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A Strong Woman is Running for President


I am so proud that we have such a strong woman likely to be the next president of the United States.  It is sad to say, but I don’t think everyone is proud.

In fact, I think there are many that feel threatened by such a strong woman. The day Hillary Clinton became First Lady, and began working on establishing health insurance for all, was just too much for the Good Old Boys (GOP) and conservative Democrats to handle.

We need to look past the Republicans’ effort who are trying everything and anything to keep this wonderful strong woman from becoming president. They have been trying, in vain, to discredit Hillary Clinton for years. We cannot let them get away with it.

 

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Timothy McVeigh Wannabees


This is NOT an April Fools joke!  During an interview with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), John Hannity declared that their live audience was “Tim McVeigh Wannabes.”  That remark won big cheers from the crowd  and smiles on the faces of California’s congressional representatives McCarthy and Dreier.

Just to remind you, Tim McVeigh was an anti-government terrorist, convicted of blowing up the Oklahoma City Federal Building, killing 168 people, of which many were babies and young children who were housed in a day care center on the premises. Since then, from 1995 to 2005, over 60 domestic terrorism plots have been foiled.

If McCarthy, Dreier and Hannity support murderer Tim McVeigh, they should be questioned for possible treasonous activities.  Members of the audience should also be carefully scrutinized. John Hannity should be fired.

Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself at: Hannity Calls His Audience “Tim McVeigh Wannabes”! And they Cheer?

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What has GOP done for workers?


This article was written by Clint C. Gold and originally appeared in the Tulsa World 10/24/99 .  I am republishing this here because it underscores  what I had always thought about the difference between democrats and republicans.

Not too long ago, my wife and I attended a TV football party in south Tulsa. With a lopsided score, the conversation turned to a livelier subject — politics. The crowd was, of course, top-heavy with Republicans. With each point expressed their faces became more flushed, eyes bulging a little more and veins popping in their foreheads as they railed against the liberal programs.

Finally a lone, liberal voice asked: “Will you people name me one bill your party ever passed to help the working man of this country?” The question created much din and clamor, and someone sputtered, “Well, what have the Democrats done?”

The liberal responded with a few programs and was interrupted by howling and disdain. He noted that he had not promised they would like the programs and he asked to complete his statement — a difficult task to ask of Republicans.

He spoke of Social Security; Medicare-Medicaid; Peace Corps; unemployment insurance; welfare (for the poor and corporate); civil rights; student grant and loan programs; safety laws (OSHA); environmental laws; prevailing wage laws; right to collective bargaining (which brought about paid medical insurance, paid vacations, pensions, etc.); workers’ compensation; Marshall Plan; flood-disaster insurance; School Lunch Program; women’s rights.

He spoke of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established a minimum wage, instituted child labor laws, and set up time-and-a-half pay for over a 40-hour week.

He mentioned FHA-HUD with its public housing, urban renewal and 44 million residential homes (before WWII almost 70 percent of our nation were renters; by the 1970s this had been reversed).

And farm-conservation subsidies — USDA programs, Farmers Home Administration (the bankers didn’t want to make rural loans), small flood-control lakes (more than 3,000 in Oklahoma alone), rural water districts, rural electricity (REA).

The GI Bill was passed, which the Republicans at the time bitterly opposed. They were salivating over millions of returning veterans to hire as cheap labor. More than 8 million have used college benefits, creating millions of entrepreneurs; most of us had never dreamed of college. For the unemployed GI, there was $20 a week for 52 weeks to help get started (a lot of money in those days). The Veterans Administration provided more than 2 million home loans.

For the bankers at the football party, it was pointed out that the liberals saved their industry with the creation of FDIC and FSLIC, insuring their deposits, and saved Wall Street with the establishment of the Securities Exchange Commission.

The oil men came on bended knees to FDR at a time when East Texas oil was 4 cents a barrel and begged him to save their industry. He did; prorationing overturned the rule of capture and the days of flush production were over. Prorating has served this great industry (and nation) well.

And the list went on and on, but of course this group didn’t let him get halfway through. He noted they were weary, inattentive, so again he challenged them to offer up any Republican legislation examples.

“I’m sure your party has authored one or two comparable bills from time to time, but I can’t think of any, and apparently you can’t either. What it boils down to is this: the liberals dragged you into the 20th century scratching and screaming with your heels in the mud, fighting anything that’s progressive, everything that’s made this country great. You Republicans have never understood that the spending power of blue-collar workers, obtained through Democrats and unions, is what really made this country great. You really believe “The Good Life” was obtained from your own endeavors. You cloak your greed in religion and patriotism, railing against any form of tax, never comprehending that these programs have benefited all of us and our country.”

