It's a New Year- Time to Pick a New President

Ah, 2007 is coming to close! 2008 is almost here! We have less than a year left until the November election, and a little more than a year until Bush & Cheney are finally out of office. Aren't you glad the new year is coming?

I know I am. I'm glad that the time is here for us to pick a President. Will you please join me after a flip for more as we talk about our chance for a new beginning next year?

I know there has been plenty of negative crap hitting the ceiling lately. I've heard of the accusations of not "getting a spine", and I've seen some of our "leaders"decline a chance to help our own. Oh yes, and I'm seeing a lot of use of right-wing talking points to hurt our own. Now I don't know about you, but I'm ready to turn the page on all this negativity and start the new year with someone who clearly has the courage, the strength, and the experience to make real change as our next President.

That's why I agree with The Concord Monitor on this:

[...] Hillary Clinton's unique combination of smarts, experience and toughness makes her the best choice to win the November election and truly get things done. Before embarking on an agenda of her or his own, the next American president will be forced to undo the damage of the Bush years: ending the war in Iraq, restoring habeas corpus rights, ending the use of torture, healing New Orleans, restoring America's moral authority around the world.

A tall order - but not nearly enough. The next president must also take the lead on a serious effort to slow global warming, a rational policy on illegal immigration and a plan to provide health care to all Americans.

Clinton knows what she wants to accomplish. She knows how Washington works. She has forged alliances with unlikely political partners, and she has waged partisan fights on matters of principle. Her years as first lady and as a U.S. senator have put her at the center of key policy and political battles for a decade and a half. She is prepared for the job.

And that's why I agree with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a real leader on environmental issues, that Hillary has what it takes to solve the climate crisis and move us toward a clean and green energy future.

"Hillary is ready to address our energy challenges on day one with a bold, comprehensive plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move America toward a renewable energy future."

And that's why I agree with Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), a real leader on matters of war and peace, that Hillary has what it takes to end the Iraq Occupation and restore a foreign policy of cooperation instead of confrontation.

Hillary Clinton has the foreign policy experience, credibility and commitment to bring all sides together (including allies and neighboring states) and bring about a comprehensive solution that will put Iraq on the course towards stability and bring our troops and military contractors home to their families.

As Senator, Hillary has voted three times for a timetable for bringing our troops home, most recently by December, 2008. And, she has co-authored legislation with Senators Reid and Feingold to require the President to safely redeploy the troops within nine months, cutting off funds thereafter. She recently made a commitment to not vote for any more funds for Iraq except for the safe redeployment of our troops.

Hillary has pledged that, as President, she will waste no time ending this war as responsibly and swiftly as possible. In fact, she views this as her most important duty to the American people.

There is no issue that is more pressing to the future of our Nation and our world than bringing about an independent Iraq and peace and stability within the region.

And there is no Presidential candidate who is better equipped to lead and bring about that change than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And that's why I agree with Dolores Huerta, a real leader on matters of social justice, that Hillary has what it takes to deliver real, affordable, universalhealth care for all of us.

"The greatest gift we can give our country is to make Hillary Clinton our next President... The thing that truly stands out about Hillary is leadership. On universal health care, she was out years ago saying we need national health care. Hillary was the first one to talk about universal health care. She wants the same kind of health care plan for all of us that she has."

Come on, now. Isn't it time that we pick a new President in the new year? Isn't it time we pick a President who will renew the promise of this nation? Isn't it time that we pick a President who understands the high stakes we face, and who will be ready on Day One to find new, innovative solutions to the many problems we must solve?

You know, Hillary is right. Change doesn't come just because we want it, or because we hope for it. Change only happens when we work for it. That's why we need a new President that has the courage and the experience to work for the change we need on foreign policy, on energy and climate change, on health care, on the economy, and on so much more. We need a new President who will work for the change that will bring America into a new, brighter era that we can be proud of leaving for future generations.

It's a new year. It's time for a new beginning. That's why I'm picking Hillary. Hillary is the one we know can deliver the change we need. Hillary can be our new President to give our nation a new beginning.

