Diving into Democracy

Bill Clinton encourages Democrats to make it safe for “Diving Board” voters to test the waters with Democrats for the first time. How do we do that and stay true to our own values? The week before the election, I had the opportunity to hear Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Rahm Emanuel speak in San Francisco at the Warfield Theatre. They were all cautiously optimistic and upbeat about the chances to regain Congress though more reserved about Phil Angelides’ bid for Governor of California. Angelides was there as a surprise guest and I’m afraid I was not surprised when he lost to Arnold. (I confess I was an enthusiastic Westly supporter and felt Steve would have given the Governator a … Continue reading

The Narrative Gap

I know the Democrats have better values than the Republican Leadership and I know they have better plans, so why does it seem like we are at such a disadvantage? I had an amazing week where the universe gave me many gifts and my politics merged with my life. I walked away with some new insights and more hope that I can contribute to a better political outcome for my country. Last Friday, I went to the first day of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. While the Blue Angels practiced overhead in anticipation of Fleet Week exhibitions; Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Elvis Costello, and Emmylou Harris sang songs calling for peace and justice. … Continue reading