Some observations about the campaign in my neck of the woods.
October 15, 2008
September 4, 2008
Republicans last evening at their convention mocked community organizing in an effort to help their vice presidential nominee appear bigger. The following excerpt is from an email David Plouffe (Obama campaign manager) sent in response:
Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.
Let’s clarify something for them right now.
Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.
And it’s no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.
Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America’s promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it’s happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.
Meanwhile, we still haven’t gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.
Too bad so many single-issue voters (e.g., anti-abortion, prayer in schools, right to assault weapons, anti-gay, etc.) are bamboozled into supporting the GOP and its personal agenda of corporate wealth care. While the GOP will tend to favor conservative social agendas, they do so while recklessly inserting the country into war and dangerously push us away from solving our energy problems. Yet, for single-issue voters losing our country to keep prayer in public schools is worth it. Sad, indeed, that the only way Republicans can win is by pandering to Evangelicals.
September 2, 2008
Government by the people for the people and of the people, whether it is neighborhoods, organized labor, or national movements for change is the reason I support Senator Obama. Please watch him make the case yesterday to a group in Milwaukee about community and neighborhoods, the cornerstone of his campaign.