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Progressive Caucus of California Democratic Party Criticizes Obama Administration Policies, Advances Primary Challenge Possibility

ANAHEIM, Ca. – The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, criticizing what it calls President Obama's "negotiating away Democratic Party principles to extremist Republicans," has approved a resolution suggesting it may explore steps to "effect necessary change, including a possible primary challenge to President Obama."

The resolution, overwhelmingly adopted at a meeting of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party July 30, fell short of stating President Obama would not be that candidate. Caucus leadership said it hopes President Obama would rework his priorities to respond to the needs of working class Americans in order to get progressive support in 2012.

The resolution – coming on the heels of heavy criticism of the Obama Administration by the Congressional Progressive and  Black caucuses over the "debt ceiling legislation" – said progressives are "challenged" by President Obama's recent decisions.

Progressive Caucus of California Democratic Party Encourages Democratic Party Primary Challenge to President Obama

On Saturday, July 30th, 2011, an estimated 75 members of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party (CDP) passed a resolution in support of a Democratic Party Presidential Primary challenge to President Barack Obama. Gathering in Anaheim during an Executive Board meeting of the CDP, the group overwhelmingly endorsed the resolution following a discussion on the importance of not only challenging the far-right agenda of unmitigated corporate greed but also the current administration’s willingness to slash 650-billion dollars from Social Security and Medicare. Below is the resolution:

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY CHALLENGE

Whereas, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, recognizes the challenge presented by President Obama’s negotiating away Democratic Party principles to extremist Republicans by:

DeJa-Vu: Long Past the Wars

A Country that is willing to 'Sacrifice', Not the U.S.!

As we've seen since Korea and especially from our long War of Choice, Vietnam and since! To easy to ignore the Veterans of and the few really concerned citizens, PTS, Agent Orange/Defoliant poisoning, Suicides, Gulf War Syndrome and so much more of the not so distant past and the now rising concerns of the present. Way to easy to lay blame on the Agency especially by congressional representatives, calling that conservatism, and the people, then to fund on the front end, knowing the long term results of our invasions and occupations will have costs similar to the ever growing defense costs, thus saving money long term than to Demand the Same Sacrifice demanded of the soldier, sailor and marine and their families, now over a decade of No Sacrifice and certainly No Demand For!

 

Stop Hoping! Start Changing!

"Zeus did not want man to throw his life away, no matter how much the other evils might torment him, but rather to go on letting himself be tormented anew. To that end, he gives man hope. In truth, it is the most evil of evils because it prolongs man's torment." -Friedrich Nietzsche

Had enough hope yet?

Had enough waiting, praying, expecting, wishing you actually believed it but pretending you just might, anticipating the let-down, taking in the impact of disappointment, betrayal, humiliation, and powerlessness, and finally, time after time, smashing your forehead into a concrete wall that had always been standing there as big as day?

Had enough of a steadily growing military, more wars than ever before, assassination as an instrument of national policy, the stripping away of civil liberties, and nothing to show for it but a prize that Henry Kissinger got too?

Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs: 27 July 2011

WAR TAX NOW, and stop laying blame on the agencies YOU are supposed to fund!
Hearing: Examining the Lifetime Costs of Supporting the Newest Generation of Veterans
Committee on Veterans’ Affairs United States Senate 112th Congress, First Session Hearing Schedule Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:00 a.m.

 

May be live streamed from site

 

WITNESS LIST

Crystal Nicely, Caregiver and Spouse of OEF veteran

Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Heidi Golding, Principal Analyst, National Security Division, Congressional Budget Office

James Hosek, PhD, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Who Should Challenge Obama in 2012?

The majority of U.S. citizens favor protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; taxing the rich; cutting military spending; and protecting the environment. We don't have a candidate . . . yet. Potential candidates supported on this site will be notified and encouraged to run.

Dear Chris and Markos

Dear Chris and Markos,

It has come to our attention that the mere discussion of progressive third party activism constitutes a terminal offense on Daily Kos and will subject any users broaching the topic to the termination of their accounts. Please see here for an instance of this policy being implemented by Kos moderators.

