Saturday, May 31, 2008

"Week In Review"

What a week it was. Where did it start? Kicking things off was Hillary Clinton's previous week's RFK assassination snafu (discussed in previous blogs). She apologized and said it was a mistake. The media didn't buy it. She was chastised by MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. Barack Obama said she made a mistake. The liberal media milked the story and took it to where no man has gone before. When nothing more could possibly be drained from her "slip of tongue" and the public wasn't buying into the media's hype, next thing you know Obama has a "slip of tongue". During a Memorial Day event, he said his uncle had help free victims of a concentration camp during WWII (discussed in previous blogs). This was false it was his great uncle, who was in the war and it was the Red Army who freed the victims not Americans. The liberal media allowed this gaffe to slide. On hump day a White House scandal engulfed the airwaves. Scott McClellan, former press secretary of the Bush White House, in a much aniticipated book alleged that his former boss and other cabinet members misled the public on the Iraqi War. Note: sources who have read the book say that McClellan said he was a man in conflict during his stay at the White House, but he stayed on to collect a paycheck. Of course the Bush Administration and all his supporters are lambasting the book and author! Republicans are seeing red and Democrats are seeing the White House even clearer in their sights. The liberal media had a field day inviting McClellan to talk about the book on their shows. The coverage McClellan and his book got just about eclipsed the Presidential Race. But then came the Rev. Michael Pfleger and his incendiary May 25th sermon at Trinty United Church of Christ, Obama' church. On a You-Tube video Pfleger can be seen and heard making these remarks referencing Hillary Clinton: "I really believe that she just always thought, 'This is mine. I'm Bill's wife. I'm white, and this is mine. I just gotta get up and step into the plate.' Then out of nowhere came, 'Hey, I'm Barack Obama,' and she said, 'Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I'm white. I'm entitled. There's a black man stealing my show!'" (In this photo Jesse Jackson is pictured with the Rev. Pfleger. It should be noted he did not partake in the incendiary remarks made by the minister).

To view the entire video, cut and paste the following into your internet browser: http://politicalkudzu.com/2008/05/29/father-michael-pfleger-mocks-hillary-clinton-video/

Unlike other stories, the liberal media chose not to cover the controversial minister and his comments in any great details. Why were they afraid to cover this news story? Perhaps they felt it would have been negative press for their candidate of choice? But covering the story would not have changed his standing in the eyes of the DNC or the huge African-American population (and small white populaton) which gave him his victory.
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Meanwhile back at the ranch: The DNC meets this weekend to decide how to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates. Puerto Rico will hold its primary on Sunday. Montana and South Dakota will end the primary season with elections being held on Wednesday. All votes will have been cast and counted. The proverbial bell will toll and Hillary Clinton at that point should respectfully bow out of the race and allow the chosen Barak Obama to step forward. His nomination was a forgone conclusion after he won the Iowa Caucus. The media is trying to evoke John McCain's temper and tie him to the Rev. John Hagee, who endorsed McCain (McCain is not a parishioner of the minister's church).

"and we are not saved..."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Vice President for McCain

The neverending Democratic race has bought John McCain time to define himself and reassure those Republicans who aren't quite sold on him and his conservative commitment. Now he must focus on a running mate who will bring to the table all of the excitement the Democrats are enjoying with a possible Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as their nominee. Romney, Huckabee, Crist, Jindal and even Guiliani are a few names that have been thrown around as possible VP choices for John Mcain. However, if McCain hopes to win this election, he will need to choose a running mate who will ignite the Republican base thus pulling the party together and draw both independent and some democratic voters. The aforementioned men, though accomplished in their own rights, aren't exactly the "it factor needed" but would be good as cabinet members. McCain needs a running mate who will help him go to battle with the Democrats. He will need a running mate with great presence, an eloquent speaker, who is able to debate the party platforms, and someone who is wise when it comes to protecting this great country. This person must be able to identify with the ideas and values not only of the Republican Party but is able to reach across party lines and work with those of different ideas and opinions. The individual should be a first class statesman possessing great integrity, a general, someone who knows about war and terrorism so well that he is willing to say ''you break it, you own it''. This blog submits to you Colin Powell.