Well, I almost didn’t make it out of the house. My wife and I didn’t even get to see the end of the football game.
If Reps. Steve Largent or J.C. Watts had been there, perhaps politics would never have come up, only the game plan … pity.

Clint C. Gold is former mayor of Moore, OK and a retired savings and loan executive.

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Country gains momentum against Healthcare Reform based on Lies


The major media outlets have now been reporting that the momentum for Obama’s Healthcare Reform has been decreasing. This is true. But, if you do not ask the question why, then it is a very misleading truth.

The media has been showing town halls from across the United States. These town halls do not reflect the thinking points of the American people, but rather the talking points of the republican operatives. These operatives have bussed volunteers into the town hall meetings with a packet containing the talking points, including tips on how to disrupt a meeting and prevent the speaker from even getting started. These points are all lies: Obama will create “death panels,” the government is going make decisions about our health care, you will be bogged down in government paperwork, etc. This was designed to change the thinking of the American people to withdraw any support they might have had for President Obama’s healthcare reform. But this new thinking was based on the LIES they see and hear on their T.V.!

We cannot allow the lies of the republican party to mislead the American public into believing that Obama’s health care plan would “kill” seniors, or come between you and your doctor. How absurd!

The common shout out at these town hall meetings “Keep the government out of my Medicare!” demonstrates how little the health care opponents actually know. Just in case, I will state here that Medicare is a public option for seniors. They get excellent care! Seniors get the care they need to continue living, even if their quality of life has deteriorated. I have seen it in my own family. Care was never, ever denied to our grandmother even though she had no quality of life. Medicare is not a profit driven company. It is designed to take care of our citizens who have retired and have no private health insurance. And, by the way, there is no paperwork!

Do you know who is killing people? Do you know who comes between you and your doctor? The private health care companies!! Currently, THEY decide, NOT YOUR DOCTOR, what care you should have, what care is critical or life threatening. The CEO’s of private national health care companies, making billions of dollars, keep their profits high by withholding health care wherever possible. The more claims they deny, the more money in the pockets of these billionaires. Health Care is a profit driven business.

Now, who do you trust? The private companies? Remember, their only concern is profit! Or the United States government, who is taking criminal action against those companies for denying coverage that are causing people to die or loose everything.

These lies have started with Betsy McCoy, who is a part of the Hudson Institute. They are the source of ResistNet.com. These are the people organizing and bussing people to the town halls. This website posts death threats to President Obama and compares Obama to Hitler. We cannot allow these fringe groups to control the national dialog on health care.

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Fight back against health insurance lies


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What Would ‘Tightening’ Look Like? from fivethirtyeight.com


It has been awhile since my last post and I have had very little time to attend to Truth in Politics NOW.  I don’t usually re-post an article from another site, but this is a wonderful site for poll watchers such as myself. They crunch and re-crunch the numbers every possible way. Visit them at www.fivethirtyeight.com.

Before you go, take a look at this article from five thirty eight, posted on October 27th, 2007. It made it very clear exactly what to watch for in terms of poll numbers between now and November 4th. I found it very helpful:

What Would ‘Tightening’ Look Like?

There is a lot of discussion going on about whether the national race is tightening; our model concludes that it is not. But what would meaningful ‘tightening’ look like in terms of the Electoral College?

Let me be oddly specific here. In order to conclude the Electoral College has tightened to the point where the outcome on November 4 is at least moderately uncertain, I would want to see the following between now and the election. Call it the 2/2/2 condition:

John McCain polling within 2 points in 2 or more non-partisan polls (sorry, Strategic Vision) in at least 2 out of the 3 following states: Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania.

If this condition is met, then I think there could be some drama on Election Night (though by no means would McCain be the favorite). If not, then it’s very hard to imagine McCain winning.

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Keith Olbermann speaks for us and our fears of the Right


A special report from Keith Olbermann discussing the McCain campaign. He points out the true and verifiable facts that supporters at the McCain rallies have been promoting a theme of disrespect, hatred and violence towards Barack Obama. It is a disgrace and hasn’t been seen since the years when racism was accepted as legitimate public policy.

At the same time, the rallies at the Obama campaign show Obama quickly and effectively silencing simple boo’s at the mention of McCain.

