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Will World Protest Muslim Sudan Genocide In Darfur?

Thousands of people throughout the world are protesting against the inhumane bombing policy of Israel which has resulted in the deaths of innocent men, women, and children. But, for some strange reason, there are no demonstrations against the Muslim nation of Sudan which has killed–not 1,000– but over 200,000 innocent men, women and children as well as raping females and driving over 2.7 million Darfurians to seek refuge in other lands. Why is there silence in Muslim nations at what incoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton terms a “terrible humanitarian crisis compounded by a corrupt and very cruel regime which she believes is engaged in genocidal policies.

The Obama administration is considering no-fly zones and even the possibility of blockading ports in order to end the murderous Muslim leadership which has unleashed the janjaweed to kill and rape without remorse. It appears the government of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was praying for a McCain victory and now fear that liberal Democrats will actively support the people of Darfur. Bashir intensely dislikes Susan Rice, the new US Ambassador to the UN who has spoken of the need to end Sudan’s murderous policies in Darfur.

Hopefully, in the coming days, protestors in the Arab world, Europe, Latin America and Asia will be marching in the streets with signs saying, “we are all Darfurians.” If killing 1,000 is an example of “genocide,” then what is the killing of 200,000 to be termed?

Hillary Clinton–Secretary of State?

The rumors are circulating that Barack Obama has asked Hillary Clinton to become secretary of state in his administration. The past eight years have witnessed a president who only appointed people who shared his views and intimidated anyone who dared express an opposing viewpoint. It was common knowledge that Condi Rice would cast her views in a manner that ensured the president thought she agreed with his ideas even when she opposed them. Barack Obama is restoring the concept that presidents should have divergent viewpoints in the Cabinet in order to expand the range of ideas he encounters.

Hillary Clinton is a powerful person and she will not hesitate telling the president that his ideas are wrong. She also enjoys the trust and confidence of leaders throughout the world who respect her as an intelligent person who can listen and discuss issues with intelligence. For example, President Sarkozy a few days ago told President Medvedev of Russia that Bush’s idea for missile defenses in Poland only made the situation worse in Europe and created tension. A Hillary Clinton can engage in discussions with a Sarkozy and be able to present to the president reasons why world leaders disagree with his proposals.

The proposed Clinton appointment means the presidency has once again become a center of intellectual ferment rather than a closed society of yea sayers. The life of the mind will be welcomed in an Obama administration and intellectuals will be asked to share ideas. Just imagine a government in which Sarah Palin is viewed as someone who has ideas! Hillary Clinton will restore the primacy of the presidency as a center of intellectual ferment. In fact, we will have scientists in power who actually know something about science.

Editorial: Sexism, Palinism, And Hypocrisy

I was recently taken to task by a former supporter of Hillary Clinton who was angry of my use of the word, “skirts” and expressed the view although she hates George Bush she was now leaning toward voting the McCain-Palin ticket because “you have to admit, Palin has a sharp mind.” I found the comment fascinating since the writer apparently dislikes everything about Bush while finding something attractive concerning Palin. Let’s look at the Bush record which this woman dislikes:

Bush opposes abortion and wants to end it.
Bush opposes legislation for gender equity in the workplace.
Bush believes the invasion of Iraq was the right choice.
Bush opposes higher minimum wages.
Bush opposes national health insurance.
Bush has opposed action to end global warming. For years he said it did not exist.
Bush has damaged efforts at conservation of national resources.
Bush has placed the Federal government into education with disastrous results -NCLB.
Bush opposes any form of gun control.
Bush has no strategy to handle the situation in Afghanistan.
Bush has authorized invading allies like Pakistan and bombing them.
Bush believes in creationism, not evolution.
OK, we could go on and on.
Sarah Palin agrees with every one of these Bush ideas. So, what exactly is meant by the expression, “at least you have to admit Sarah Palin has a sharp mind?”

This woman, like apparently thousands, if not millions of other women, has turned to Sarah Palin not because of agreeing with any of her political, social, economic or foreign policy ideas, but due to her “sharp mouth.” These women prefer a woman who speaks with nasty, vicious words because they want a woman in high office. Palin is attractive, and, as some women have stated, “she is just like me.” Well, the object of having elections is to ensure we do NOT elect someone just like you. Hopefully, we elect individuals who have the ideas and capability of dealing with issues and discovering solutions.

Sarah Palin has indicated a willingness to confront Russia and, if need be, not blink, even it it meant war! Is this the woman “just like you?” Would you risk the possibility of nuclear war? Sarah Palin is an ignorant, dangerous, loose cannon who could destroy the world because she is “tough” and will “not blink.”

The real question is why do women who supported Hillary Clinton believe the anti-Hillary Cllinton Governor Palin has a “sharp mind?”

