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Posted by iris5426 in Elizabeth Edwards Supporters Group
Tue Apr 22nd 2008, 11:14 AM
I went to my surprisingly empty polling place a couple of hours ago, and warily walked up to the electronic machine (with no paper trail whatsoever, that's going to be awesome in November) wondering if writing in a candidate was going to be an option. I was fully prepared to pitch a huge fit and ask for a paper ballot if I had to...but I didn't have to, it was super easy to do. I know it didn't make a difference, but I felt good about it. I really truly don't care which one of them wins, they'll get my vote in November. But its so close, and I almost didn't feel right helping to swing it one way or the other when I really don't care.

Plus, we just found out we're going to be having a baby (holy crap! is still my reaction) and somehow that made voting for the candidate that would have been best for my child even more important. On a side note, yes, I'm pretty much freaking out about being pregnant, this will be the first kid for me and the hubby, and we're excited, but definitely scared. We only just found out at the end of last week, and I'm only 7 weeks so far, so it's still early and doesn't even seem real yet...
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Mar 11th 2008, 03:07 PM
I read this, and my only reaction was: Seriously?? Pretty appalling if you ask me. And please don't call me elitist or something for sharing this, that's not what it's meant to be. And I also want to disclaim that I didn't have time yet to read the Wapo article it references as a source, but I plan to...I just wanted to see what other DUer's thoughts are on these stats...

The title of this article, that an embarrassingly high number of Americans believe that the sun revolves around the Earth, is only one point argued by the Washington Postís Susan Jacoby, in her attempt to prove that Americans are in serious intellectual trouble, facing a virulent mixture of anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism and low expectations.

What else is signaling that Americans are becoming increasingly dumbed-down as a society?

* Reading -- of books, newspapers and magazines -- is on the decline. A 2007 study even found that 80 percent of American families did not buy or read a book in 2006.

* Attention spans are declining; Jacoby suggests this is due to television and videos. For instance, between 1968 and 1988, the average sound bite on the news for a presidential candidate dropped from 42.3 seconds to 9.8 seconds. By 2000, according to a Harvard study, the daily candidate bite was down to just 7.8 seconds.

* General knowledge is eroding. This is evidenced not only by the fact that one in five U.S. adults believe the sun revolves around the Earth, but also many others.

Yet, itís not bad enough that knowledge is quickly declining in the United States. On top of that, there is an arrogance about this lack of knowledge, almost as if a good portion of the population is saying, ďWe know weíre ignorant, but we donít care!Ē

Consider, for instance, that a 2006 survey by National Geographic-Roper found that nearly half of young Americans did not think it was necessary to know the location of other countries in which important news was being made. And another one-third felt it was ďnot at all importantĒ to know a foreign language.

<snip>

Sources:

* Washington Post February 17, 2008



http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles...
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Posted by iris5426 in Elizabeth Edwards Supporters Group
Mon Mar 10th 2008, 11:35 AM
I was shopping yesterday before I had to go to a bridal shower, and when I came out to my car (mind you, moments before the friend I was with had looked at my car and said, "Jude, you know Edwards isn't running anymore, right? Isn't it time to take that thing off your car?") and as I went to get in I saw a piece of paper under my windshield wiper...of course, my immediate reaction was "Oh fuck, someone hit my car!" followed by "Dammit not another note from some asshole that doesn't like all of my bumper stickers!" (I have on my car, in no particular order, JRE '08, If you're not outraged you haven't been paying attention, 1.20.09 the end of an error, Save the Ta-Tas, Blind faith in bad leadership is not patriotism, coexist, and Inconvenient truths do not go away just because you can't see them. I also used to have My bush would make a better president, which was my all-time favorite, but some jerk stole it about a year ago.)

Anyways. I got sidetracked, sorry

So I grab the piece of paper, expecting horrible things, and instead, it said: "The country lost when John Edwards dropped out. I met him and Elizabeth twice and they are truly The Best!"