"We strongly believe that discussion of third and independent parties when exercised strategically is a crucial component in advancing our shared objective of progressive change. That it can be used to this end is evident in the fact that your current organizing drive revolves around supporting Senator Bernie Sanders' efforts to prevent cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits."

Senator Sanders, as you know, belongs to a third party: he is an Independent Socialist. Had your ban been in effect in Vermont, Senator Sanders career would have been terminated before it began.

We therefore respectfully request that you seriously reconsider reversing your policy banning discussion of third party activism. We believe this would constitute a small but significant improvement in the discourse which will be necessary to effect progressive change.

Sincerely,

David Swanson

David Lindorff

Margaret Flowers

Kevin Zeese

Matt Gonzalez

Scott McClarty

Ted Rall

"Shared Sacrifice"??

"Shared Sacrifice"? WAR TAX NOW!!

 

Hearing: Examining the Lifetime Costs of Supporting the Newest Generation of Veterans

 

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs United States Senate 112th Congress, First Session Hearing Schedule Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Veterans and the Veterans Administration have been short changed for decades now, costing much more in fighting to catch up then if funded properly at the beginning and into, and throughout, our wars of choice, instead it's easier for the people, their reps and some veterans to lay blame on the agency. Magnetic ribbons, wordy patriotic meme's, flag waving and historic costumes, lapel flag pins and purple heart bandages is Not Sacrificing after Demanding the Soldiers and their Families do!!

 

To Hell with the Democrats!: Time to for Any Real Progressives in Congress to Bolt the Party and Start a New One

By Dave Lindorff

Jeff Greenwald has just written that President Obama, by playing a leading role in pushing for cuts in Social Security benefits as part of the whole kabuki-theater drama over the debt ceiling, and the alleged crisis of America’s national debt, has cut out the “soul” of the Democratic Party.

Tepublicans to Military Veterans: Shove It!!

WAR TAX NOW, and call it that
Some of this I posted last night, under a different subject heading, I'm adding more to that with a change in the VVA press release link.

Add in vitter trying to block the VA budget in the Senate {below} and the tepubs are continuing their decades long obstruction of Veterans Issues while laying blame constantly on the VA and their supporters love that, including veterans among them!!

Since the 110th congress and with Gen. Shinseki in they've been trying to play catchup with What Wasn't Done Nor Mentioned in the 108th and 9th while they rubber stamped two more wars of choice and with Still No Demand from the Country as to their own Sacrifice now over a decade, added to the previous decades!!

I'm sure though they still have a supply of those 'purple heart bandages' they so enjoyed, pointed directly at us in-country Navy personal, while sending those troops into these two conflicts!!

Balance the Budget on the Backs of Billionaires

By David Swanson, RootsAction.org

The wealthiest nation on earth is not actually obliged to starve our senior citizens.  We don't need a military 670% more expensive than the next largest one on earth.  We don't need to fund health insurance corporations instead of healthcare.  And we don't need tax breaks for billionaires.  In fact, we don't need billionaires.  That's the message RootsAction is taking to Congress.

Blowing It: Democrats, Unable to Be a Party of the People, are Sinking Themselves

By Dave Lindorff

The smoking ruin that is the the Obama White House, and the rotting corpse that is the Democratic Party, have, incredibly, together been boxed into a corner by, of all things, the certifiably insane Republican Party.

This amazing situation has resulted not through any brilliant strategy on the part of the Republicans, but by the self-inflicted wounds of the Democrats.

Rep. Kurt Schrader Introduces New Constitutional Amendment to Allow Clean Elections

This wouldn't create clean elections. It's not public financing. It includes no ban on private financing. But it would permit such bans by Congress and by states. It bans non-citizens and foreign associations from funding U.S. elections. I wish it included mention of U.S. associations, or more to the point: corporations. But it's a good contribution.

Source: http://www.kurtschrader.com/amendment

Congressman Kurt Schrader has proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would give individual states and Congress the authority to limit the influence of special interests in our elections.

Here's the full text:

Article

"Stand Down," 60min. Revisits

 

 

Homeless veterans: Trying to find help and hope

 

July 10, 2011 - This story was first published Oct. 17, 2010. It was updated on June 21, 2011.

