Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

You know, there's a lot of talk of "change" during this election season. We keep hearing the Presidential Candidates talk about "change", and how they truly represent change. But you know what? I'm kind of tired of all the talk of "change"... I want someone I know can make change happen, and I know Dolores and other friends of mine agree on this.

Why? Follow me after the flip to find out...

Something really special happened on the Sunday before Christmas. Dolores Huerta, a true living legend for the progressive community, came to my community in Orange County to tell us why she's supporting Hillary Clinton for President. She was joined by local community leaders like my State Assembly Member, Jose Solorio, local leaders who also had their own inspiring stories to tell. All in all, their messages confirmed to me that I made the right choice, and that Hillary really is the "agent of change" we're looking for.

In particular, I really liked what Richard Chavez, Dolores' husband (and brother of Cesar Chavez) had to say when he explained he chose Hillary:

"We need change... And the only person who can bring about change is Hillary. She is the only one who can bring about the change we want."

We know Hillary has the strength, the courage, and the experience to make change happen. We know how much Hillary has worked to end Bush's Iraq occupation and prevent any war with Iran. We know how much Hillary is committed to universal health care, and we know her plan to cover everyone truly will cover everyone. We know how much Hillary is committed to taking care of our planet, and we know her climate and energy plan will take serious action on one of the greatest security threats of our time. We know Hillary is on our side, and we know she's the one who can get the job done when it comes to the change we so need.

But anyways, I liked what Richard had to say about Hillary. Oh yes, and I also liked what Dolores had to say about Hillary. She's been fighting the good fight for so long, so she knows what it will take to make change happen. She's been a strong leader in the progressive movement, and that's why I know I can trust Dolores Huerta when she says...

"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." [...]

"When you see her, you'll see what a charismatic, warm person she is."

Yep, Hillary truly is a leader on health care. When others said that it couldn't be done, she kept fighting for it. And even though the far right wackos still mock Hillary over "socialized medicine", Hillary beat their behinds and made SCHIP happen, giving health care to millions of kids who needed it. Even though Bush and the Republicans didn't originally make sure that our National Guard troops had health care when they came home, Hillary worked to make sure they got the health care they need. And as I mentioned earlier, Hillary's current plan to cover everyone will actually take action to cover everyone. Dolores is right. Just on this issue alone, Hillary has proven to be an effective leader.

But of course, we know Hillary's leadership doesn't end there. That's why Dolores trusts Hillary. That's why Jose trusts Hillary. That's why all these people trust Hillary. We know she has what it takes to make our hopes a reality and take action to bring about change.

We live in troubled times. We have an occupation to end. We have a planet to save. We have people in need of help who aren't being helped. And you know what? We can't wait for "change" while other politicians only talk about it.

We need a President who will do more than talk, a President who will act for change. That's what we need. That's why Hillary is the one for us.

Tags: California, Change, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, hope action, Orange County, presidential election, progressive values (all tags)

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22 Comments

Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

Go ahead. make my day. Fire away!

Oh yes, and please check out my photos from the event (which for some reason I can't post here):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54499214@N0 0

Also posted on DKos (with pics & video):

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/12/26 /15165/850

:-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

Andrew, this is a powerful diary backed by powerful testimony from people who've been in real, tough fights.

Thank you!

by susanhu 2007-12-26 01:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Tips? Flames? Suggestions?

Thanks, Susan! And many thanks to Dolores Huerta, Jose Solorio, and all the great community leaders here who gave such powerful testimony. Oh yes, and MANY THANKS to Hillary for giving me so many good reasons to support her! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 01:16PM | 0 recs
Great diary!

You write great diaries!  If Hillary is smart, she will snatch you up in the GE.

A very nice positive diary.  Thanks for sharing.

by masslib1 2007-12-26 01:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

Hillary is a Leader and that is why she will be our next Commander in Chief.  Love your pictures. Great diary!

by lonnette33 2007-12-26 01:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

Well, I'm sorry I couldn't just post my pics here. For some reason, I still can't figure out how to do that. But anyways, I agree that Hillary is a GREAT LEADER who will do GREAT THINGS for this nation as our next President.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, and for the warm welcome to MyDD! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 01:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

No problem. You are welcome here.

by lonnette33 2007-12-26 04:25PM | 0 recs
Thanks, lonnette!

I'm just so excited to be back! As you know pretty well now, the "primary wars" are getting out of hand on DKos. I'm just glad to come here and find some sanity. Thanks again for the warm welcome back! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 04:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks, lonnette!

