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October 20, 2008

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Still4Hill

Thank you, Heidi Li for this post. The closer we get to Election Day, the more compelled I feel to revisit events in history for lessons, leaders, and liabilities. There are many lessons in this post, and the painstaking research and delivery are laudable.

Thank you for the reminder of another dark time in our past and of a brave woman who spoke sense to us when all about us were losing their heads. Senator Chase Smith was a hero. Your work also is heroic.

Wonk the Vote

Heidi Li, can't thank you enough for these posts. I do not wish to be party to the direction that the Democratic party has taken under the current party leadership. This election cycle the Democratic party under this rotten leadership has completed the transformation into that which they railed against for many years, and it has been a sad thing to watch. Their efforts to bypass the hard work it actually takes to build consensus toward progressive policy is troublesome enough, but what's worse is their efforts to opt for the coward's way out of trying to purge all dissent. The party has strayed very far from its egalitarian ideals, and the atmosphere that the current Democratic leadership has fostered within the party is the diametric opposite of "live and let live." The party, in its current state, has become a place where the volatile mix of classism, sexism, and ageism has been allowed to run amok while the charge of racism has been diluted by the irresponsible use of the race card to deflect any scrutiny. The party's efforts as such have been to bully its own rank-and-file into submitting to a herd mentality. Thank you for tirelessly reminding us of leaders who asked people to RISE, to put principle before mindless partisanship, and in essence to think for themselves.


Annie

" The American people are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as “Communists” or “Fascists” by their opponents. Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others."

Senator Margaret Chase Smith
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Today we would add "Racist" to MCS's list of " Communists” or “Fascists”. Amazing, for a minute I wondered if this quote was said in the last 48 hours, it's so right on. But principles have no time frame. They are eternal.

Saying that in 1950 took guts. That was in the teeth of McCarthyism and I loved how her womanhood is not down played in the least .
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" I speak as a Republican. I speak as a woman. I speak as a United States Senator. I speak as an American."

Margaret Chase Smith
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And we think of modern feminism as something that started in the 1970s!

Thank you for bring this fascinating figure of American politics to my attention .

ainnj

Excellent post Heidi! I am no longer a Democrat but I do hope that party, through your herculean efforts and the efforts of the millions of others who put America first, will change for the good. I cannot vote for obama/biden as I am voting as a mother, a woman and an American. The democratic party does not speak for me.

Oh and besides, according to Joe Gaffephone Biden, with Obama at the helm we are in for some major international crisis within the first 6 months of an obama administration that is meant to test The [inexperienced] One we weren't waiting for, and subsequently he will react to that crisis in a way that we all think is wrong. Hmmm, I think I will take a pass on that one Joe. Thanks for the heads-up though!

democraticjack

Another fascinating glimpse at the people who helped shape the future of our country in a positive manner. I appreciate these mini-lessons you do so well, Heidi. You serve your points well.

Puma-SF

Heidi Li you are spot on as usual. Thank you for your calm voice and sharp perspective.

Susan B.

Dear Heidi: Thanks so much for all you have done during this election cycle. Individuals like yourself, seekers of Truth, have replaced the job of the main stream media and cable news who have lost their way. For all the reasons mentioned here, I cannot and will not support the corruption of the DNC and its affiliates, led by Pelosi, Dean, Brazille, in its RACIST, FEAR-MONGERING, INTIMIDATING, VOTER DISENFRANCHISEMENT, VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD, PHONY ROLL CALL, deceptive practices and activities in order to SELECT its candidate of choice Barack Obama. I will never reward bad behavior and vote for someone simply because they have a "D" in front of their name. Perhaps in other years I may have done so. Not now. I have seen too much corruption, too many lies, too much deception coming from Obama & Co and the DNC to want to be part of such a group. I know Republicans are no better and certainly in 2000 and 2004 they were the ones that stole the elections. But now the tables are turned. It was not okay then and it is not okay now, whichever party does it. If this is what our system has turned into, whichever side can be the most corrupt and vile, then Americans must take notice and stand up to it. Thanks again Heidi. As a lifelong Democrat, John McCain looks to me like a person of integrity as does Sarah Palin. I know I could survive 4 years with them, but not with Obama & Co. When Obama compares himself to JFK, that is totally ridiculous. JFK loved America and even though "inexperienced" he wanted the best for us. Unfortunately, not sure if Obama and his terrorist friends and associates do and don't want the chance to find out. I think it does matter who becomes president. It took George W. only 8 years to "ruin" the economy and this country. I think it will take Obama a lot less time to do major damage as he has friends and mentors ready who hate us. His constant race-baiting has already stirred the pot so much we cannot be sure what will happen on that front either. I do not want a president who has "truth squads" running around telling us what to do and what to say, do you?

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