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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

More Cantwell Media Blitz

In the worlds of entertainment and politics (are they separate?), the adage goes something like this, "any publicity is good publicity". However it would be hard for me to believe Senator Maria Cantwell buys into that rationale these days. Take for example the two pieces in the May 16th Seattle PI here There's a disconnect between what Cantwelll 'sees' and reality - HOWARD J. GALE, GUEST COLUMNIST and here Cantwell can't dodge Iraq war mess - By ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr. P-I COLUMNIST . The PI is not alone in the coverage of Senator Cantwell. There is this: Cantwell's stance on Iraq keeps volunteers away, party chief says - By David Postman, Seattle Times chief political reporter. In this May 5th article, State Party Chair Dwight Pelz is quoted as saying "Definitely right now there are a lot of activists who are not signing up to work on her (Cantwell's) campaign, and that's very clear,".

Now many will say that these "opinion pieces" are just beating the same old dead horse into the ground but I would suggest that they are just a continuation of the drumbeat that is beginning to define the Cantwell campaign to win her party's nomination in the September primary. One might call them the drums of war.


Peace,

Chad (The Left) Shue

1 comment:

Ozy said...

Agenda or Not to Agenda That is the Question

I read this today on my local message board

“In our country it is the cowardly reaction of our elected political leadership.... especially Democrats (Republicans have so sullied any concept of honor or decency and do not bear talking about except to point out their moral and ethical failings at every opportunity). “

I would like to add a few comments of my own with all due respect to those who read this board.

I would like you to ask yourselves a few questions.
Do you want representatives who vote with the Republicans (G.O.P.)?
Let me be a bit more specific:
Votes yes on the bankruptcy Bill.
Votes yes on NAFTA and CAFTA.
Votes to abdicate their responsibility to declare war and gives it to the likes of George Bush.
Votes for confirmation of judicial nominees like Roberts and Alito.

Fails to support a democratic filibuster on Alito then the next day turns around votes against confirmation claiming credit for that vote.

One would say, “But these representatives have a great democratic voting record!”

I would say, “sure they do in many respects but the big issues keep getting pushed off the table for other issues like flag burning, pork projects & tax cuts and breaks for multi national corporations when we are at war.”

Issues that are getting my neighbors sons and daughters killed or wounded for life would be one of the most important I would think. Wouldn’t you?

How about environmental issues, which will eventually kill our children and grandchildren if they are not addressed NOW!

You can call me simple but it seems like a no brainier to me.
Lets cut the crap and get with the reality of what’s happening to our country and the world.

Hey I could write all day long about how our elected officials like Larsen and Cantwell have made some very bad votes in our names but I will try to limit my critique.

They are a damn soft ticket this November but I must agree with many who are of the mind to get back at least one of the houses in D.C. We need those committee chairs and a majority so we can have oversight and investigation of this corrupt and incompetent Administration, which has steered the country down this path of eventual economic, social, and foreign relations destruction.

When is it time to make a stand on these elected cowards who represent our party?
When are you going to take a stand and shout “I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Is this the kind of quote we want revised to critically reflect our current situation in this country?

From the movie Network 1976:

“I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's no one anywhere that seems to know what to do with us. Now into it. We know the air is unfit to breathe, our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy so we don't go out anymore. We sit in a house as slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster, and TV, and my steel belted radials and I won't say anything." Well I'm not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad. I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crying in the streets. All I know is first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a human being. God Dammit, my life has value." So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" I want you to get up right now. Get up. Go to your windows, open your windows, and stick your head out, and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Things have got to change my friends. You've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open your window, stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"


It wouldn’t take much to revise that paragraph!

I submit that we are truly in dire times. Policies, war, jobs, energy, laws, judicial nominations imposed by this administration will send our future into a tumble from which recovery may be impossible.

I believe the current generations have seen repeats in history like no other has. When are we going to learn? The Union movement, child labor laws, Hoover, F.D.R, Kennedy, Nixon, Viet Nam, Regan, Bush SR, Clinton, and now this spoiled rich brat.

Wake up and LEARN America!

It’s not only a time for taking a stand but also a time for planning futures. The republicans have been patient for at least 35 years. They have screamed and propagandized the American public ad nauseam. The control of the international corporations, media, banks, natural resourses, and the politics of fear, racism, greed combined with the premise that the “Me generation” is a good thing. This has corrupted and convoluted the thinking of many people in our country and around the world.
We must force our representatives to be just that. Demand that they represent you!

This garbage that Larsen voted for the Bankruptcy Bill and Cantwell voted to give Bush authority to go to war is just what it is GARBAGE. We can’t allow huge issues that cause death and homelessness. This Viet-Iraq mess, which has helped shove us even further down the abyss of debt, is chipping away vital resources to our infrastructure.
What don’t these people get about war,death and debt?

I will fight tooth and nail in the primary to replace these incumbents. I feel the public deserves better than the current cowardice and lack of party unity. I will show party unity by voting for these two in the general election but I would really like to see some courageous people from the public run.

We must demand public financing and get the lobbyists who are writing our legislation out! K Street is one of the domains of corruption in Washington and should be deconstructed as soon as possible! We need to show the world that bribery is NOT the American way!

Dirty tricks, lies and corruption perpetrated on our country should be punished to the full extent of the law. Don’t allow signing statement loopholes and campaign buyoffs.

Look at your state primaries. You might see some tricks enacted by some of your own parties. You may see candidates jump in the race in the last couple of months just to split the ticket in races against some of these incumbents who have failed on the big issues or have weak support because of their voting records. These last minute wonders are put into state and local races by higher ups from the parties when their incumbents are afraid they just might lose an election because of their lousy stance on the war, healthcare and public financing! I don’t trust the D.L.C. as far as I can spit! The R.N.C. should just change their acronym to R.T.T.C for Rotten To The Core.

I expect better from our so-called democratic leadership. Federal and State and if I hear one more person from the democratic leadership say it’s not about our platform it’s about winning elections I will certainly vomit! That is total B.S.!

I might just be wasting my breath but I don’t think so. The public is starting to wise up to the absurd representation we are getting from our current batch of sheep. I think we are prepared to get the return of at least one house in the next election but if these politicians don’t shape up they better plan on shipping out!

We must stop voting against our best interests not for our sake but for the sake of the unborn generations to come.

Ozy