As I analyze my own thoughts and feelings regarding the imminent acceptance of Mike Gabbard into the Democratic Party of Hawaiâ€˜i, I find myself asking the following questions: How much does one’s past actions and beliefs affect their current position in the political spectrum? What can we learn from history and when is it time to leave history behind us?
As a short answer, I do believe that one’s history of actions and beliefs ARE relevant in the present. However, people do change, and it is important to keep an open mind. That said, when there is a radical shift in a politician’s beliefs, I think it is prudent to remain skeptical and let actions speak louder than words.
To me, the name “Mike Gabbard” is synonymous with intolerance of the gay community. Yet, a lot has happened since he lead the charge in support of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the founder of the “Alliance for Traditional Marriage.” To understand the significance of Gabbard’s switch to the Democratic Party less than a year after he was elected to the state senate as a Republican, I am going to attempt to put together a timeline of his political activities from the 90’s to the present. This will be a work in progress and I will be relying on web searches, so I may miss important aspects. If you have information that you think should be included, please feel free to add a comment. (more…)
(my initial reaction, in a letter to some of the democratic leadership….)
It has come to my attention that there is a meeting scheduled tomorrow to regarding the idea of allowing Senator Mike Gabbard to join the Democratic Party of Hawaii. I am writing to share my thoughts as to why I have very serious reservations about such a decision.
To begin with, I am an active member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and attended the State Convention in 2006. At that convention, the party platform for the next two years was adopted. That platform, which I believe to be progressive in nature, is the official position of the party regarding a number of topics and for years Senator Gabbard has been strongly and outwardly opposed to a number of those positions, including the right of homosexuals with regard to families and civil unions. (more…)
When I heard that Mike Gabbard wanted to join the Democratic Party of Hawaiâ€˜i [HA article], my initial response was to laugh in disbelief. He couldn’t really be serious, right? Then as the reality that he was indeed serious and that it might actually come to fruition hit me, my inclination to laugh was rapidly replaced by disgust. This bothers me on so many different levels, it is difficult to know where to start.
Why are we in a Constitutional crisis? Let me count some of the ways:
- President Bush authorized illegal warrantless wiretaps
- Vice President Cheney engaged in a conspiracy to â€œoutâ€ a CIA agent
- Attorney General Gonzales has lied under oath and is engaged in obstruction of justice
- Karl Rove violated the Hatch Act and politicized the Department of Justice
- Bush, Cheney, Rove and Gonzales have conspired to undermine the balance of powers by ignoring Congressional subpoenas and circumventing judicial oversight mandated by law (e.g. FISA courts)
And this is probably just the tip of the iceberg!
The Constitutional solution to this crisis is impeachment.
Today (August 18, 2007) Reps. Abercrombie and Hirono met with their constituents at events organized by the Democratic Party. I went to the first hour of Mazie’s meeting, at the Kaneohe YWCA. The meeting was co-hosted by “Windward Women,” and they did not want any impeachment bumperstickers or petitions or even flyers about Democratic positions on impeachment. Outside, however, I was greeted by friends who accepted my flier on the Constitutional crisis we’re in, and some signed an impeachment petition that I brought. There were about 30 people in attendance, and it seemed like I knew about half of them.
Today on DailyKos:
by apsmith, Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 12:04:13 PM PDT
This diary presents an extensive comparison table on these 4 candidates, followed by an opinion poll on which candidate’s position is favored. With more than 5,000 votes tabulated so far, you may be surprised to learn that Sen. Richardson (385) enjoys a narrow lead over Sen. Edwards (37%), with Obama and Clinton trailing in the dust. Clinton’s position are least favored (5%), drawing only half as much interest as Sen. Dodd (“Hey, what about Sen.Dodd?”)
What this suggests is that if Edwards and Richardson can find effective ways of getting their message across, Obama and Clinton might lose ground later this year.
let me start by telling you that i am a strong supporter of dennis kucinich. i am working on his campaign here in hawaii, i will vote for him in the primary and when (unfortunately, not if) he loses to one of the top three democratic contenders, i will neither work on, nor vote for, whoever the party chooses as it’s candidate….
admittedly, i probably don’t know much about senator obama as maybe i should. the thing is, what i do know doesn’t thrill me. in a hopeful attempt to make progressive obama supporters reconsider, here are a couple of items i find disturbing: (more…)