:-)

by lonnette33 2007-12-28 04:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

Yes, welcome to MyDD!  I look forward to more diaries from you!

Do you have your own blogs?  It'd be fun to visit them and read some of your other writings -- if they're half as good as this one, I'll enjoy reading them all.

by susanhu 2007-12-26 01:14PM | 0 recs
two more things

I was at this event, and had the privilege of both seeing my old friend Dolores Huerta as well as my new friend Andrew (atdleft).  As noted, it was a wonderful event.  Two quick additional comments.  First, Andrew got a special introduction and recognition from the chair, California State Assemblyman Jose Solario, for his outstanding blogging on behalf of Hillary and progressive causes.  Go Andrew!

Secondly, there was great turnout from the local Latino community, including the Mayor of Santa Ana, some school board members, labor leaders, and lots of community folks.  Dolores made a special point of stressing that Super Tuesday will really be "Latino Tuesday," due to the inclusion of California and several other states with large numbers of Latino voters.  If that's the case, that's great news for the Hillary campaign.  By the looks of this event, she has rock-solid support in the Latino community.

by markjay 2007-12-26 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: two more things

Thanks, mark! It was great to meet you there on Sunday, and it was great to see so many friends who I previously hadn't known also support Hillary! We had so much fun... And we made so many calls to so many voters in California AND Iowa! For all those who say that "Latinos aren't politically active", I'd say that they haven't really seen Latino power like Mark and I did over the weekend!

Si, se puede! ;-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 01:33PM | 0 recs
Re: two more things

C'est les temps du changement!  Allons-y!

by truthteller2007 2007-12-26 02:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

Great job atdleft

by NewHampster 2007-12-26 01:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Real Hope. Real Action. Real Change.

Thanks, New Hampster! I'm trying my best to keep you updated on all the good news out here on the Left Coast! ;-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 01:54PM | 0 recs
Hmmm

"Just on this issue alone, Hillary has proven to be an effective leader"

Hmmm. She failed at healthcare and poisoned the well for a generation. I'd hardly call that "effective". The word "ineffective" would probably be more appropriate in this case.

At any rate, she's acknowledged her spectacular failure and admitted that she's learned from her mistakes. That's leadership. I'll give her credit for that.

by mcdave 2007-12-26 03:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Hmmm

And your point is... What?? If you had Richard Mellon Scaife spend some of his many millions on campaigns to demonize you and your policy initiatives, I bet you'd "fail miserably" and "poison the well" as well! But anyways, Hillary has learned from this... And she came back to beat them on SCHIP and health care for our National Guard troops! That's why I know she can get the job done now! :-)

by atdleft 2007-12-26 04:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Hmmm

My point is that results matter. it seems like Hillary has been completely insulated from the results of her experience.

by mcdave 2007-12-26 04:33PM | 0 recs
No, I think...

You're just trying to blame all the world's ills on Hillary when she did nothing to hurt us. Again, what would happen to Obama or Edwards if they have the full force of Richard Mellon Scaife creating "mud" to sling at them? Unlike Hillary, they haven't experienced it. That's why I think we need the one who now knows to beat the right-wing noise machine as our nominee.

by atdleft 2007-12-26 04:39PM | 0 recs
But Hillary

only takes credit for her actions, not those of others.

I quote:

OBAMA MAY HAVE CLAIMED TOO MUCH CREDIT IN COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REMOVE ASBESTOS FROM PUBLIC HOUSING: "Obama says he initiated and led efforts that thrust Altgeld's asbestos problem into the headlines, pushing city officials to call hearings and a reluctant housing authority to start a cleanup... But others tell the story much differently. They say Obama did not play the singular role in the asbestos episode that he portrays in the best-selling memoir 'Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.' Credit for pushing officials to deal with the cancer-causing substance, according to interviews and news accounts from that period, also goes to a well-known preexisting group at Altgeld Gardens and to a local newspaper called the Chicago Reporter. Obama does not mention either one in his book." [Los Angeles Times, 2/19/07]

by truthteller2007 2007-12-26 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: But Hillary

wait...is this real? Because if it is, I'm going to change my vote to hillary. Credit taking RE: efforts to clean up asbestos is one of the top issues facing this country today. This is like ten 9-11's all at once!

by mcdave 2007-12-26 04:36PM | 0 recs
Re: But Hillary

you and others are the ones who cite the importance of his community activism.  the fact that he may have exaggerated his accomplishments while serving in that capacity should raise the eyebrows of those who tout that experience.

by truthteller2007 2007-12-26 04:52PM | 0 recs

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