Obama – A New Kind of Politics?

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By Patricia L Johnson and Richard E Walrath

"Stand Up for a New Kind of Politics" is a page on Barack Obama’s site where you can take ‘take action’. 

At first it appeared to be similar to other Web sites where you can send a letter to your Senators and Member of Congress, all at one time, in the event you come across a problem that needs attention.  Examples – The kid that lives down the street has been back from Afghanistan for six months, but still hasn’t been able to get an appointment at the speciality clinic in your local VA.  The single parent across the street cannot find. or afford, adequate after school care for his/her children, the elderly person on the corner cannot afford to pay the rising costs of both medication and energy.

Well, Obama definitely stands for a new kind of politics as you can readily see by his priorities for action.

 http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/factcheckactioncenter

If you encounter an attack on Barack’s church:
Take Action

If you encounter an attack on Barack’s faith:
Take Action

If you encounter an attack on Barack’s patriotism:
Take Action

Senator Clinton has accused Obama of using plays out of Karl Rove’s playbook, that that’s not the way we see it.  His entire campaign has been a repeat of the student movement organized by Cesar Chavez founder of the United Farm Workers, UFW back in 1965, right down to their slogan.  The following link is to the organizer tool kit – if you’re an Obama supporter, it’s worth a read.  http://www.ufw.org/pdf/2007CCDOrganizersToolkit%20v.2.pdf

The slogan is shown in the organizer tool kit, as well as in the Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/aug22.html

Source:  Mexican Americans and United Farm Workers of America 

¡SÍ SE PUEDE!
(Yes We Can!)

Slogan used by Cesar Chavez,
First president of the United Farm Workers

Library of Congress http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/aug22.html

Obama consistently has all the right words yet continues to say nothing.  He is quite simply a salesman, and every salesman knows that people buy on emotion.  You have to get the car buyer inside the car, behind the wheel, where he can see and feel himself as an owner.  It’s all about feeling, not about thinking.

People aren’t very good at thinking about anything, anyway.  According to the 2006 Election Day Advent Calendar Educator’s Guide  During the 1956 presidential campaign against David Eisenhower, a woman supporter called out to Adlai E. Stevenson,

“Governor, you have the vote of every thinking person!”   Stevenson called back “That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!”

The following excerpt is a perfect example of Obama talking yet not saying anything. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH   "Democrats turn up heat in flurry of Ohio stops" Monday,  February 25, 2008 11:05 PM

But when panelist Karen Roettele asked whether any of the policies that Obama has been touting will be implemented in time to help her if he’s elected, it prompted this convoluted response:   "I think it’s going to take…my goal is in my first term to get us on the right track. Now, how that plays out for people individually, is I want to provide them relief as quickly as we can but the only way we’re going to do that is by you guys sharing your stories. I mean, I hope members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are listening."

Sounds like his plan for getting anything done in this country is for every citizen to stand before Congress and tell their tales of woe.

Obama often touts what he has done for both the State of Illinois, and for veterans, but as Hillary Clinton states on a regular basis – actions speak louder than words.  20 new VA vet centers are now open, and three will open by the end of this year.  FOUR of the 23 vet centers are in the State of New York and Senator Clinton can certainly claim a victory for her veterans.  On the other hand, the State of Illinois is not opening any new vet centers and I can assure you it’s not because they’re not needed.

Words mean nothing to citizens of this country that need assistance, actions mean everything. 

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