He is a retired general of the US Army, former secretary of the state and the first African American appointed to the position. He is a former National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell is a very distinguished man with a MBA from The George Washington University. He is respected both at home and abroad. A McCain/Powell ticket would be unstoppable. For the record, his background is from modest means (South Bronx). He worked his way to the top the old fashion way...hard work.
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Meanwhile back at the ranch: People who live in glass houses should never throw stones or talk about their opponent's gaffes. A day after giving a memorial day speech on the heroism of this "uncle who liberated a concentration camp in Auschwitz" Barack Obama's staff had to put out a statement correcting the claims. Obama doesn't have an uncle who served in World War II. His mother is an only sibling. Instead, it was his great uncle Charlie Payne who served in the 89th Infantry Division which assisted in the liberation of Ohrdruf on April 4, 1945. Bill Burton a spokesman for the campaign said Obama meant to say Ohrdruf a camp associated with Buchenwald and not Auschwitz (which was liberated by the Red Army). Note: Barack and camp sincerely regret this mistake. To read the full story cut and paste this link in your browser: http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/05/27/recollection-of-obama-familys-service-missing-key-details/

To be clear, Obama isn't without faults. After all, this isn't the first time he has confused incidents in history. Earlier in the race he claimed his parents participated in a civil rights march in Selma, Ala. Not true. His parents didn't participate in the march, and he wasn't conceived during the 1965 march (as he said in one of his speeches). He was born in 1961. To be fair, the Obama camp aren't trying to hide these gaffes, it's just that the liberal media, who are suffering from a serious "man crush", aren't reporting on them. By the way, did anyone see Keith Olbermann lambasting Obama for any of his gaffes? If you recall, he came short of demanding Clinton wear skirts and not pants over her recent gaffe. Perhaps this is why Clinton's supporters say the media is biased against her.

For more Obama gaffes or gaffes on any of the candidates go to google and type in the candidates name and gaffes. You will be surprised at what you have been missing.


"and we are not saved..."

Monday, May 26, 2008

"To Whom The Bell Tolls"

On Sunday June 1st, a bell will toll. This will take place after the island of Puerto Rico holds the last big Democratic primary this election season (at stake 55 delegates). Hillary Clinton is expected to win the primary. Clinton has said on a few occasions June will be the month the Democrats have their nominee. Was she signaling a departure from the race? Afterall, only a couple of more states are left to hold primaries. These states have a relatively small delegate count. Certainly a June departure would allow her to suspend her campaign with her supporters knowing she stayed in until all the votes were cast and was not forced out by the party's elite or media. With dignity, respect and her accomplishments all intact, she would be able to bow out gracefully. Furthermore, a June departure would allow for a smooth combining of hers and Barack Obama's voter base. And while this wouldn't be the outcome she and her loyal supporters had counted on, what else is there? Little by little super delegates are throwing their support behind Obama. If super delegates continue to migrate his way, before the November DNC convention, he will have the magical number needed (2025) to clinch the nomination. So even with a win in Puerto Rico on Sunday and subsequent wins in the remaining states, Clinton will not be any closer to the number needed to rest the nomination from Obama.

It must be said, she has fought a good fight, kept the faith even when as early as January many in her Democratic party and the media had written her off. While the calls for her to leave the race early on were very premature, it has now become an inevitable reality. The sounds of inevitability have slowly crept upon her campaign. The once great momentum she had in 2007, after announcing she was in the race, seems to have lost its legs. After Obama won the Iowa Caucus, an onslaught of obits began to appear and were heard all over for Clinton to get out of the race. In 1992, the same cry was heard for then Gov. Bill Clinton (Arkansas) to drop out of the race when he came in second place in Iowa to Tom Harkin and lost New Hampshire to Jerry Brown, but he remained in the race. He later clinched the nomination and became the 42nd President (serving two terms).