Hillary Clinton Hits Home Run At Democratic Convention

Senator Hillary Clinton gave a masterful speech at the Tuesday evening session of the Democratic Convention. She directly confronted any of her supporters who are angry and ready to vote for McCain by challenging them as to whether the campaign for her nomination was about her or about the issues and ideas that she advocated. She emphasize to her supporters that John McCain stood for the opposite of everything they were fighting to achieve and a vote for him was a vote against women rights, against health care, and a vote for someone who is more likely to seek military solutions instead of diplomatic ones. She continually emphasized she was voting for Barack Obama and she urged them to return to the Democratic party and fight for its beliefs.

Hillary Clinton displayed passion, conviction, and a sincere commitment to support the Obama candidacy in the fight to end the Bush fiasco in America. She pointed out it was no surprise the Republican convention was being held in the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, since the twins of Bush and McCain could not be told apart when it came to their political and foreign policy beliefs. She specifically pointed out a major goal of her campaign was obtaining affordable health care for all in America, something opposed by McCain but supported by Obama.

There is no question Senator Clinton will be out campaigning for Obama and working to persuade women to follow suit. Her speech was undoubtedly the best she has ever given and it captured the admiration of everyone in the convention. She laid to rest any qualms that existed regarding her support for Senator Obama.

Hillary Clinton- Is It A New Journey?

The fat lady has walked off the stage, the opera is over and now as patrons depart, the real question is what is the singer going to do tomorrow now that she has a sore throat. Senator Clinton announced the campaign is over, Obama has won, and she will speak to the nation this weekend about her future plans. Senator Clinton has it within her power
to shape the course of the next election. Throughout the political careers of Bill and Hillary Clinton there has always been a sense of narcissistic entitlement in which their individual careers always take precedence over party or national interests. To each person there comes a moment in life when we can go beyond ourselves and become part of something larger. If Hillary Clinton chooses the course of divisiveness and discord, she will end her political career in shame. However, if she begins from the postion this nation, and the world, needs an end to George Bush as well as George Bush, light–John McCain–she will truly become the first women leader of this nation. One does not require a title or office to lead.

If Senator Obama decides he wants Clinton as his running mate, the Democratic party will be in good shape, if he decides he wants someone like Senators Jim Webb or Chuck Hagel, he can still win the election. The nation expects Senator Clinton to campaign as vigorously for Obama as she did for herself.

Bill Clinton Hears Fat Lady Singing In Distance

Former president Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife in South Dakota uttered a wistful comment about the future of her bid for the presidential nomination by saying, “this may be the last day I’m involved in a campaign of this kind.” The politically astute man from Arkansas may well have heard the proverbial fat lady’s voice echoing in the distance as the opera commences its final moments of performance. After tonight, Senator Barack Omba will undoubtedly have sufficient votes to take him over the fifty percent margin and ensure his triumph at the Democratic convention. However, Senator Hillary Clinton’s tough minded supporter, Harold Ickes, pointed out in a campaign in which over 4,000 delegates have the power to decide who wins, a margin of 150 votes reflects ” a dead heat.”

Unfortunately, for Ickes and Hillary Clinton it makes no difference if it is 150 or five or one, because in the end, whoever has a majority wins the battle. The most important issue confronting Hillary Clinto is how she will pack up the end of campaigning and join together with Barack Obama to win the November election. If she pursues the fight right up to the convention, she may come across as a hero to many women, but she will have destroyed her career in the US Senate by antagonizing every Democratic member of that body. They will never forgive her if John McCain wins.

Hillary Clinton has many years ahead of her to put her mark on history. Ted Kennedy was forced to abandon his presidential ambitions in the 1980s and went on to an illustrious career in the Senate. The same is possible for Hillary Clinton.

Clintons Stand Tall– For Themselves

The ongoing saga of the Clintons, which has been playing in American life for nearly two decades, apparently has another few decades to perform its comedy and tragedy. I twice voted for Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton as the US senator from New York. I have no regrets for any of these votes, but, today, find myself, like millions of Americans wondering if the Clintons have ever once thought about what is best for this nation. Senator Clinton insists she represnts a revolutionary moment in American history that must be continued regardless of what happens to her party or the nation. Her supporters say the senator has been viciously attacked and subjected to male chauvinistic prejudice and only by remaining in the primary fight can she make clear to male bigots that voices of females will not be silenced.

Let’s examine the record. In most state primaries, Senator Clinton has won more white male votes than her opponent which for some reason translates into male chauvinistic behavior. Perhaps, if she was unable to obtain many male votes, there might be justification for the charge of male prejudice, but that is not the case. Her supporters insist Barack Obama has made anti-female remarks but few, if any, are produced to support the allegations. However, her unrelenting attack on Obama has undoubtedly damaged his candidacy and assisted McCain. Do her supporters forget her remark that both she and McCain had the most experience in foreign policy?

Senator Hillary Clinton claims her candidacy represents an important moment in history for women. In a sense, she is absolutely correct. But, the “moment” is not really about her candidacy, but about what’s important for women. If John McCain wins the presidency, he will appoint at least two anti-abortion supreme court justices which would result in the end of abortion rights for women. John McCain will do nothing to further health insurance nor fight for child care nor fight to end sexual harassment at work, all things that impact women in the moment. McCain will not fight for decent wages for those struggling to survive, and since women have lower wages than men, this impacts them in the moment. McCain will continue appointing pro-business anti-human rights people to government agencies which translates into damaging the welfare of poor people, and this is not only happening in the present moment but will continue into future moments.

