Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Not Backing Hillary

Molly Ivins is my hero. I have been reading her columns for years. She gives hope to those of us who dare not stick our heads in the sand watching and hoping that GW will go away. I must listen to him; my sisters can’t, but I have to. I am fascinated with the things that come out of his mouth. Okay, I’ll admit, it’s a morbid fascination.

With every word Ms Ivins writes, I am filled with hope. Her column posted on Working for Change.com on 1.20.06 (Not. Backing. Hillary.) sent me over the moon with joy! It made me want to dance. She talks about the courage & leadership needed to speak out and says what needs to be done. Ms Ivins says she is not going to vote for Hillary.
Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.

She's got the facts about the mood of the country and she is not afraid to call these Democrats on the carpet.
The majority (77 percent) thinks we should do "whatever it takes" to protect the environment. The majority (87 percent) thinks big oil companies are gouging consumers and would support a windfall profits tax. That is the center, you fools. WHO ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
Do not sit there cowering and pretending the only way to win is as Republican-lite. If the Washington-based party can't get up and fight, we'll find someone who can.
We need new leadership in this country, a party or someone who listens to the people who elected them and then follows through. When he or she follows through, they still need to listen and they change course when it becomes necessary, not because we must "Stay the Course".

I have never supported any member of the Bush family and I didn’t support this one. On that night back in 2000 when the last Florida ballot was counted and we were told who would be our new president, I said to myself ‘This is bad, 4 years of Bush….But, really, it is only 4 years, How bad could it be?” I was wrong. That was the worst thing for me. My only child,
Lt Ken Ballard was killed in Iraq on 5.30.04. Because of GW's policies, my son is dead. I will not get to plan a wedding, I will have no grandchildren. Every morning I wake up and I say to myself “Now what?” My life has been forever changed and the hole in my heart will never heal.

Rahm Emanual (D-IL) as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is the man who has been charted to take back the House. I am troubled that he says the way to accomplish this daunting task is all about “winning elections”

I disagree. When he says things like that, his message to me is, it doesn’t matter what a politician stands up for, it is about winning elections. It doesn’t matter how many more American sons and daughters and how many Iraqis die, as long as Democrats win elections. I cannot tell you how much it pains me to hear that my son’s death and all of the 2225 American soldiers in Iraq is not what is important, but it is winning elections. Shame on you, Mr Emanual. I may not live in IL and I cannot vote for him, but I am his karmic constituent.

Ms Ivins said it eloquently as she always does. We owe her a BIG thank you for her bravery for writing the words that she does. We owe her a BIG thank you for speaking and writing the truth. Thank you, Molly!!

I’m not backing Hillary either. I am in good company.


brainhell said...

I'll just say that, while I do not expect to see Hillary as the nominee, she would be a whole heck of a lot better in the White House than George Bush. So let's not allow our "She's not perfect!" reaction sabotage her, and the Dems in general, in 2008.

Chancelucky said...

Yes, I'd vote for Hillary over some W surrogate, but I don't want the standard to be that low. In her time in the senate, is there an issue where Senator Clinton has shown effective leadership and vision.

I agree with MOlly Ivins, mostly we've seen her court moderate to right voters.

pogblog said...

I'm with Howard Dean on the notion of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I would certainly enthusiastically support Hillary over any Republican I can imagine them fielding.

I think, however, that it's too early to know who the zeitgeist will float to the top. I don't think Hillary's been any more craven than the other actual working politicians. It's easy to be a purist when you don't have to actually get re-elected in a country 76% of which sheep supported the insane pre-emptive Iraq debacle in the first place.

The flag burning thing was totally silly, but she needs to win big in New York to have any chance of being the first viable woman presidential candidate and upstate New York is about as progressive as a stump. Her constituent center is slightly to the right of that ole whipping boy Genghis Khan. (Except in New York City, of course.)

GSMSO said...

I'm with Chance- I don't think we should hold the bar that low. Is it so naive to expect our legislators to stand for something more than winning elections? Why does it seem we always have to vote for the lesser of evils? It's sad, but I cannot think of an election in a long while where I felt that was my vote was truly the better.

Oh, and I do vote, but not electronically. But that's 2 other issues- how do we get people to actually Get Out and Vote and do it the old fashioned way?

Only 64% of US citizens over the age of 18 voted in the 2004 Presidential election and that's pathetic. The good news is that the trend is slightly up- from 60% in 2000. That's what the US Census tells us anyway http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/004986.html

MichelleTilley said...

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deceived said...

I am sorry to say I agree. In June 8 2004 my son, a marine was wounded near Fallujah. He was on top of an humvee. his armor was too short. While in Bethesda we had the visit of a liaison from the Pentagon. He said they were doing a study because of the nature of the casualties. As I had done two previous times I tried to contact Hillary and was rudely told as before to refer the matter to the chain of command.
Last week Senator Clinton wrote a letter to the Editor in the New York Times surprised to hear about the study... I am a democrat from New York but I have found more help for my son with other members of the Armed Services Commitee like Duncan Hunter than my representative from my state. I voted for her not anymore. Deceived