One weekend a year, nearly a thousand military veterans assemble in a camp in San Diego. What brings them is what they have in common: they're all homeless. The vets gather for something called "Stand Down," started in 1988 by a soldier turned psychologist named Jon Nachison.

Then, it was an emergency response to homelessness among Vietnam vets but, all these years later, Nachison is welcoming the generation from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Why Are Veterans Issues Off The Table?

Frankly that's very easy to answer, the country refuses to demand it's own sacrifice the greater majority cheer on but don't serve in or have direct connection to, especially the political party claiming their strength on "National Security" and it's the total opposite of what's being argued as to this debt ceiling and the growing deficit itself, remember these two present conflicts were kept off the books and fought on borrowed financing until put back on the books and our spending by the present administration. All those costs include the no bid contracts of the growing private armies as well as the numerous other private contractors serving a bottom line and not the country.

Family Feud: Blacks Battle Blacks over Criticism of Obama

By Linn Washington, Jr.

So, some black folks are bashing Princeton Professor Cornell West for his sharply phrased critiques of President Barack Obama’s failure to specifically address crisis- proportion problems in a long-suffering segment of American society: the black community.

Black supporters of the first African-American president echo the rationale advanced by Obama himself that he is the president of all Americans so addressing issues specific to African-American would be inappropriate.

However, that view side-steps the critical issue of the very American right to criticize a U.S. President.

Compounding the First Amendment criticism issue is the reality that Obama has addressed issues important to specific groups, including gays and women. He has even been addressing the issues of his political adversaries, the Republicans, like his embracing their demands for deficit reducing austerity by slashing services to the most needy.

Campaign for the Woolsey legacy

By Norman Solomon, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Marin, Sonoma counties) is a rarity on Capitol Hill. She's a lawmaker with guts who speaks from the heart.

Whether focusing on children and seniors at home or the victims of war far away, Woolsey insists on advocating for humane priorities. Several hundred times, she has gone to the House floor to speak out against war. She stands for peace, social justice, human rights, a green future, and so much more.

Last week, after more than 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Woolsey announced that she will not run for reelection next year.

She has set a high bar for representing the region in Congress. It's a high bar that I intend to clear.

Back in January, I wrote in the Guardian that "if Rep. Woolsey doesn't run in 2012, I will" ("Why I may run for Congress," 1/25/2011).

Elizabeth Holtzman Thinks She’s Ideal for Weiner’s Seat

Elizabeth Holtzman campaigning for attorney general last year.

When it comes to New York’s suddenly vacant Ninth Congressional seat, Elizabeth Holtzman is not exactly playing it coy.

She wants the job.

“I could hit the ground running,” she said of the post, now up for grabs since Representative Anthony D. Weiner resigned. “I know I could fight effectively for the people of this district. I was in Congress.”

Ms. Holtzman, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, represented Brooklyn in the House from 1973 to 1981, later becoming the district attorney in Brooklyn and comptroller for New York City.

Like Mr. Weiner’s, her credentials as an unapologetic liberal — generally a plus in the Brooklyn-Queens district — are indisputable: a few years back she called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for their handling of the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.

In a telephone interview the other day, Ms. Holtzman said she had already expressed her interest in the job to Representative Joseph Crowley, the head of the Democratic Party in Queens, who will play an influential role in selecting the party’s nominee. A special election is scheduled for Sept. 13, and there will be no primaries — instead, party leaders will select the candidates, and at this point there is no indication whom they have in mind.

“I think I have tremendous advantages in that special election, given my name recognition, substantial record and ability to raise funds,” Ms. Holtzman said.

She is not, of course, the only veteran Democrat raising her hand (or letting others raise it for him or her). So too, with varying degrees of discretion, are Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman; Assemblyman David I. Weprin; former City Councilwoman Melinda R. Katz and former City Councilman Eric N. Gioia, among others.

But of all of them, only Ms. Holtzman can claim nearly a decade in the House. And since Mr. Weiner left office in the middle of a term, she argues, what his constituents may need most is an experienced hand who already knows how to navigate the corridors and conflicts of Washington.

“I know the rules, I know the process,” she said. “I could become an effective voice in the Congress.”

