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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

John Edwards

While many of us are disappointed to see Edwards leave the race, we can all be proud of the positive, progressive tone of his campaign. He really did push all the candidates to consider carefully many progressive issues, and pushed the debate forward to the point where the Democrats are listening to important concerns beyond the big-money interests. Thank you John!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Saber Rattling

Well we can all be thankful for small miracles! Bush clearly hoped on his trip to the Middle East to find some Arab leaders willing to rattle their sabers with him against Iran. Fortunately no one has so far been willing to play that game. The Cheney/Bush regime seems intent on warmongering the world into disaster, but the rest of the world doesn't want to jump like lemmings off that cliff. Meanwhile, back in the States, many of us still don't understand why these criminals haven't yet been impeached.... we need to keep pushing Congress to grow a spine.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Senator Kerry

I'm not quite sure what to make of Senator John Kerry's endorsement of Barack Obama. Will it have an impact on the actual primaries? It's still too early to tell. What is obvious is that right now there is no democratic party establishment consensus for Hillary Clinton. Kerry's fondness for Obama has been evident ever since he chose him to speak at the 2004 convention. His endorsement now shouldn't be seen as a slap at Edwards, since the two of them were never that close. What Edwards needs more than any endorsements is to keep on winning delegates, and to bring home a first place finish in at least one primary. Again, the most heartening development in this young primary season is the large democratic turnouts so far. The country has had its fill of Republicans!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Edwards will still compete

I was very heartened by the upbeat tone of recent communications from the Edwards campaign. What he is saying is that he will still keep fighting, and this is all to the good. No matter what the future holds, we have a good strong field of democratic candidates, and the very high democratic turnouts in Iowa and New Hampshire is welcome news for our whole country. Already Edwards has done good things for his party by forcing all Democrats in the race to present sound, well-thought-out progressive agendas for our nation. I do hope Edwards can win some of the next few contests and continue to push home his populist, progressive message!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Big day in Iowa

When the DesMoines Register endorsed Hillary Clinton a while back they expressed fear that Edwards' "harsh anti-corporate rhetoric would make it difficult to work with the business community to forge change." On the contrary, it is only because John Edwards is willing to stand up to big money interests that he may be able to forge change.

Workers with unions behind them gain better treatment than workers who take whatever the boss feels like giving. That's because the unions force companies to negotiate. Well-meaning folks have been asking the big-money interests to voluntarily do the right thing for many decades. Occasionally, some of them surprise us, and listen to the voices of outrage enough to be moved to real change. More often, it takes a lot of struggle to get big-money interests to budge even an inch in the right direction. Companies like FraudEx and WalMart deserve to hear more than harsh rhetoric-- they deserve to be held to account for their crimes. John Edwards stared down corporate malefactors as a trial attorney, and that is a good thing. His adversarial response, to the most greedy and abusive excesses of corporate bullies, is both more reasonable and more conducive to pushing real change than a naive belief in the good will of the "business community." John Edwards in 2008!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

John Edwards rallies supporters in Mason City.

John Edwards fires up the faithful out in Iowa. From what I've seen in New Hampshire, Edwards has motivated a huge base of very dedicated volunteers!