Back on April 5th I wrote about how Obama's latest betrayal of cutting Social Security benefits may be the last straw for me, the line in the sand in which I would switch to Un-Affiliated.
Well, it looks like Howard Dean, at least once the head figure of the "Democratic Wings of the Democratic Party", is feeling the same way.
On Sunday night, Dean tweeted that the restoration of some defense sequestration cuts contained in Obama's budget proposal were a step too far when coupled with the president's entitlement cut proposal that progressives like Dean are already livid about.
"If this is true I may have to become an independant [sic]," Dean wrote, before linking to an April 10 article by Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Josh Green.
Dean doubled down on his threat to leave the part in an interview with BuzzFeed Monday. The White House did not respond directly, but an official did push back Monday on the thrust of Dean's attacks.
"I just think that's unacceptable," Dean said. "If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party. If this were passed with Democratic votes, I think it would be impossible to be Democrat."
Howard Dean was one of the few Dems making sense to me back in 2003 when the Dems were wrapped up in war fever. I was desperate to hear sane voices in the early Bush years and Howard Dean's voice was one of the few that spoke for me back in those dark years. Once again, Dean speaks for me with his latest comments that reflect on our Dem leadership.
Coming from the past Chair of the Democratic Party, you know that something is very wrong in today's "leadership" of the Democratic Party. Surely Howard Dean isn't the only one thinking the same. There must be many of us who can't stand what is and has been happening to the Party for some years now, but coming to a head with Obama's latest betrayals.
As I mentioned in my April post, I've been a Dem for 37 years, a precinct chair, a state delegate. I would add, I didn't leave the Party, it left me via our current leadership's irresponsible decisions that are straying more and more every year from Democratic Party values. The current leadership seems to have low regard for it's base. Perhaps they will value my vote more as an Independent.
Yeah, I know that over the past couple of years more than a few of us here in Kos-land thought we couldn't bring ourselves to vote in 2012 for BHO. It turns out that many of us are not that idealistic, foolish, lacking in self interest, or whatever. Most of us ARE voting and we're voting for BHO and the Democratic ticket. Some of us have even donated to BHO's campaign, and certainly for our local Dems running for state and national office.
This article by Daniel Ellsberg over at Alternet is perfect to send to any last lefty hold-outs.
I mean if Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky are pulling the lever for BHO, maybe those last lefty hold-outs that you know can be convinced. This is especially important for those living in swing states. Ellsberg thinks the dis-illusioned progressives who can be brought to vote can be the difference in a win or loss.
To those who really, really like BHO and don't like those of us who criticize him, be forewarned that Ellsberg doesn't pull his punches as to why he doesn't like the POTUS.
BUT, he has this to say:
It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013.
And, Ellsberg goes on to explain:
Romney/Ryan administration would be no better -- no different -- on any of the serious offenses I just mentioned or anything else, and it would be much worse, even catastrophically worse, on a number of other important issues: attacking Iran, Supreme Court appointments, the economy, women’s reproductive rights, health coverage, safety net, climate change, green energy, the environment.
Ellsberg goes on to quote Noam Chomsky:
“The Republican organization today is extremely dangerous, not just to this country, but to the world. It’s worth expending some effort to prevent their rise to power, without sowing illusions about the Democratic alternatives.”
Following that logic, he’s said to an interviewer what my friend heard me say to Amy Goodman: “If I were a person in a swing state, I’d vote against Romney/Ryan, which means voting for Obama because there is no other choice.”
I am posting this not to stir up old battles, but to provide a tool for those of you who personally know lefty's who are sitting this election out, or writing in someone's name. Ellsberg and Chomsky are respected amongst the dis-illusioned crowd. Maybe reading their words will get some of them to come to their senses and get to the voting booth.
Sorry this isn't a slick diary... I'm real rusty at this.
Why the hell isn't it a Democrat making a speech in strong defense of the principles of WikiLeaks?
It's a rhetorical question. I know the answer: the Third Rail in American politics is not Social Security; the Third Rail has become anything that threatens huge corporate profits, and, in extension, the American Empire.
Democrats are showing that they are almost (being kind here) as complicit as Republicans in working, not for the American people, but for our Corporate Overlords.
WikiLeaks mission of governmental and corporate transparency is creating a hysterical reaction from our Congressional corporate servants of both parties. Heaven forbid the world's plebes look behind the curtain of ever increasing secrecy by our governments.
