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My Letter to Hillary...."bitter" IS the right word!
When politics get in the way of democracy....
I don't know how other interested readers feel but I have had about enough of the Clinton campaign's nastiness and distracting attacks! Neither Clinton or Obama were my first choice in a Democratic nominee, but why is it that this race for the nomination has deteriorated to damaging the party's ultimate goal? When I witnessed how HRC leaped at the chance to misinterpret and undermine Mr. Obama's recent statements about the frustration and "bitterness" of small town American citizens...which rang of Truth in my ears....well, I just had to speak up. Isn't the Internet wonderful? My venting rant...straight from my outbox to her inbox!
Here is the content of my message to Hillary Clinton's campaign:
I have been undecided about which candidate to vote for in our May primaries. While it is exciting to finally have my primary vote count, it is disheartening to see a candidate pounce on and distort comments made by their opponent.
Mrs. Clinton's recent attack on Mr. Obama's comment regarding the frustration and bitterness that is growing daily in this country....and not just in small blue collar communties....made up my mind for me. Mr. Obama was telling the truth, low and middle income Americans are drained dry, robbed of hope and desperate for true representation of their needs and concerns.
American corporations have been moving OUR jobs to foreign countries and with what little financial resources we have left we must purchase the cheap goods those foreign workers made, that are shipped back to us to "consume".
The taxes we pay are not used to improve our lot but are spent on, foreign aid, frivolous government spending, and an unwanted war that is devastating lives and destroying our reputation as a strong and wise democracy.
Is it taxation without representation?
Millions of citizens cannot afford health care and live in fear of not being able to keep their families well, or of becoming ill themselves and losing their jobs and homes because of it. Yet their tax dollars help provide superior insurance coverage for their congressional representatives. Those that have insurance still pay far too much for mediocre health care. Pharmaceutical and health insurance lobbyists have manipulated elected officials and laws so that drugs and premiums are too often unaffordable, and patients are prescribed drugs that are under-tested and not safe....some are long term killers themselves. WE are the guinea pigs.
Our hopeful votes to bring in Democratic majority representation has done nothing to change the stranglehold the Bush administration has on our destiny and the Constitution. Our civil rights are disappearing and that's just a sidebar to Congress's agenda, it seems.
Our wages are stagnating as the cost of living escalates, and corporate America thinks of new ways to drain every last drop out of our paychecks in order to line their shareholders' pockets.
We are being slowly poisoned by our own environment and by our leaders' negligence in putting an end to pollution, greenhouse gases and wasteful farming and manufacturing practices. Special interest groups have effectively smothered attempts to focus on better, earth-friendly ways to do business.
We are witnessing and living through families being tossed onto the street by the maleficent and predatory machinations of mortgage companies. I talk to people every day who are trying to "negotiate" with those lenders.....let me tell you the voluntary part of these negotiations are not working. Most borrowers cannot even talk to anyone with a pulse, let alone get help. It appears congress is willing to talk the issue to death as foreclosures go on every day. Why is it logical to bail out huge corporations, with taxpayers money, while there is a lengthy stalling discussion as to whether or not the taxpayers themselves are deserving of assistance?
So Mr. Obama is right.....we ARE bitter. And any mention of "elitism" is completely misdirected. And I applaud him both for telling is like it is, and standing behind his statement.
This was the deciding "conversation" for me. I believe Mrs. Clinton is out of touch, and therefore Mr. Obama will get my vote.
Really, this nit-picking muckraking is beyond the sense of honor any candidate should hold. Mrs. Clinton would do well to take the higher road.
Don't worry, dear readers, I really don't have much faith that this email will get past some minor level volunteer with an overflowing inbox. But I feel better for simply having said it out loud!