September 18, 2005

Brazile Puts Partisan Politics Aside

Donna Brazile, the Democrat political consultant who ran Al Gore's 2000 Presidential Campaign, has an editorial in today's WaPo.

Brazile, author of "Cooking With Grease: Stirring The Pots In America", writes of her strong support for President Bush's plan for the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast region. She writes:

On Thursday night President Bush spoke to the nation from my city. I am not a Republican. I did not vote for George W. Bush -- in fact, I worked pretty hard against him in 2000 and 2004. But on Thursday night, after watching him speak from the heart, I could not have been prouder of the president and the plan he outlined to empower those who lost everything and to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

Bush called on every American to stand up and support the rebuilding of the region. He told us that New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast would rise from the ruins stronger than before. He enunciated something that we all need to remember: This is America. We are not immune to tragedy here, but we are strong because of our industriousness, our ingenuity and, most important, because of our compassion for one another. We are a nation of rebuilders and a nation of givers. We do not give up in the face of tragedy, we stand up, and we reach out to help those who cannot stand up on their own.

The president called on every American to reach out to my neighbors in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast. The great people of this country have already opened their hearts in the immediate aftermath of the storm, and their tremendous generosity has done more than just provide extra comfort -- it has saved lives. Now the crisis of survival is over. But the task of rebuilding remains, and the president made it clear that every single one of us has a role to play.

Unlike so many other Democrats who seek to use this national tragedy as merely a blunt instrument to beat up on the President, Brazile recognizes the need for the this country to come together for its citizens. Her words are a breath of fresh air from a political environment that has been poisoned by her party.

Posted by: Gary at 08:04 AM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 my personal feeling about the prez. withstanding, i can (kicking and screaming) admit that it actually was a very well done speech, powerful even, and delivered quite well. the whole "it's impossible to imagine america w/out new orelans" spiel was quite a powerful sentiment to me, until i fully considered the fact that it's not like bush actually sat down and wrote the thing himself. i guess that's because presidents have speech writers. this prompted the wife and i into a lengthy discussion about the sad state of affairs we're in when the leader (and previous leaders) of the free world don't even author the words that come out of their mouths. what does that say about their commitment to the words being read? are they merely moving their lips to someone's else's penned ideas? is there ANY genuine feeling there? p.s. since i don't have any conservative friends (not a conscious choice, just the way things happened) and since my lifelong republican parents left the party in disgust before the last election, maybe you could answer this question for me: why are conservatives always SO angry and reactionary? you got your gung ho texan in office, twice. you got your war, twice, and surely more to come. you have control of the senate and a soon to be appointed conservative chief justice. fox news is the highest rated cable news channel in history and the FCC is primed to outlaw every offensive word and boob on the airwaves (except rush, of course) - so why all the anger? you folks have won, BIG TIME! i'd think you would be content enough over your baker's dozen of landslide victories in the past five or so years, so why so glum, chum?

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 19, 2005 08:51 AM (yT+NK)

2 I don't understand the question. You have Liberals who claim that the President put troops in harm's way because of oil, halliburton, his texas buddies, whatever. You have Liberals screaming at the top of their lungs that Bush = Hitler, a smirky chimp, a dolt, a doofus, the anti-Christ, whatever. You have Liberals characterizing Republicans as evil, rich white people who've never done anything to earn a living and hate black people, among other outrageous claims. You have Liberals pounding their fists that the GOP wants to starve children who are in poverty, take away Grandma's health care and social security benefits, do everything in their power to destroy the environment, send homosexuals off to a concentration camp, take over the world, force a theocracy on the American culture to make its citizens go to church on Sunday and swear allegiance to God or else join the homosexuals in the concentration camps and go back to the days of Jim Crow laws. That's pretty much the daily talking points coming from the Democrats, who are being driven by the uber-Left Michael Moore, George Soros, MoveOn.Org, Americans Coming Together (ACT), the liberal Blogosphere (Kos, Atrios), etc. And conservatives are "angry"? Have you listened to the speeches of Howard Dean, Al Gore, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, any Hollywood Liberal? Have you ever read the comments on Democratic Underground.com? These folks are not only angry, their anger has so blinded them that they live for not other reason than to find a way to get George W. Bush removed from office (by high-powered rifle, if necessary). You'll have to provide some concrete examples of how the right is "angry". Generally speaking, I'd say we're pretty even-tempered. Yes, we feel passionately about what we believe in and we aren't shy about saying so. But who exactly would you consider to be an "angry" conservative that you could consider representative of American conservatism? I think your question is driven more by perception than reality. :confused:

