I was here
I lived, I loved
I was here
I did, I’ve done, everything that I wanted
And it was more than I thought it would be
I will leave my mark so everyone will know
I was here
His name is John Weaver. He was an early adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and he is still a Republican strategist today. He’s been listening to Mitt Romney make excuses after excuses for not releasing his tax returns – a practice for presidential candidates started by Romney’s father George Romney.
John, like many other sane Americans has heard enough and on Friday, he said this:
Today, Jon Huntsman – the man most people believed was the sanest, most sensible candidate in the Republican party running for his party’s nomination for president – officially quit the race.
Huntsman ended his campaign asking for “unity and trust.” In his speech, he mentioned the divisive politics that has separated and divided this country, then engaged in the same divisive politics he spent his speech denouncing, by claiming that President Obama is engaging in “class warfare.”
Let’s invest out time and resources in building trust with the American people, and uniting them around a common purpose. Three years ago, the President promised to unite the American people, yet his desire to engage in class warfare for political gain has left us more divided than ever.
Huntsman then continued his call for unity and trust.
Maybe Huntsman wasn’t the best, most sane and sensible candidate after-all. Something is definitely wrong with a person who calls for and preaches trust and unity, then in the same sentence, spews lies with the sole intent of causing mistrust and divisiveness.
Good riddance Huntsman, you had a lot of people fooled.
If 2011 will go down in history as a terrible year economically, it will also be known as a turning point year for participatory and representative democracy in many countries throughout the world. True people power, spurred on by technology, second-to-second communications, and defiance of imposing police/military power proved more resilient than even the craftiest dictators. The movements that succeeded in overthrowing one-party, one person or one-ideology governments were not always smooth, and in many cases there is far more work to be done in order for the revolutions to hold onto their gains, but the people who have changed governments are now living in an altered world.
Consider the promise of democracy (the United States still needs to work on some of these):
- Where democracy lives, citizens do not fear the state.
- Where democracy lives, the press is freer, but must be more subservient to the truth than ever before.
- Where democracy lives, the military belongs to the people.
- Where democracy lives, women, ethnic and religious minorities, and people of all sexual orientations have full civil rights.
- Where democracy lives, economic and educational opportunities are available to all levels of society.
- Where democracy lives, the political process is messier, more susceptible to special interests and harder to corral, but power rests with the people.
- Where democracy lives, justice systems must restore or establish the rule of law, not the rule of the open palm.
As for the countries that are under the most serious political pressure from their citizens,
Democracy now lives in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya
It’s knocking on the door in Syria.
This will not be easy, and it’s not clear if the citizens of these countries will eventually taste the fruits of new-found freedom, or if the benefits of democracy will touch their lives. But they are well on their way towards a more productive, politically freer future than they were 12 months ago. The United States has a responsibility to help nurture these democratic movements, even if we aren’t supportive of the groups that are elected under their new political realities.
My hope is that over the next 12 months, more people in the United States and the world over will become involved in their country’s political process from every band of the political spectrum. It’s essential that we have vibrant debate and a full airing of the issues that face us if we are to progress and solve our problems.
So in addition to losing weight, resolve to do one thing that will make the country and the world a better place for all of us. Register to vote. Join an organization. Contact your representative and establish a working relationship with them on an issue. Start a social media site to highlight a concern you have. Be part of the solution.
And join me daily on facebook.com/WhereDemocracyLives
Happy New Year!
Another superb production by the DNC. This time, taking on the false claim by Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney: “I didn’t spend my life in politics.”
Well, maybe not your entire life Mitt, but a huge portion of it was spent in politics, and we’re sure if children were allowed to run for political office, you would have been first in line.
Chuck Hagel, the former Republican Senator from Nebraska, gave an interview to the Financial Times that totally ripped into the Republican party, calling them out as “irresponsible,” and stating that he was “disgusted” with his party.
“The irresponsible actions of my party, the Republican Party over this were astounding. I’d never seen anything like this in my lifetime,” said Hagel. “I was very disappointed, I was very disgusted in how this played out in Washington, this debt ceiling debate. It was an astounding lack of responsible leadership by many in the Republican Party, and I say that as a Republican.”
Hagel also spoke about the way his Republican party bowed to every whim of the Teaparty;
“I think the Republican Party is captive to political movements that are very ideological, that are very narrow. I’ve never seen so much intolerance as I see today in American politics.
Watch the video here