove style manipulative misinformation, and insults the voters’ intelligence.

Rachel Maddow is right…we’re becoming a “post-rational” society, Mad Hatters sipping slanderous cups of tea and turning our backs on leadership that actually makes sense.

Past Decisions…

August 29, 2008

I posted the following in response to comments on “McCain Picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin” (DCist)

erahk0 [commenter who suggested that Obama/Biden have yet to prove themselves in the office of Pres/VP], I realize that Obama and Biden are politicians. But they have free will in choosing what policies they support, and what words they use to promote them. Further, neither one agrees 100% along party lines, and it is up to them where to differ and where to agree. So assuming they’ll at least try to accomplish some of the items on their platform, Obama/Biden would start off in a much better direction than McCain. And I have faith that they, along with all those tens of millions of active supporters out there will keep the momentum through the election, and turn speech and ideas into action and change. Sure no candidate is perfect (except Colbert!), but at least I respect and appreciate most of what the Dems stand for. Whereas the Republicans like to treat gays, women, ethnic minorities, the poor, children, the middle class, the ailing, prisoners, and anyone who doesn’t ignorantly and hypocritically thump a bible around all like shit…and that discrimination extends from their platform through their speeches all the way into failed government.

And kelly5612 [another commenter who brought up the issue], I believe most of the misogyny in the comments is intended in jest…which might not necessarily be PC, but isn’t as bad as putting someone onto the ticket just because she is a woman.
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Elitism, Education, Records of Reform, and Realization of Reality

August 29, 2008

More thoughts since McCain debuted his running mate, Sarah Palin:

How is it that education and learning have been attacked as weaknesses by the GOP this election cycle? Isn’t it a crucial part of the point of school to equip us to work better and make successful decisions in our careers? Education is not elitist. The exclusive access to education based on the wealth into which one is born, rather than individual potential and achievement, is elitist.

Further, education helps people lead the most successful, secure, and adaptable lives. Denying or limiting access to education robs people of this potential and ability to thrive, harming their livelihood. Instead of contributing even more to their families, communities, and country, these people are unjustly left unable to compete. Potential brilliance must not be extinguished, yet conservative politics does just that in order to maintain policies that favor them at the expense of the common good.

Here’s how our current tickets stack up:
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Questioning Experience?

August 29, 2008

Obama was elected to the US Senate in 2004. Palin won the Alaskan Governorship in 2006. Both have been involved in community-based public service since the early 90’s. But the argument that either candidate has more experience than the other misses the point anyway.

Both Senators and governors serve in highly visible positions of great responsibility and influence. The question is not who has the most experience, but who has the right experience.
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Yes, Hillary’s Gas Tax Holiday is a Gimmick…and Awful Policy.

May 2, 2008

Not that I don’t hate the energy companies’ profiteering, but how can Hillary justify paying for her political smoke and mirrors act of dropping the gas tax by raising taxes on oil companies?  How can we determine exactly at what level profits become “excess profits”?  How does Hillary distinguish the oil industry from other mega-profitable, ultrawealthy corporations and individuals?

Instead of focusing only on the oil companies because their price increases have been particularly visible, and only for the benefit of a short-term tax break, a more broadly encompassing solution with a long-term focus is required. Read the rest of this entry »