Archive for the ‘Obama’ category

Obama and the judiciary

November 28, 2008

Recently Justin Jouvenal on Salon had a long thoughtful article about possible picks by incoming President Obama for the U.S. Supreme Court.  This is an important issue given the rightward tilt of recent appointments (Roberts and Alito).  It is evident that balance must be restored to the highest court in the land.   And the list of possibilities that Jouvenal lays out is impressive (and makes this liberal’s heart go pit-a-pat).

However, it would be dangerous to overlook the importance of the appellate courts, where the majority of cases are decided since the Supremes only agree to hear a miniscule fraction of the cases that are brought to them. (more…)


A familiar pattern emerges

November 3, 2008

So now we have a potentially embarrassing leak about the immigration status of Obama’s aunt in the final days of the long campaign.  Is this what Dick Cheney has been working on?  It cropped up just before he emerged from his bunker to endorse his good buddy John Sidney McCain III for President.  The only source for this kind of information is ICE and somebody high up in this administration had to winkle this information out and find a way to leak it to the mainstream media.

The pattern is familiar.  A leak of  sensitive information appears in a foreign newspaper and then is picked up by the U.S. media.  This is eerily reminiscent of the story about Saddam Hussein trying to get yellowcake uranium from Niger  that surfaced in an Italian newspaper in the run-up to the Iraq invasion.  The cover-up of that leak led to the outing of a CIA agent. (more…)

Family Values

November 3, 2008

There is a political party in this country that self-righteously claims the mantle of protector of “family values.”   But in practice the GOP seems uncaring about spewing hatred and invective at or in the presence of the youngest and most vulnerable Americans.

Once upon a time parents could let their children answer the phone, retrieve the mail and watch primetime TV without worry that their young ones would be subjected to  ugly scary images in political commercials, racist political attacks disguised as comic books, or frightening robocalls accusing a political opponent of being “in league with terrorists” or “unpatriotic”. (more…)

Ignore ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin — Pay attention to ‘quick draw’ McCain

August 31, 2008

Sarah Palin is a decorative distraction that John McCain has inserted into the presidential race.

The announcement of Palin as the McCain’s VP should really come as no surprise.  It smacks of Karl Rove’s usual strategy of pandering to the right-wind party base in order to get McCain elected. It is also a signal of just how desperate McCain was feeling at the conclusion of the Democrat’s highly successful convention.

The selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate also says a lot about McCain’s judgment in that he would pick a  snowmobiling beauty queen  from a small state with no national or international experience.   John McCain wants to be president and he will cynically use and abuse anyone he can to achieve his ambition.  This includes plucking a woefully underprepared governor from the backwoods of Alaska and thrusting her willynilly into the national spotlight.  After meeting her just once prior to offering her the job, John  McCain decided Sarah Palin is his “soulmate and partner”.   (more…)

Stop the Violence in Georgia!

August 10, 2008

Peace Action Alert

While much of the world’s attention has been focused on the Olympic Games in Beijing, violence has broken out in the Republic of Georgia. Russia has launched airstrikes in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. There are credible reports of civilian casualties.

It is important to remember that the Olympic Games in ancient Greek were a time of peace, when warriors put aside their swords and spears to compete against each other on the athletic field .

The ancient tradition of peace during the Olympic Games should be honored. We urge Georgia and Russia to agree to an immediate ceasefire while a longer term solution to their differences can be sought through diplomacy.

What you can do:

  • Write a letter to the Editor in favor of peaceful conflict resolution to the dispute between Russia and the Republic of Georgia

  • Urge Democratic candidates to publicly support non-violent peace-making efforts between Russia and Georgia rather than military intervention.

  • Call your Senators and your Congressional Representative to encourage them to speak out against the violence in the Republic of Georgia and to urge a peaceful resolution. (more…)

Donna Brazile rules

June 18, 2008

At the recent meeting of the DNC Rules Committee one of my favorite moments was when committee member Donna Brazile laid down the law to a representative of the Clinton campaign from Michigan.  She was speaking to the issue of whether the Michigan delegation should be seated at the national convention in Denver even though the state Democratic party had broken the rules by holding their primary too early.  You can find discussion of this moment at the DNC meeting on Daily Kos at the following link — there originally was a YouTube video but that no longer works.

She began by wishing the Clintonite’s mother a happy birthday and then went on to comment about what her own mother had taught her:

“My Momma always taught me to play by the rules.  And if you try to change the rules, it’s called cheatin'” (more…)

A SOFA that’s not so comfy

June 4, 2008

As the media frenzy focuses on the windup of the Democratic presidential primary and the beginning of the GE contest between McCain and Obama, an important issue is flying under the radar. It is called a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and many supporters of Obama will be dismayed by the limitations that it might place on a new president’s ability to end the war in Iraq. Why, you might ask? What has this SOFA got to do with bringing the troops home in 16 months, as Obama has promised? The answer, unfortunately, is everything.

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that has been negotiated between the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is a blueprint for continued American military presence in Iraq. Not a comfortable SOFA for those Americans hoping that a swift resolution of the Iraq occupation once a new American President is inaugurated on January 20, 2009. (more…)