Friday, August 27, 2004

Kerry's One-Point Plan for America 

They tell me he closes strong. And after the blows he has been dealt this week I sure hope they are right.

Man he is taking a beating from these swift boat stuff!! The low so far was Bob Dole last weekend: “Three Purple Hearts and never bled, that I know of. They’re such superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you’re out. I think Senator Kerry needs to talk about his Senate record, which is pretty thin. That’s probably why he’s talking bout his war record, which is pretty confused.” Yeah, like Bob Dole should talk. He got his first purple heart from a hand grenade that HE THREW that bounced off a tree and back onto himself!! I am sick and tired of this crap. I don't care how light the fire was or how superficial the wounds were, John Kerry was a soldier in Vietnam getting shot at and risking his life for this country while bush was still coking it up on the weekend with his buddies in Texas.

Now that my mandatory defense of my candidate is over, I have to admit I would take much more pity on the poor bastard if he hadn't decided to base almost his entire campaign on "being the guy with 3 purple hearts running with the son of a mill worker." What happened to having a real agenda that people can understand?! A friend of mine had a great point today when he said that regardless of what Bush does, what his war record is or how stupid he is, people vote for him because they know he is going to cut taxes, keep government small and act tough abroad. What do people know about John Kerry? Nothing. I heard though that he has 3 purple hearts and his running mate is son of a mill worker. Plus, the few issues we do hold near and dear like health care, education and the environment, the Republicans simply steal and make up their own plans (that they then grossly underfund or strip but by that time the damage is done). Or, as the Onion astutely points out:

"If I am elected in November, no inner-city child will have to live in an America where George Bush is president," Kerry said, addressing a packed Maize High School auditorium. "No senior citizen will lie awake at night, worrying about
whether George Bush is still the chief executive of this country. And no
American—regardless of gender, regardless of class, regardless of race—will
be represented by George Bush in the world community."

Sometimes it seems if only the comedians truly understand. Maybe they should hire John Stewart to run Kerry's campaign?


Thursday, August 12, 2004

1 step forward 2 back 

Big day today for the gay rights movement in both directions:

HUGE NEGATIVE: California's Supreme Court annulled some 4000 same-sex marriages in California. San Francisco GQ mayor Gavin Newsom is still my hero for fighting this noble and courageous fight to the clear detriment of his budding national political future (and to think Californian's almost took the Green Party candidate over him).

NET POSITIVE: Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey admits "I am a gay American,'' as he steps down. Some could argue that his resignation is a net negative for the gay rights movement but I disagree. He didn't resign because he was gay, he resigned because he was a raging infidel with two kids. Moreover, he could have gone down without being so blatant about his sexuality and but he chose to lead with a bold statement thereby continuing the important conversation about normalizing homosexuality in America.


Monday, August 09, 2004

Part 1: Liberal 

The word "Liberal" kickoffs the first of a two part series that I have un-creatively dubbed "Taking Good Words Back."

I am disappointed that this amazing word has been so effectively hijacked from the left by the Limbauciles and the Liddyiots to the point where it's only modern use is to ridiculously lambast the pawns we call the American media.

There is no doubt in my mind that proud Liberals with a capital "L" have largely been relegated to the fringe of the political arena in recent times. Let's face it, 50 years ago Kucinich would have been seen as a moderate and Howard Dean would have been ridiculed being conservative more harshly than Lieberman is today. Teddy Kennedy and Russ Feingold may toe the L-line (and hopefully we'll add to this list Barack Obama), but in my view true proud Liberals in the U.S. Senate went away with the tragic death of Paul Wellstone.

Well I work for the centrist group the New Democrat Network, but I am also a proud Liberal. I favor reform, progress, tolerance, and open-mindedness. I am not amused by authoritarian attitudes (especially the ones embodied by this administration). I give freely and generously (but also smartly and I see no contradiction between the two). I stand for fiscal responsibility, almost free trade and reforms to the tax system. I challenge anyone to give me a reason why these concepts and liberalism should be mutually exclusive.

Tomorrow: Taking back a word very close to my head, my heart and my loins.


Monday, August 02, 2004

Post-Convention Depression 

Using a term coined by a good friend and fellow blogger, the "Senior Week for Senators" is over. For the staffers it was more like the week before final exams where you didn't have classes so you partied all night only to wake up at 6am and study all day (or in this case pull off 6 events in 7 days one with 1000 people). However grueling, it sure was a ride. Red-bull overdoses, humble living quarters, over-inflated egos, strange celebrity encounters and armed men with big guns. I came away feeling exhausted, yet energized. Yes, I am part of that so-called Democratic base that was solidified for Kerry this week. Yes, surprising to me, Kerry and the Democrats put on a pretty damn good show. Then again, after his experience in the primary, Kerry should know by now better than most, the benefit of coming in with low-expectations.


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