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2005 09:29 AM (PLHs9)

3 have you ever actually listened to coulter, hannity, o'reilly, rush, and savage? not exactly what i'd call a "friendly" bunch. they spit absolute venom over the airwaves and though you claim them as impassioned voices for the cause, a lot of their mccarthy-esque "traior talk" and anti-muslim rhetoric makes me cringe at the thought of some outsider tuning in and thinking that is the overall sentiment in my country. if it is, than no doubt many, many folks are happy with it and my heart grows even heavier with saddness. and your right about the left, they're angry too, but for the wrong reasons. they only want bush out just so they can skip on in and make just as big a mess of things as the repubs. and i think it's a little short sided to say all non-repubs view repubs as evil, rich, and uncaring. i have no problem with the repubs, just politicians. and PLEASE, don't try to sell the "hard-working W." spiel. if you don't think that little rich boy had EVERYTHING handed to him in his charmed little life, then we're definitelty talking about seperate people. i'm not saying he hasn't worked for things, but not in the way i've earned for myself and i'm sure you have too. rich daddy = all the perks (ask big head teddy k., he'll tell 'ya.) now, it should be noted that most free-thinking people (i hate to use the term "liberal" due to the negative connotation it has received in the past years) don't hate bush because he's republican, we hate him because he's a criminal -like clinton was a criminal (BIG TIME!,) and kerry, teddy k., bush sr. and ESPECIALLY ronnie reagan (i hope he has his own special little place in hell alongside all of those "awful" AIDS-catching gays and their awful gay disease he ignored REPEATEDLY during his reign, and he DID.) the differnt parties can call themselves what they will and subscribe to whatever belief system they choose, but at the most basic level, they all chose a career in politics, desire and hunger for power, and will take the needed measures to remain so. it strikes me odd that folks such as yourself with very firm convictions and a strict belief in the party lime can be convinced that one side of the political spectrum is all wrong and the other all right. if that was the case, wouldn't we have A LOT less problems in our country? aren't they all politicians? until someone convinces me otherwise, i'll be happy to NOT vote in 2008 unless neil young throws his hat in the ring.

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 19, 2005 10:54 AM (yT+NK)

4 heh heh... my typo above when i referred to the party "lime" was intentional. it actually refers to the large, green citrus fruit ted kennedy squeezes into his 64 oz. early morning "breakfast scotch."

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 19, 2005 10:59 AM (yT+NK)

5 First of all Michael Savage has his own little mental disorder going on there. I don't consider him very representative of conservatives in general. He's a right-wing version of Kos, with a microphone. Coulter can go over the top at times, but that's her schtick. Most of what she doesn't come from anger but rather the desire to get Liberals to lose their minds over it. Hannity and O'Reilly aren't angry. Hannity can sound a little self-righteous at times, and O'Reilly is merely arrogant. As for Rush, I would challenge you to find anything he's ever said that you can call "angry" and make sure it's in the proper context. Limbaugh's arguments are intelligent and funny. He skewers the Left, yes, but in an amusing way. The last thing I would call him is angry. That's a myth perpetuated by people who don't actually listen to him. Look, anger and hate don't sell. Nobody in significant numbers wants to hear it. It's a downer. That's why Air America's ratings are in the toilet. Anger is all they have. Liberals have no sense of humor and take themselves waaaaaay too seriously. I don't think I can honesty be accused of that. Twisted, perhaps. But angry? Fuggedaboutit.