It made me smile, and almost shed a tear, and seemed like the real life act of someone as wonderful as all of you here, so I just wanted to share



Also, while I'm sharing random anecdotes about my life, the other night my husband was talking about something with the house or our pets or something and finished his sentence with a brief pause and then "All Three." I completely lost it, and he was totally confused (being that he has no idea who Lee Mercer, Jr. is, or that Jeb is all up in his house with disease ). Does anyone else have problems with random DU humor causing you to crack up at inappropriate times and confusing the hell out of whoever you are with? Just curious
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 27th 2008, 11:54 AM
I know there are a lot of people on this board with Pittsburgh connections, so I wanted to share the sad news that Myron Cope passed away today at the age of 79...he was a legend, and he'll be dearly missed. My terrible towel is at half mast!

Here's an article:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7846200...

For those of you who don't know, he was the color guy for the Steelers for 35 years and was one of a kind! He invented the Terrible Towel and was also a great journalist. Until he retired in 2004, it was tradition in my house to turn down the TV during a game, and turn up the radio to listen to Myron, Billy and Tunch. Myron was always telling great stories and inventing fun words like Yoi!, and Steelers radio hasn't been the same since he retired. He was a great man.


to Myron!!
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Posted by iris5426 in Elizabeth Edwards Supporters Group
Wed Feb 06th 2008, 12:36 PM
Steppenwolf - Monster/Suicide/America...almost 30 years later it still fits. So sad.

(Monster)
Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog

And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey

(Suicide)
The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

(America)
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Feb 03rd 2008, 02:47 PM
I found that someone has created a grassroots page for people to pledge that they are still voting for John, please visit there and add your voice!

http://edwardshasmyvote.wordpress.com /


I am an Edwards Democrat!


Disclaimer: I posted this for likeminded people to share, not for flamebait telling us why we are idiots for voting for what we believe in. Thanks, and have a lovely day!
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jan 30th 2008, 07:49 PM
Feel free to borrow and send elsewhere if you desire...and I'm heading out to drown my sorrows in a few beers as soon as I post this, so please don't make me wish I was here to defend myself when I get back...I just wanted to share this with everyone, I know you all may or may not agree. But it was cathartic to write, and even more so to know people are reading it. Thanks


Much like I have never written a letter to the editor, Iíve never before become so involved in a political movement as I did with John Edwardsí campaign for President. For seven years Iíve watched the current administration essentially ruin our country. I voted for Al Gore in my first election, then watched the Supreme Court decide who should be President. I voted for John Kerry because he was preferable to the alternative.

John Edwardsí message spoke to me and made me believe we could recover from all of the damage that has been done. For the first time in my life, I donated money to a political campaign (and like many of his supporters could not really afford to do so) and I volunteered my free time phonebanking and gathering signatures for him. I felt like I was working hard to elect the person who could save our country, bring back our standing in the world and finally DO something about all of the things that have been overlooked for too long. There ARE Two Americas. John Edwards was fighting to give voice to those people whose best interests have been overshadowed by the corporate entrenchment and partisan gridlock in Washington. He was the only one determined to truly do something about the influence that corporations have in our government, and he didnít owe anything to any of them, so I believe he would have.

Sadly, I believe that those same corporations and the stranglehold they have on every facet of our lives, and especially on the mainstream media, ultimately eliminated him from the race. I firmly believe that someone had a hand in his decision today, he was too devoted to his cause to have come to this decision on his own. Iííll be the first to admit, Iím still in shock. I canít understand why he would drop out now. Itís not that I expected him to win the nomination, though obviously thatís what I was working towards. He played a very important role in this race, leading the way on the issues and forcing them into the discussion when the media is happier focusing on handshakes that didnít happen and petty attacks between the two frontrunners. He could have played a very important role in a brokered convention.

Studies have proven that Edwards was virtually ignored by the media. As I watched my candidate be marginalized by the media for the past year, I grew more and more disgusted with our country. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, their lack of coverage in many ways forced him out of the race. Today they were all too eager to cover his departure and speculate that a lack of getting his message out did him in. Donít they realize that theyíre mostly to blame? When he had coverage, such as a debate, his numbers surged. If his message was heard, people liked what they found. Sadly most people donít turn to media outlets that arenít controlled by anyone, such as NPR and PBS, who do cover the real issues. I donít understand the mainstream mediaís fascination with having the nominee decided as quickly as possible. Weíve been forced down to the two star, history making candidates after only four states with delegates have voted. What happened to your vote counting for something (if itís counted at all with our lovely non verifiable voting systems)?

