Posted by: Randy Allgaier | March 17, 2008

Democratic Blog Moratorium


I am a supporter of Senator Barack Obama. I have made that clear through my pieces supporting him, and some of the pieces I have written criticizing Senator Clinton and defending Senator Obama.

Some Democratic bloggers have suggested a boycott or moratorium of blog articles that fuel the fire between the two Democratic Presidential nominees. Senator Obama has attempted to run a campaign based on a new type of politics- not politics as usual- no sniping, no mud slinging and no attacks. Those of us that support Senator Obama need to honor Senator Obama’s new politics. I pledge to honor Senator Obama’s lead.

I also think that bloggers, those supporting Senator Obama and those supporting Senator Clinton, must stop the sniping and keep our focus on defeating the presumptive Republican nominee Senator John McCain.

In two days we will mark a dark anniversary- 5 years of a misguided war based on lies with, as of today, 3,990 Americans dead. We are in the midst of a horrible economy that the Republicans have once again created through their misguided economic principles and their dismantling of regulations that would have helped the country not to be in the mortgage crisis where we find ourselves today. We have an administration that is willing to bail out a big bank / brokerage house but is not willing to help the problems that every day Americans have. We have a President that has more interest in saving Wall Street and none in saving Main Street. Gas is nearly $4.00 a gallon. The price of gas isn’t just a hardship for filling up the tank, but it has raised prices on virtually everything like basic necessities such as food.

Senator McCain is running as a 3rd term of Bush’s misguided and destructive policies. President Bush has done amazing damage to this country in a little more than 7 years. Can you imagine the damage a 3rd term of the same policies would do?

Democrats, no matter who we support, should allow the campaigns in the remaining states to play out and try and have faith in the process. The media are feeding our consternation and our intra-party anger and division. We must not allow ourselves to be caught up in the media’s need to fill up 24 hour news channels and focus on the most inflammatory aspects of the primary campaign.

This is an historic election. We have an opportunity to make a change and to make history. The Democrats will certainly make history because our candidate will either be an African American or a woman. We should be proud of that. We should not be encouraging divisions in our party based on identity politics and pandering to our worst inclinations.

If party machinations play out in a way that would not honor a Democratic process, we should certainly speak out about that issue. But we aren’t there. We must not allow Senator McCain to sit back and watch months of the Democratic Party in discord.

When it was clear that this election might be very easy for the Democrats, I was concerned that our party has the knack of being able to lose an election that is handed to us on a silver platter. We must prove that premise wrong.

No matter who we support in the Democratic Primary process we should recognize that it is more important to have our party in the White House and in the majority in Congress. That is the only way real change can happen.


Responses

  1. Religious Right leader Francis Schaeffer denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the US government, and he was invited to lunch with presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, Sr., But they were already presidents, so nobody cared.

    The attack on Rev. Wright reveals the level of misunderstanding that still divides white and black Christians in the United States. Many white people find the traditions of African-American preaching offensive. I don’t.
    Typical of the form used by black preachers is Frederick Douglass’ address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” first delivered on July 5, 1852. The address, a political sermon, forcefully attacks white culture. “Fellow-citizens,” Douglass proclaims, “above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wails of millions! Whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them.” He goes on to calls American conduct “hideous and revolting” and accuses white Christians of trampling upon and disregarding both the constitution and the Bible. He concluded his sermon with the words, “For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.” It has been true, right?


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