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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Published on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by CommonDreams.org  
Like It Or Not, Change Is Coming
by Jeanmarie Simpson
Last week, Common Dreams published an essay of mine titled "The Revolution Has Arrived."I suggested that the time had come for hippy ideals to be fully engaged, since so much of what that movement was about has come to be mainstream or nearly mainstream today. Iended with a mention of the fact that Barack Obama may be a corporate whore, but he's OURwhore and it's our job to make him do what's right.You'd think I had suggested that we, on the Left, all cut off a leg and eat it for dinner. I madethe mistake of providing a personal email address, inviting comment.I received dozens of emails, many more than comments posted on the Common Dreamswebsite.There were a few positive voices and compliments. However, the overwhelming number of notes I received were from angry "Lefties." Here's one that sums them all up, with the leastamount of profanity (most are unprintable, even here):"yada yada yadaget real, the beat goes on.now tell me he's the lesser evil.we hear this same shit every four years."For clarity's sake, I simply want to point out that I didn't suggest anyone vote for BarackObama. What I hoped to express was the idea that, since it looks inevitable that Obama willbe our next president, we seize the opportunity to take him at his word and hold him to hispromises. Additionally, we must strive to convince him to revise some of his pro-military, non-non-violent policies.Frankly, I was planning to vote for Ralph Nader. I live in a state that will, almost certainly, goRed. Rather than vote for a losing mainstreamer, I wanted to vote for a voice of integrity that Ihave admired throughout my entire adult life.Now I have changed my mind. Not because of anything that transpired between CommonDreams readers and myself, but because I thought long and hard about the historicity of theupcoming election.Barack Obama is dragging the Left (kicking and screaming) back to its community organizingroots and creating the public space that is needed to enact truly progressive change in theUnited States. His campaign has trained hundreds of thousands of organizers, giving them askill set that enables them to bring people together to act collectively on behalf of their common interests. No matter how one may feel about his individual policies, and no matter which policies we, on the far Left espouse, Obama's campaign is showing the way to get itdone.He has put together the first tremendously organized, grassroots, populist, winningpresidential campaign in modern American history. His campaign has the support of morethan three million contributors, an unprecedented number.
I think I want to be able to tell my grandchildren and great grandchildren that I voted for Barack Obama, the first non-Caucasian person, the first person from my generation, the firstperson with the kinds of complicated roots that give him a perspective of American life andpolitics that no other president has ever, ever had.It's about damned time.
Jeanmarie Simpson is a writer, film and theatre artist and peace activist. She is a lifetimemember of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Jeanmariewrote and starred in the play, "A Single Woman," about the life of first US Congresswomanand lifelong pacifist, Jeannette Rankin. She will be seen in the forthcoming film, based on the play. Please visit the film site, asinglewomanmovie.com. To contact Jeanmarie Simpson, visit  the contact page on her website, jeanmariesimpson.com.
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Ric Abreu October 31st, 2008 8:36 pm
Change would be welcomed, change would be awesome. Ending war would be change.Support for social programs would be change. Stopping transfers of wealth upwards would bechange. A change of skin tone is not change. Changing skin tone is chump change.Vote 3rd party. Support Nader, Mckinney or socialists!
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report this comment quizmasterchris October 30th, 2008 4:01 pm
At this point we could just replace CommonDreams with this link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTm5rp8r6fE
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report this comment Ric Abreu October 30th, 2008 8:38 pm
True, mind-numbing indoctrination. What a joke!
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report this comment quizmasterchris October 31st, 2008 6:14 pm
Yeah, I don't think Obama's "gonna spread freedom." I think he's gonna "spread" lifeless partsof Afghani and Pakastani civilians all over the map.
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ZachP October 30th, 2008 6:01 pm
Sorry for the language, but that's fucking retarded, not to mention highly offensive to Jewssuch as myself, to compare Obama to Hitler. So some people are hero worshiping Obama.How many of you hero worship Nader? I would never compare that to blind loyalty to Hitler.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------I think, therefore I am dangerous.
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report this comment quizmasterchris October 31st, 2008 6:22 pm
As offensive as your use of "retarded"?
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report this comment tobiasaurusrex October 31st, 2008 4:49 am
Why are children spending hours and hours learning to sing songs of praise to this man?Children, not of voting age, not in understanding of the severities of politics, who have nonatural sense of who this man is, are taught the worship of a politician. They're not justwearing a t-shirt, or holding a banner hanging with their parents at a rally. If you know amusician, then ask them how many rehearsal hours it would take to refine this so well withchildren this age.Well, to Jews such as myself, and to such as Naomi Wolf and Naomi Klein, we see what isdisplayed in that film as exactly the type of propaganda that was used to program the publicinto unquestioning devotion to Hitler. Naomi Wolf has a book "The End of America", youshould read it. It describes the "ten steps" of turning a democracy based government into afascist regime. Media image and false devotion are significant parts of that process. Ms. Kleinspeaks of having a disaster, then shooing in a savior politician/father figure, one who's publicimage is primped, as well as PATRIOT Act type laws enacted during times of shock - "ShockDoctrine" is her coined phrase.Cult of Personality (again), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bya6_q6qVrANaomi Wolf interview on The Alcove,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0LvtQAQ6scWhat are the "degrees of separation"? Hitler was finacially backed by Fritz Thyssen. PrescottBush (W's grandpappy) was the US money spout and launderer to Thyssen. Prescott Bush,G.H.W. Bush, G.W. Bush, and Obama all belong to the CFR. That's not far to go. (If youinclude that Obama is a cousin of G.W. Bush, it's an even smaller gap.)Who has huge media control? The CFR. Who has members benefitting from the controlledeconomic collapse? The CFR. There is no Democrat/Republican divide, it is only one party:the CFR, Council on Foreign Relations, or better Corporate Feudal Reign.Aloha, salud, lechiem,- Tobiashttp://www.youtube.com/user/tobiasaurusrex
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