Can someone explain to me why the media is gleefully reporting on the fact that John McCain is criticizing the Bush Administration for its Katrina response when John McCain was in fact eating cake with President Bush during that exact period of non-response?
Rep. Chris Murphy on Gas Prices:
"Madam Speaker, people are hurting. Real people, not oil company executives, and we need both sides of the aisle and the President of the United States working to fix it."
I’m running because I want to share my ideas, passion and action for progressive politics with the California Democratic Party. I am most happy when I work with other activists to create positive change in our political system. My interest in politics is grounded in my commitment to social and economic justice, persistent hope, protecting the interests of working Americans and guaranteeing personal liberties for all.
Let me first admit that Alinsky did, in fact, talk a lot about apathy, and about how people were apathetic, etc. But I think one of the best things he said about why people don't act is this:
The issue that is not clear to organizers, missionaries, educators, or any outsider, is simply that if people feel they don't have the power to change a bad situation, then they do not think about it. Why start figuring out how you are going to spend a million dollars-unless you want to engage in fantasy.
Once people are organized so that they have the power to make changes, then, when confronted with questions of change, they begin to think and ask questions. . . . It is when people have a genuine opportunity to act and to change conditions that they begin to think their problems through--then they show their competence, raise the right questions, seek professional counsel and look for the answers. Then you begin to realize that believing in people is not just a romantic myth. (Rules for Radicals, pp. 105-6)
In other words, you don't get people thinking about change by asking them to think or by urging them to act. You get them to think about change by showing them a concrete way that they can actually make change happen.
Look now at 255.005, which is perhaps the most troubling statute in question:
255.005. MISREPRESENTATION OF IDENTITY. (a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to injure a candidate or influence the result of an election, the person misrepresents the person’s identity or, if acting or purporting to act as an agent, misrepresents the identity of the agent’s principal, in political advertising or a campaign communication. [Emphasis added]
Note the text in bold above. Read only the text in bold (a violation of which, in and of itself, would constitute a Class A Misdemeanor) and tell me that it doesn’t put every blogger in Texas who writes about politics and does so under the protection of a pseudonym at risk for a criminal complaint.
I couldn't truly tell the tale of how America under President Truman turned around its failing occupation of postwar Germany, inspired people around the world to believe we were a force for good, and generally became the nation we know we need to be again today without looking at what was happening at the very same moment here at home: Harry Truman's miraculous 1948 campaign.
The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. -Hillary Clinton