Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Campaign for America’s Future

I found this new web site and you simply need to know about it!
And a few other remarkable items are listed for you also!
by Charlie Leck

I probably should have known about them, but I didn't. Mea culpa! Here's how the Campaign for America's Future describes itself:

We live in a remarkable political moment: precarious, yet potentially transforming. At the Campaign for America's Future, our daily work is to bring about the progressive transformation.

After three decades of conservative dominance in American politics, we Americans are threatened with economic disintegration, environmental devastation and international isolation.

The list of failure is simply exhausting: a disastrous Iraq occupation, a destabilized Middle East and Asia, the persistent threat of terrorism, a menacing climate crisis, an insecure and dwindling energy supply, unprecedented trade deficits, unchecked global corporate power, our broken health care system, a weakened pension system and an increasingly inaccessible higher education system.

But out of the ashes of this era of conservative failure comes an historic opportunity for progressives to salvage the American Ideal and shape this young century.

That's where we come in.

The Campaign for America's Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.

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I pride myself too much for being politically alert on the progressive side of the scale. Wrong! This extraordinary organization has been out there for quite some time and they do great work and have a fine staff. And, only now am I finding out about them.

If you're in the same boat, get on over to this web site, become a part of this organization and pay attention for heaven's sake!

Here are a few other items y'all should know about.

If you're a political junky, as I am, you should know all about Real Clear Politics, which is the most unbiased source of political information I have found. They refuse to take positions or sides and just give you the facts about campaigns as best they can figure them out. As the campaign for the presidency takes off, you'll want to know about this site.

Outstanding news sources, rather than "Corporate Newspapers," are difficult to find. I've promoted AlterNet to you quite a bit. It's a daily read for me. I also, when I have time, go to Slate and to Salon. Now I'll add truthout.

Slate runs reaction from women this morning to "Hillary's bizarro nonconcession speech." I think Mrs. Clinton is treading on very dangerous ground and putting her party in peril. She has some kind of strategy in mind, however, and I can only guess that she is receiving some counsel from her husband. The second part of the James Baldwin quote, to which Kim McLarin refers, is:

"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."

Congressman Sam Wexler has a book coming out in a few days: Fire Breathing Liberal! You think I won't buy this one? I've already pre-ordered it at Barnes and Noble. Go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and do the same. This will be a rock 'em and sock 'em work and an important book. Wexler is angry and he wants to see heads roll! Here are the publisher's comments about the book.

Publisher Comments
"There's a reason The Nation, America's leading progressive magazine, named Robert Wexler the country's Most Valuable Congressman. It's the same reason right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh refers to him as disgusting. It's because for the last twelve years Wexler has been Congress's most outspoken liberal — taking on George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Alberto Gonzales, General David Petraeus, and, when necessary, even his own party.

In Fire-Breathing Liberal, Wexler brings readers onto the floor of the House and puts them at the center of some of the last decade's biggest controversies. He passionately describes how he defended Bill Clinton from impeachment and how he stood up against the Bush brothers when the butterfly ballots in his Florida district wrongly decided the 2000 presidential election. He also offers an honest and brutal assessment of the Iraq war and explains why he has become a leader in the movement to impeach Vice President Cheney. And, with warmth and wit, Wexler shares some of the funniest stories from the corridors of Congress, including how he became The Colbert Report's most talked-about guest.

This is a remarkably candid first-person account of recent political history that shows government as it has rarely been seen — by a Democrat in the middle of the storms."

I sent the following recommendation to members of my family and to a few of my best friends, so I thought I should share it with the rest of you:
Six Reasons Why Women are the Most Important Audience for Changing the World by Lisa Witter and LisaChen – an article republished by Truthout and originally published as a part of their new book, The She-Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World – and How to Reach Them (published by Berrett Koheler). The article was originally published on AlterNet. Here's a review of the book by Powell's Books.

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