Boeing Overcharging?, Hawks Yawn!

A 'Patriotic' U.S. company ripping off the Army and the American Tax Payers, and military procurement officers allowing it to happen, knowing many will go to work for these defense contractors after their service, especially with two long occupations still ongoing, say it ain't so!

 

Local Dems make Afghanistan 2012 caucus issue

BY LINDSAY DOUGLAS, The Daily Iowan

Organizers in Iowa City are frustrated at President Obama’s war record and are organizing caucus delegates to push for a quicker end to the war in Afghanistan.

With the group Health Care Not Warfare, University of Iowa history Professor Jeff Cox is spearheading that movement by recruiting volunteers to act as precinct coordinators who will attend 2012 Iowa caucuses and persuade uncommitted delegates to stand up for national health-care insurance and peace in Afghanistan.

Cox said he is not particularly committed to anyone but said Obama has been promising to get troops out of Afghanistan since he’s been in office, and it hasn’t happened.

“One more death is one unnecessary death,” said Cox.

Blame The Messenger… Amerika 2011

By PA Farruggio

Once upon a time there was this king who suspected that his wife was cheating on him. He found a seer who told him that she was in fact cheating on him. The king got angry at hearing this revelation and fired the seer. ‘Find me another seer who I can trust ‘, demanded the king. A new seer was found and told the king what he wanted to hear, that the queen was not cheating on him. One day not too long after, the king found her in bed with another man. He had the seer executed. ‘No one must know about this ‘, the king demanded. ‘No one! ‘

When the Public Rises, We'll Want an Ally in Congress

For the majority of people in the United States -- a majority does not vote, a majority believes the government is broken, a majority thinks our public policy is headed in the wrong direction -- the fact that we call this place a democracy is apparently outweighed by the fact that our national government almost never does what a majority of us want done. Some of the things we don't want done include the destruction of the planet's environment, the mass slaughter of war, the spreading of violence, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny aristocracy while millions at home and billions abroad suffer horrifically for lack of readily available resources.

2012 Presidential Candidates on Wars

The following chart is organized alphabetically by wars, and then by candidates' last names. Please add more quotations in the comments below, ideally with links to sources.

AFGHANISTAN

Herman Cain: It seems to be yet another foggy foreign policy coming from this administration. Instead of providing the American people with clarity, President Obama proposes an abrupt withdrawal of our troops that could potentially compromise the legitimate gains we have made in Afghanistan. Sadly, I fear President Obama's decision could embolden our enemy and endanger our troops.  President Obama is correct on one account: it is time for nation-building at home and high time the Afghan people take more responsibility in bringing peace and stability to their own country. -June 22, 2011.

Tim Kaine Avoids Topic of Wars

Did you hear the one about the Ex Democratic Party Chairman and the peace activist walking into the coffee shop?

That was Tim Kaine and me on Saturday.

He's the former governor of Virginia, former DNC Chair, and current candidate for the US Senate.

He arrived nearly an hour late for his event here in Charlottesville at a local coffee shop. I met him outside and walked in with him to ask him a question on the way, knowing I'd have to leave before he got around to taking questions as part of the event itself.

I pointed out to him that the US Conference of Mayors was expected to vote on Monday to ask Congress to end its unpopular wars in order to direct the spending to something useful. Would you, if elected, I asked him, vote to continue funding these wars?

One possible answer, a democratic if not Democratic one, would have been this: "No."

Another would have been: "That depends . . . . "

On Fathers Day 'Think!' of the 'Gold Star Children'

And yes I do realize there are 'Gold Star Children' who have lost Mothers, especially in these two long conflicts, not minimizing the fact that many of the women soldiers killed were possibly Mothers as they all were Daughters, Sisters or Nieces and Aunts, the greater numbers killed still in war are male.

CBS sought out a message with meaning for Fathers Day, that aired June 17 2011, and I totally agree with the one they found which among many messages it should send ties our long war of choice, Vietnam where this Country said it would remember the lessons of, to both current wars of choice, Afghanistan and Iraq, lessons forgotten five minutes after Vietnam and so many DeJa-Vu's of then repeated with many enhanced and coming on faster.

 

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