A Democratic Daily exclusive: Last week, I had the opportunity to interview actor, activist Ed Asner. Ed Asner is a longtime activist for many causes dear to liberals. He’s a brilliant, sensitive man with a profound understanding of the current pulse of politics in our nation. My thanks to Ed Asner, for taking the time to speak in depth with me on wealth of subjects including his longtime involvement as an activist, Cindy Sheehan, the new book about the Bush administration that he co-authored with Burt Hall: Misuse of Power, what he loves most about America . Pamela: At a time when we could certainly use more outspoken activists, the question for any great activist is what inspired you to … Continue reading
Last week I posted a couple of pieces (here and here) about a letter John Conyers sent to the Kerry/Edwards campaign about the voter fraud lawsuits. Today, John Conyers has a post on his blog saying he is proud of Kerry/Edwards for staying involved. Fighting for Every Voter A few more words about an issue that is of the utmost importance to me. As political candidates, we spend considerable time and effort every election cycle fighting for votes. After the election, whether won or lost, many candidates leave the irregularities of the election behind. But we owe the voters more than that. When voters are disenfrachised, we owe it to them to seek justice and expose the truth. That is … Continue reading
Bush started his five day “Support the War, Because I’m Sliding in the Polls Tour” off with a bang today… AP News reports: As he did in last year’s election campaign and more recently as war opposition has risen, Bush reminded his listeners of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — reciting the date five times in a 30-minute speech. Does he really think people aren’t seeing through the lies? Meanwhile, Thomas Oliphant has an interesting take on Russ Feingold setting date to pull out of Iraq… The real meaning of Feingold’s challenge is to see who will step forward to insist that we do better than that.
I’m stunned… really I am… appalled, actually… Pat Robertson calls himself a Christian? Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called on Monday for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a “terrific danger” to the United States. Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous. “You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t … Continue reading
Dianne Feinstein is the only woman on the 17-member Judiciary committee. This position is not one she is taking lightly in terms of the Roberts nomination. With questions abounding about his stance on abortion, Feinstein, who is a staunch advocate of women’s rights said today that “she will scrutinize his views on abortion and congressional authority to set social policy.” She called the impending debate over Roberts’ nomination a “big, big deal.” “I don’t think in the last couple of decades there has been a Supreme Court appointment that could more tip the balance of the court,” Feinstein said in a speech to several hundred Silicon Valley business executives. “That’s how mega this vote is.” Feinstein said she has a … Continue reading
Connecticut today, became the first State to challenge NCLB in a law suit. As a parent with a student in public school, I hope this is another of sign of things to come. People across the country are sick and tired of the Bush administration’s broken promises… that becomes more and more evident daily. (See Ron’s post below on Bush’s poll numbers.) Connecticut on Monday became the first state to challenge the No Child Left Behind law in court, arguing that the centerpiece of President Bush’s education law amounts to an unfunded mandate from the federal government. “Our message today is give up the unfunded mandates, or give us the money,” said Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. The lawsuit raises the … Continue reading
The following email is being sent to members of the JohnKerry.com community today, asking members to sign a petition calling for straight answers and clarity on Iraq for America’s families. The email is pegged to Bush’s scheduled speech to the VFW later today. Dear Friend, President Bush has a major opportunity today. He’s leaving Crawford to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ convention in Utah. When he does, he needs to leave behind the pep talks, the open-ended “things are looking better” claims and the empty rhetoric. It’s time for the President to stand and deliver. That’s why I am asking you to support an “America Demands Answers” petition to President Bush. Starting with today’s VFW speech, we’re going … Continue reading
“Today, courage and vision are nowhere to be found in Washington, but we cannot allow Washington to rob our generation of this great American legacy. That’s why we have to focus on the grassroots, and welcome the debate on values, and fight for every seat up and down every ticket – because together we’re going to restore courage and vision in America’s leadership. And we’re going to win a lot of elections. I look forward to fighting with you.” Continue reading