A decade or so later, Hillary Clinton, who by all accounts, was her party's favorite is hearing the same cry. Perhaps this decades' Iowa win gave cause for the Democrat party leaders to take a closer look at Obama, as being an agent of change. With some of the Kennedy Clan, led by Ted Kennedy, publicly supporting him, thus handing him a metaphorical torch that JFK had once held, which championed the cause of liberalism and all it stood for, further solidified his claim to the nomination hence forcing Clinton out. The liberal media also became an annointing faction with good press for Obama. They were intoxicated with his good looks, eloquent speaking style and his ability to draw large crowds. The only thing Clinton brought to the table was name recognition, experience _ pretty much status quo of the past...not to mention a few missteps by her, her husband and her campaign. All of these things are without doubt a winning combination for an opponent. Once you win the media and party heads over there's nothing left. She is seen as old politics, even by the party that had considered her as their best chance to take the White House back. If hindsight is 20/20, were the Democrats really ever behind Hillary Clinton? Was she their only hope until _ the audacity of hope _ Obama pulled off his Iowa win and going on to win the next 17 plus primaries (which included a majority of Super Tuesday primaries in March)? Clinton pulled off wins in all of the big states Democrats must win to take the White House (Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, California, West Virginia, Massachusettes, Ohio, Indiana) but little significance was given to the wins. Needless to say, these turn of events against the once assumed heir to the Democratic nomination is a tough pill to swallow. Not to mention, part of the pill you must swallow is a somewhat acknowledgment by the media that maybe: they have been tossing your opponent softballs and you hard balls, they judged you under a microscope not used on your opponent (who walked away unscathed by anything), you were made the underdog and no matter what you did you remained there in a negative fashion, you only wanted the best for your country but you're billed as being calculating cold and shrewd, when you made mistakes it was seized upon and blown completely out of proportion, and finally if the tables were turned in any other circumstance none of this you are going through would be. As it all wraps up and comes to a close, to look in the mirror and realize the pill you have is the pill you and your husband so cleverly masterminded a decade ago against his opponents and must now swallow is the toughest pill. How bitter it must taste.

“Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” (John Donne, 1623)


Meanwhile back at the ranch: In a closed interview with a South Dakota newspaper on Friday, Hillary Clinton was asked why there were still calls for her to drop out of the race before all primaries are held. Her response: "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it."

She misspoke. She apologized. He (Obama) accepted. Why is it still being discussed by the media? Many have come out in her support, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and said this is much to do about nothing. The media on the other hand, has perhaps over hyped her comments in another attempt to demonize Clinton. What is even interesting is the way the comments made its way to the public. Interestingly enough, the Obama camp were the first to release the statement to non-other than the mouth piece of MSNBC Keith Olbermann. He in turned from his bully pulpit on Friday chastised Clinton and gave his harshest criticism to date. Since then, Obama has come out to say: "I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Senator Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make and I think that is what happened here."




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Former Republican Congressman Bobb Barr (Ga.) recently received the Libertarian nod to run as their candidate for President. What happened to Ralph Nader (bottom right)? He was the candidate for the Green Party.








Is he no longer a media draw? How much air time will be given to Barr?












"and we are not saved..."

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Two More Attending Court


In addition to Jindal and Romney, Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, has been invited Arizona to attend court with John McCain. Mike Huckabee the former presidential candidate was invited but decline owing to another engagement.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign in Florida. The DNC is suppose to make a decision on seating the delegates of Florida and Michigan before the August convention by the end of May.

"and we are not saved..."