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2005 11:47 AM (PLHs9)

6 And based on your last comment, you strike me as pretty darn angry, if not downright bitter. I can understand you aversion to signing on to (or even supporting) a particular party but there is a definite taint of cynicism in the tone of just about every comment you've ever left on this blog. What then, do you believe? And spare me the "I make up my mind issue by issue" routine. You don't have to take the same side of every topic, but general philosophy one holds should at least abide by some guiding principles. If you're content to sit squarely in the middle with your arms held out against right and left, that's fine. But if you want my honest opinion, that sort of "whatever the average person believes is fine with me" mentality strikes me as being kind of wishy-washy. So let's here it. Can you list, say, five basic premises that guide your thinking that you hold as self-evident or pretty solid. Or are you still "evolving" or something?

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2005 12:18 PM (PLHs9)

7 i see your point. i never listened enough to any of 'em enough to get an overall perspective, but all i've heard i don't care for. coulter's a royal b@#*h and i guess she's popular because horny old men who spend way too much time studying politics find her strong voiced and attractive (she is simplistic, utterly henious, and what i like to refer to as "boner repellent.") hannity spends too much time buffing the "patriot" badge although he seems to confuse "love of country" with blind loyalist nationalism. savage you got right on the money. o'reilly gets no credit in my book as i don't see how any former host of "inside edition" could. and rush, dear god, rush... my personal hero, the late comedian bill hicks who was about as "left of left" as they come, actually paid rush a compliment once saying that although he disagreed with about 150% of what that jelly-filled jackass says, few people speak so deeply from the heart and with such total conviction as rush does. eh...good for him i guess. for me, he's too much of a hypocrite and should keep his mouth shut about imprisoning drug addicts as he shovels a mountain of vicodin down his gullet. maybe i was off base saying these folks were angry. they make ME angry, but more than that, they eventually make me upset in the sense that this is inevitably where our country is headed and there's too many democrats and too few committed to REAL change to make things better.

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 19, 2005 12:24 PM (yT+NK)

8 "too few committed to REAL change to make things better" What REAL change would you like to make? You've already made you opinions clear about Reagan, Clinton and Bush. I'm assuming your opinion of the elder Bush is none too high, either. So of all the Presidential leadership that you have experienced first hand in your short life (yes, I looked it up on your Blogger profile), none seem to have satisfied your definition of a leader committed to REAL change. If I were to guess, I'd say you are never married, with no children and not a homeowner. It would not shock me in the least if you were a full-time student and have not worked full-time at a job that you considered to be in your field of expertise. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, it wouldn't be the first time. However, if I'm correct than the only thing I can tell you is that you're still a wet-behind-the-ears pup whose experience with the REAL world is so limited that you don't know shit. Don't take offense, I'm just trying to be honest. You're probably jaded with the system as you see it and haven't really settled on a "set" belief system to guide you. And that's fine. But believe me, when you are older and the world of responsibility lands firmly on top of you, you will find yourself being forced to view many of these issues in a new light. You may chose Left or may choose Right. You may chose one way here and another way there. Again, that's fine. But by and large you will be confronted with the choices. They can't be avoided forever. I wish you luck on this journey, and may you find yourself less angry, less bitter and more content ten years from now. Ciao. :wink:

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2005 01:43 PM (PLHs9)

