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Obama's securing the delegates necessary for the Democratic nomination has unleashed a tide of unaccustomed emotion among bloggers on Daily Kos. It's been a while, but I think it might be...hard to say now, it's been so long... it it really? ...genuine Hope?

That's Hope, yes, with a capital H.

The kind that mobilizes the disenfranchised and energizes beyond the base to include damn near everyone who would welcome being talked to like they're sentient human beings. Adult ones, at that.

Obama gives me hope that we can take back both our country and our party.

For too long the United States has been hijacked by corporate interests. All Bush II did was cut out the middle man, welcoming legislation crafted by lobbyists, something that could never have happened without the complicity of too many in Congress.

The remedy for that is a Democratic Party whose most prominent member is willing to back Joe Lieberman up against the wall for a little talk, a party whose rules forbid lobbyist $, and whose chairman is Howard Dean, author of the fifty-state strategy because you can't win the lottery of you don't play and you can't win elections if you don't run.

For most of my adult life, the Democratic Party has sat by and let the opposition define it in the most extreme terms possible when in fact, the MAJORITY of the American public favor Democratic positions.

This is not a hard one, people. Here's a few suggestions:

Make an argument, backed up by facts.

Don't buy any frames with a big red "R" on them. Wanna know when I knew Chris Dodd's campaign was toast? When I heard him talking about health care and he said something to the effect of "I don't want Harry and Louise coming after me." Please note: Harry and Louise are fictional characters. If you are a U.S. Senator who is unable to  carry an argument against people who don't even exist, you don't deserve to be that party's nominee for president.

Call out any of the chatterers who persist in asking bullshit questions. Call bullshit by its rightful name.

Tell the truth, even when it's not what we want to hear. The futures of my children and grandchildren are too important to me to allow me to fall for anything that will diminish their chances of achieving a standard of living at least as good as that my parents and I have enjoyed (and that's fairly modest, but still a LIVING - one that allows for "bread, and roses too.") Don't feel like you have to cut my taxes to save your phony-baloney jobs, not when it's my children and grandchildren who will see that debt come due. God knows we have saddled that generation with debt enough that we should all be humbly seeking Her forgiveness.

If anyone else has any suggestions for the DNC (who will receive a little remembrance from me, come next payday!), please feel free to add. These days, you just don't know, they might actually Get It.

Originally posted to LibrariAnne on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 03:59 PM PDT.

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  •  Let's oust the Blue Dogs, too. (1+ / 0-)
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    greenchiledem

    We need people who WON'T compromise and go along with Stalinist policies.

    I mean, torture?!! Secret prisons? Unregulated domestic spying? Show trials? How can anyone who doesn't vigorously oppose these crimes be welcome in the democratic party?

    When a government violates the unalienable rights of the people, it loses its legitimacy.

    by Rayk on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 04:11:36 PM PDT

    •  We can have a pure party, (0+ / 0-)

      or a party in power.  If you want the former, go back to the Greens.

      •  I want an ethical and principled party. (1+ / 0-)
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        vard

        And no invertebrates need apply.

        If you can't make a freaking argument against torture, for God's sake, please go elsewhere.

        •  I'm against a party purge. (0+ / 0-)

          This is a site for electing democrats; if you value purity over that, please go elsewhere.

        •  No such thing (0+ / 0-)

          Political parties are inherently corrupt, more so in a democracy.

          •  Democracy=equals more corrupt? (0+ / 0-)

            I don't buy that. Any organization - political, religious, whatever - is composed of people who bring to it their individual values. I don't think that lets anyone off the hook for compromising when it comes to, say, agreeing on the flimsiest of evidence to go to war. Or to compromise on torture. Oh well, it's a political party, they're all corrupt means there's nothing we can do except go along with corruption of the values held by most people in the US.

            I don't think we can or should purge anyone. What I want is for our candidates and elected officials be able to engage in debates - logical, principled debates, and to not rely on sound bites and manipulation.

            I want to elect Democrats and believe that what we've done for the last three and a half decades has been ineffective. It's time to try something else.

      •  This isn't about purity... (0+ / 0-)

        It's about not stinking to high hell. We can have a diversity of opinions within the party -- but we can't accept extreme evil...things like torture, secret prisons and a massive unregulated domestic spying program (pretending to be aimed overseas...)

        When a government violates the unalienable rights of the people, it loses its legitimacy.

        by Rayk on Fri Jun 06, 2008 at 07:44:19 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly - reread the Bill of Rights (0+ / 0-)

          Actually, reread the whole Constitution.

          Speaking of which, as an employee of a public school in Georgia, I have to take a loyalty oath. No kidding. I started to get worried a couple of years ago, as my opposition to the current administration grew. Was there anything in the fine pront that would preclude me signing such a document in good conscience? I made it a point to read the oath when contracts went out, and was much relieved to find that it was to the effect that I supported the Constitution of the United States. No problem there. In fact, I wish the president and his handlers had to sign such an oath, every year!

  •  For most of your adult life... (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats have sat back and let their Party whither away to the point of extinction. They can't take their party back because they never had it to start with.

  •  I think the Democratic Party (0+ / 0-)

    has lacked true leadership for a long time. I think we're about to get it and it's a wonderful feeling, isn't it? Barack Obama gets it. He will lead with vision and strength and perhaps the rest of the Democrats in DC will finally follow this leader of our party and not be afraid to develope leadership skills of their own. I really believe that good governance is about leadership and consensus building and I really believe Sen. Obama will set a wonderful precedent. I don't believe he will be perfect, no one is. But he understands that we must have the courage to stand up for that which we belive in, even if it's going to be a long, hard slog...and it will be. But I'm fired up and ready to go.

    •  We have to have leadership and decent candidates (0+ / 0-)

      I think Howard Dean has done a great job with the national committee. I'm in the deep South and am delighted that someone isn't writing us off.

      No one's perfect. Also, realizing what you don't know is a giant step to getting a handle on a situation. I've been more impressed with Obama than I expected. I was an Edwards supporter, and I still hope he'll turn up in some role in this next administration, but Obama won my support with the Jeremiah Wright address. A leader aware of the deep flaws we all have but able to imagine the kind of community that can - eventually- be built is what we need. Consensus building is key.

      Maybe this is, at last, a start.

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