So will you join me in making this New Year's Resolution? Will you join me in taking action to make sure that Hillary will be our new President? Believe me, this will be a resolutions that's easy to keep and hard to regret! :-)

Tags: 2008, Change, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, new year, pick a President, presidential election (all tags)



Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

Oh yes, and Happy New Year! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-31 12:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

The only flames I see are from your diary -- it's hot! Great job, as always, adt.

by susanhu 2007-12-31 02:32PM | 0 recs
Thanks, Susan!

I'm tryin'... And it's just so easy for me to write stuff like this when we have such a class act as Hillary running! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-31 02:39PM | 0 recs
Pick Hllary!

She has the broadest, deepest group i've seen since Reagan was elected.  Hillary will win and she'll bring millions of women voters back to the booths or to the booth for the very first time!

by masslib1 2007-12-31 12:43PM | 0 recs
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"Isn't it time that we pick a new President in the new year?"

Yes. Hell, I am ready to get rid of Bush and the Repugs right now. Here, here for Hillary. Hillary better hire you stat. Another great diary atdleft. Thanks!

by lonnette33 2007-12-31 12:43PM | 0 recs
Thanks, lonnette!

I'm also ready to get rid of the Bushies and being a new era that will vhange this nation for the better. That's why I'm ready for a new President, and why I'm ready to make change with Hillary! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-31 12:50PM | 0 recs
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Happy New Year- people need only to look at how she handled the Pakistan crisis last week- that is a PRESIDENT.  We need someone who knows what they are doing- who can start leading on day one- someone who can survive the General Election- there won't be any SURPRISES with Hillary- she's been tested- everything about her we know- that's important.  Let's elect a real leader- Hillary Clinton.

by reasonwarrior 2007-12-31 12:50PM | 0 recs
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Hillary was very very good on Pakistan.

by Steve M 2007-12-31 01:32PM | 0 recs
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Anyone know what time the new Des Moines Register poll comes out?

by RJEvans 2007-12-31 12:55PM | 0 recs
At 6:00 PST...

Text DMRNEWS to 4INFO (44636) to sign up for a cell phone text alert from the DMR.

by atdleft 2007-12-31 12:59PM | 0 recs
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cantwell, woolsey, huerta... i would be proud to be in that parade. my support for hillary is based on the fact that, alone among the candidates, i can easily see her going in with a plan to replace the bush ideologues currently in control of the departments with people as committed to advancing the democratic agenda as she is.

she knows how government works, and won't waste time fiddling around trying to figure it out. she's going to attract awesome talent back to public service. i bet half of the diplomats who have resigned in disgust over the past seven years would sign back up if she were elected.

by campskunk 2007-12-31 01:05PM | 0 recs
Ain't that the truth?!

she knows how government works, and won't waste time fiddling around trying to figure it out.

That's EXACTLY why we need Hillary. She has the courage, the strength, and the experience to hit the ground running on Day 1! She has what it takes to fix our broken government.

This is why why need Hill for new leadership! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-31 01:15PM | 0 recs
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On Iraq - how can you trust her to end a war she had an integral part of creating and sustaining?

On Health Care - Hillary had the presidency and Congress and STILL couldn't deliver universal health care in '94.

Could you please point to me where Hillary has truly WORKED for her issues?

All of her "work" in Arkansas was as a result of her husband being governor. Same as during the presidency.

She was handed the US Senate in NY by virtue of a voting population where Dems outnumber Repubs by several million votes.

She was handed the mantle of "inevitability" by the media.

If we wanted Bill in the White House again, why not just amend the Constitution?

by highgrade 2007-12-31 01:24PM | 0 recs
Gimme a f***ing break!

Iraq- Hillary has been working hard to end the war and change course on foreign policy 1/14/164514/07/316/410570

Health Care- Hillary had the "vast right-wing conspiracy" breathing down her throat and spending MILLIONS to kill her health crae plan... But Hill has come back since, and she has delivered on SCHIP and health care for National Guard veterans.

And all of Hillary's work has been hers... She's had to work for her own accomplishments. Seriously, compare and contrast what hillary did as First Lady to what Laura Bush has done. That's the difference!

