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    Myths Move On

    by: Betsy L. Angert

    Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:00:00 AM EDT

    Special Election Briefing: 5 Things You Should Know

    copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert

    MoveOn.org presents this production with a desire to seek donations.  This self-proclaimed "Progressive" organization hopes to advance the Democratic candidate, and look for dollars to do so.  In essence, MoveOn would wish the public to think that if we advocate for Barack Obama then the Party platform will be fulfilled.  As one who does not necessarily see these two entities as equivalent, I offer this audio-visual presentation more as a tool to inform than a request for a contribution.  

    Betsy L. Angert :: Myths Move On
    Might we muse of misinformation, misinterpretations, misapprehension, and misalliances.  The video mentions many.  However, the perspective is understandably skewed.  Please ponder; Democrats are not divine.  Republicans are not devoid of principles.  People, myself included, protect the points of view they trust to be true.  Frequently, this means, intentionally, humans will focus on the differences.  I am no exception.  Hence, I offer what may be my divergent views.

    As one who believes war is not an option, I do not think a shift in troop deployment will bring an end to combat.  Soldiers will not be sent home if a Commander-In-Chief intends to fight a feud in Afghanistan.  I propose the public ponder; potential President Barack Obama posits, more troops are needed in yet another volatile territory.  The Illinois Senator says, American forces should have been in Afghanistan all along.  

    The Illinois Senator trusts, terrorists lie in wait in Afghanistan, and America must act.  Just as John McCain asserts, Barack Obama affirms, he "will not hesitate to use military force."  For the Democratic Presidential candidate, there is a "war we need to win."  Sadly, his statement does not refer to a nonviolent assault on poverty.  Nor does he genuinely mean to address Universal Health Care.

    MoveOn.org encourages Americans to donate to the cause.  They promise, if we work to elect Barack Obama, four years from now, all Americans will have quality Health Care.  What this group of political activists does not speak to is a stark reality for near forty-seven million.  Those who cannot afford adequate coverage now, under the Obama plan, will likely still not be able to pay for an insurance plan.  Nonetheless, MoveOn.org avows, if we are able to place Barack Obama in the Oval office, in less than 1500 days, everyone in our family, and each of our friends, could have [valuable and adequate] medical services.  The operative word is could.  

    Please peruse the Health Care proposal Barack Obama puts forth.  Observe, the option to offer universal coverage is absent.  With Barack Obama in the White House, tens of millions of Americans will remain personally responsible for their medical bills.  Without funds to pay for necessary treatment, most will go without.

    A clean energy economy will not be created as long as Americans are fed pabulum or petroleum.  We cannot cure an addiction to oil if "leaders" endorse policies that continue to provide the fossil fuels that have destroyed the environment.  A Presidential hopeful intent on compromise does not invite change we can believe in.  An openness to offshore drilling delays an authentic investment in renewable sources for propulsion.  

    I believe, if Americans or Presidential aspirants, do not close one door, they will not likely be desperate enough to open another.  

    Therefore, as I assess the plans of each of the candidates, I see few distinctions.  I do not perceive that anyone who invests in what is will solve the energy crisis.  Presidential hopeful John McCain, and Senator Obama are willing to sell an anxious public short-range solutions, ones that will ultimately cause greater harm to the planet.  Politicians on the Left and Right pander to an easily appeased populace.  The shared commitment is to the status quo.  This is not change I can believe in.

    Perchance, if MoveOn.org did not advance the prescribed media message or secure the myths, I would be willing to support the activist alliance.  At present, I feel frustrated.  I was once hopeful.  There was a time when I believed.  Now, I am mired in misgivings.  

    I cannot contribute to what will not bring change.  I will not call myself Progressive in name only.  

    When Progressives again prefer global peace, I will return to the Party.  When the presumptive Democratic nominee proclaims an end to perpetual wars I will donate to his or her campaign.  When Universal Single Payer Not for Profit Health Care is endorsed by the political platform that was once mine, I will support the strategy.  When the Left launches policies that preserve the planet, and does not endanger species, MoveOn, I will add my name to your list.  Until Liberals chose to cause no harm to man or beast, I prefer to pour my time and money into a movement that is truly "on" point.  

