Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 271
This newsletter is long because I worked on it over the past three weeks whenever I could to cover lots of ground.
Today is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It seems so long ago. Bush never accomplished the mission against al-Qaeda, and Obama gets the mission after it has already been botched. But he is doing what he can to correct the horrible mistakes of the Bush administration. I will never forgive Reagan for calling the Taliban the equivalent of the founding fathers. When he armed them, I knew one day those arms would be turned against us. Sadly I was right. I will never forgive the Republicans who opposed Clinton's going after bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Clinton knew getting bin Laden was a priority, but the Republicans had no interest in going after him. I will never forgive Bush for ignoring the warnings that an attack was immanent or for letting bin Laden go when we had him cornered. And I won't forgive Bush for taking troops out of Afghanistan before their mission was done to illegally and immorally invade Iraq for no good strategic reason.
Obama is trying to fix all these messes the Republicans started. Let's hope he can succeed. It is a very, very difficult task and from what I can tell he is doing the right things. He has targeted al-Qaeda in places Bush ignored (e.g. Mali). He has shifted our combat troops out of Iraq where then never should have been back into Afghanistan where they had a mission to do before Bush took them away from that mission. He has pressured Pakistan to more honestly fight al-Qaeda rather than turn the other way, and so since Obama took office more top al-Qaeda members have been captured than were captured during the entire Bush administration. The mission has moved forward. I hope he also is planning on rebuilding Afghanistan and working on building up moderate leaders, small businesses and the like in Pakistan, Somalia, Mali and all other al-Qaeda recruiting grounds. Remember how effective the Marshall Plan was after WW II. We need to apply the same strategy here.
Bush was on the wrong track about al-Qaeda from day one. Obama has brought us back to the right track, but can the mission be saved from the fiasco of Bush's mishandling of it? And why are the Republicans refusing to back his efforts to defeat our enemies? Instead they obstruct his every move, actually aiding al-Qaeda.
And then there is the economy. Many of us are feeling the effects of the economy more and more. That also is a legacy of Bush. Clinton gave us a fabulous economy and a budget surplus. Bush squandered it and gave us the biggest budget deficit ever. Obama has that mess to clean up as well. His putting money into huge alternative energy projects and into infrastructure rebuilding is brilliant...and we need more of it. His putting stimulus money into the auto industry was also brilliant and basically saved the auto industry and saved a ton of jobs. He has done wonders with the limited resources the Republican mismanagement of America left him. And, of course, the Republicans continue to oppose each and every proven strategy to revive the economy that Obama tries. Progress have come, and it has come over the whining of Republicans.
If the Republicans have their way, the rich will get their tax cuts and the rest of us will lose. If the Republicans have their way al-Qaeda and the Taliban will continue to thrive the way they did under Reagan (really the precursors to al-Qaeda and the Taliban) and both Bushes. If the Republicans have their way we will continue to depend on Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela for our energy needs rather than create AMERICAN jobs making AMERICAN energy. If the Republicans have their way we will continue to neglect our infrastructure and have more Katrinas, more BP disasters, more Exxon Valdez disasters, more bridge collapses.
Obama has not done as much as I would like him to do. But I am still so glad he is our President. He has done so much despite the huge mess Bush left him and gotten so little credit for it. And he has had to deal with constant lies, whining and obstruction from Republicans even when it meant saving or creating American jobs.
I leave you with a video of my son singing his favorite song, put up on YouTube by his sister...he'd be very excited if it became popular ; -)
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A List of Democratic Accomplishments from the Coweta County, GA Democratic Party
Climate Change: The First Step
Democracy for America: Phonebanking for Victory 2010
Mosques and Korans and the Constitution, Oh My!
NY FOCUS: New York State Progressive Bloggers' Joint Statement Regarding Park51 / Cordoba House.
