Friday, September 5, 2008

Heidi Li's Potpourri moves to a new location

The time for change is indeed upon us. In that spirit, Heidi Li's Potpourri is making a move. It will now be updated and viewable here.

For readers' convenience, the next several posts including the one below will appear in this location and the new one.

Looking beyond the heat of the moment

With the general election bearing down on us, it is easy to become overly reactive, to lose track of the bigger picture. The bigger picture that I care about is creating a country that is genuinely progressive, where diversity and pluralism are valued for their own sake, where norms of decency operate in our civil society, where respect for human dignity is the cornerstone of our political realm.

When I begin to contemplate this larger picture, the results of this coming presidential election matter almost not at all. Neither ticket is one I can endorse. For different reasons neither McCain-Palin nor Obama-Biden seem likely to bring this country into a truly progressive mode; it seems to me that either ticket might move the country both a bit closer and a bit further from that mode.

Now this view of the Presidential race has nothing to do with with question of which of the existing political parties has the most potential to become a truly progressive one. The answer to that is clearly the Democratic Party. The more interesting question, which is being put to me by many people from many vantage points, is whether I think the country needs a new option, a new political party. And the answer to that question has only a tangential bearing on the further question of whether, even if we conclude that the country does need a new political party, a new party that is genuinely viable can be successfully launched.

While I will continue to write about day to day happenings related to the general election and especially in the Congressional elections, I am going to use this space, Heidi Li's Potpourri, to slow down and reflect on how we might create a more perfect union, one where human dignity assumes center stage. Carpe diem.

3 Comments:

Blogger BillieJo said...

Hello Heidi, I normally blog on PUMA Pac buy have just found a very serious article on the voter fraud I would like you to see. I have listened to you on blog radio and admire your intelligence. The article is long but I think it is well worth the read. Please let me know if you think this is something mainly true or not. Thanks, Billie Jo

Bamboozling the American electorate again
Strategy involved G.O.P. crossover voting to take out Clinton, marketing newcomer Obama, stripping battleground delegates, threatening violence at the convention, and (if necessary) declaring martial law to prevent November's general election. Meanwhile, revelations about the Illinois senator's ties to Chicago political fixer Antoin Rezko and Iraqi war profiteers are downplayed by the press. For their part, Democratic Party leaders have circumvented the official nominating process, declaring Obama the nominee by breaking their own rules and allowing superdelegates to "vote" before the convention.

http://www.thecityedition.com/Pages/Archive/Winter08/2008Election.html

If it is true, PUMAs need to know if voting for McCain is a good counter punch to what happened to Hillary in this election, or would we be walking into a planned trap?
Thanks.
Billie Jo

September 5, 2008 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Marsha said...

Heidi, Thank you for offerring your reflexivity to all of us. It makes us all slow down and think about the big picture.

September 5, 2008 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous atypical said...

New video ad by The Denver Group:

http://tdg.typepad.com/democrats_for_principle_b/

September 30, 2008 at 5:02 PM  

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