And as to all the other crap you say, here's my response:



by atdleft 2007-12-31 01:30PM | 0 recs
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About that work history..... doesn't look like the typical tea parties and social events to me, rather unusual and outstanding, even for the wife of a governor or president (link):

(1993) Serves as the leader of the president's Task Force on National Health Care Reform.

(1992) At Hillary Clinton's urging, Steve Kroft interviewed her and Bill Clinton on 60 Minutes on Super Bowl Sunday. This interview, in which the Clintons discussed their marital problems and asked the public to respect their "zone of privacy", was given in order to counter poor publicity generated from Gennifer Flowers' allegations of an affair with Bill Clinton.

(1992) First Lady of the United States

(1982) When her husband was seeking to win back the governor's seat in Arkansas, she took her husband's name and underwent a makeover that included changing her thick glasses for contact lenses, lightening and taming her hair, losing 15 pounds, and dressing more fashionably.

(1980-1982, 1984-1992) During her husband's tenure as governor of Arkansas, holds a number of positions, including head of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, board of director for the Arkansas Children's Hospital, member of the Southern Governors' Association Task Force on Infant Mortality.

(1980) Becomes partner at the Rose Law Firm.

(1977) Associate at the Rose Law Firm.

(1976-1977) Adjunct professor and director of the legal aid clinic at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

(1975-1979) US District Court (east district) of Arkansas, reporter for federal court speedy trial planning group.

(1974-1976) Instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

(1974) Staff lawyer in charge of legal procedure for the special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, then inquiring into the impeachment of President Nixon, Washington, DC.

(1972) Research assistant for Anna Freud, Joseph Goldstein, and Albert Solnit (authors of Beyond the Best Interests of the Child) at the Yale University Child Study Center.

(1970) Staff member of the Washington Research Project (later the Children's Defense Fund); wage was a stipend paid by a Law Student Civil Rights Research Council grant.
board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation; Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters; board of directors Arkansas Children's Hospital; ; board of directors Wal-Mart, TCBY, and LaFarge (resigned them all in May 1992); Board of directors Childrens Defense Fund, Washington, 1976-92, chair, 1986-91, Legal Services Corporation., Washington, 1977-81, chair, 1978-80; founder, president, board of directors for the Arkansas Advisory Committee for Children and Families, 1977-84; board of directors for the Child Care Action Campaign, 1986-92, National Center on Education and the Economy, 1987-92, Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1988-92, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, 1988-92, Children's TV Workshop, 1989-92, Pub./Pvt. Ventures, 1990-92; chairperson of the Arkansas Education Standards Commission, 1983-84; Member, Committee on Quality Education. So. Regional Edn. Bd., 1984-92; chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, 1987-91; honoray president Girl Scouts of America, 1993-; member of the advisory board of HIPPY, 1988-92, board of directors; honorary chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, 1993-, U.S. Delegate to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, 1995; honorary member of The Pen and Brush, 1996-. Fellow American Bar Foundation; member Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Arkansas Women Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Pulaski County Bar Association.

by Mike Pridmore 2007-12-31 04:58PM | 0 recs
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Excellent Dairy adtleft. I am glad you are on MYDD. You were on DKos? I think I saw you posts over there.

That was a big endorsement by Lynn Woolsey, after all she did against the war. That says everything about the real Hillary Clinton.

by moi moi 2007-12-31 01:58PM | 0 recs
Well, I still am at DKos...

And btw, this diary is cross-posted over there... 2/31/174320/52/702/428490

Check it out!

Oh yes, and if Lynn Woolsey trusts Hill to end the war, then I do, too! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-31 02:11PM | 0 recs
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Maria Cantwell's endorsement of Hillary lends credibility to Hillary's stance on energy independence and on renewable energy sources.  Cantwell has also been a leader on abortion rights and on blocking Bush's appointment of radical judges to the federal bench.  I welcome Cantwell's endorsement, and I look forward to many more.

by truthteller2007 2007-12-31 03:29PM | 0 recs
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Great diary!!

by Mike Pridmore 2007-12-31 04:31PM | 0 recs
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Oops! I almost forgot... Happy New Year!!  

by Mike Pridmore 2007-12-31 04:32PM | 0 recs


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