For nearly all of my adult life (and believe me, that's a long, long time!), I have hoped for a health care system that is worthy of America and serves all of our people well. I have seen what happens to folks who don't have health care insurance.
In spite of Republicans who reflexively vote "NO!" on anything that could possibly be viewed as a Democratic success (even when the majority of Americans favor it), we got the first real run at real health care that is comprehensive and just.
Republicans are clear that if they control the legislature, one of their first crusades will be to take down the health care program just because....well, because they can.
I am voting to keep health care momentum going, and to cement the gains we've finally, finally made.
If we continue to devalue and fail to support public education, Minnesota will lose more economic ground, ergo more jobs, ergo our significant technology and medical device industry advantage. Education, as you know, is key to Minnesota's future success.
I'm voting for jobs and thanking the universe that my Democratic colleagues are working hard on this, compared to Tea Baggers shrieking in the streets and Republican legislators voting no on everything that matters because....well, because they can and they seem to think it's cute. It's not.
Counting today, there are just thirteen (13) days until the November 02 election.
In the Minnesota governor race, we have one genuine Democrat (mild-mannered Mark Dayton), a faux Republican (brash Tom Emmer, who makes Tim Pawlenty look conservative), and dapper Tom Horner, a lifelong Republican masquerading as an Independent.Read more.
"To me, the definition of community is we all do better when we all do better. Whatever happened to community?"
In these last days before the November 02 election, I think it is important for us to take a breather from the sound and fury. I think it is important for us to see what real leadership and integrity looks like. I think it is important for us to listen to Paul Wellstone's words about what we can and must do to help our country step back from the abyss.
My friend Suzanne and I were talking about Target the other day – “Target” being our home-grown retail giant. “Target” being the Dayton Hudson offspring we loved without reservation until we learned it dumped a big chunk of money into an organization that funneled it into Tom Emmer’s political campaign.
That’s the day Suzanne and I stopped shopping Target. We were not alone, and it believe me, it wasn’t a snap decision. For starters, some of us have shopped Target since it opened its first store in Roseville in 1962. So, yes, as I keep reminding you, we are older than primal ooze. But now we’re disappointed in our corporate role-model-gone-missing. Deeply disappointed.
Some say Target’s trickle-down donation means that the company embraces Emmer’s clear opposition to gay rights. Maybe so. Others believe the Target funding illustrates the deplorable Supreme Court decision to allow humongous corporations to make political donations as though they were just plain folks.
Either way, Target came crosswise of a significant number of its previously loyal customers. And this time, we decided to walk the walk, as is said ad nauseum, even when the shoe fits.
Staying out of Target has been harder than staying on a diet. Read some more.
(barbara's note: This piece was written ten months ago. It is still relevant, and increasingly important. Read it. Think about it. Then do something helpful before November 02. Please and thank you.)
Before he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds – including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter – are sticking with our President. Why? Because he is succeeding.
We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of
him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us.
Obama's steady supporters will be proved right. Obama's critics
will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst.
I would say there's only way way to deal with political depression for those Democrats who are sighing and sulking: Dump your grievances with Democrats in Washington who don't behave the way you want Democrats to sound and behave.
I've heard from dozens of normally active and unapologetic Democrats who seem sucked into believing they are the ones who protect the holy writ of the party. Sometimes it takes a Bill Clinton to bend their noses back into shape as he did earlier this week.
The Democrats who think we're lost because they're convinced Obama turned out to be a sham, and who wonder what happened to the concept of guts in the Congress, need to know the one answer to their miasma: Turn every precinct inside out and strong-arm every sulking Democrat in sight to vote in November and two years from now.
The Republicans are going to come with torrents of money from K Street and Target and WalMart and Best Buy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Democrats are going to be outspent every day and out-talked by the Limbaughs and laughed at every day by the pukeheads on Fox News and out-churched by the Becks, but Read on!