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Location of Obama Campaign Headquaters and Canvass or Phone Bank Volunteer Times

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Milwaukee Headquarters
744 N 4th St. at Wells
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 305–8389

North West Milwaukee
7984 W Appleton Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414) 305–8389

West Allis and Wauwatosa
8633 W Greenfield Ave
City of West Allis
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(414) 899–3841

5th Ward Milwaukee
170 S. Second St at Seeboth
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 223–3050

North Shore Milwaukee
Glendale Square
6805 N Green Bay Ave
City of Glendale
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 841–5939

West Bend
152 N Main St
West Bend, WI 53090
(262) 338–0990

Mequon - Ozaukee County
10521 N Port Washington Rd (Entrance E)
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 240–0102

Waukesha
804 N Grand Ave
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 521–2008

Easy To Use On Line Voter Registration for Your Unregistered Friends & Citizens

Go to this link and follow easy steps.

http://www.voteforchange.com/index_obama.php?source=091008emailR

Easy Way to Become Active in Obama Campaign

The Obama Campaign has made it easy to do phone work from home. I also got a walk list a month ago and knocked on 25 doors. Here is how anyone can do it: Go to the campaign website. Once you sign into his campaign you get a unique password. Then when the spirit seizes, you may log in and request a Neighbor to Neighbor List to either visit or make calls. If people want to be guided through they can take their laptop to either Headquarters or a neighborhood office and someone can walk you through it. Also, if people have free cellphone minutes they can get a list at a campaign office and call from the office. Some offices may have computers free for doing this but I would call before going in to make sure you can use an office computer.

The Campaign likes to do things by “Teams”. I am pretty impressed with the philosophy of organization and how this is supposed to work for the next two months. If folks want to be on a team (about 10 hrs a week) you can find out more at any campaign office. If one cannot give 10 hours a week my experience has been that the campaign offices are thrilled to use you if you drop in.

From Jane Weida

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60 Year Study Shows All Income Groups Do Better During Democratic Presidencies

In this critical pre-election moment, I’ve learned of dramatic new economic evidence that during the last 60 years all income groups have done better under Democratic presidencies than Republican.

These facts could help our undecided and Republican-leaning friends to judge who is best equipped to turn the economy around. So you might want to check out (and share) my summary as found on The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-moore-lappe/send-this-to-your-republi_b_123270.html

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Youtube Video re Sarah Palin’s “Bridge to Nowhere”

This brought to us by Andy and Rose Daitsman, longtime citizens for change.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfLDjmKfigw
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Obama and The Palin Effect by Deepak Chopra

From: Deepak Chopra | Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2008

Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.)

I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palins message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.

Look at what she stands for:

Small town values a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.

Ignorance of world affairs a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.

Family values a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be heeded.

Rigid stands on guns and abortion a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.

Patriotism the usual fallback in a failed war.

“Reform” an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.

Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from “us” pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of “I’m all right, Jack,” and “Why change? Everything’s OK as it is.” The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.

Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.
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Kaleidoscope of People Pictured at Obama Milwaukee Labor Day Rally

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“Change is Finally Possible” By Grace Lee Boggs

Michigan Citizen, Sept. 7–13, 2008

The morning after Obama’s speech at the Democratic Party convention, I received the following hope-filled email from Rob Biko, the young African American who is the executive director of the League of Young Voters and organizes Milwaukee youth in the Campaign Against Violence (CAV). Two months ago I met with Biko and League field organizers at a small dinner in Ann Arbor. His response to the Denver convention is on the League’s website <theleague.com> with a call for comments.

“I was one of the 80,000 people,” writes Biko, “who packed into Invesco Field to see Barack Obama claim the Democratic Presidential Nomination last night. It is hard for me to believe that a man of African ancestry is this close to becoming the President of the United States. I have to be honest: while I knew last night would be an extraordinary historical landmark, I did not expect to leave Denver as a proud and joyful American. But I did.

“Last night, for the first time in my adult life, I waved an American Flag. It was just a little thing; a stick and fabric symbol, the same kind ancient veterans in immaculate uniforms hand out on the 4th of July. In my hand, it felt as light as air. It was something to be careful with.

“I wasn’t waving the Red White and Blue because I am a Democrat, Republican or Independent. This wasn’t about party; it was a personal celebration, shared by the 80,000 different Americans who crammed into that stadium. We came because we see this election as a chance to shrug off the partisanship of politics as usual. We came to display our pride, together.

“I waved that flag because I believe that change is finally possible in our country. For too long the people who form the bedrock of our nation have been left out of the American Dream. Our greatest leaders have been murdered and destroyed, our institutions broken. We, our friends and families, work ourselves to the bone to make ends meet and can expect each day to simply be more of the same.

