February 14, 2008

Presidential Endorsement

Leadership is a word bandied about endlessly by politicians today. All say they have it while campaigning. All candidates claim to be the leader for whom voters are searching. All of them are usually wrong. Living in Texas, we've become absolutely disgusted by the word 'leadership', especially when used by Republicans for whom it is more a punchline than a true description of character. A leader does what's right, regardless of political repercussions, and stands up to defend their actions. We see it more and more from Democrats today, but even in
our party it's still distressingly rare. That's why when we see it, we are so overwhelmed; it causes us to instantly want to pick up a sheaf of slate cards and begin walking door to door.

That, and that alone, is what has made this decision so hard. Both Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton are leaders in the highest and truest sense of the word. However, like all voters we must pick one. This year, we pick Sen. Hillary Clinton.

We realize this country is still, to an extent, polarized on significant issues. However, glossing over them will not make the polarization disappear. Neither will wishful thinking or hope. Hard work, communication and defending ideas aggressively will change minds, open dialog and eliminate the vacuum in which bad policy flourishes. While we have been impressed with Sen. Obama's rhetorical skills, we find his substance lacking. We do not find a similar problem with Clinton. On policy, the two are virtually identical having been driven to the center by John Edwards and his balanced proposals, supported by the vast majority of Americans. Preparedness is another factor but none of us view this as a clear indicator of a better candidate. Both Clinton and Obama are prepared, despite what idiotic pundits on Sunday morning entertainment programs may say. No, in the end, it comes down to leadership style and tenacity. While it's wonderful that Sen. Obama has inspired so many, it's also naive to believe that real change can come so easily.

Voters in the United States, Democratic and Republican, want change. Obama has interpreted that to mean that voters want a kindler, gentler politics with the ultimate end being compromise, not consensus. History has proven this position resoundingly wrong. People want to be fought over. People want to be persuaded. Yes, people even want to hear attacks. If it did not work, candidates and strategists would not employ them. Voters want change but the change they want is a return to the rule of law, to fiscal sanity, to policies that make sense for and benefit the majority of our country. Wishful thinking and 'compromising' with the baser impulses of the radical right won't put our listing ship of state on an even keel. A single minded focus on solving problems, gradually if needed, is the only thing that can correct us and keep us sailing into the 21st century. We need a leader who will not back down in the face of intense opposition to the entrenched forces that threaten to destroy our country with their greed and monomaniacal fixation on maintaining the status quo.

Obama's pitch for being the nominee involves the premise that the only way we'll win is to give voters something to vote for. We've also heard the argument that voters will come out in droves to vote against Hillary. As many of us discovered on November 3rd, 2004, having a reason to vote against someone is not enough. Neither is voting exclusively for someone. There must be a synthesis, a reason to support our candidate and a reason to vote against the candidate of the Republicans. If anyone can clearly establish that message, it's Clinton.

Hope and transcendence are all well and good, but we need solid, results-oriented leadership. We need a fighter willing to put herself between them and us, someone who will help restore our rights and prepare our nation for a bright and prosperous future. While we greatly respect the Senator from Illinois, our endorsement and support go to Senator Hillary Clinton.

(This represents the endorsement of The Mayor, Boobilicious and I)

Posted by mcblogger at February 14, 2008 10:23 AM

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Thank you for this wonderful endorsement of Senator Clinton. Yes, "tenacity" is the quality needed by our country at this critical time. I just attended a rally in Wisconsin where people were definitely tuned into Hillary's "results-oriented leadership." I just pray enough people come to the realization of what we have in Hillary in time. I truly believe sexism is blinding many people, a good portion of whom are petty women

Posted by: ruhla [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2008 08:57 PM

I have a lot of faith in people...possibly more than I should, but I really think the tide is turning.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2008 11:10 PM

Thank you very much for supporting Hillary Clinton for President.

Posted by: Eddie Bryan [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2008 11:17 PM

Wake up Texas!!! We are all counting on you! It is such a shame that people are blaiming Bill and Hill for the devisiveness of the 1990s. That divisiveness was, and is, a 100% creation of the ultra-right. It didn't end with Bill. They used it to sink Gore and Kerry and they will use it against Barack. Let me give you a taste of what they will do to him. They will portray his inexperience as being akin to taking a rooky right out of the police academy and making him police chief of Los Angeles. They won't give him a free pass on his past relationships with shady characters like the current press and tv reporters. They will point out that the "slum lord" Obama claimed he barely knew is a Syrian native (Tony Rezco) who has given Barack over $170,000 over the years and has hosted high dollar fund raising events for him. Rezco was indicted in 2005 on corruption and bribery charges, but even after that Barack let the man help him buy a house. Then there is Barak's long and financially entanged relationship with William Ayers, an unapologetic domestic terrorist who has called American Marines "terrorists" and admitted to planting bombs in US federal buildings. He and Barack worked together on the Woods Fund and some of the money raised made it's way to the PLO (surely without Barack's knowledge, but the republicans won't care). Obama also has a relationship with Rashid Khalidi. He is supposedly a PLO activist. These charges actually appear to be true! to see the whole article, go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-c-johnson/no-he-cant-because-yes_b_87036.html
Then the republican attack machine will remind us that Obama's middle name is Hussien and his father's family is Muslim and they will paint him as a terrorist sympathizer trying to get into the White House... the ultimate sleeper cell. Obama cannot win in November. I heard McCain say last week that he welcomes Karl Rove's help if Karl wants to work on his campaign. Texas has GOT to be the place to turn this race around for Hillary or we will be swearing in John McCain in Jan 09.

Posted by: handysandy [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2008 07:26 AM

Wake up Texas!!! We are all counting on you! It is such a shame that people are blaming Bill and Hill for the divisiveness of the 1990s. That divisiveness was, and is, a 100% creation of the ultra-right. It didn't end with Bill. They used it to sink Gore and Kerry and they will use it against Barack. Let me give you a taste of what they will do to him. They will portray his inexperience as being akin to taking a rookie right out of the police academy and making him police chief of Los Angeles. They won't give him a free pass on his past relationships with shady characters like the current press and tv reporters. They will point out that the "slum lord" Obama claimed he barely knew is a Syrian native (Tony Rezco) who has given Barack over $170,000 over the years and has hosted high dollar fund raising events for him. Rezco was indicted in 2005 on corruption and bribery charges, but even after that Barack let the man help him buy a house. Then there is Barak's long and financially entangled relationship with William Ayers, an unapologetic domestic terrorist who has called American Marines "terrorists" and admitted to planting bombs in US federal buildings. He and Barack worked together on the Woods Fund and some of the money raised made it's way to the PLO (surely without Barack's knowledge, but the republicans won't care). Obama also has a relationship with Rashid Khalidi. He is supposedly a PLO activist. These charges actually appear to be true! to see the whole article, go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-c-johnson/no-he-cant-because-yes_b_87036.html
Then the republican attack machine will remind us that Obama's middle name is Hussein and his father's family is Muslim and they will paint him as a terrorist sympathizer trying to get into the White House... the ultimate sleeper cell. Obama cannot win in November. I heard McCain say last week that he welcomes Karl Rove's help if Karl wants to work on his campaign. Texas has GOT to be the place to turn this race around for Hillary or we will be swearing in John McCain in Jan 09.

Posted by: handysandy [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2008 07:34 AM

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