9 "whatever the average person believes is fine with me" is most definitely NOT fine with me as the average person either A.) doesn't care about anything remotely outside of their silly little strip mall, gas guzzling, suburban condo lifestyles, or B.) buys the bull they're selling hook line and sinker. before i get to the five things, i'd like to point out that as a whole, i AM still evolving. how could i learn anything new if i wasn't? and right on the money you are, beacuse i am a cynic, or at the very least, i'm just majorly mistrusting of authority figures and people in power. i also assume the cynic in me comes out when my gut tells me i'm being lied to. bitter? maybe a tad, although i'd like to work on that as it kind of brings the "evolution" to a standstill. if i'm bitter, it's for nothing more than the fact that people in the world treat each other awfully and are too damn proud to say "fair enough" and call a truce. a lofty idea? yes, it is. but it's as simple as it sounds if everyone would get on board. my beliefs: 1. i believe in total and absolute respect for mother nature: F#@K the economy and eveything that goes with it. money comes and goes but we only got one planet, and it's majorly f-ed up. and, you can't truly love god if you value $$$ over his most perfect creation. 2. i believe in the universal human family: this involves treating people as individuals and not judging the actions of a few as the intent of the whole. 3. i believe war is wrong: for all reasons, no exceptions. it's as old as time itself and dates back to when the first people on earth had their first disagreement and you know what, it's never solved a damn thing before, during, or since. i think it's time we tried another approach as the only thing war solves is the question of whether or not there will be future wars. if we (all people) keep killing and fostering these hard to dissolve, deep-seeded resentments, then the answer is "yes." 4. i belive there is always a better way: i really understood this one last election when i looked at those two f-ing clowns and asked myself, "my god, this is the greatest, most freedom-loving country on earth and THESE are the best choices we can come up with?" gimme a break. when both sides are willing to settle for nothing more than a victory, everyone looses. 5. i beliEve in the promise of america: and all the freedom and opportunity we have here. i also believe that goodness is being eroded by a few greedy parasites trying to grab all they can before the next election, which essentially, is the aim of every politician: say whatever you need to get in, rape all you can, and pray they don't find out about it before the polls close. at the rate we're going, i'm loosing my faith in the u.s.a. quickly. well, there they are. not much, i know, but i get satisfaction out of it as i'm sure do with your own beliefs. you probably think me a loony but that's fine. i am passionate about life and the world around me, and if i can say "no hard feelings" and extend the old olive branch and hug someone who hates me for no reason, i consider that a victory. does that make me a p#ssy? in the eyes of some, i'm sure, but i've been called worse and i'd rather get tagged with a bad name than put my soul in jeopardy. don't know what else there is, so i'll let the immortal words of bill hicks send me off: "It's (life) just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one." - bill hicks

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 19, 2005 02:24 PM (yT+NK)

10 since i was never much of a jock, i'll spare you what the high school football coach said about "assumptions." let's see: i'm 26 and i'm getting married in less than a month, am currently in the process of buying a home, have been working various different jobs since 15 (my pop put me to work in a warehouse and i had no choice,) have lived on my own since 18, would kill myself if i were a student, and currently hold a respectable management position for a media company (no, we don't cover news.) let's see, what else, i'm covered in tattoos, grew up in a middle/lower class philadelphia neighborhood, love my god and have worked extensively as a community organizer in inner city neighborhoods to help bring about change. case in point: i've been places and seen things you can't f**king imagine, and unless you've ever walked door to door in a jersey city housing project on election day trying to get folks out to vote AND you were alone AND white like myself, you probably can't teach me anything about the REAL world or accuse me of being wet behind the ears. that's working for REAL change, not just talking about it or voting for it. cheers!

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 19, 2005 02:43 PM (yT+NK)

11 Interesting. For all your cynicism, I noticed quite a bit of idealism and sentimentality interlaced in all that. With regard to #2 (the universal human family: this involves treating people as individuals and not judging the actions of a few as the intent of the whole) be careful not to transfer your opinion of politicians too broadly to those who might vote for them. Congrats on your wedding and good luck on your closing (I don't know which is more stressful). :-) Peace (though strength)

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2005 02:59 PM (PLHs9)

12 thanks much, gary! it's been a crazy and stressful couple months but everything is sorta falling into place. i'd be lying if i said i didn't immensely enjoy our little "back and forth." not quite sure what i've gotten out of it all, but maybe, just maybe, i'm getting a little closer to that "understanding" thing i'm always ranting about. i don't have to agree, nor does anyone else for that matter, but i think that if i can AT LEAST get a sense of where the other person is coming from, and embrace that, then some little gaps can be bridged in preparation of attacking the bigger ones. practice makes perfect, i guess. oh, and i'm happy to tell you that my bachelor party this coming saturday will be held at the south philadelphia republican club! i didn't even know south philadelphia had any republicans! with all the strippers and booze i'm going to have there it will probably look more like a bill clinton democratic fundraiser, but i won't let slick willie ruin my fun. cheers!

Posted by: the most rev. jack habit at September 20, 2005 06:55 AM (yT+NK)

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