This past Saturday, a number of progressive activists, including a number of PDHers come out to Kailua to urge President Obama to do more, to do better.
A number of us have been disappointed by his position on a number of issues, including the health care reform bill that could be much, much better, and has provisions that don’t solve the problem, but rather serve as a boondoggle for private insurance companies. While many of us strongly support a Single-Payer system of health insurance, given the political realities we’re today faced with, we were happy to settle with a ‘strong’ public option, which is in danger of being excluded from the final language.
We’re also unhappy about Obama’s decision to send more troops into Afghanistan, escalating a war that’s been waging for the better part of a decade, with no end in sight.
We also haven’t seen the financial reform he promised during the campaign. Instead, its been more of the same complicit favoritism toward the same financial firms and banks who’s irresponsible practices caused the worldwide financial meltdown and current economic crisis.
Last week, Barack Obama caved in to pressure from corporate interests and an ongoing campaign by rightwing commentators, and fired Van Jones, the appointee in charge of overseeing the administration’s efforts to create “Green Jobs.”
From press accounts, we hear Jones had committed such unforgivable sins as signing a petition demanding answers to the US government’s response to the attacks on 9-11, and for saying Republicans are assholes at a public meeting at Berkeley several months ago.
I think the reasons Van Jones was dumped, rather than defended, by Obama are evident in this video of Van Jones’ speech at a mass environmental summit held in Washington D.C.. (more…)
One evening I woke in the middle of the night and told my wife, “I have to go to the Inauguration”Â Â Â To this day, I don’t know what triggered that moment of determination. There are so many factors that make this time so important to me: For the country; first African American President (or Hapa), 180 shift from non-constitutional actions (evil), and a possible prosecution of those responsible for needless war, torture,Â bankrupting the country, favoritism and war profiteering. For me personally; being able to teach my kids to look up to and respect our President, local boy done good, Punahou and HI recognized, and possible prosecution of those of those responsible for needless war, torture,Â bankrupting the country, favoritism and war profiteering…I could go on and on.
When Bob asked me to share my experiences after attending the Inauguration I felt mildly interested in submitting a blog. However, after attending I could not wait to get to a PC and share withÂ my friends in HI how incredible the experience was. (more…)
Today, as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, it is a proper time to reflect upon the meaning of the man’s life work and message–the challenge he made to each of us to rise to our responsibilities, get out of our comfort zone and work to stop injustice.
Dr. Martin Luther King: Struggling Not to Lose Him
Dr. King was murdered in April 1968 in an attempt to silence his voice. We cannot erase that crime and the burden it has placed upon the movement for justice. But we can resist the many “little murders” which are committed every year around his birthday as the political and economic elite, dare I say, “the ruling class,” works to silence or muffle his message. (more…)
So by now I suppose that her post at NPR is something of a sinecure. The Wikipedia also reports that she also works as a conservative political commentator for ABC News.
Today, in a vapid report for NPR, she opined that Obama shouldn’t be wasting his time in Hawaii. Fortunately, our Senator Akaka was quick to correct Cokie. For the dreadful details on Cokie’s performance, see the report on DailyKos by Hope Reborn,
Sen Akaka (D-HI) response to Cokie’s stupidity… Write NPR Please and tell them to send her to Fox
But really, Cokie, you should get out a little more often.
“She’s a bit of a fool that’s the only thing you can say,” said Rep. Neil Abercrombie. ” Don’t forget Cokie Roberts and the whole Washington crowd live in a kind of an incestuous relationship to one another, they talk to one another, they see one another, they know nothing about ordinary people.”
They have both been in the Senate since the 1960s, with Inouye there first by 6 years. Kos concludes,
Perhaps he sees that despite Stevens’ long service, he is under siege by primary opponents and a general election opponent who is slated to kick his ass this November, and fears he might face a tough primary or even general election contest himself in 2010.
