Posts Tagged 'Politics'

Here Comes the Sun

I don’t hide the fact that I am a Democrat and that I supported Barack Obama from the moment he was the front runner in the Democratic primaries. There are many reasons why I am a Democrat and I am not going to bore anyone with that list here. I do, however, want to make note of a few things (and perhaps some of my reasons for being a Democrat will show through).

First I want to say that although in the end I was very much against everything that Bush said and did, I was not totally in that camp. Clearly when he was running against Al Gore back in 2000 I supported Gore, however, I had more of a wait and see policy. It was very obvious that Bush was and still is a major supporter of Israel and for that I will be forever thankful. I think that due to Bush our Country will, for the foreseeable future, be a very pro Israel country. It was not until the Iraq war that I became totally dissatisfied with the Bush administration. I did give him the benefit of the doubt at first, and I really wish that the Republican right would extend the same courtesy to Obama. Everything I read from the right has been so anti Obama it actually pains me to read it at times.

If you look at Rush Limbaugh’s web site, the top headlines read “Obama Executive Orders put Politics over National Security” and “I want Obama’s Policies to Fail”. And even worse “Greg Craig, Our 44th President.” Obama has spent 2 full working days in office and this is what they have to say. Why can’t they wait and see what things are going to be like before they criticize. Of course I understand that someone like Limbaugh is partly entertainment and that the ultra left may have spouted off similarly when Bush won office. But truth be told, are we better off now than we were 8 years ago when Bush became President? I think the answer is an obvious no, and I would love to hear the reasons why someone would answer yes. Let’s wait and see what happens over the next year. When Bill Clinton became president, things were not in the best of shape, but after eight years in the White House, our country was doing the best it had been in many years.

So to my Republican friends, take a deep breath and wait and see.

Second, I am very excited about Obama’s first executive order, issued on his first full day in office. It spells out an ethics pledge that any new governmental appointee will need to sign. You can read it here.

And third, as to the closing of secret overseas prisons and Guantanamo Bay I am also happy about this. Obama said this afternoon “Our ideals give us the strength and moral high ground” to combat terrorism. Where I hear this I am reminded about what Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1775 “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

So in honor of the first days of the Obama administration….

Why I am a Democrat

Primary season is almost over and all focus will now be put on the Presidential election in November.  Of course the title of this post is not something I can just easily sit down and write.  There are many reasons why I am a democrat and the video and link below may be caricatures, but they are somewhat accurate.

I remember in the 80s talk of the “Moral Majority“.  This was actually a political group which was the beginnings of the organized Christian right.  But the name was meant to evoke the sense that the majority of Americans were on their side and that morals were their driving force.  But it seems to me that was really an illusion that was used to try and get votes for the Republican Party.

I like to use a phrase that has usually been used by the Republicans.  I believe that the “Silent Majority” in America are really moral people and see the war in Iraq for what it really is.  These are people who believe in a woman’s right to choose and that guns should not be so easy to just go and purchase.  The right would like you to think that this majority of people are really following their agenda, but I really believe that most people in America are much more middle of the road than they would have you think.  It is just marketing that gets the right to where it is (and perhaps it is time for the left to realize that).

Anyway, no more sermonizing.  I have two thinks that I hope you will look at.  First is an advertisement that was put in many Jewish newspapers a month ago.  It is part of a campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition (if ever there was an oxymoronic statement!)  They got a few prominent American Jews to say that they were Democrats and why they are now Republicans.  This one is by Dennis Prager (whom I could write a book about).  Take a look at the last statement.  “The Republican Party fights evil.  The Democratic Party fights carbon dioxide emissions.”  Well Dennis, in trying to spell out why people should be Republicans, you actually make the point why we are Democrats!  There will always be evil to fight.  We need to still be here to continue that fight.

The 2nd thing is a clip from the movie 1776.  I have talked about this musical before and it is one of my favorites.  I need to say a bit about the song though.  When the show was made into a movie, the producer, Jack Warner, showed it to his friend, President Richard Nixon in the White House.  Nixon saw this scene and felt it was an insult to him personally and to the Republican Party.  So Warner had it removed from the film and ordered that the scene be destroyed without any copies.  Luckily there was a copy left and a few years ago a director’s cut was release with the scene intact.  The song makes even more sense today and it probably was meant as an insult to the Republican party when the Musical was written.

Politics have always been very partisan, even at the founding of our country.  It is up to us to figure out what is best for America.

Little Super Tuesday

So today our fellow Americans in Texas and Ohio may very well decide who will be the next Democratic candidate to run for President. I must admit that when I did vote last month I was unsure who I was going to vote for right up until I went into the booth.I am a democrat. I vote democrat and I shudder to think of four more years of republicans in the white house. Looking at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it seems to me that they are basically the same thing. Their platforms are similar and their voting record is similar. Either one would probably be a fine president. What I think we should look at, then, is which one of them will be better suited to beat McCain in November.

I am not sure what the answer to that question is. Clinton certainly plays the experience card a lot, and she certainly has more than Obama. Will that allow her to win? Maybe. But one thing that I think is interesting. Clinton was trailing in the polls in New Hampshire back in January but when the voting was over, she won. Through the use of exit polling it was shown that she got more votes from women than had been anticipated. I think this is significant in that when people enter the voting booths in November, many women will pull the lever on her name because she is a woman. Will that be enough to get her elected? I don’t know. But it is probable that the presidential election will be as close as the last two presidential elections. Just a few thousand votes can easily make the difference.

I don’t know what today’s outcome will be, but either way, I hope that we will be able to bring another democrat to the white house next year.

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