Tag Archives: election 2008

Clarence Candidates’ Forum Tonight

27 Oct

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At Clarence Town Hall, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It starts at 7, and gives me an opportunity to show a piece of my LWV voters’ guide that I received last week:

Obama Versus The Establishment

21 Jan

I watched Barack Obama’s speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church yesterday and I thought to myself…this is what my Mother felt when she heard John F. Kennedy speak. As do most members of her generation, she speaks with great reverence when it comes to Jack and Bobby Kennedy. Looking back through the prism of time, I came to understand why they were so important and often wondered if there would come a time when our generation would see a JFK. If we would have a chance to see a leader who summed up a moment…who put forth a calling…who made people consider the greater good rather than the content of their own ideological backyard. Yesterday, Barack Obama gave us that moment.

Until today, I had considered Obama to be a little wet behind the ears and the specifics of his economic plans to be too grandiose and overarching to be practical. Today, I see the import of this candidate as someone who can LEAD. At this crossroads of the American experience, that is what this nation needs most. Someone who can make us believe.

A man who is willing to walk into Ebenezer Baptist Church and tell a minority religious audience that they have failed in loving their “gay brothers and sisters” is a man with moral courage.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.

A man who believes in the power of unity and hope. At the 18 minute mark of the video, Obama throws out the notes and speaks off the cuff about hope. It’s the best part of the speech and it won’t be found in the transcripts…paraphrased:

Some are scornful about my message of hope. “He’s talking about hope again. He’s so idealistic and naive. He’s a ‘hopemonger’.” Love, education, and hope were my birthright. Hope is not blind optimism, it is not ignorance of the barriers and obstacles and hazards that stand in your way. Hope is just the opposite. Nothing worthwhile has happened in this country unless somebody, somewhere decided to hope.

So, call me a hopemonger…but this guy has won me over. This speech, this moment, has done more to expose the moral and ethical emptiness of the Clintons than 10,000 republican conspiracy theorists combined. Obama represents a moment in time and Hillary represents the establishment.

In Democratic politics, the establishment candidate usually wins. She has the organization that is provided by local and state delegations and the union support. She has the army of the party, Obama has the people. Can he win?

In Case You Missed It, Bill Clinton in Buffalo

20 Jan

On Sunday night, Former President Bill Clinton was in town to stump for Hillary and collect a few checks, courtesy of the Erie County Democratic Party.  Rep. Brian Higgins was one of the hosts for the $1,000 per person event, which was expected to raise $100,000 at an event in the law office of Phillips Lytle at HSBC Tower.  WNYM was on hand at the Ellicott Square Building in Downtown Buffalo to cover the post-fundraiser festivities.

Bill alluded to upstate as the “backbone of her support” in the Senate.  Really?  I don’t know if I’d agree with that assessment, but I am predisposed to loathing her, so there’s that.

President 2008

11 Dec

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HT to All Things Jennifer for the link to the quiz. From Minnesota Public Radio, comes the first in the annual parade of “We’ll tell you for whom to vote” quizzes.

How did I fare?

Well, it looks like my positions are reflected best by the “also-rans”. Not surprisingly, I’ve liked Richardson and Biden from jump street.  Common sense guys with sensible solutions.

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A few of my answers to the poll which undoubtedly influenced the final choice…

Decentralize Iraq by dividing it into regions of separate governments.” I also believe that once we have agreed on a framework for this plan, we should establish a firm timeline for withdrawal of US troops and an increase in UN responsibility.

“The Federal Reserve Bank shouldn’t be ‘bailing out’ mortgage lenders.” People knew what they were getting into with Adjustable Rate Mortgages; suffer the consequences when you take risk. Don’t give me any baloney about “predatory lenders”, read the fine print and make judicious decisions. Save your money, cut your spending, save for a house…it’s what we did.

The rest of my opinions…in short: I’m a pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-tax cut, pro-spending cut, education reformin’, not carin’ about Iran kinda guy.

Let me know which candidate the poll recommends for you and let me know if you were surprised by the outcome.