‘After last night’s historic event, I woke up convinced that we can realize our beautiful dream. It wasn’t the candidate that changed me. It wasn’t the speech. It was the faces of those around me showing me that we, as Americans, are sick of the status quo. We are tired of inequality. We are ready to step up to be leaders in the greatest tradition of the men and women who placed this flag, this land, into our hands.

“I believe we have what it takes to tackle the contradictions that continue to divide us. We can truly become the ‘Change Generation.’ We face problems unprecedented in human history, and we must meet them as brothers and sisters. We are going to have to work harder every day, to convince the skeptical, and demonstrate the power of the Beloved Community over and over again. If we want it, we can do it. Last night we proved it.”

It was not Obama’s policies (which aren’t that different from those of other Democrats) which inspired this fervent response from Biko. Nor was it Obama’s charisma. What inspired it, I believe, was participating in and witnessing the drama of the Democrats nominating an African American for president on the 45th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, thus demonstrating before the eyes of the world the power of grassroots organizing.

The Denver convention was more than politics as usual. Because it was art, drama, theatre, it unleashed in its viewers and participants ‘’‘new
transformative energies, new and powerful visions of what is possible, going beyond the identity politics of the Sixties, beyond black vs. white and v.v.; beyond rejection to projection, and beyond victim vs. villain thinking, e.g. in the loving partnership of Michelle and Barack. Even Bill Clinton had a role in this drama. His speech not only sanctified his own presidency but disclosed why a section of the power structure supports Obama — to improve our image in the world.

These transformative energies at the grassroots level are our best hope in this period when the government in D.C. has essentially become dysfunctional. I’ll have more to say about this next week.

NYT Columnist Bob Herbert Details Enormous Contribution to USA by Liberal Bloc

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By BOB HERBERT
Published: September 8, 2008

Ignorance must really be bliss. How else, over so many years, could the G.O.P. get away with ridiculing all things liberal?
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Troglodytes on the right are no respecters of reality. They say the most absurd things and hardly anyone calls them on it. Evolution? Don’t you believe it. Global warming? A figment of the liberal imagination.

Liberals have been so cowed by the pummeling they’ve taken from the right that they’ve tried to shed their own identity, calling themselves everything but liberal and hoping to pass conservative muster by presenting themselves as hyper-religious and lifelong lovers of rifles, handguns, whatever.

So there was Hillary Clinton, of all people, sponsoring legislation to ban flag-burning; and Barack Obama, who once opposed the death penalty, morphing into someone who not only supports it, but supports it in cases that don’t even involve a homicide.

Anyway, the Republicans were back at it last week at their convention. Mitt Romney wasn’t content to insist that he personally knows that “liberals don’t have a clue.” He complained loudly that the federal government right now is too liberal.

“We need change, all right,” he said. “Change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington.”

Why liberals don’t stand up to this garbage, I don’t know. Without the extraordinary contribution of liberals — from the mightiest presidents to the most unheralded protesters and organizers — the United States would be a much, much worse place than it is today.

There would be absolutely no chance that a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin could make a credible run for the highest offices in the land. Conservatives would never have allowed it.

Civil rights? Women’s rights? Liberals went to the mat for them time and again against ugly, vicious and sometimes murderous opposition. They should be forever proud.

The liberals who didn’t have a clue gave us Social Security and unemployment insurance, both of which were contained in the original Social Security Act. Most conservatives despised the very idea of this assistance to struggling Americans. Republicans hated Social Security, but most were afraid to give full throat to their opposition in public at the height of the Depression.

“In the procedural motions that preceded final passage,” wrote historian Jean Edward Smith in his biography, “FDR,” “House Republicans voted almost unanimously against Social Security. But when the final up-or-down vote came on April 19 [1935], fewer than half were prepared to go on record against.”

Liberals who didn’t have a clue gave us Medicare and Medicaid. Quick, how many of you (or your loved ones) are benefiting mightily from these programs, even as we speak. The idea that Republicans are proud of Ronald Reagan, who saw Medicare as “the advance wave of socialism,” while Democrats are ashamed of Lyndon Johnson, whose legislative genius made this wonderful, life-saving concept real, is insane.

When Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in the presence of Harry Truman in 1965, he said: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.”

Reagan, on the other hand, according to Johnson biographer Robert Dallek, “predicted that Medicare would compel Americans to spend their ‘sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was like in America when men were free.’ ”

Scary.

Without the many great and noble deeds of liberals over the past six or seven decades, America would hardly be recognizable to today’s young people. Liberals (including liberal Republicans, who have since been mostly drummed out of the party) ended legalized racial segregation and gender discrimination.