Theyíve infringed on our democracy by turning the election into a horse race, and in doing so, cost us the best candidate we had in what is certainly the most important election of my lifetime. I had real hope for us with John in the race. Today, when I know that in November I now have to hold my nose and choose the lesser of two evils, again, I have none.

Sincerely,
Judy
Pittsburgh, PA
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Posted by iris5426 in Elizabeth Edwards Supporters Group
Wed Jan 30th 2008, 04:52 PM
I borrowed a little from you, your letter was so good that I couldn't say it better. So long that he probably will never read it, but I feel better. Here's mine:

Dear Senator Edwards,

After hearing the news that you were announcing your departure from the race today, I was devastated. I can't even begin to tell you how disappointed I am in your decision. Even then, I thought "Maybe he'll come out and say Just Kidding, I just wanted to get more coverage than the other two for a minute!" I held that secret hope until the end of your speech. You were the one candidate for president who spoke for regular people in this country. Now there is no one.

I can't understand why you would abandon your supporters at this time. Your support has been growing. You raised more money in the past 25 days than in all of the 4th quarter of last year, and over half was from new donors. I have contributed to you several times this campaign, and I have never before been moved by a candidate so much that I donated money to their campaign. Only this past weekend I donated again, in the hopes that it would keep you feeling supported after South Carolina. Just yesterday I received an email from Joe Trippi asking for another contribution.

It just makes no sense. Yes you came in third in SC, but support was growing immensely after the last debate. Why would you drop out the day before a debate, when you would have another chance to bring your issues to the attention of the people? Why would you drop out one week before Super Tuesday when you stood to gain more delegates? By doing this now, you have not only ended your candidacy, you have lost opportunities to influence the course of the campaign, the convention, and the attention of the eventual candidate, even if it is not you.

You repeatedly said you were in until the end. With momentum building, at least enough to keep you viable in the race for delegates, why on earth do you quit when you've been promising people who you appear to genuinely care about that you won't? In addition, why would you drop out without at least sending an email to your supporters before your announcement (or, I might add, even after your announcement)?

In my mind, something very sketchy has to have gone down. I don't think you came to this decision easily, and I can't help but think that you were pressured into it by someone or something. Even when we weren't winning, you were still the candidate that was most feared by the establishment and corporate America. I have a sinking feeling that they played a role in what happened today.

I'm pretty sure there is no one else in this race to represent me. Barring a brokered convention (now much less likely with only two candidates instead of three) or a third party candidate, there is no possibility of there being anyone on the ballot I can vote for in November. I will still vote, but I won't do it happily. I am tired of having to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. You inspired me to be involved, volunteering for your campaign and spending all of my free time working to get you elected because I believed in your message and in you. This was my first real foray into political activism, and I have to tell you, through tears, that I fear it will be my last. I feel thoroughly disenfranchised, and hopeless. Obama claims to be the candidate of hope, but it was you who was offering real hope. Who will give voice to the voiceless now?

