Declaration of Objections

When, in the course of U. S. Presidential Elections, it becomes necessary for one portion of a political party to assume among the people of the nation a position different from that which they have previously occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of their Constitution entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of fellow citizens requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

In agreement with generations who have gone before us, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed at birth with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form as to seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness.

Prudence will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for transient causes; and accordingly experience has shown that citizens are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the political structures to which they are accustomed. But political parties are not governments, and when a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce them under authoritarianism, it is their duty to throw off such a political party, and to provide different representation for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of many in the Democratic Party, and it is this suffering which compels them to now demand the representation to which they are entitled. The recent history of both parties is a history of repeated injuries on the part of elected officials against the electors, having in direct object the establishment of authoritarian power over them, for the purpose of profit. This has rendered the Democratic Party unrecognizable to ordinary citizens. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Caucus vs Primary Voting analysis

ronkseattle over at The Confluence highlights a new analysis of the (pdf) caucus vs. primary system. This analysis uses the 2008 numbers. The report is authored by a P. Cronin, but I could not find anything via google that might shed light on who the author is. If anyone can provide insight, it's much appreciated, and I'll update.

That said, this analysis should be of particular interest to Clinton supports. As a Clinton supporter, I hope something like this analysis will be used in arguments to super delegates. Some Obama supporters may bemoan this, but regardless of what happens, the disparity between the caucus system and the primary system is an issue that should be addressed. Some highlights below the fold.

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Troll-rating war

I am well aware that I am putting my privileges at risk even posting this, and that this diary may be deleted. I can live with those consequences.

What I want to draw attention to is the troll-ratings war going on here at MyDD, and the Obama supporters behind it. Not all Obama supporters do this, I realize, but there is a small group that does, and they are messing with people's privileges even as they demand that other MyDD posters follow rules they themselves will not follow. Something has to be done, and unfortunately, nothing so far is being done, as far as I can tell.

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Hillary Needs Drivers & Callers in IN & NC

Good morning! It's a gorgeous spring day here in Indiana, and I was about to head out to offer my first home-bound voter a ride to her poll. I'll be offering rides all over the tri-country area where I live until the polls close this evening.  I've never done this before, but I've been delighted with the rest of my experience volunteering, so I expect I'll have a great time today, and meet some amazing people.

I'm giving my whole tank of gas to show my support for Hillary caring about gas prices. If you live in Indiana or North Carolina, you can help. Find your Indiana Headquarters here. I can't find info for NC, but if you look around, you may be able to find it.

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Call to Action: DailyKos members trying to get control of CNN news cycle

According to this diary, the action called for against CNN in this diary has been effective. Haven't heard of this campaign? It started this weekend with a call to action diary on Dkos asking readers to submit their opinions regarding the Wright issue with CNN. They were sick of looking at it. Of course, that isn't the way news cycles are supposed to work. They aren't supposed to be subject to pressure by political groups, and viewers should be angry when they are. This morning John Roberts declared CNN a "Wright-Free Zone," because their viewers just didn't want to hear it. But it wasn't their viewers, per se, it was a small but effective group on Dkos shilling for their preferred candidate. You can fight back, though, using the info in the DailyKos diary.

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My Indiana Husband Switches to Clinton!

Today my husband Jake, a longtime Obama supporter (you should hear some of the trash talk in our house this campaign season), came home from work and said to me, "Honey, listen up, because it pains me to say it, and I'm only saying it once. I have to vote for Hillary."

Holy cow! I think that's fantastic news for me and for Clinton and her supporters! His reasoning is that Obama has stumbled enough since his stunning February to demonstrate that he is the political amateur I've been telling Jake he is, and that this election is too important to take chances with. He's knows Hillary can win against McCain. He feels he'd be taking a bet with Obama. He's a gambling man, but he likes to win, so he chooses his wagers very carefully. More on his reasoning (and a look inside a candidate-split marriage) below the fold.

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Phone Banking for Clinton: Just Do It

Evening folks! I'm just back from my first phone banking at Hillary Clinton's New Albany Headquarters in Indiana. What a trip! I talked to all sorts of people tonight, including one memorable conversation I had with a non-supporter who was pissed about Kyl-Lieberman, and whom I had the pleasure of setting straight (in the friendliest of terms, of course!), and who I think might just take the second look at that vote as I encouraged.

These are the trenches, people, and it's where YOU need to be. Why? Because it's where she (and we) needs you! Join me below the fold for the details of why.

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WHM--International Women's Day: Female Heads of State

Today, March 8, is the 99th annual International Women's Day.  

International Women's Day has been observed since 1909, and was created amidst a global hotbed of activity by and for women. We celebrate by getting to know our first female Heads of State. This list is not exhaustive, and does not account for many female firsts that were appointed but never elected, and others may have been overlooked. Feel free to educate me in the comments, as that what this month-long celebration of women is all about!

I should probably wait to post this until the morning, but it's ready and I'm still up, and a lot of hard work went into this. Don't forget to hit the rec button if you like this diary. Thanks.

Cross posted at dKos.

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Banging on the glass for Obama

On Wednesday I posted a diary in support of a Unity ticket. I still think a Unity ticket is how it is going to work out (and whoever gets out ahead of that proposition has a greater shot at the top). But I have become alarmed by the tenor over at dKos, as well as other netroots locations on the web. Marcos is threatening a qualified Civil War on the front page if Obama doesn't win.

And as far as I'm concerned, they should vote for whoever leads the pledged delegate race or risk a civil war within the party.

Users are posting open letters to the DNC and Superdelegates threatening similar measures.

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Push the Unity ticket!

Hey folks, this is will be a short one from a Clinton supporter. As you may already know, Clinton commented on a unity ticket this morning on CBS Morning Show. I've thought that was the way to go for a while now. I think we should push this idea to the DNC.

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