Humiliation imposed by custom and enforced by government had been the order of the day for blacks and women before men and women of good will and liberal persuasion stepped up their long (and not yet ended) campaign to change things. Liberals gave this country Head Start and legal services and the food stamp program. They fought for cleaner air (there was a time when you could barely see Los Angeles) and cleaner water (there were rivers in America that actually caught fire).

Liberals. Your food is safer because of them, and so are your children’s clothing and toys. Your workplace is safer. Your ability (or that of your children or grandchildren) to go to college is manifestly easier.

It would take volumes to adequately cover the enhancements to the quality of American lives and the greatness of American society that have been wrought by people whose politics were unabashedly liberal. It is a track record that deserves to be celebrated, not ridiculed or scorned.

Self-hatred is a terrible thing. Just ask that arch-conservative Clarence Thomas.

Liberals need to get over it.

Catholic Democrats Schocked by Palin Mocking Obama’s Work for Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Catholic Democrats is expressing surprise and shock that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech tonight mocked her opponent’s work in the 1980s for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She belittled Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s experience as a community organizer in Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago, work he undertook instead of pursuing a lucrative career on Wall Street. In her acceptance speech, Ms. Palin said, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.” Community organizing is at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching to end poverty and promote social justice.

So here is what Giuliani and Palin didn’t know: Obama was working for a group of churches that were concerned about their parishioners, many of whom had been laid off when the steel mills closed on the south side of Chicago. They hired Obama to help those stunned people recover and get the services they needed—job training, help with housing and so forth—from the local government. It was, dare I say it, the Lord’s work—the sort of mission Jesus preached (as opposed to the war in Iraq, which Palin described as a “task from God.”)

This is what Palin and Giuliani were mocking. They were making fun of a young man’s decision “to serve a cause greater than himself,” in the words of John McCain. They were, therefore, mocking one of their candidate’s favorite messages. Obama served the poor for three years, then went to law school. To describe this service—the first thing he did out of college, the sort of service every college-educated American should perform, in some form or other—as anything other than noble is cheap and tawdry and cynical in the extreme.

Perhaps La Pasionaria of the Northern Slope didn’t know this when she read the words they gave her. But Giuliani—a profoundly lapsed Catholic, who must have met more than a few religious folk toiling in the inner cities—should have known. (“I don’t even know what that is,” he sneered.”) What a shameful performance.

 Original Message -----

From: Susan McGovern
To: bpennin636@aol.com ; Judith M. Pennington
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 10:46 AM
Subject: Re: Community organizers

Thank you Bob and Judith — this was the most offensive part of the GOP convention for me too, since we all deeply respect Obama’s community organizing years, which gave him an up-close perspective on how people live at the grassroots level and what kinds of issues are most pressing to them: housing, health care, good schools, employment, public transit to jobs, etc. etc. etc. I always tell people that this perspective on what the issues and needs of people are in cities at the most local level is very important for a President to have. We’ve never had a national leader with that kind of experience. Anyone who lives in a big city with problems would recognize the value of his community organizing experience. It was real experience that makes him the man he is today.

This whole Obama campaign at the local level is based on his community organizing model and its a wonderful model that respects and empowers and includes all people who want to be involved in helping the campaign and helping their communities for the long haul. This campaign is organized not only to elect Obama President, but to mobilize a movement for change that will continue beyond the election, to help implement Obama’s agenda if he is elected (for example, we’ll have to fight the big drug companies and big medical establishments that would oppose universal health care), to continue to work on local issues that we all care about, and to work on other campaigns to elect progressive candidates.

Training as Obama Organizing Fellow and Obama Team Member

I was trained to be an Obama Organizing Fellow in June and now I’m an Obama Team Member and the training for both positions was quite similar, both based on the principles used by Obama when he was a community organizer and on additional principles elaborated more recently by some academic thinkers. Through the training all of us have come to know our own life stories better and we see how our own stories led us to connect deeply to this campaign. I am inspired to be part of a history-making campaign and would not have been quite so inspired if I had not been helped to see that my earlier experiences related to the civil rights movement and then the anti-war and women’s movement are placed in the context of Obama’s rise to prominence. Without the earlier civil rights movement that led to a summer when thousands of community organizers went to the deep south to register blacks to vote and to bring them into the electoral system we would not be on the verge of electing the first African-American president. There is still a great deal of residual racist thinking in this country and in Milwaukee, so its still an uphill battle, but if everyone becomes a part of this movement and devotes all the available hours they have to this campaign, we can win.

Military donations favor Obama

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-08-14-military-donations_N.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. soldiers have donated more presidential campaign money to Democrat Barack Obama than to Republican John McCain, a reversal of previous campaigns in which military donations tended to favor GOP White House hopefuls, a nonpartisan group reported Thursday.

