Today this writer received a number of communication emails and newsletters from various pro-Obama organizations, including the Obama-Biden campaign. I respectfully include some of the terminology used.
First, from the Obama-Biden Campaign:
“Today, the Democratic Party approved the following language in its 2012 platform:
“We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples…
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act…
We know that putting America back to work is Job One, and we are committed to ensuring Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Platforms are outlines of where a party will go. President Obama and the Democrats are choosing to move forward.
When the delegates approved this platform today, they put us on the right side of history.’
An observation, based upon having viewed both party’s conventions — knowing there is more to come from the Dems — on the TV. As I watched the camera pan through the crowd in Charlotte, I saw something that I did not see while watching the entire Republican convention ” minorities! Not only African Americans, but also Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and more. What a concept — a convention of inclusion!
An example of the mean-spiritedness of the Republican Party came here:
“During the final three days before the 2008 election, African-Americans in Ohio took advantage of early, in-person voting at significantly higher rates than all other voters in the state. This helped reduce the long lines at urban precincts on Election Day that in 2004 caused tens of thousands of potential voters to give up and go home without casting a ballot.
However, when Ohio Republicans swept to power in 2010, they passed a law revoking access to early, in-person voting during the final three days before an election for everyone except active-duty military personnel. The GOP chair of Ohio’s second largest county summed up his party’s position on early voting as follows:
“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban–read African-American–voter-turnout machine.”
Ugh. Fortunately, last week a federal judge overturned the new Republican law, and ruled that early, in-person voting must be open to all Ohio citizens during the three days before the November election.
Despite this ruling, Ohio Republicans haven’t given up their attempt to restrict early voting. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are appealing the ruling to a higher court and refusing to implement the court order until the appeal is decided. In the hopes of swinging an election, they are abusing their public positions to reduce public access to the ballot box.’
In an election where one party tells the voters what they have accomplished, despite the complete and nearly total opposition of the other side of the aisle (meaning DEMs did something; GOP blocked everything!) and the other party does nothing but put down the opposition, what can a person take away from what they see? Simply that there are a bunch of mean-spirited people running the Republican Party who want to take away voters’ rights, so that their candidates have a better chance of stealing ” er, uh ” winning an election. It does not matter how they plan to do it, either.
In a newsletter from the Human Rights Campaign the First Lady, Michele Obama, at the Democrat Convention told people what is really happening out there:
“Michelle Obama spoke from the heart last night about what it means to be a parent — and the need for everyone in this country to have the same opportunities, no matter who we love.
She wasn’t alone. Nearly a dozen other speakers at the convention talked about LGBT rights. It was electrifying — proof of our unprecedented progress as a movement. And it was all because of your hard work and support.
It’s never been clearer: Our cause is mainstream. Our allies are many. And our momentum is unstoppable.
Leaders across the political spectrum are supporting marriage equality — including hundreds of Republican officials like San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who appeared in an ad we ran during the Republican National Convention last week.”
Observation: The GOP will — soon as they are able — quietly throw the San Diego Mayor under the bus. After all, he is giving an opinion, which is far from their narrow-minded, bigoted mainstream.
In an email from the Democratic Governors’ Association, is this:
“No one says it better than Bill Clinton: this election is all about people. It’s about whether we build a better future for everyone — not just a few. It’s about giving people hope.
And fundamentally it’s a choice between doing all of this with President Obama, or electing one of the most out-of-touch Republican tickets we’ve ever seen.
When President Clinton said, “If you want a “you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society,’ you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” you knew this was going to be a speech to remember.
President Clinton turned record deficits into a record surplus, created millions of jobs and presided over the longest period of uninterrupted economic expansion in U.S. history.
In other words, President Clinton knows what he’s talking about.
A Mitt Romney presidency would be George Bush on steroids: jobs shipped overseas, tax breaks for billionaires and tax increases on the middle class, and an end to Medicare as we know it.
Republicans squandered President Clinton’s surplus and crashed our economy, and now they want to do it again just as President Obama is getting us back on track.”
Clinton went on to say, “Is the president satisfied? Of course not, but are we better off than we were when he took office?” Mr. Clinton said, pausing as the crowd roared in approval. He added, “The answer is yes.”
What the Republicans are saying, as was pointed out last night at the Democrat Convention, is that President Obama inherited a complete mess, but he has not cleaned it up quickly enough. So vote for Romney-Ryan, and we can get that mess back in spades!
Do they — the Republican Party — think that all Americans are clueless? It is incredible to see the way they are prancing around, pushing the Politics of Exclusion — remember how many minority faces were in the audience at the Republican Convention — giving the wealthy white people the advantage. As my Daddy used to say, “The rich get richer; the Poor get babies!”
Elizabeth Warren, the Senatorial Candidate from Massachusetts, spoke at the Democrat Convention. Knocking Romney for his infamous line “corporations are people, my friend.” Warren illustrated the stark divides — “People have hearts,” she said:
“After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people. No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They thrive. They dance. They live. They love. And they die. And that matters. That matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.”
An observation: The only thing that we sometimes wish corporations would do, in the way that people do, is behave as if they do have hearts, and know right from wrong! In an article on Truth Out, President Bill Clinton’s rousing speech last evening (Wednesday) pointed out just how inaccurate the Romney-Ryan campaign people are. Citing a comment from the R-R campaign, that fact checkers would never guide their campaign, Bill Clinton went on to say:
“… there was no question the country was in a better position than it was four years ago.
“We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down,” Mr. Clinton said, repeatedly bringing the crowd at the Democratic convention to its feet. He added, “I love our country so much and I know we’re coming back.”
Mr. Clinton drew sharp lines between the choices facing voters in November. He made the case in a deeply personal way, sometimes articulating the argument for Mr. Obama more forcefully than the president has done throughout his race with Mitt Romney.
“We believe ‘we’re all in this together’ is a better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own,’ ” Mr. Clinton said.’
What completely amazes this writer is the number of people who hold onto the beliefs that the Republicans, the Right Wing, the Tea Party, and all their followers are right. The continue to believe that, even while they go to their banks, or check cashing outlets, and cash their Welfare, Social Security, or other Government Assistance checks. It baffles, that they put down the idea of a government “for the People” even while they are taking from that same government; the same government which would not be able to help them, if Romney-Ryan were elected!
Remember that Romney and Ryan are going to try to take President Obama down, no matter how many lies they have to make up. Our responsibility is to indeed check the facts, then make up our own minds. Do we want an administration that tells us nothing about their plans, and asks us to see them after the election? Or do we want an administration that has made their plans clear, and made progress cleaning up the mess made by the previous Republican Administration? Fascinating that Clinton cleaned up the first Bush mess; Obama is cleaning up the second Bush mess; Romney and Ryan want to re-make the mess in their own image!
There must be some way to show people with blinders on, the error of their ways. Hopefully in the next sixty or more days, their eyes will be opened to what is real around them; they will repudiate the “me-first, you get your own” Republicans, and President Obama will be reelected.