Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny. -- Daniel Webster

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dissatisfaction with Democrats Growing

I firmly believe the old axiom that politics is the art of the possible. So in recent years as elections approached and as the Republican Party turned ever further rightward, I saw the importance of voting for Democrats, virtually without exception.

And there are, in fact, two glaring exceptions in my record. These were times when it was obvious the Republican was not going to win but times when the Democrat was odious for various reasons. The first occasion was the Clinton re-election campaign of 1996. After Clinton abandoned the poor and jobless in this country through what I came to call "welfare deform," I could not bring myself to vote for him. Clearly, I would have voted for Clinton if I thought it necessary to stop the Republican nominee (Dole).

The second occasion was in 2008 amidst the thrilling clamor of the Obama crowd. My reasons here were two-fold. By far the biggest reason was the controversy -- still unresolved -- surrounding Obama's Constitutional fitness for office. I had read enough about the doubts about his citizenship to have doubts of my own. (The amount of money spent by Obama to fight the lawsuits, plus his refusal to release key records and documents were tell-tale signs to me.) I also saw him as insufficiently demonstrative of a certain mettle in combating the corporate control of our country. Additionally, I felt his credentials for the Presidency to be thin.

History will tell whether I was right in these decisions.

Now comes an interesting article by a long-time Democrat who says she is bolting. Whatever one may think of the sexual status of the writer, her views deserve a hearing. Her feelings are by no means unique.

What to do about the situation is another matter. I recommend thoughtfulness and caution. Simply abandoning Democratic candidates by itself is only an action of protest and not a strategy for political reform. Some of the characteristics of that reform have been dealt with here in the past. I plan to take up more in the future.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A New Congress

Today begins what has been dubbed Continental Congress '09. This convention, starting today near Chicago, seeks to enlighten and inspire delegates and others to resist what has been seen to be Constitutional violations by the current Congress in Washington.

There is ever so much to say about all this. The convention, itself, shows this by a jam-packed schedule of speakers. Of course, I cannot necessarily endorse everything that will be said here.

At any rate, I invite us all to check out the video of this conference. (I hope to have the direct link soon. For now, refer to the link below.) It could prove to be most interesting and, yes, even inspiring.


Friday, November 06, 2009

A Non-Serious Illness in a Serious Time

These last couple of weeks I have dealt with a bad cold to one extent or another. On the mend now, things were serious enough that I had to be down for two and a half days doing essentially nothing.

This at a time of near-hysteria surrounding swine flu. With charges and counter-charges swirling, and with misinformation rather rampant in the media, it is a wonder we all have our sanity.

At any rate, being ill does slow one down. I am grateful to be starting to feel better. I look forward to being at full strength soon.

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