The “Change” begins with you

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.

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14 comments

  1. signed up here. sorry i didn’t do it yesterday, but was out working all day and then took unnamed maine crusteans over to sara’s. had to throw that in! LOL

  2. Well, okay. I talked me into it. But.

    It won’t do a bit of good.

    I’ll vote for him in the fall, for sure. But the bloom is off that rose. He’s running to the right, and it’s bugging me.

    McCain, obviously, would be a disaster for America, and he MUST be defeated.

    In Obama, I’m starting to detect another Bill Cinton, circa 1994, the one who sold his soul to the GOP when he signed the so-called “welfare reform” bill and the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.” The one who blasted Chia while he was running, and then cosied up to the Chinese killers moreso than even Bush ’41. The one who sat on his hands while 900,000 Rwandans were butchered, and who now says he’s “atoned” for that.

    Obama needs to start digging in his heels, while remembering just who and what got him where he is.

  3. QuakerDave, I agree with you completely. But as an activist, I can’t just sit back and say “Oh well.” And you know you can’t either. 😉

    So when this kind of thing gets going with as many backers as this one has, I have a little glimmer of hope that Obama will listen.

    Personally, I live by the motto: WWDD?

    (what would Dennis do?)

  4. Thanks for giving us an outlet to express our disappointment with his recent policy “revisions.” (do you like my quotation marks? hehehe). I too am really disappointed that in his desire to appeal to the centrists he has abandoned the core principles upon which he won the nomination. He is putting the election in jeopardy and it’s becoming very hard to get on the Obama bandwagon. God help us in November.

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