Never once has Senator Clinton considered that her continued involvement in the primary campaign is damaging the rights of women now, in the present moment. Bill Clinton was the one who gutted the welfare program that benefited poor people, a high percent of whom were female. His arrogant behavior as president was A factor– not THE- factor in Bush’s triumph in 2000. The Clinton fiasco with health care in 1993 hurt all Americans, and certainly impacted poor women. It is now forgotten there was a majority in 1993 in Congress to support health care, but the bungling arrogant approach of the Clintons killed that possibility.

Senator Clinton doesn’t have a clue about the greatness of Ted Kennedy. He lost his opportunity to become president due to personal behavior, and then set about to make himself a record in the US Senate as one of the great senators in American history. She has a similar opportunity, but unlike Ted Kennedy whose family tradition focused on public service for the nation, the New York senator is only concerned about her ego. Hillary Clinton is not a demon, she is not evil, she is simply a tragic figure who never placed the nation before her own interests. In a sense, both Hillary and Bill belong in a tragic Shakespeare play about the misuse of power.

What Makes Hillary Run?

The results are in from North Carolina and Indiana, but vote tallies do not appear to impact the thinking of Hillary Clinton if her comments today can be accepted at face value. She insists the fight is gong on until a “nominee is chosen.” Just about every political pundit and analyist has expressed the view her campaign is over, but the senator from New York is battling like some distored Rocky caricature in hope she can rise from the canvas and knock out Barack Obama. What makes her continue running-is it ambition, her ego, her need to be in the limelight?

If the life story of the Clintons has any bearing on her current desire to fight on to the convention floor and, in so doing, antagonize the entire Democratic party, it suggests both Bill and Hillary contain aspects of a self destructive personality. Obviously, using expressions such as “self destructive personality” opens one to the charge of throwing around pop psychology and cliches. How else to explain a president who conducts a sex affair in the White House? How else to explain a candidate who is mathematically out of the running for president but continues the good fight?

The anger, the vituperation, the anger, the recasting of personality in order to present herself as a working class girl who rose from the streets to attend an Ivy League institution when she could spare time from hunting and fishing. Hillary Clinton with each passing day offers a portrait of frenzied behavior, and hostility to Obama which comes across as fury toward one who stole her chance to become president.

Whatever makes Hillary Clinton run it certainly is not driven by loyalty to the Democratic party or to interests and needs of the American people. Hillary Clinton can transform herself into a figure who will go down in history, not as the first female president, but as one who stepped aside in order to ensure this nation had a new birth of freedom and peace. A great leader runs for the people, not for self.

Sounds Of Leaving Unheard By Clinton

Senator Barack obama swept through two more states with overwhelming majorities to further demonstrate he has captured the imagination of voters in Democratic primaries. Senator Clinton continues speaking in words unheard or ignored by the majority of voters. Hillary has spoken about her more extensive experience, her hard work, and even boasted she makes up her own speeches instead of being like Obama who borrows them from others, but nothing she says resonates with the public. The ides of March are fast approaching with primaries in Ohio and Texas, they can mark a final dagger in the heart of New York’s senator.

Hillary Clinton has done an excellent job as a senator from New York and she can look forward to a long career in that body. Hillary hoped to become an historic figure by being the first woman elected to the presidency. But, she now has another historic opportunity, spporting the candidacy of the first African American to gain the honor of being president. The fat lady’s voice can be heard in the distance, it’s time for Hillary Clinton to quit the stage of presidential politics and return to the outstanding work she is doing in the U.S. Senate.

Clinton Campaign-Daggers and Disarray!

After continually observing voters switch to the dynamic message of hope espoused by Barack Obama, Senator Clinton has decided to go on the attack with a vicious array of negative ads. The ensuing battle is impacting not merely her conflict with Barack Obama, but her own staff. This week, Mark Penn and Mandy Grunwald, two old Clinton aides, clashed over the wording and intent of ads. Mr. Penn, who created embarrassment when it was revealed his PR firm collects hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nuclear company that Clinton linked with Obama, attacked Mandy Grunwald. Ms. Grunwalkd replied, “Oh, it’s always the ad, never the message.”

Hillary Clinton has surrounded herself with a small coterie of admiring sycophants in the same manner as has George Bush. They believe in a top down media driven approach to politics in which ads and money supposedly win contests. She never bothered to create a solid base among young people or those who had visions of a better America, instead it was the same old crowd saying the same old things about nasty Bush. Senator Clinton never realized America wanted something more than talk about the evils of Bush, they wanted a vision for the future.

If Clinton’s negative ad approach gains her some victories, she will alienate large sectors of her Democratic base and they will not be enthusiastic about campaigning for her in the fall. Senator Clinton greatest weakness is failing to connect with Americans and their fears and hopes for a better nation.