Why I Identify with Hillary Clinton

Cross-posted at http://francislholland.blogspot.com/

I am a Black man, as many of you know.  Recently, I was banned from participation at DailyKos, where there are only 2.5% Black people and threatened with banning from MyDD, where there are only 1.5% Black people. http://www.mydd.com/story/2007/2/4/203958/7683#readmore (I post a link to the MyDD banning threat here in the interest of transparency.) The attitude seems to be, "It's not that we don't value people of your demographic group, but we think that your participation at this time is mostly negative and we would be better off without you."

I can't say this attitude surprises me, because it is the same attitude that many on the "progressive" Left seem to have toward Hillary Clinton.  "It's not that we don't want a liberal Democratic woman to run for President, but we don't like you, Mrs. Clinton, and we think the race would be better off without you, even if that means that there are no liberal Democratic women in the race at all."

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Richardson and a Question of Character

He's "the guy with the resume." That's his angle, even more so than the "Hispanic," since he has explicitly stated:

But I wouldn't run as a Hispanic candidate. I would run as an American, proud to be Hispanic, proud of my heritage. It's a growing, dynamic community in this country. But I wouldn't just be focusing on Hispanic issues or trying to get the Hispanic vote.

Questioning the choice of using "Hispanic" versus "Latino" aside, he is a "bio" candidate, running on his credentials and experience.  Though I have certain issues with the way he has handled his work, the list of titles are undoubtedly impressive: congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of Energy, and Governor of New Mexico.

Past experience, however, is once removed even from past votes, and even past votes or legislation don't predict how candidates will act in a new office in the future.

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One day later, King's lessons lost

Though I originally wrote this one year ago, I've updated it in the hopes that we never forget Dr. King's legacy.

Yesterday, millions of Americans commemorated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., remembering the words and deeds of one of the world's foremost activists and humanitarians. President Bush was no different, as he said, marking the 2006 celebration, that King and Rosa Parks, in asking America to be true to its founding ideals, "roused a dozing conscience of a complacent nation."

Bush, in that rare moment one year ago, was right in saying that King and Parks helped wake America from its slumber. But no sooner had he honored their legacies than Bush himself returned to his job, doing his best to erode the very tradition the day's honoree represented. Thanks to the president's dozing conscience and America's complacency, King would find a home today not so dissimilar than that he sought to change four decades ago.

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Constitution: Stop It Now!

This is but the latest attack upon our constitution by a disillusioned want-a-be dictator, and his jack-booted cohorts.

From the New York Times:

<>WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- The Pentagon has been using a little-known power to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the United States, part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence gathering.

The C.I.A. has also been issuing what are known as national security letters to gain access to financial records from American companies, though it has done so only rarely, intelligence officials say. /

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Netroots should take up PR Statehood issue

One of the most overlooked civil rights issues remains the issue of statehood for Puerto Rico. While all Puerto Rican residents are United States citizens, they are denied representation in Congress and are essentially a second-class citizen group. This issue has the potential to be a political boon, but in order to practice what we preach, the netroots should definitely fight for equal rights, and therefore statehood, for Puerto Rico. Polls have shown that an overwhelming majority, 70%, of Puerto Ricans favor statehood. It's time, after 100+ years as "lesser-citizens", for them to be granted equal rights. For more information, visit the U.S. Council for Puerto Rican Statehood. http://www.prstatehood.com/home/index.as p

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