During the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama articulated progressive principles that energized many of us. As a Hillary Clinton supporter, I still was very interested in much of what he said, if doubtful this inexperienced politician could pull it off. But in recent weeks, Obama has switched his position on many issues that are important to our basic rights and to the overall strength of our country. Of course there is “compromise” on the details in politics, but one should never “compromise” on principles. Now, over 15,000 people have signed a letter to Barack Obama, urging him to stick with the platform and the issues that so many of his supporters believe are crucial to our nation — and the world. From the letter:
We recognize that compromise is necessary in any democracy. We understand that the pressures brought to bear on those seeking the highest office are intense. But retreating from the stands that have been the signature of your campaign will weaken the movement whose vigorous backing you need in order to win and then deliver the change you have promised.
I have signed the letter. So has Juan Cole, Barbara Ehrenreich, Robert Greenwald, William Greider, Jane Hamsher, Tom Hayden, Eli Pariser, Studs Terkel, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Gore Vidal, and Howard Zinn. These are some heavyweights — them, not me. But you can add your name too.