Archive | April, 2008

To hell with Hillary Clinton

19 Apr

I can’t tolerate it any longer. Senator Clinton, who has been campaigning as if she’s the Republican in this race for a while now, has attacked the Democratic voters who want to change the direction of this country. She stood by while George Stephanopolous and Charles Gibson hit Obama with stupid questions during the debate. Her supporters have threatened House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that if Hillary is not the nominee, they will withhold funds from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee–and just this weekend, it appears those supporters are now threatening DNC chair Howard Dean as well.

Hillary thinks that somehow she has this divine right to be President.

Bullcrap. Pure, unadulterated bullcrap.

It has come out that she’s blasted MoveOn.org (an organization created to help her husband during the impeachment mess, for God’s sake!!!) for being “activist” in the party and messing up her campaign. Good move, Senator Dimwit–alienate those whose votes you’ll need in the increasingly unlikely chance you’re the nominee.

Senator Tweedledum, when Georgie and Charlie were asking inane questions during this past week’s debate, why didn’t you speak up and say “Gentlemen, Senator Obama and I came here to debate the real issues confronting this nation, not to play games with these trivial little press items.” Doing so would have made you look smart, but maybe you’re not that bright.

Senator Nincompoop, why haven’t you told your donors that even if you’re not the nominee, this nation needs a Democratic Congress, so leave Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Dean alone? Perhaps you really don’t care about this nation.

One of my biggest complaints about the Republicans who are in DC today is that they are not interested in governing this nation. They’re interested in ruling. They want the power, and they don’t care how bad they foul things up to keep the power. What’s good for the country isn’t good enough for them.

But now, Senator Clinton, you’re behaving the same way. You’re interested only in winning–at any cost. You don’t give a damn about the things you say are important to you. How about Roe v. Wade? If your supporters end up handing the Senate to the Republicans, do you think you’ll see Justices Stevens and Ginsburg–who are just barely holding on, praying for a Democrat to win the White House–replaced by like-minded jurists? If you do, you’re either blinded by your own ambition or you’re as dumb as the average paperweight.

Senator, there is only one way that you would ever–ever–get my vote in November. That’s if, by some miracle, Indiana just might throw its electoral votes to you instead of Senator McCain. Otherwise, I’m not voting for you. I’ll never vote for McCain, but today I can’t say that you’re not just as bad as he is. You may say you want to do X, Y and Z for this country, but your behavior tells me that you believe it’s YOU who has the sole right to do X, Y and Z–and you’ll do everything you can to make sure that Senator Obama cannot do X, Y and Z if he wins the nomination or even the White House.

You, Senator, are no patriot, and you should be ashamed.

How to tell if you’re a liberal

16 Apr

A few years ago, I wrote an essay that argues the U.S. population is more liberal than conservative–based on their opinions, not on how people label themselves. I lost that thing, but feel inspired to re-create it today, using updated polling information. All the data supporting these points can be found at the Center For American Progress, which uses polling data from the major surveys.

Here are some positions that are often characterized as “liberal,” and some information on how many Americans support these positions.

  • The government is doing a poor or fair job of addressing problems in the financial markets. Conservatives like to argue that regulating the financial markets is bad, but 80% of Americans believe the government is doing a poor (41%) or only fair (39%) job in dealing with the problems. If thinking we need to do a better job solving problems in our financial markets means we might be liberal, then 80% of us might be liberal.
  • We need to increase fuel efficiency in our cars, trucks, and SUVs. This is a classic liberal position, and it’s one that 90% of Americans agree with.
  • We need to increase federal funding for research into alternative sources of energy like wind or solar power. Another predictable liberal position, one that attracts 81% of the American public.
  • We need to spend more money on public transportation (buses, subways, trains). Largely a belief held by the “tree huggers,” 72% of the population agrees with this position.
  • Our health care system needs serious improvement. A surprising 80% of Americans are dissatisfied with the health care in the US as a whole.
  • The government should make sure people have health care coverage. If you believe this, 64% of your fellow Americans agree with you.
  • The global climate crisis must be addressed immediately. Fifty-nine percent believe we need to take “major steps” on global warming “very soon.”
  • Government has a responsibility to help people who work hard achieve the American Dream (a good job, housing, enough to eat, health care, etc.). This is a position that some could easily call communist, but a huge 84% of the American people agree with the idea.
  • We should forget tax cuts and invest in schools, health care, and job training. An impressive 61% of Americans are willing to pass on tax cuts in favor of spending money in these areas.
  • Labor unions are a good thing. This one surprised me: 59% of the population approve of labor unions, while only 29% do not approve.
  • Unions help their members for the most part. This one surprised me too–71% of Americans believe that unions mostly help their members as opposed to hurting their members.
  • Abortion should remain legal in certain circumstances. Forty-nine percent of the country considers itself pro-choice while 45% considers itself pro-life. But 62% would not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
  • The government should guarantee every citizen enough to eat and a place to sleep. If this isn’t an ultra-liberal position, I don’t know what is, but 69% of Americans agree with it.
  • Government is responsible for caring for those who cannot care for themselves. Another liberal position that is often derided by conservatives, yet 69% of the country holds this position.
  • We should expand subsidized day care. The French provide day care to parents at no charge, and 85% of Americans believe we should expand day care subsidies.
  • We need to increase the minimum wage. A strong 85% of the people agree.
  • We should increase spending on medical care for the poor. Another example where 83% of the population holds a liberal view.
  • Food stamps should be more available to the poor. Ronald Reagan may have talked about welfare queens, but 61% say not enough people receive food stamps.
  • The government should guarantee a minimum income. This sounds like another ultra-liberal/communist position, but 57% of Americans believe it.
  • We should increase housing for the poor. This position is supported by 75% of the population.

As you can see, these are some classic “liberal” beliefs, but they enjoy very strong support among the American people. A lot of people may reject the “liberal” label, but their thinking makes them more liberal than they might realize.

If you looked at the list above and agreed with most of those positions, it’s okay. We liberals tend to be a welcoming bunch. Come on in, the water’s fine. 🙂

This is why I like Obama

14 Apr

I went to see him in South Bend last week. Very cool experience, impossible to describe here.

But this video on YouTube shows you what the man is all about.

Watch all of it–you’ll be glad you did.