Archive for March, 2015

2016 Presidential Campaign – #3 – March 15, 2015

March 15, 2015

Note from the author: from time to time during the upcoming presidential election, I’ll be sharing articles and my thoughts about it here. For those hardcore political junkies among you, here’s a link to a very good non-partisan website, 2016 Election Central, which will keep you up to date over the next two years of campaigning http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/. Charles

White House frets return of ‘Clinton way’

To sum up the feelings, all the way up to the highest levels: What. The. Hell.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere

Can the Hillary Clinton Email “Scandal” Derail Her 2016 Presidential Campaign Before It Even Gets Started?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again today: the biggest problem I’ve always had with Bill and Hillary Clinton is that they keep on giving ammunition to their enemies. As the writer in the article above says the feeling in the White House is: “What. The. Hell.”? What the hell possesses the Clintons to continue making the same types of missteps over and over again? Is their paranoia of the media in general and the right-wing media in particular so deeply ingrained that it’s impossible for them to think and act in any other manner? How could running all of Hillary’s emails while serving as Secretary of State through a personally-owned server at the Clinton home in New York state be anything but a dumb idea? And, why wasn’t there more oversight from the White House and State Department IT security?

Here’s the bigger question I have: does Hillary Clinton really want to run for president again? Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that she wants to be president, but I’m not 100% certain that at her age and now with her first grandchild, that she actually wants to run again.

A modern presidential campaign, even for someone with Clinton’s previous experience eight years ago and as of today, no real primary opponent, is an 18-24 months long slog across America. Day after day of public appearances, stump speeches and an endless appeal for money from both well-heeled and smaller donors is what candidates must endure today. Once you become an “official” candidate, you’re seldom ever at home and your life becomes captive to an endless schedule. And no one knows that better than Hillary Clinton and that’s probably one of the reasons for her delaying her announcement.

Then add in the advent of the Super-Pac as allowed by the notorious Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in 2010 that unleashed millionaires and billionaires to give as much money as they want, the increased 24/7 Twitter-fed digital age and the fact that other than Barack Obama, no one stirs hatred from the Right more than Hillary Clinton, it’s easy to see why she’s taking her time to publicly decide if she really wants to hit the trail again.

But, here’s the Catch-22 that Hillary Clinton, as loyal as Democrat as there’s ever been, finds herself in: by delaying her announcement for so long, she’s pretty much left the party and any potential candidates in limbo and if she doesn’t run, she’s left the party in a bind to find an alternative candidate. And that’s not the coda to her career and legacy that she, Bill or Chelsea want.

Will Hillary run? She probably will because behind the scenes, she’s been hard at work assembling a campaign apparatus that includes many key players from the successful Obama campaigns. But I won’t be surprised one bit if she decides that being a retired politician giving paid speeches and enjoying life as a new grandmother isn’t a better use of her time and energy.

On the Republican Side of Things

While Jeb Bush hit the trail in New Hampshire and Rand Paul and Scott Walker tried to convince America that they’re not as crazy as they seem on the surface, embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie desperately tried to hold on to his slipping presidential hopes.

Quote of the Week

“You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran. Really. That wasn’t a joke.” – President Barack Obama at the Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Cartoon of the Week

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Why Barack Obama Matters by Charles L. Freeman, Jr

March 8, 2015

‘THE RACE IS NOT YET WON’

Obama in Selma

President Barack Obama holds hands with Civil Rights icon John Lewis and Selma marcher Amelia Boynton Robinson as they cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, March 7, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march for voting rights.

Look at the photograph above and try to imagine John McCain or Mitt Romney in it instead of Barack Obama. Try to imagine the impact either man would have had in Selma, Alabama on the 50th Anniversary of one of the seminal moments in this country’s convoluted history of civil rights. The sight of an American president, any American president, at this place on this occasion would be special. But only the presence of Barack Hussein Obama as the American president on this particular occasion makes sense and truly matters.

Obama’s soaring oratory at the foot of the bridge named for a former Klu Klux Klan Grand Dragon could have been delivered by any president, but it simply wouldn’t have had the impact, meaning and historical significance if he hadn’t been the one to do so. For it is Barack Obama’s responsibility and in many ways, his burden, to be exactly who he is – the first African-American president in this nation’s history. For it is he who bears most directly the hopes and dreams of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr’s lifelong work towards equality for all. For it is Obama who symbolizes the words found in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

John McCain and Mitt Romney, along with former president George W. Bush who was in attendance on Saturday, were born into and raised in privilege. A privilege known only to a select few in America. And while that privilege doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t grasp the enormity and importance of “Bloody Sunday” and what it meant and still means, that privilege mitigates their capacity to truly identify with those who marched, were beaten and in some instances, killed those fifty years ago. That privilege diminishes their commitment to seeing that the gains of those days aren’t further eroded by the actions of today’s Republican Congress and the US Supreme Court.

And that is why Barack Obama matters.

He matters because he gets it. He matters because he identifies with not just the privileged, but those living on the outskirts of the fullness of the American Dream as well. He matters because he knows. He matters because he understands. He matters because he appreciates those who came before him so that he can stand in front of the world and be introduced as “The President of the United States.” He matters because of his wife and daughters. He matters because of what he sees in the eyes and what he hears in the voice of John Lewis and Amelia Boynton Robinson when they look at him. He matters because if for no other reason, he presents to so many in this country who feel powerless and without a voice, the hope that they do matter. He matters because he can stand at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015 as the leader of the free world.

Barack Obama matters and don’t you ever let anyone tell you that he doesn’t.