Saturday, May 31, 2008

Radical Pique

By Chris Suellentrop - New York Times Opinions - May 30, 2008

Michael Kinsley, writing in his column for Time magazine, reflects on a controversy that’s sure to revive this summer after Barack Obama secures the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party — Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, two former members of the Weather Underground.
Kinsley says it’s O.K. to think that it’s “absurd” to make an issue of Obama’s relationship with Ayers and Dohrn, while also thinking that “Ayers and Dohrn are despicable.”

“In America we believe in redemption and even self-reinvention. And we don’t usually require stagy Stalinesque recantations,” Kinsley writes. “But Dohrn and Ayers test the limits of that generosity.” The two of them “did real harm” to America, but not because they “posed any real threat to U.S. national security.”
“Their victims were liberals: the millions of people who were part of the mainstream antiwar movement and who later voted against Ronald Reagan,” Kinsley explains. He continues: These people opposed the Vietnam War but didn’t hate their country. They were horrified by violence and sincerely wanted the war to end. They believed in democracy, even when dismayed by the result. The slogan of the Underground, by contrast, was “Bring the war home.” For strategic and psychological reasons, the Underground wanted the Vietnam War to go on. They wanted the killing and dying to continue and spread, along with anarchy, dope and free sex.
The notion of doctrinal divisions among opponents of the Vietnam War must seem ridiculously arcane to most people today. But perhaps you can imagine how infuriating it was to the organizers of the big marches on Washington — struggling to keep them peaceful — that there were people of the left effectively in cahoots with the Nixon Administration, determined to undermine all those efforts.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

DNC chooses venue for Rules Committee Meeting too small to accommodate party members

Faith Chatham - DFWRCC - May 26, 2008
Despite Democratic Party Rules which stipulate that all committee meetings must be open to the public and that meetings are to be held in venues large enough to accommodate all interested party members, the DNC has selected a venue for the May 31st Rules Committee meeting which does not accommodate many of the people who have applied to attend.

The DNC Rules Committee is scheduled to decide whether to seat delegates from MI and FL who were elected in primaries held earlier than authorized by Democratic Party Rules. Thousands of Senator Obama's supporters and Senator Clinton's supporters are watching this committee hearing. The Obama czmpaign's position is that the delegates should either be excluded from the convention or split evenly between the two campaigns. Clinton supporters favor seating delegates according to the proportion of votes cast by the people in the MI and FL primaries. Both candidates appeared on the Florida ballot. Senator Obama had his name removed from the Michigan ballot. Party rules did not stipulate that the candidates could not appear on the ballot. Rules did prohibit candidates from campaigning in those primaries. Neither candidate campaigned in those states. Senator Clinton carried Florida by

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