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Smears galvanizes Obama supporters


Every smear promoted against Barack Obama only galvanizes his supporters.  What the McCain campaign does not understand is that Barack Obama represents every American who ever felt marginalized.

Every woman who was been raped.  Every woman that survived breast cancer.  Every man and woman who
had to work 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet.  Every soldier who went to Iraq and knew it was wrong and had to do it anyway.  Every African-American who was subject to racism (and that would be every black person in America). Every Hispanic who was subject to prejudice.  Every child who was ostracized
or alienated for being “different,” every elderly person made to feel obsolete and unimportant, every disabled person made to feel deficient and anyone else who was marginalized by the minority ruling class:  the 1% of predominantly white, male Americans who control most of the country’s wealth
and therefore most of the power.

In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, every tyrant who ever ruled has always fallen.  They are consumed by their own hatred.  So when the Republicans smear Obama, it is GOOD for the Obama campaign. It just makes everyone in his campaign work that much harder.  In fact, we should thank the Republicans for handing him this election.

And THAT, my friend, is why Obama will win.  Just look at history and reflect upon the energy of this campaign.  It is born from the negative energy that produced the opposition:  prejudice, murder, hatred, hundreds of years of discrimination and violence.  Now all Americans who were victimized by our fear and stupidity have a leader.

Yes, there is danger, because the minority ruling class is fearful and does not want to lose power.  However,
just like Ghandi, King, and Bobby Kennedy before him, Obama will not lose
because he has the spirit of all those leaders within him.

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North Carolinians Speak Up. Let’s Listen


North Carolina, for perhaps the first time in its history, has the chance to become a blue state.  An Obama canvassing training was held in Raleigh last night and there were literally hundreds of people present.  Each one of those people are expected to get 10 more people to get out the vote between now and election day.  The best news for us all, though, is that the McCain campaign never counted on an election in this state to be so close.

He’s had to allocate financial resources to battle the Obama tide in North Carolina and that means he has less resources for an already troubled financial campaign.  Obama, however, does NOT have a troubled campaign.

Could it be that the negative campaign ads, direct mail, rallies and television appearances are working against McCain and Palin?  Senator Obama’s campaign strategy was perfect:  no need to attack McCain and Palin  because they will shoot themselves in the foot.  And they continue to do so….

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Sarah Palin supports Militants with ties to Iran: A verifiable true story


Everyone is talking about Bill Ayers and his militant activities while Obama was just child of 8 years old, but there is another militant group that is still active today. It is called the Alaskan Independence Party, also know as the “AIP,” and it is supported by Sarah Palin and her husband.

So who is the AIP?  Is it just another independence party, like Joe Lieberman? Not by a long shot.

The founder of the AIP was a man named Joe Vogler. Like Ayers, Vogler preached armed insurrection against the United States of America. Vogler was know for saying,

“when the [federal] bureaucrats come after me, I suggest they wear red coats. They make better targets.  In the federal government are the biggest liars in the United States, and I hate them with a passion.  They think they own [Alaska]. There comes a time when people will choose to die with honor rather than live with dishonor. That time may be coming here.” Vogler continues, “I hope we dont’ have to take human life, but if they go on tramping on our property rights, look out, we’re ready to die.”

This is the same ideology that produced people like Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted and later put to death for the Bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There was Waco, Texas, where the “Branch Davidians” leader, David Koresh taught that the U.S. government was the enemy of the Davidians, and that they would have to defend themselves.

Voglar made an appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States’ “tryanny,” and in front of the entire world, demanded Alaska’s freedom. Now here is the kicker. He actually persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American cause.

Sarah Palin was not 8 years old. She was the Governor of Alaska, addressing the Alaskan Independence Party’s convention herself  just six months ago. She told them in her speech to “Keep up the good work” asking for God to bless them.  She wished the party luck on what she called its “inspiring convention.”

This is here and now and Sarah and Todd Palin show a deep involvement with this domestic terrorist organization. And we now see the buds of this kind of ideology at McCain’s rallies just this week!

At another town hall meeting on Friday, McCain gave the lady a microphone. She said she was afraid if Barack Obama would become president, because she said he was an Arab. The embarrassed McCain had no choice but to then defend Obama and say the truth, lest he be caught in a televised lie in the making.  The crowd booed McCain, but the sad thing is that this lady should be fearing the presidency of John McCain. I fear that the climate of this country could become more like McCain’s rallies.  I would fear for this country if John McCain was elected president.

John McCain pulls out the worst in people while Barack Obama continues to talk about hope and change.

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