My prayers are with you and Elizabeth, the only bright side to all of this is that you'll be able to spend more time with her and your children.
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jan 30th 2008, 02:07 PM
It makes no sense. Yes he came in third in SC, but his support was growing immensely after the debate. He raised more money in the past 25 days than in all of the 4th quarter of last year, and over half was from new donors. His support was growing. He repeatedly said he was in until the end. I'm not saying he would/could have won the nomination, but he certainly had a role to play, an important one, that up until today he appeared to embrace. With momentum building, at least enough to keep him viable in the race, why on earth do you quit when you've been promising people who you appear to genuinely care about that you won't? In my mind, something very sketchy had to have gone down. Whether it was the powers that be telling him to get out of the way so that one of the "historical candidates" can be the nominee (note that I didn't say win, because I am truly scared that they can't. I want them to, any Dem is better than anything else, but I am worried) or something else, we may never know. Sad, sad day.
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jan 29th 2008, 01:49 PM
Why should Edwards drop out? It's up to one person - him. And he's shaping the issues in this race and bringing to light the things that matter and should really be talked about. The saddest part about the current state of our democratic process is the people who say "I really like John Edwards, but I can't vote for him because he's not going to win." Of course he won't win if you don't vote for him!!! Idiots all, letting the MSM characterize this race into what they think fits instead of just presenting the facts about ALL of the candidates and letting the voters decide. 95% of the pieces on the news channels are about the bickering, bad mouthing and ooooh the gloves are off (for the 47th time). Where is the discussion of policy? That's what really matters in this race, and apparently everyone has lost sight of it.
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jan 29th 2008, 12:33 PM
I posted this bulletin on my myspace page (though it could be posted on anyone's blog if you have one somewhere...

Hi all...there's a new grassroots effort to raise $200,000 for John Edwards tomorrow, January 30th, the night before the next debate.

John has recently been giving voice to the moral outrage that is 200,000 of our own veterans who are currently homeless - men and women who have served our country nobly and honorably and yet have been left literally out in the cold by our government. Even worse is the tidbit that more than twice that number of our veterans experience homelessness during at least some portion of the year...

This IS a moral outrage and I am glad to see that John Edwards has been speaking up about it every chance he gets, including during his "whistle stops", during the debates, and even when he appeared on Letterman. As a matter of fact, John's been so vocal about this travesty that even Bill O'Reilly himself has been calling John out; it seems BillO doesn't believe there are homeless veterans.

So let's all join in to help give John Edwards a continuing voice in this election so he can keep giving voice to the voiceless like those 200,000 Homeless Veterans that he speaks so passionately about.

<a href="https://www.johnedwards.com/action/contrib... "><center><img src=""></center></a>


The address for the image is h t t p:// farm3 . static . flickr . com/ 2196 / 2223190967_035d4c94de.jpg (and if anyone has a better way to make the address show up and not the image than adding spaces like this, let me know and I'll edit! TIA)

I also created a facebook group at http://rmu.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8297... if anyone is interested...

I think this one has a much greater chance of succeeding than the last one, it's a much more doable number than $7 million was...and think how great it will be if John can say at the debate "MY supporters raised $200,000 in one day yesterday in honor of the 200,000 homeless vets in America"

It's last minute like the last one, that is the only flaw, so lets start spreading the word!!

Original links from Beaverhausen: http://blog.johnedwards.com/story/2008/1/2...
https://www.johnedwards.com/action/contrib...
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jan 28th 2008, 10:29 AM
This is an email I just got, thought it might be a good thing to share:


Despite the fact that he is the best candidate on just about every
issue, after being rudely shut out of the debates before his time
perhaps it was inevitable he would not be able to sustain a run for
president. But today we learned that there is a conspiracy of huge
corporations prepared to throw millions of dollars at trying to kick
our hero out of Congress altogether, by financing a troll primary
challenge. They are running smear ads in his district already and we
have to fight back now.

Fight Back Kucinich Donations:
http://www.usalone.com/fight_back_kucinich...

IMPORTANT: Even if you have already given the legal limit to the
Kucinich presidential campaign, you can donate up to another $2,300
to his Congressional campaign above now.

They've done this before, when Kucinich stood up to the utility
special interests, and refused to sell Cleveland's power generating
resource. They forced his city into bankrupty, they hurt their own
city to force him out of office. We can't stand by and just let that
happen again. Kucinich is an irreplaceable advocate for all the
issues we are fighting for. This is a not just a race he is supposed
to win, it is a race we MUST win, and by a landslide. And we only
have weeks to do it.

We've already sent out upwards of a thousand of the special
commemorative edition Kucinich pocket constitutions, and more are
going out this week. So if you can make a donation of $100 or more,
Dennis wants to send you as a thank you gift one of these collector's
edition pocket constitutions for your very own, just like the one he
protects and defends every day.

