Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I'm not a groupie...

Just to be clear, I am not in any kind of worship mode for Obama or anyone else. I'm a grassroots organizer within the Democratic Party in Seattle. I saw 16,246 people show up on February 9th just in my North Seattle Legislative District, and I'm focused on trying to keep them engaged so we can actually get Universal Health Care, Out of Iraq, and everything else. I don't believe we put anyone into an office to solve our problems for us. We put people who we believe might listen to our voices when they make their decisions. Barack Obama is no better, and no worse, than Hillary Clinton. I do believe that he would listen more than she would, but that's my personal observation. Regardless, we need a supermajority in the House and Senate to be able to restore this country from the Reagan/Bush/Clinton/BushII years, and that's going to take a hell of a lot of work at every level of our government. I'm prepared to spend the rest of my life fighting for what I believe in, which is NOT welfare for all nor subsidies for the rich on the backs of the poor. The function of government is to build, maintain and sustain our physical, financial, legal and social infrastructure (the commons) so that people can reach for their potential without worrying about the ground collapsing beneath our feet. It is not to give handouts, nor is it to hold people back. But it's not up to our leaders to do this for us, it's our responsibility to do it no matter what our leaders say or do.

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