Originally posted on my Facebook, regarding the Democratic National Convention and the speeches given by both Michelle and Barack Obama.
I don’t think I got to say this last night but I want to make sure to say it.
One of the reasons the Obama speeches were so successful – and here I mean both Michelle and Barack – is that they understand that this is probably the last chance they have to bring Berners on board en masse to support the Democratic party’s chances of getting out the vote. To that end, neither of them shamed Bernie supporters nor did they call them ridiculous or selfish or anything else.
A lot of people have gone low in their attempts to sway Berners to the cause. Michelle and Barack went high.
They called on upset and disillusioned progressives to bring in more folks like them and change the complexion (no pun intended) of the party. The President said that if Berners stick around and join in the fight, then we’ll continue making slow progress, and if progressive Democrats can bring enough people in to support their cause(s), then eventually the tenor of the debate will change.
This won’t be enough for some. There is a hell of a lot of mistrust of the party by Bernie supporters, and there are a lot of Dem policies that simply don’t match their view of how the world should be. And just like he did in his state of the union, Obama acknowledged that there are real policy differences between Americans at different parts of the political spectrum.
But he also praised Bernie’s supporters as “the best organizers in the world,” and was – as far as I can tell – the only speaker so far to offer unmitigated praise to the people who worked so hard to take Bernie from an unknown to a serious contender for the presidency.
The Clintons, their supporters and the DNC need to go high. It will be hard. It might not be enough. But if they want people to rally behind Hillary in the general, it’s what they need to do.
I’m sorry. Today, I was supposed to be announcing the winner of the Hot Mess/Earth Day 2013 Giveaway. While I’ll be contacting the winner privately today, the announcement has been put off till tomorrow, due to CISPA’s passing in the Senate last week.
For more information on the idea of a general blackout, consider reading this PC Mag article.
Last year, it was SOPA and PIPA that threatened freedoms affecting web communications.
This year, CISPA has reared its head. This legislation has already passed a vote in the Senate last week.
In the simplest terms, CISPA will make it legal for the federal government to access information about what you do online without a warrant.
If you’re a US citizen, please contact your representative in congress and let them know you want them to vote CISPA down.
And just in case that doesn’t work, contact President Obama and let him know that even if the bill passes through congress, you expect him to veto it and protect our privacy and security.
For those of you waiting on the Earth Day Giveaway results – they’ll be up first thing on the 23rd. Thank you for your patience.
CISPA amendment banning employers from requiring you to give your social network passwords, blocked. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/21/cispa-amendment-facebook-passwords-blocked_n_3128507.html
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Yesterday was the 9th anniversary of 9/11. I went to Ground Zero and photographed/filmed protestors, demonstrators and the general public. In the interests of making this experience viewable to a wider public, I’ve uploaded the photographs to Flickr.
Edit: Full album now available on Flickr.
Edit: Prefer video?
Edit 2: I’ve been having a hard time finding a way to upload the 20 minutes of video during which I walked through the pro-mosque rally; it was a really inspiring walk and something I’d like to share. If anyone has suggestions on a good program to use to break the video in two (I’ve tried loading Windows Movie Maker – really just looking for a quick and easy solution) please email me or comment. Alternatively – what are some good places to host videos that run over 20 minutes?)
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Not a lot of time right now, but I just watched the health care bill signing with some co-workers (thank you, whitehouse.gov!) and wanted to send out a personal thank you to President Barack Obama for having the integrity, drive, leadership and decency it took to make this bill into law.
Rachel Maddow can’t possibly have “no idea” why Obama removed the presidential seal from his appearance at a political event. He is separating the office of the president from a state’s congressional race. Correctly or not, seeing the presidential seal behind a candidate for federal office (or any office) probably sends a subliminal message to voters:
“You can trust this guy. The president does.”
I, for one, think removing the presidential seal from political endorsement appearances is a good move. The more we as a country move away from an us-versus-them mentality when it comes to our government, the better, as far as I’m concerned.
Then again, I don’t watch Maddow regularly and I’m not used to her sense of humor. Was she just telling a straight-faced joke?