It is a breath of fresh air to hear the truth spoken, no matter who speaks it. In recent days I find it interesting --and really sad --that hope-inspiring truth is coming from non-Democrats.
It was revealed today by the WH that Bush was treated for Lyme diseaselast year. His doctors described it as "early, localized Lyme disease" after developing the characteristic bullseye rash.
It is interesting that this was not revealed last year, but rather it showed up in his "past medical history" section of this years report. Lyme is a serious medical problem. I would take it that since it was in "past medical history" it is believed to be "cured".
I speak as a person with lyme and as a medical professional practicing clinical medicine as a PA for 20+ years. I had my lyme diagnosed in 2005 after a vague, undiagnosed illness of 8 years.
This race is still within grasp of winning. When the votes are counted, they are going Larry's way. Robin Hayes, the Republican incumbent, now has only a 329 vote lead over Kissell, making this the tightest recount race in the country.
Thank you Larry for counting every vote. This is just another example of why we have rallied all over the country for you. We need Democrats like you in congress.
It's not over in NC-08 folks. Larry Kissell, our real-deal progressive 'everyman' may yet be going to congress.
NC has a terrific young progressive state party chair in Jerry Meek. He has been a huge booster of Larry Kissell and the grassroots and netroots. (Kos writes about Meek in Crashing the Gate).
Just got this email from NC Dem Party Chair, Jerry Meek, on behalf of Larry:
I don't really have time to do this story justice but I wanted to diary it so that perhaps someone with more time can elaborate.
As many of you know, the US is building itself one of the largest, most secretive embassies in the world for Baghdad.
It will equal Vatican City in size (more than 100 acres).
The construction site has never allowed journalists to vistit, but word is leaking out from hired American contractors about unbelievable brutal, inhumane treatment of the third world labor force.
Asia Times has the story here,http://www.atimes.com/...
"If Democrats win back the House, this guy gets all the credit". http://americablog.blogspot.com/...
Thus declares John Aravois over at his blog, Americablog.com. "This guy" being Rahm Emmanuel. Aravois even labels a photo attached to his post of a snow-capped mountan peak, "Mount Rahm".
Anyone who visits Americablog knows John to be a passionate, if not sometimes hyperbolic (but that's his charm) guy. Seems Rahm has John Aravois's fancy now, everyone else be damned.
Too bad none of Aravois's readers agree with his declaration (ok, only one or two out of 85 posts agree with him). The comments take John to task for not giving credit to others, such as Dean, the grassroots, the netroots, the 50-state strategy, etc...
The AP called it "a face-to-face verbal assault on President Bush". The Charlotte Observer called it "a first amendment moment". http://www.charlotte.com/...
"It" being 61yo patriot Harry Taylor dressing Bush down at his appearance at Central Piedmont Community College.
"Speaking from the balcony of a theater at Central Piedmont Community College, the 61-year-old commercial real estate broker had laced into Bush for his conduct of the war on terror, his environmental record and his opposition to legalized abortion.
Yep, top US scientists are going to Asian shores where cutting-edge reality-based thinking is appreciated. Another thanks-for-nothing to the faith-based anti-science party that is driving America's top scientist from our shores and America's reputation for scientific innovation and discovery into the ground. I wonder how many others have left or are planning to leave?
I apologize in advance if this has been diaried. I tried a search but couldn't come up with anything.
This is a speech that Harold Pinter -- British playwright, poet and political activist -- gave on December 7, 2005 as his Nobel Lecture for having been awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature. http://tinyurl.com/...
It is amazing to me that such a blistering speech could have been given at such an internationally acclaimed forum as the Nobel Prize Lectures, and yet so many of us had not heard that this speech was even delivered. Our international corporate media have become very good at not allowing this kind of US criticism to surface.
National DFA List candidates (and locally DFA endorsed) Holly Jones (24%) and Robin Cape (20%) win seats on Asheville city council, from a field of six. http://tinyurl.com/...
Ashveville elects it's first black mayor (Terry Bellamy), and a woman at that! She smashed her Repub opposition with 56% of the vote IN THE SOUTH! She's not really a full-on social progressive (in my book) but it's a wonderful historic win, AND a democrat rather than a Repub. http://tinyurl.com/...
And, since Terry Bellamy will vacate her current Asheville City Council seat for mayor, another seat will open up.
If we play our cards right, the 4th highest vote getter, a 29yo male, progressive Dem carpenter-- Bryan Freeborn-- will also be seated on the council -- for a progressive majority (that sounds nice to say!).
Hard work pays off (finally)!