There is no better investment we can make in the integrity of our
democracy than a Kucinich donation. Look at what Dennis has done with
his donations. He financed a recount in New Hampshire, which turned
up enough problems to inspire a new bill in Congress to provide
emergency paper ballot assistance to any jurisdiction that wants to
switch back to tamperproof paper. And we generated tens of thousands
of messages to Congress on that just last week.

Fight Back Kucinich Donations:
http://www.usalone.com/fight_back_kucinich...

He uses his donations to get the truth out and to inspire people to
act on the issues we want ALL our members of Congress to stand for.
And the best way to do that is to show them how strongly we support
him. Because there can be no doubt, that taken together, his voting
record, and his leadership, stands head and shoulders about just
about any other member of Congress we've got.

Simply put, we need a hundred more like Dennis Kucinich. But first we
need to protect and defend the one we've got, to stand up for him,
just as he has dedicated his life to standing up for us.

And if you are so fortunate that you can make a donation of $1,000 or
more, Dennis will not only personally autograph your special pocket
constitution for you, he will send you a personal thank you letter to
go along with it.

We know there are many of our participants who have been hurt badly
by the economic debacle descended on us by the Cheney regime. We know
you are doing all you can by submitting every action page you can get
your hands on. But it also means that those of us who can make a
contribution need to do little extra now, because the money will be
so well spent in support of the progressive initiative.

Kucinich is under attack because he is having a real impact. Without
his raw courage, there would be no pending resolution for impeaching
Cheney in the House Judiciary Committee, gaining more and more
support every day. They desperate to shut him up.

That's not going to happen, with your help.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so at
http://www.usalone.com/in.htm
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Jan 28th 2008, 10:13 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-savan...


Could Edwards Beat McCain? The Polls Won't Tell Us
Posted January 26, 2008 | 10:26 AM (EST)

Yesterday's Zogby poll has Edwards within Iowa-like striking distance of Hillary for second place in today's South Carolina primary. "The real movement here is by John Edwards, who is the only one who continues to gain ground in our three-day tracking poll," writes John Zogby, attributing most of the gains to previously undecided African American voters.

White dude rising? We'll soon find out. But the mainstream media, long determined to ignoreEdwards and keep this a feisty, feuding two-person race http://www.johnedwards.com/media/video/whe... / , is not letting him show his stuff where it currently counts--against McCain.

Thursday night, Tim Russert was oohing over how close a McCain-Obama or McCain-Hillary race would be: the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal head-to-head match-up poll shows McCain beating Hillary by two points and tying with Obama; Obama and Hillary each clobbered Romney, Giuliani, and Huckabee. When I saw that Edwards wasn't part of the six-pol poll, my jaded jaw almost dropped.

Though I shouldn't have been surprised. CNN also disappeared the former North Carolina senator from its most recent (mid-January) head-to-head poll--even though Edwards was the only Dem to beat McCain in its previous (mid-December) match-up. At the time, CNN polling director Keating Holland wrote, "Edwards is the only Democrat who beats all four Republicans, and McCain is the only Republican who beats any of the three Democrats. Some might argue this shows that they are the most electable candidates in their respective parties."

Why wouldn't CNN include its own previous chart-topper? Don't know. CNN wouldn't return my calls. Granted, a lot has changed in the last month, and other polls have also bumped Edwards from their January match-ups. Granted, too, Edwards is doing poorly in national polls. But so far, Edwards (unlike the shamefully treated Paul and Kucinich) is still deemed debate-worthy. Shouldn't Democrats as well as Republicans have access to information on how all their candidates stand in hypothetical general election contests?

Eviction from "electability" polls is bad enough, but CNN's Bill Schneider and even the esteemed Factcheck.org have called Edwards "misleading" for citing, at the CNN debate last Saturday, his winning performance in the December CNN poll. "It's literally true , but still misleading," Factcheck writes, because, "there is a MORE recent CNN poll, one that shows either Clinton or Obama beating McCain and doesn't include Edwards."

