Friday, June 10, 2005

Stop the Bickering!

"Peace" by Sarah Jacobs

I read a post tonight about how disappointing John Kerry was. He hadn't presented the Downing Street Memo to the Senate yet, and everyone was piling on.

Or how Howard Dean shouldn't have opened his mouth and say that Republicans were the party of "white Christians".

Or how Barack Obama was a big disappointment because he criticized Howard Dean.

Cut it out.

All of you.

We are all Democrats, Progressives, Feminists, Greens and concerned citizens. The future of America is at stake.

We cannot fight each other or we shall all lose. America shall lose. And this is not an acceptable option.

Our government is not being run by Conservatives. Conservatives believe in balanced budgets and small government. Conservatives believe in using the military as a last resort and quite frankly are a bit isolationist. Conservatives believe in a small government that doesn't involve itself in the affairs of the bedroom or the affairs between a patient and her doctor, and quite frankly, the affairs that go on within a woman's body.

Conservatives practice conservation.

Conservatives believe in protecting the clean air, the clean water, and even the financial health of the nation.

No. We are not being led by Conservatives.

Our nation is being run by radicals. Radicals that hide under the flag of Jesus Christ. That sell the masses on God, while peddling corporate corruption. That claim to be pro-life, and then advancing a militarism that leads to death and destruction. The future of our nation, the future of the world and the future of our children is at stake.

Our government is rushing towards an Armageddon with North Korea and Iran.

They are not seeking disarmament; they are counting on Rapture.

So let us not take pot shots at each other as Democrats, Progressives, and Greens.

Let us join together and strategize, support, communicate, educate, and finance the opposition that must succeed in 2006 and 2008 and on.

Too much is at stake. Peace everyone?



Blogger Capitola said...

Hi Bob--

I followed you over hear from Capitol Banter.

While I appreciate your dedication and loyalty to Senator Kerry -- I've been there/done that too, giving time and money to his campaign. Today I support the democratic party of reform.

Howard Dean speaks for me.

I don't care that John Kerry got Cs at Yale. I'd never get *into* Yale so who am I to criticize average grades?

My criticisms of John Kerry, indeed my long list of disappointments in him, are real and shared by millions of democrats...and greens and independents and progressives and moderate republicans who so hated George W. Bush's presidency that they plugged their noses and pulled the lever for the Senator from Mass. John Kerry was the nominee and everyone who wanted Bush from office "closed ranks" and voted for him.

We did what he and the party asked of us.

He didn't do what we asked and he promised to do.

Fight for the Presidency. Count every vote.

If John Kerry thinks he can win the grassroots' support and the nomination in 2008, he has a steep, uphill battle. The dissapointment is still a fresh wound, a gaping, bleeding gash that stings and burns and angers every time he says he's going to do something and then doesn't.

You should direct your finger- wagging indignation his direction, because no amount of chastising his voting block (Stop the Bickering!) is going to change history.

If John Kerry expects to get my vote in 2008, he'd better come out swinging, and stay there, soon.

I'm not holding my breath. I am, however, holding my wallet.

10:15 AM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

This was my response to capitola over at her wonderful blog capitol banter:


Thank you for visiting my blog and contributing your insight.

On a side note, I lived in Sacramento for a couple of years and probably would not recognize it now...but those were good years in my life.

I like and admire Howard Dean. You will note that my post included condemnation of the religious right much in the same words that Dean spoke.

It doesn't bother me that Kerry got C's and D's his Freshman year either. Doesn't really matter where you start does it? Where you end up is far more important.

Was I disappointed by John Kerry for not insisting on every vote be counted? Yes.

But it was a calculated move on his part. I believe that John Kerry felt that this was not a battle he could win and he chose to fight another day. It was up to all of us to make that fight as well. And I do respect and admire Senator Boxer from California who has consistently been an advocate for all of us.

My only point with the post is that internal strife will not help us reclaim the House, or the Senate in 2006. Internal strife will not help us reclaim the White House in 2008.

I am an advocate for John Kerry, not for his moments where he disappointed, which, in my opinion were few. But for the strengths and positions that he advocates. I am positive that America would be heading in the right direction with a Kerry Presidency.

But if you read through my blog, you will find flattering words for Howard Dean, who I believe does speak for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

My own record includes campaigning for Robert Kennedy in California, Gene McCarthy, George McGovern, and even Jerry Brown.

I worked for one Republican in my political volunteer efforts, John Anderson, who I volunteered for in all places, Sacramento, California!

Regards from Wisconsin.


12:31 PM  
Anonymous JoanSinbad © said...

Excellent blog fellow Wisconsinite! :)

2:26 PM  
Blogger BobsAdvice said...

Thanks Joan!

It isn't as exciting as yours, but I shall keep working at it :).


2:46 PM  

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