    For now, I perceive the Progressive agenda as one that promotes Party propaganda.  I will not advance the rhetoric.  Nor will I commit to such an unsavory campaign.  The relationship was nice while it lasted.  Now, that your organization asks funds to sponsor a myth, I must move on.

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    to change we can believe in.

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. ~ Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull

    Betsy L. Angert


    I am a Democrat (0.00 / 0)
    In respond to an inquiry . . .

    I believe in the Democratic Party, or at least what once was thought to be the Party for Progressives.  I trust we are best served when we work in unison.  I think it wise to endeavor for the greater good.  I have no desire to divide an effective entity.  I wish for all who have faith in the people to act as one.  I trust that change can come if we consider the commonweal and do what needs to be done from within.

    I offer the words of one I admire.  'Twas another election, another time.  Then, as now, much was misunderstood when a person spoke of what was once valued.  I wish to stand together with those who say they believe as I do.  Sadly, when Progressives do not act on the principles they espouse, I can only wonder.  I know to my core, I am a Democrat.  I know not of those who no longer support the doctrine they once held dear.

    Published on Thursday, July 24, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
    Open Letter to Nader Voters and the Greens
    By Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich

    When we marched against the WTO and the corporate trade regime in Seattle in 1999, we marched together.

    When we stood together against the war with Iraq, half-a-million strong in New York City, and 15 million strong throughout the world, we stood together.

    When we fought the badly-named "Patriot Act," we fought it together -- and I was the only one running who voted against it.

    When we tried to stop this war from starting, we fought it together -- and I was able to pull together 126 of my colleagues to vote no to war last fall, working with my friend and ally Barbara Lee, as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    We stand together in opposition to the death penalty; in support of living wages; in support of boosting alternative energy rather than wars for oil; in support of medicinal marijuana; in opposition to corporate hog farming; in support of organic farming; in opposition to nukes in space; in opposition to Star Wars; in support of cutting the military budget by 15% and applying those funds to public education.

    We stand together for national health insurance, Canadian style. We stand together on public financing of campaigns, on same day voter registration, on instant runoff voting. We stand together on civil rights, and equal rights, and human rights. We stand together on voting reforms for ex-felons. We stand together on ending the trade and travel embargoes on Cuba. We stand together in opposition to the current war on drugs, which is all too often a war on the urban poor.

    We stand together in demanding that publicly-owned clean water is a human right. We stand together in demanding that the developing world's debt be forgiven, as if it were still the Jubilee Year; and that we act seriously to build a world in which arms sales decline, hunger declines, poverty declines, and human rights increase.

    We stand together on rejoining the rest of the world, and signing the Kyoto Treaty, the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Land Mines Ban Treaty, and all the rest of the treaties and agreements and working relationships that the current Administration has so cavalierly tossed aside.

    We stand together in opposition to excessive CEO salaries; in opposition to offshore tax havens for corporations; in support of real pension reforms, real SEC enforcement, real crackdowns on corporate scofflaws. And we stand together in opposition to sweetheart deals for corporate friends of this Administration, whether it's Enron wrecking California for profit, the drug companies ripping off seniors and HIV patients and poor people for profit, or Halliburton ripping off Iraqi oil revenues for profit.

    I am a Democrat, but I understand that Greens and Nader voters are not just liberal Democrats. Still, I note that in Europe, even when political parties disagree on issues, they are often able to work together with each other in coalition. I'd like to raise that possibility again today. And I note that Ralph Nader has suggested that my candidacy is worth supporting.

    We all know we will do better if we work together. Perhaps we can find common ground on issues and principles. I would like to open up that possibility. And I would like to ask that you give serious consideration to my candidacy for President. Because a better world is still possible.

    Rep. Kucinich is a presidential candidate and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. ~ Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull

    Betsy L. Angert


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