Talk about Chinese finger puzzles, self-fulfilling prophesies, chicken and eggs.

No matter. MSM has moved on. Edwards's new designation is "kingmaker." On Friday, the Wall Street Journal, NBC's polling partner, tsked-tsked that "Mr. Edwards has all but dropped from sight. Generally ignored by the national press and with a campaign bankroll a fraction the size of his rivals," the best Edwards can hope for is to swing his accumulated delegates toward Obama's or Hillary's nomination.

That's no doubt true. By February 6, Democrats are likely to be stuck with the two weakest candidates. As Marc Cooper wrote here, once Hillary locks up the nomination, the rumors about Bill will come fully unzipped, diminishing her chances in November. Meanwhile, Obama's numbers among whites are dropping, largely because of Billary's attacks, whether you consider them to be coded racist appeals or merely color-blind Rove-ian hit jobs.

If I didn't know better, I'd say that by cutting off the race's possibly strongest Democrat--first from media coverage and now from polls--the corporate media could be misleading us toward another Republican administration.
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Posted by iris5426 in Elizabeth Edwards Supporters Group
Sun Jan 27th 2008, 04:31 PM
Prior to this election cycle, I have watched with some interest, but little involvement. A combination of seeing how excellent all of the contenders for the Democratic ticket were (and this was when they were all still in) and my utter disgust for the current administration and all of the contenders on the other side led me to be interested enough to look into all of the Democratic candidates a little further and while doing that I ended up on the email lists of Hillary, Obama and Edwards. Then one day back in October the Edwards campaign sent out text of a speech he gave in NH. I can absolutely pinpoint that as the moment he became MY candidate. Here's the text of that speech.

Since then I have donated several hundred dollars to his campaign (and I have never ever put money towards a politician in my life!) even though I can't really afford it. I've also volunteered, phonebanking and gathering signatures to get him on the ballot here in PA, again something that no one previous has ever inspired me to do. I am hoping to get even more involved in his campaign as our primary here gets closer (4/22). My sister lives in LA and I've been getting her interested as well, she was planning to phonebank for him in Pasadena today.

Edwards is the candidate of the people. He will be beholden to no one but us when he is elected, and he truly has the fight in him to stand up to the corporate interests that are so deeply entrenched in our government. I can't comfortably say that about the other two, though I do believe that they are good candidates and will still be much, much better than anything the other side can offer in November. He has shaped the policies of this primary, coming out first with comprehensive plans on everything, leaving all of the others to scramble in his wake to come up with something (which generally seems to be nearly a mirror of what he has put forth).

His message resonates, when it can be heard. We saw proof of that in SC when his numbers surged after his performance in the debate. Yes, he still came in 3rd. But it was with a much smaller margin than he was facing prior to the debate. I have no doubt that the MSM would love to shut him out of the debates as they did Kucinich so that he will truly be silenced.

Your donation can help him to be heard. Obama, while a good candidate, certainly doesn't need your money. Even if you are not convinced enough yet to vote for Edwards, if you want him to truly be a contender so that your vote for him will make even more of a difference should you decide to cast it for him, you should donate to his campaign.

Also, I've posted several blogs that link to information I think helps show why Edwards is such a good candidate on my myspace page if you want to look at that. I am an Edwards supporter to the end, and love the opportunity to convince others to join me. I hope this helped.
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Posted by iris5426 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 24th 2008, 04:34 PM
It was actually made quite easy for my by the Edwards campaign, they just sent out an email encouraging their supporters to call their senators and gave the direct # to call for each (shameless Edwards plug )

So I am in PA, called Casey's (D) office and left my thoughts with a really nice guy who seemed very enthusiastic about passing on the message to the Senator...then I called Spector's office, and even though he is a Repub I've felt like a lot of the time he does what is right rather than the party line...so that's what I told the guy that answered the phone and told him to ask the senator to oppose retroactive immunity and if necessary stand with the Dems and filibuster...I swear I actually heard Arlen's voice in the background, so maybe they really will give him the message...one can hope!


This shit scares me, they'd better do something...
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