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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:44 AM
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Again we stand at this precipice
From a fellow DFA'er. (reprinted w/ permission)


"We stand at the precipice of Armageddon and we battle for the Lord"
Theodore Roosevelt - 1912

That statement of Roosevelt's first of all deserves some explanation: First, Roosevelt was using a Christian allegory to speak to his audience. Armageddon is the place where Jewish,Christian and Islamic peoples believe the final battle between good and evil, God and Satan, righteousness and injustice, will occur. In much theology, the outcome is uncertain, and mankind is left to decide the fate of the universe.

Second, Roosevelt was speaking at the 1912 Republican Party convention, where he had won the popular vote, but where the forces of the Party bosses and crony capitalism were attempting to cheat him of the Republican Party nomination and hand it to Taft. Roosevelt battled vigorously, but the party bosses controlled all the committees, and locked it up for Taft. Roosevelt then walked out of the Republican Party and started the Bull Moose Party. The Southern segragationist anti feminist Dixiecrat, Woodrow Wilson was elected. America was thrust into a Century of darkness.

What was it exactly that Roosevelt was battling for that summer ninety six years ago?

Universal Health Care

A living wage (His term) a family could live on to be paid to all workers

The end of Monopoly

Equal rights for women

Enforcement of the 14th Amendment in the South

Trade and international policies that protected the American worker

An end to the Alien and Sedition Acts

Universal Education

The Building of America's infrastructure

Appointing Supreme Court Justices who know that Law is the servant of society as a whole, not just the wealthy

You know weird irresponsible whackadoodle stuff like that....

They labeled him a madman, and worse, for thus fighting for the Lord and the American People.

His loss at that convention split the Republican Party, who were now controlled not by the traditional members, liberationists who had freed slaves and believed in freeing all Citizens, but the money power, Wall Street, and the fledgling military/prison/ industrial complex. The Progressives had no place to go but the Democratic Party where they were outnumbered by the Southern former slave holding forces, who while not liberationists, at least has Wall Street as a traditional enemy. The nation first had Woodrow Wilson, then a series of Republican Presidents who were in the hands of Wall Street. These Republicans inflated the currency, depressed wages, and raided the wealth of the nation in ways all too familiar to those of us who have lived through the last eight years.

Roosevelt was indeed fighting for the Lord, and the American People. It took the Great depression to bring Roosevelt's cousin, still progressive, but less so than he, to power. It took thirty years and disaster. The Progressive Promise was still never fulfilled and derailed immediately after WW2 by McCarthy and the salesmen of fear and slavery. There never yet has been Universal Health Care, a Real Living Wage, the end of monopoly or the end of the prying eyes of the State.

This year, ninety six years later, again we stand on the precipice. The nations wealth has been devoured by the wolves of Wall Street. Prices are astoundingly high, wages stagnant, Citizens worry about illness and the financial ruin it can cause. The American Educational System is in the toilet, our bridges and roads crumble due to lack of minimal maintenance. We live in a country where just reading aloud, or typing onto a computer, Thomas Jefferson or Tom Paine without careful attribution is a dangerous act.

Today we stand at the precipice of Armageddon. Today, as ninety six years ago, the forces of darkness, of Mammon, of the money power of the few organized against the majority of citizens once again seeks the destruction of the Progressive movement and the progressive candidate. Once again we hear boasts that the Party bosses are all locked up behind the candidate of the money power, that somehow Mrs. Clinton, popular vote, rules and reason be dammed, will be the candidate of the Democratic Party.

We stand on the Precipice of Armageddon, both figuratively in terms of national politics and literally in terms of our unreasoned involvement in the Middle East. We need a new President. One with a new kind of mind. One who has raised the bulk of his campaign money from the American People, not from the Corporations. We need a new President, one who walks through the streets of Chicago, and Detroit,Newark and Los Angeles and sees not the gleaming towers, but is moved to tears by the people America has left behind. We need a new President, one who cares more about The sick and aged citizen than the stock performance of an insurance company. We need a new President, one who can talk with, not down to people. That President is not Senator John McCain. That President is not Senator Hillary Clinton.

We stand again at the precipice of Armageddon and look for the leader who will raise the standard of righteousness through the long battle, as did the Prophets of old. There is only one candidate running who will even know that Biblical reference. There is only one candidate who knows that the Presidency is a almost incomprehensible responsibility to the American People and to Almighty God. We stand on this Precipice today, and again the priests of the powers of Mammon seek the destruction of the Prophets of God.

There is only one candidate who is not so controlled and owned by the corporatacracy that he even has the potential to do right and good. That candidate is Barak Obama.

This summer there will be a party convention. Either Obama will be nominated or Clinton. Obama has already won the popular vote and he has won the majority of delegates. The money power seeks to force him to step aside, to beg to be Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential candidate. This is insanely perverse.

Should the Democratic Party bosses and machine steal the nomination from the Peoples candidate Barak Obama, Progressives should again follow the trail blazed by Theodore Roosevelt. We should, if the nomination is stolen, form a third party, a second Bull Moose Party. This time either from within the Democratic Party, or without it, we progressives stand on the precipice of Armageddon. The nation can not afford our defeat. If the Democratic Party must serve Mammon, let it die as all things must, and from the ashes form a progressive party, and this time take the White House and TAKE BACK AMERICA.

All Power to the People-

Steve Lamb

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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:48 AM
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1. My votes in!
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:50 AM
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2. Please take your "vote Obama" message over to GD-P where it belongs. (nt)
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:54 AM
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3. It's about America...not Obama
Please move on. :evilfrown:
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:04 PM
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6. Oh really? Quote: "There is only one candidate (blah blah blah)... That candidate is Barak Obama."
There is only one candidate who is not so controlled and owned by the corporatacracy that he even has the potential to do right and good. That candidate is Barak Obama.

This summer there will be a party convention. Either Obama will be nominated or Clinton. Obama has already won the popular vote and he has won the majority of delegates. The money power seeks to force him to step aside, to beg to be Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential candidate. This is insanely perverse.

Should the Democratic Party bosses and machine steal the nomination from the Peoples candidate Barak Obama, (etc)...


So, no, this is NOT about "America", this is about Barack Obama, who is apparently one of the "Prophets of God" and apparently our only hope for salvation.

Maybe you neglected to read the whole thing before you posted it?
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:56 AM
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4. BS neither of the candidates left have what it takes to move this country
forward.. It will take the action of angry people to get this country back from the brink of death, or we will see a divide in this country.. The United States will disappear.
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:03 PM
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5. Even angry mobs have leadership
:shrug:
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:41 PM
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7. locking
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