Troops serving abroad have given nearly six times as much money to Obama’s presidential campaign as they have to McCain’s, the Center for Responsive Politics said.

The results also are striking because they favored Obama, who never has served in the military. McCain meanwhile, is a decorated war veteran who spent nearly five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. The Arizona senator graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and had a 22-year career as a naval aviator.

Obama has opposed the war in Iraq and says he would withdraw combat troops within 16 months. McCain has been a steadfast supporter of the war, saying he would withdraw the troops only when conditions on the ground warrant it.

“Obama will work tirelessly to uphold this nation’s sacred trust with its veterans, to ensure they are not forgotten after they return home and he will provide our troops with the leadership they deserve, as well as the support they and their families need,” Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

McCain’s campaign played down the significance of the donations.

“John McCain has been endorsed by more retired admirals and generals than Barack Obama has military donors,” McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said in a statement.

“We feel confident that many U.S. troops stationed overseas will support John McCain in the election this fall, but we suspect most are too busy doing the important work of defending this country than to make political contributions,” Goldfarb said.

The report tracked donations of $200 or more. It found that 859 members of the military donated a total of $335,536 to Obama. McCain received $280,513 from 558 military donors.

Among soldiers serving overseas at the time of their donations, 134 gave a total of $60,642 to Obama while 26 gave a total of $10,665 to McCain. That was less than the amount received by Republican Ron Paul, who collected $45,512 from 99 soldiers serving abroad, the report said.
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Fill Each Sunday Noon to One at Alterra on Humboldt w. Obama Campaign Gathering

Susan McGovern Featured Obama Campaign Worker This Sunday

Dear All,

Susan McGovern has a life-long commitment(I could say multi-generational) to the most progressive streams of the Democratic Party.

She has worked like an intern in the Obama campaign, going to many meetings and workshops to learn how to advance the campaign. She believes this energy and organizational elegance of the Obama campaign may well be the best in the history of our great and improving nation. She would gladly learn, but also gladly teach.

She will be meeting with any of us who want to learn about ways of taking maximum advantage of our limited time and energy(we have work and families!) this coming Sunday at Alterra on Humboldt, from noon until l p.m.

I am hoping to inspire Susan and other journeymon of the Obama campaign to find at least one “Obama Campaign Mentor” available every Sunday noon to one at Alterra on Humboldt to mentor people like myself who can only afford to help out a few hours per week, and that would better be spontaneously self-chosen moments, e.g. at home phone and internet work.

So, every Sunday from noon until 1 p.m. at Alterrra on Humboldt…

To learn about ways of helping the campaign.

From now until the election, every Sunday. Please send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if you can attend this or any Sunday.

Alaskan Women Talk About Palin

Regardless of who you are planning to vote for, please read this email I received from a good friend. Please share this with as many people as possible. This is from a Bryn Mawr college grad to her fellow alums

Dear classmates -

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain’s choice for VP.

As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.

The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles.

She is a life time member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska , particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska ‘s failing school system.

We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.

She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has ‘green’ policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla ), strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska , she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I’m talking about. These people don’t have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US . Furthermore, they don’t care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they’re happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn’t like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man’s performance and ability weren’t considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn’t close to the scandal of Ted Steven’s corruption, it shows that Palin isn’t ‘squeaky clean’ and causes me to think there may be more issues that could come to light.

Clearly McCain doesn’t care. When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren’t so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you name it.

The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me. In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US , Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin.

The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton. To those of you who, like me, supported Hillary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don’t think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute.

If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don’t let the choice of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain’s judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president.

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

Here’s some basic background from MoveOn.org:

  • She was elected Alaska ‘s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage.1
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
  • She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s ‘Big Oil first’ energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered speciesshe was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6 Here’s a sample of Alaskan’s responses:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3 AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. Rose M., Fairbanks , AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska . Christine B., Denali Park , AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. Karen L., Anchorage , AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.Sherry C., Anchorage , AK

She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. Marina L., Juneau , AK

I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting ‘A Woman’ in that position.Jennifer M., Anchorage

Photos From Celebration Upon Opening of Obama’s Campaign Office In Downtown Milwaukee

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Some Worthy Links to Advance the Campaign

Obama website: www.barackobama.com

Non-Partisan Truth in Politics Site: www.factcheck.org

Obama Campaign Site for Mistruths Going Around: www.fightthesmears.com

My favorite pro-Obama video: www.dipdive.com

To Donate (thank you!): http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/main/katherine

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund re Governor Palin

Here is a comment about Governor Palin from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
Please read it and share it

http://www.defendersactionfund.org/index.html

Shocking Choice by John McCain

WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

“Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.

“Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP, has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.

“This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (www.defendersactionfund.org) provides a powerful voice to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.

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