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How this happened

Barry -- I'm about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first. I want you to know that this wasn't fate, and it wasn't an accident. You made this happen. You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn't easy, you pressed forward. I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started. But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place. Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests. There's a lot more work to do. But for right now: Thank you. Barack

Occupy World

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

You get the government you deserve

Does history record any case in which the majority was right? - Lazarus Long

Recent political events have had me here at my blog wanted to write something time and again. And every time the shear stupidity of the people involved, the unbelievable chutzpah and/or total ignorance has left me with a complete writer’s block. Not because I didn’t know what to say, but because the scope of the problem and what needed to be said were just overwhelming. Most of the time it was all I could do to shut my mouth after it had fallen open again. It all started when the 2012 political campaign started, in the year 2010. Before that there was plenty of stupidity but stupid people, especially politicians and pundits, seemed to have been given amphetamines. It starts with the fact that any one of theses clowns could be running for office two years in advance instead of concentrating on doing what they were elected to do, and then it ends with the so-called debt crisis.

Corporate Rights and Wrongs

The recent Supreme Court decision finally got me upset enough to blog again. Especially since I haven’t seen anyone trying to talk about the validity of the decision. The press, and even the President can only seem to speak of the consequences of the decision, but the fundamental errors of judgement made by these so-called justices demand that someone speak out because the court itself has so lost sight of what they were sworn to protect.

Health Care Mobs

Obama said that “We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track”, but perhaps no one expected the spanish inquisition? Or the nazi brown shirts?

The political (and republican) media is dead and doesn't know it yet.

Funny that surfing the channels late election night I see a documentary about Abraham Lincoln, and on a movie channel “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”. A coincidence?

Meanwhile the talking heads (not the band silly) are busy on some of the other channels trying to put their usual spin on things by discussing what changes (compromises) our new president will be forced to make to fit into their world view. That they seem a little shell shocked by the results, indicates that they still don’t get it. I am hopeful, and insistent that it is this media, and the old school political thinking they represent, that need to get prepared for change.

Even the difference between the invite-only Republican camp in Arizona and the million strong mass of mostly young (well compared to me) people was striking. The Obama campaign, and his organization seem technologically strong, young and vibrant and are poised to make real changes. Clearly Obama is right to remind us that it won’t happen unless we, the people, continue to help and give him support when needed. But it needs to happen.

So please let’s not all sit back and let the mainstream media try to dictate the terms of the victory by telling us what Obama must do next. They are vanquished foe now, and as victors we need to dictate terms to them.

Yes We Can!

Barry –

I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign – every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing…

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,



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