“The Search for a Republican VP”




John McCain is holding court this weekend at his Arizona compound. In attendance will be former Massachusetts Governor and former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (top right) and current Louisiana Gov. Bobby (Piyush) Jindal (top left). Word on the street: the two men will be interviewed for the possible Vice President position on a McCain ticket. Both men are accomplished and smart, but what value would either bring to the ticket? Jindal is too young and perhaps inexperienced for a position as Vice President. Granted he is governor of Louisiana and has been in the position for a little more than a year. He isn’t seasoned enough. Having him being on the ticket could be a throw back to George Bush, Sr. putting Dan Quayle (bottom right) on his ticket. Quayle did more harm then good, and it served as a distraction during Bush’s four years in office. Jindal gets a thumb down from this blog. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, offers would probably balance the ticket. He is a former governor of a populous state and former CEO of a major consulting firm. He understands the economy and has a broad appeal _ not to mention he looks presidential. The only draw back, unfortunately is his religion. Will it keep people from voting? In the 60’s, there was concern that electing a Catholic John F. Kennedy was akin to electing the Pope. JFK was elected and the Pope remained in Rome. Advice to McCain keep looking, but keep Romney on the short list.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: The media has decided it isn’t about race but more so geography which keeps Barack Obama from winning the white vote. The day after the Kentucky/Oregon primaries, the anchors and pundits on broadcast and cable news spoke with relief of this new finding _ it’s the geography not the race that matters, but within those numbers race is broken down, so they are back where they started with a new spin.

The percentage points he won of white votes:

Oregon 47%
Kentucky 19%
Wisconsin 52%
Pennsylvania 29%
North Carolina 26%

Needless say he won the black vote overwhelmingly in these states were blacks voted. Also not, he lost the white vote in West Virginia (where two out of five voters said race matters). He also lost the white vote in Indiana _ a state where a majority of voters get their news from the neighboring city of Chicago. What’s so interesting about all of this, the media never mentions Hillary loosing black vote in such large numbers. Instead, they make note of her loosing a small portion of women and white men. Perhaps they forgot blacks gave her husband two terms in office, but he also attracted a nice portion of the white vote. Taking that into consideration it would be safe to say that an equal amount of blacks and whites is needed to clinch the nomination and win in November?

It should be noted, that the rhetoric between the dualing Democratic challengers has taken a softer stance. During his victory speech in Iowa on Tuesday night, Obama acknowledged Clinton's campaign efforts and tenacity and how her being in the race has opened doors for not only his daughters but for others as well. During Clinton's speech she assured all the party would be united by November.

“and we are not saved…”

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Meeting of the Minds"

Is it comforting knowing the President of the greatest nation was in the Middle East a few days ago making nice with the Sauds. What is this? Gas prices are at an all time high. President Bush should have been insisting the Sauds put out more oil so that the prices can be lowered at the pump. We protect their Kingdom! How and why should we allow them to dictate? It is their oil and they sell to us, but there comes a point when playing hardball is required and now is the time. What would Reagan have done…uhmmmm????


Meanwhile back at the ranch: Hillary Clinton wins Kentucky and Barack Obama takes Oregon. What does this mean? The race continues on.

Delegate count:

Clinton: 1758 needed 2026
Obama 1940 needed 2026

McCain 1458 needed 1191

The liberal media once again says it isn’t about race or gender. But with the same voice they ask: would the DNC take the presumed nomination from Obama a black man and give it to Clinton a white female? Neither candidate have the magic number to win without the super delegates. Most polls show Clinton as a stronger candidate and more elect able. This begs an answer to the question many are thinking but refuse to ask out loud: if the tables were turned what would the DNC do? Uhmmmmmm?

“and we are not saved…”

Monday, May 19, 2008

"Is It Over...Exit Left?"

Winston Churchill once said, "Never give in...Never give in...Never give in." These are words Hillary Clinton has adopted, as she continues her quest to be the Democratic Nominee. Some wonder, however, it is over? Has the fat lady and the pant lady sung? Since its inception, this blog has made every attempt at keeping the news on the nominees as accurate and fair as humanly possible. We have rallied the cause of all candidates and called the liberal media out when they took sides, favoring one candidate over another (and they still do). But now, looking at the numbers and not just that but the reality of it all, is it possible for Senator Clinton to clinch the nomination? As said before, no matter what Barack Obama does, he will be chosen to represent the Democratic Party. There is no wrong he can do to sway away the African American vote. Whites who support him will continue their support. The DNC has all but bestowed the title on him along with the super delegates. At this point, no matter what the Rev. Jeremiah Wright says or does and even if Obama is seen on a tape at his church, as he delivers one of his famous fire and brim stone sermons _ the support from his base will not deter.


Meanwhile back at the ranch: So what is left? Breaking the news to Hillary? It is over. The pant lady decided the fat lady would sing solo.






"and we are not saved..."

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kentucky and Oregon



Next Stop Kentucky and Oregon primaries.

Where does it go from here? The writing is on the wall. The true nominee for the Democrats will soon stand out, and the party will move forward to the convention. God Bless America and the Democrats and may they unite.

The Republican's have a presumptive nominee and are gearing up for the fight.

"and we are not saved..."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"Taking It To the Convention?"

In 1976, Ronald Reagan went to the RNC convention and challenged Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination. Ford had won more primary delegates than Reagan, as well as more plurality in popular vote. He had not, however, secured enough votes to win the nomination. The nominee to represent the party was decided at the convention and Ford was chosen. In 1980, Ted Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter. While neither candidate had received a majority of the votes during the primaries, Carter had somewhat of a lead(Carter votes: 2,129.02 and Kennedy votes: 1,150.48). Carter won the nomination and became president. In 1984, the democrats once again went to the convention before Jesse Jackson yielded to Walter Mondale (neither won the presidency). So if Hillary Clinton, takes her bid to be president to the DNC convention in Colorado it wouldn’t be unchartered territory as the liberal media would lead you to believe. It isn’t the best scenario, but it has happened. Question: What is the rush for Clinton to drop out of the race before the remaining states have held their primaries? It is obvious she will win West Virginia by a landslide and possibly Kentucky and Oregon. The delegates she gets from these states still won’t give her the number to clinch the nomination. On the other hand her opponent Barack Obama, whom the media is referring to as the presumptive democratic nominee, will not have the magic number either. At the end of this election cycle in order for Clinton or Obama to get the nomination, the super delegates will have to give them the magic number (research Hubert Humphrey and the election of 1968). With that in mind, why should either of the candidates expect the other to give in? Because the media has redefined the terms of what is a race and which states count. In addition to the earlier facts, another fact West Virginia is predominately white and will go to Clinton. North Carolina was predominately black and went to Obama. Do these facts make the race Racist? Again the media has defined what is considered racist and what isn’t. Right now the media says: Hillary is a racist for mentioning she has cornered the blue collar vote.


Meanwhile back at the ranch:
John McCain is not flying under the radar. Instead he is working to galvanize his parties’ complete support. He is also working to find a vice-president. Lucky for him, the media convinced his opponents to drop out of the race early on, but then too the numbers weren’t behind them.

Delegate Count: Needed for Democrats: 2025 / Needed for Republicans: 1191

Clinton: 1712
Obama : 1875
McCain : 1413


“and we are not saved…”

Saturday, May 10, 2008

"The Race Game"

Who’s really playing the race card? Is there a card to be played? What exactly is the “race card”? Who determines when the game is being played and when it isn’t? How is the game played, and what are the components? Is it played like chess and the winner declares checkmate? Is it like checkers with red and black pieces? What is the result of the game, or how is a winner declared _ if one is. Are their rules to the game one can read and study, or do you learn by the seat of your pants? Also, can any one play? Questions which seem not to have an answer, but the media seems to always know when it is being played. First former President Bill Clinton was said to have been playing the game earlier this year. He compared Senator Barack Obama’s win in Iowa to that of Jesse Jackson’s wins in 1984 and 1986. The media called him on it. The media claims Hillary Clinton is playing the race card, when in an interview she brought up the fact she has a broader base then Barack Obama, which consists of blue collar workers white voters and Hispanics. The media has been trying to say the Clinton camp’s been playing the race card since the beginning of the primaries. It appears the media is an expert on who is playing and who isn’t playing the race card. The media thinks John McCain will play the race card in the fall, if Obama is the Democratic nominee. What can be deducted from all this? It seems the mere mention of blacks or African-Americans is playing the race card. What’s interesting is the media makes mention of race on a subtle basis practically every day. Constantly noting Obama has been winning close to 96% of the black vote in all but six primaries, and his primary base is African-Americans. Barack Obama never notes this, but it is a fact and in the numbers when broken down. On the other hand, Clinton has been winning close to 50% of the white votes and 30% of the Hispanic votes. She has won only a small percentage of the black votes, a group that her husband, former President Bill, won easily in 1992 and 1996, and he made certain the world new it. So with the numbers being the way they are a mere mention of the facts, wouldn’t be playing the race card. Would it? If so, then the media too is playing the race card.

"Meanwhile back at the ranch"

More calls for Clinton to step out of the race before the primaries are over. John McCain trying to rally the support of his conservative base.



“and we are not saved…”

Friday, May 9, 2008

"100 Year War?"

Not certain why any one is alarmed over John McCain’s comments that troops could be in Iraq for the next 100 years. Think folks how long have our troops been in Germany, Japan, Korea or other countries. Why are so many alarmed by this political ploy by the democrats to scare the masses? Read folks and understand your history, before getting bent out of shape. Yes we all want the war to be over, but the fact of the matter is there will still be a contingency left behind.


“Meanwhile back at the ranch”
Ariana Huffington writes on her political blog, that John McCain told her that he didn’t vote for George Bush. A few questions: what does this have to do with the election? Why is she only now mentioning this? Is this some weak attempt to sway conservative votes from McCain? Is she attempting to throw herself into the political season like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Could she be looking for attention? Politics indeed bring out the worst in some people.

Hillary Clinton promises to soldier on and not get out of the race. Barack Obama’s camp plans to announce he has clinched the nomination May 20? So apparently he will convince super delegates to endorse him. Can you imagine the phone calls they are getting from? It should be noted, doing the math he would not have clinched the nomination by sheer primary votes by May 20th. The same holds true for Clinton. So if speaking politically correct and of sound mind and judgment neither would have won, and thus the race continues. Why the rush to end the race because the Republicans have their presumptive nominee? Now if Mike Huckabee had not been so far behind in votes he too would still be in the race. He dropped out because the Republicans have a sound proof process which involves winner takes all. If the Democrats had the same process, as oppose to the one they made up over time to favor some candidate at some particular time in the past, they wouldn’t be in this pickle. The poor democratic voters are completely unaware of their own parties screwed up process. Yet some call for Clinton to drop out. Ignorance can be bliss…

“and we are not saved…”

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"When Is It Over?"

When will it be over? When should Hillary Clinton concede? At this point, can she actually clinch the nomination? If she is successful in winning the nomination, will African-Americans think she stole the nomination? Perhaps the way to settle it all is to combine the ticket. Never thought this blog would say it, but maybe a combined ticket with Obama at the top and Clinton in back would help.

"Meanwhile back at the ranch..." Can Barack Obama actually win against the Republicans? How far will his great speeches take him? He is no JFK, but a good speaker. Time will tell.


"and we are not saved..."

How Old Is Too Old?



Is 71 to old to be elected President?

If John McCain is elected president, he won’t be the oldest president elected. That title is held by President Ronald Reagan, who was 69 years 349 days old. McCain will be two years and some days older. Reagan was elected for two terms and considered one of the greatest Republican Presidents. When he left office, after serving two terms, he was 77. If McCain is elected and serves two terms, he will be 79. McCain appears to have all his faculties and in good health. His mother is 95 years old and seems to still be holding strong. Therefore, if he beats Barack Obama, who will likely be the Democratic nominee, he will hold the title as being the oldest person elected to office. What of Hillary Clinton?

Meanwhile back at the ranch:
Isn't it funny how politics bring out the worse in people who call themselves Christians? Perhaps, this is why there is a separation between church and state. Actually, it doesn't matter who you support as long as you have the facts and speak to them truthfully and honestly. You can never go by what you think you know but rather what you actually know. We all thought we knew George Bush and look where we are? We all thought there were weapons of mass destruction. The list goes on and on. Listen to what a person does and not say. Be informed and not governed by emotions.

EXTRA...EXTRA...EXTRA.
Obama wins North Carolina and Clinton wins Indiana. What does this mean? The voters want the election to continue until the end




“and we are saved…”

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Panda Bear Club


Message to Joe Andrew: your letter of being inspired is at best a self-righteous personal manifesto designed to pander to voters. Suffice to say this type of rhetoric is un-democratic and only serves to divide and not unit. It is the vote of the people which keeps this race alive. Allow all the votes to be counted and the people heard. With leadership like yours, it is no wonder the Democratic Party is in a quagmire. You write, “You can unite behind a candidate and vision for America without rejecting another candidate and their vision, because in real life, opposed to party politics, we Democrats are on the same side.” Later on you contradict this statement by writing “…it is clear that a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to continue this process, and a vote to continue this process is a vote that assists John McCain.” Do you not see how incongruous these statements are?

You continue, “Only a cynic would be critical of Barack Obama inspiring millions. Only the uniformed could forget that the candidate that wins in November is always the candidate that inspires millions?” What are you trying to say? This is a double statement without meaning. Who are you speaking too, the voters? Let us be honest, what we are experiencing, is the democratic process of choosing a president called the primaries. The dialogue heard are all legitimate per the words from your candidate of choice. You write of disagreeing with dignity, what dignity are you allowing Hillary Clinton? You have basically said get out before all the votes are counted. Having been the DNC Chairman, you should know that in any primary charges are made by either side in hopes of swaying voters from their opponent. This type of attack is Politics 101 and it makes the candidates stronger. By the way Clinton won more than Pennsylvania. She won the major big states, while Barack won small states that usually go red in the fall. You lament about the “absurd system for 2008”, well it is the only system set forth by your party. Perhaps you should research its origin. You will find that it was created to resolve problems similar to the one your party has today. Educate the American voters. Make them completely aware of the super delegates’ task and don’t patronize. They can chose whomever they feel and think will make the better president, regardless of the states won or number of delegates. Again, I respectfully ask that you research the voting rights of the super delegate. You write Clinton is an agent of the past? What makes you so certain Obama is an agent of change? Up and the liberal media have done a great job, protecting this candidate from being vetted and now that the primaries are coming to an end and no clear nominee insight, but questions on Obama and who he is are beginning to surface you want to shut down the process. This is un-democratic and un-American. This isn’t a third world country. All votes should be counted. You write of the election of 2000, but do you understand what happened. If you do, why wouldn’t you use this time spent writing this manifesto to penning a piece asking that the votes in Florida and Michigan count and delegates take their place in August?

P/s: Might I suggest that you and Howard Dean get together with the other Democratic heads and question your motives.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: Barack Obama says the questions regarding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright are legitimate. Howard Dean, Chairman and of the DNC, says bringing up the matter is akin to injecting race in the election. What??? Obama says Hillary Clinton and John McCain are pandering to voters? Let’s be honest, all of the promises any of the candidates make can be seen as pandering for the candidates can’t make change. It is the job of Congress to make the changes at the advisement of the President and the people. Who’s pandering now?

“and we are not saved…”

Sunday, May 4, 2008

“IMAGINE II: Hillary Rodham Clinton As The Democratic Nominee”


After all votes were counted for the last primary and caucuses, the Democrats decide Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the party’s presidential nominee. African-Africans are furious and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson calls for an immediate boycott in every major US city.








Within 48 hours of the announcement, voters all over can be seen marching and demanding a recount of the vote. They demand to know how and why the Democratic Party would allow such an atrocity. Why was Clinton chosen over Barack Obama who led in the delegate count and seemed to have had the support of the super delegates? A dream that many African Americans had hoped for and saw has been taken away faster then a blink of an eye. As Democratic Party heads hid behind closed doors, hoping their candidate selection would blow over and level heads prevail, Sharpton makes it known that the only thing which could make this right would be for Obama to claim what was unjustly taken from him. If it didn’t happen, a show of public disobedience would commence. To be fair, Sharpton and Jackson give the party until July to work the matter out otherwise the August convention will go up in flames.


Meanwhile back at the ranch: Hillary and Bill Clinton see no reason why the party should give into such threats. After all, it is the right of the party heads and super delegates to go with the person whom they feel will win the election in November. All the polls show Hillary leading her Republican opponent, John McCain, in the double digits and the American people see her as a strong candidate. This of course is meaningless to Sharpton and Jackson they want more. They want it all and will not stop unless it is given, not matter what the consequences would be. So the clock kept ticking as the deadline approaches. Not even the antics of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright can stop this. And what of Obama, the man who came out of no where but won more small states and caucuses than any other presidential candidate; the man who doesn't want the Florida or Michigan delegates to have a place at the Democratic convention, the man whom the media has a man crush, the man who slammed Clinton and McCain over their judgment on the Iraqi war but downplayed his judgment on the Rev. Wright. The man who feels he will be able to knock John McCain out with a single punch.


Barack the man who says race doesn't matter, but who garnered 96% of the African American vote and has never once acknowledged or thanked them for having brought him so close to claiming the top spot. What of him? Well like Wright, he got what he wanted and walked away earlier on. So while Sharpton and Jackson boycott and march and do whatever else they do, Obama stays put and waits for the outcome to go his way.






”and we are not saved…”

Friday, May 2, 2008

"IMAGINE"


Imagine being the spiritual leader to a young man who was lost and not certain of his relationship with God. This young man comes into your community and seeks you out after hearing and learning of your work in the community. You council this young man and help him find his spirituality. He joins your church and you introduce him to the community and assist in his networking. You even perform the nuptials for he and his wife and the baptisms of his children. You help him run for state office and then national office. One of your sermons is even used as a title for one of his books. You are then called in to advise this youngman when his name is thrown out as a possible presidential candidate. You are even asked to pray for the family when he prepares to announced that he will throw his hat into the ring and run for president of the nations highest office _ the President of the United States. But when you pray you are in the basement of the stage the announcement will be made on. When you pray, you are told you can't stand next to this youngman and his family because you can be rough at times in your sermons. Reduced to a basement after participating in partically all of the most important events in this youngmans life. One may even say the spiritual leader acted as a father figure, but still to be reduced to a basement for prayer and told you can't be by myside when I make one of the most important announcements... How do you think the Rev. Jeremiah Wright feels?

Not to validate his actions _ The Rev. Wright is a smart man and should have known all eyes would be on him when he re-surfaced after the public learned of his controversial brow beating Trinity Church sermons. Did he forget? Did he flip? Was he grandstanding? Is his ego bigger than life? Was he out to harm Obama?

What could have happened: Barack Obama would have said. I know Rev. Wright he is my pastor. He can get rough in some of his sermons. I don't always agree with every sermon, as many of you have probably experienced in your own relationships in your church. The Rev. Wright would have said Obama is a parishioner at my church and attends services as regular as any normal person. He has a strong belief in his faith and his family is religious. My job to him and to members of my church is to counsel them on their faith in God. This would have been the end of the now rift between pastor and parishioner. Instead we are where we are now. Will this hurt Obama? Yes, but he will still get the nomination thanks to African Americans, who are willing to forgive and move on for they have their eyes on a prize of having the first black president (which will not happen).



Meanwhile back at the ranch
: Hillary Clinton did a superb job in her interview with Bill O'Reilly. She stood her ground (not that anyone thought she wouldn't). She could win Indiana and North Carolina, but still the liberal media is backing Obama as well as the party big whigs. As for John Andrews, the former DNC head, you endorsed Clinton the end of 2007 and now moved to Obama. Why not just wait until the end of the primaries before changing? Politics 101. John Kerry, Robert Reich, Bill Richardson and Tom Daschle all part of a system afraid to leave party politics behind. Which is why they have not been successful as of lately in their political aspirations. This is pandering to African Americans at best. Once Obama is the nominee and doesn't win the general election blame no one but yourselves.

All should listen to Karl Rove the greatest politician since FDR.

"and we are not saved..."