Whatever the reason, Inouye is 83. Hopefully, that means retirement is in order and Hawaii gets a chance to elect someone who doesn’t shill for indicted crooks from the party that has given us our nightmare Bush America. (more…)
let me start by first saying that i don’t currently support, nor subscribe to, either of the remaining democratic presidential campaigns.Â the candidate i supported was forced to drop out prior to super tuesday and since then i’ve been a man without a candidate.Â however, given the groundswell of support from progressives countrywide, i do tend to lean ever so slightly toward senator obama.
given that, i still have problems with both candidates and their apparent attitude of ‘do what it takes to win’ whether it might actually be right or fair.Â there is no doubt that campaign politics are not for the faint of heart.
i read this morning an opinion article from salon titled, why hillary clinton should be winning.Â if you’ve never visited salon before, let me tell you my impression is they are a open-minded, fair, and progressive news source.
the author raises a question which, having not asked it myself, i thought was interesting.Â why don’t the democratic primaries function under the principle of ‘winner take all’ as do the general elections?Â the author lays out his case that, if the democratic primaries functioned more like the general election, it would be hillary, not obama, that would be winning.Â and not just winning; she’d have a commanding lead and would likely and easily clinch the nomination months prior to the national convention in august. (more…)
OK… counts are in, so people are connecting the dots and speculating as to what the official delegate counts may be. We know that Hawaiâ€˜i awards delegates proportionally rather than winner take all… should be simple to figure out, right?
Statewide tallies were roughly 75% Obama to 25% Clinton. We have 20 delegates that are allocated proportionally… split that 3/4 to 1/4 and you get 15 Obama delegates and 5 Clinton delegates… right? Wrong. As you may have seen in the media accounts (Hon Adv, Star Bull), based on the preliminary vote counts that have yet to be verified, the projected delegate count sits at 14 Obama and 6 Clinton.
It is a tad more complicated to figure out than one may think on the surface of things. Read more if you want to know more about the geeky aspects of delegate allocation… (more…)
As a precinct president, I helped staff my Democratic Caucus in Honolulu (District 25), and it was a phenomenal night! I brought a friend with a disability and arrived early, about 5:30 (voting was to begin at 7 PM). At that time, almost everyone there was a volunteer worker, but soon people coming to vote were arriving early. People had gotten word of a possible huge turnout. We had a huge line of new voters, and another huge line of people registering as Democrats for the first time— so many that we ran out of Democratic Party registration forms! If we had designed the influx better, we might have had a third line for registered voters who are already members of the Democratic party, but weren’t sure which precinct they were in (we could have processed everyone faster.) Some came expecting to vote early, registered, and then had to leave before voting even began.
Everyone had to go to their precinct table to await the official time for the caucus vote, 7:00 – 7:30 PM. Our tables were filled to overflowing. Some precincts quickly ran out of Precinct Sign-in forms, and I barely had enough. The procedure was that when the District Chair gave the go-ahead, everyone had to get a ballot from a precinct officer and vote. Unfortunately, we had no microphone or loudspeakers in the room full of hundreds of people! The poor district chair had to try to shout over the din to let us know when it was time to vote. Once balloting started at 7:00, there was mayhem for a while. There were FOUR names on the ballot: Clinton and Obama, of course, but also Kucinich and Edwards, even though they had dropped out, and “Uncommitted.” (more…)
A few more thoughts to put down about last night’s Democratic caucuses that didn’t make it into my last post. Perhaps best that they are split anyway… the last one was full of elation, this post will have some of my gripes and annoyances.
I went to bed last night thinking that considering the chaos, there seemed to be relatively few complaints. Most people seemed to understand that we were doing our best. I have been perusing other blogs that posted reports from different locations last night and just got around to checking Jerry Burris’ reports at HA. Many comments coming in are from people complaining about their site’s lack of preparedness. Let me respond to one that was directed at my district. I think these complaints are probably representative of how many others felt across the State. I can only speak for myself, but I imagine my response is likely similar to that other organizers across the State would make as well. (more…)