New York State Focus: (Final?) Roundup of Endorsements for September 14 Primary
Brooklyn Focus: VELMANETTE MONTGOMERY FOR STATE SENATE
Brooklyn Focus: The Reform Slate for State Committee
Brooklyn, NY Focus
Manhattan, NY Focus
Bronx, NY Focus
NEW YORK STATE FOCUS
JERRY BROWN FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR:
I remember when Jerry Brown was first Governor of California. He is not the nicest of people, but he was a damned good, LIBERAL, effective governor. I urge a vote for Jerry Brown for Governor.
TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA: Some important candidates in Califorinia
California Focus: Re-elect James Ramos to the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees
California Focus: Green Power Switch
Southern California Grassroots Alliance
San Diego, CA Focus
Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus
Orange County, CA Focus
TX Gov: Dead Heat: Bill White (D) gains ground.
Five Key Races in Texas
Dallas County, TX Focus
Austin/Travis County, TX Focus
Houston/Harris County, TX Focus
Texas 10th District Focus: Turn TX-10 Blue
Texas 21st District Focus: Turn TX-21 Blue
Florida Focus: Alex Sink for Governor
PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA
Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus
Pinellas County, FL Focus
Orange County, FL Focus
Broward County, FL Focus
New Jersey Focus: Environmental Score Card Shows Big Dip in Scores
New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch
Passaic County, NJ Focus
Sussex County, NJ Focus
Warren County, NJ Focus
NEW JERSEY FOCUS
Michigan Focus: Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State: "Knowledgeable and genuine."
Progressive Candidates in Michigan
Michigan Green Power Switch
Minnesota Focus: Boycott Target
Minnesota Focus: Education Underfunding is a Policy, Not a Reaction
Minnesota Focus: Progressive Candidates in Minnesota
MINNESOTA FOCUS: Blogs, The Minnesota Project, Drinking Liberally
Illinois Focus: Explosion Rocks Honeywell Uranium Facility Run By Scab Workers
Illinois Focus: Bill Foster for Congress
Progressive Candidates in Illinois
Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch
WI-SEN: Meet Communist Ron Johnson, the GOP Candidate in Wisconsin
FAIR Wisconsin/Human Rights League 2010 Endorsements
Wisconsin Focus: Republican Scott Walker's Record of Failure
Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch
Washington Focus: On Saving 319,000 Jobs, Or, Legislation Keeps Teachers Teaching...comes from a local Washington State blog, but applies to the whole country.
Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch
Progressive Candidates in Washington State
Seattle/King County, WA Focus
WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS
NV-Sen: Even Republican CEOs oppose Angle's extremism
Nevada Focus: Re-elect Nevada State House Representative John Oceguera...more here: American Indian Candidates: John Oceguera
Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch
Pennsylvania Focus: Veterans for Manan Trivedi for Congress
Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch
Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania
Lancaster Co. PA Focus
Feds sue brutal, racist Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio...keep in mind that "Sheriff" Arpaio isn't even competent...his record in law enforcement is dismal.
Arizona Focus: Angela Cotera, Rocket Scientist for Arizona
Arizona Focus: An "unprecedented slate of highly qualified Indian candidates for office in Arizona"
Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch
Progressive Candidates in Arizona
Progressive Candidates in Colorado
Douglas County, CO Focus
Boulder County, CO Focus
Larimer County, CO Focus
Virginia Focus: Three Important Congressional Races
Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch
Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus
Hanover County, VA Focus
Standing Up for the Future of NC’s Children
North Carolina Focus: Green Power Switch
North Carolina Focus: NC-5 District Focus (Stokes County, Statesville, Surrey County, Iredell County, Watauga County, Yadkin County)
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS
Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch
From the Coweta County, GA Democratic Party: Obama Will Triumph -- So Will America
Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch
Atlanta, GA Focus
Coweta County, GA Focus
Fayette County, GA Focus
Alaska Focus: Diane Benson for Lt. Gov.
Alaska Focus: Re-elect State House Representative Woodie Salmon
South Carolina Focus: Rob Miller (SC-2) Challenges Joe "You Lie" Wilson
South Carolina Progressive Network
Oklahoma County, OK Focus
Oklahoma Focus: Jeff Jones for Oklahoma District Attorney, District 10
Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch