CLINTON SHOULD GET OUT – NOW

Okay, so which is it? Long hours of hard work, lack of sleep and stress caused Senator Hillary Clinton to lapse into some kind of neurological malaise or her need to win is so strong she will pretty much say anything?

Whatever the cause of her recent statements, Clinton has twice raised the specter of her opponent’s assassination as a reason for her to stay in the race. Some, including members of the media, like AP writer Devin Bartlett, point to fatigue and frustration as the possible cause of yesterday’s reference to Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Bartlett writes, “Long hours, hard work, and scant hope of succeeding may be the cause of Hillary Clinton’s latest case of political tone-deafness.”

Well, here’s the deal. If the presence of fatigue, stress, and frustration skews her judgment this badly during a campaign, just imagine what the three amigos are going to do to her judgment if she gets into the White House. Then again, if your lack of a moral code allows you to sink so low as to raise the specter of your opponent’s assassination to further your political agenda, you shouldn’t be allowed in the oval office in the first place, not even with a guest pass.

Some say Senator Clinton apologized for her statements. No she didn’t. She said she regrets what she said and was simply pointing out historical fact. Yet she knows that likely millions of Americans are deeply upset and wounded by her comments, so where is the apology?

Lord knows, the behavior of the swift boaters against Senator John Kerry was despicable and so was President Bush’s treatment of Senator John McCain in South Carolina a few years ago. However, as low as the swift boaters and the Bush campaign (sorry for repeating myself) went, they never raised the possibility of their opponent’s assassination.

So which is it? Are Senator Clinton’s remarks driven by fatigue or political greed? I think we all know the answer. The solution, thankfully, is simple. Senator Clinton should put her country first and get out of the race – now.

AMERICA: A NATION AT RISK

If Senator Barack Obama selects Senator Hillary Clinton for vice-president, his credibility as an agent of change dies on the spot. I believe most Americans are beginning to realize our democracy is at risk.

The bow of America’s ship must turn towards the democracy fought for by the founding fathers. America’s bow must turn towards a democracy that my grandfather fought for in World War I and my father fought for in World War II. With Clinton or McCain anywhere near the helm, this will not happen.

At this moment in our history, Senator Barack Obama is our country’s best and only hope in the presidential race. More than once I have listened to him and found myself daring to believe I may be witnessing greatness. The kind of greatness rooted in what America is supposed to be. The kind of greatness that is not rooted in any political party. If should not select Senator Clinton as his vice-presidential running mate. She has waged a campaign riddled with incidents of dishonesty and dishonor. Raise your hands if you’ve ever mistaken an eight-year-old girl reading poetry for sniper fire. She has twice raised the specter of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassinaton in June 1968 as a reason for her to stay in the race.

I believe Senator Obama may possess the depth of vision and capacity for change along with the ability to bring people together that this country, a country I love, so desperately needs and deserves. But, if he selects Senator Clinton for the VP post, I will stand corrected, heartbroken and nearly convinced that our days as a democracy are numbered. After all, George Bush and Dick Cheney are dictators in mind and, increasingly, in action.

Bush and Cheney have approved torture, tossed aside the legal system that served humanity perfectly well in prosecuting the Nazis. Have we all forgotten the 1945 Nuremberg trials?

Moreover, there are stains on the hands of many from both sides of the aisle for enabling the Bush and Cheney agenda.

If you think saying Bush and Cheney behave like dictators is a stretch, consider the following. They have approved torture, ignored the country’s constitution, knowingly sent young men and women to die based on falsehoods they helped design, rigged the system so their oil company buddies receive record profits, andirect their staff and the Department of Justice to ignore congressional supeonas. How are these actions any different from actions taken by past and present dictators?

The American people are sick to death of both the Republicans and the Democrats. Why? Because by and large the American people are Americans first, which is something they rightfully expect from there leaders. The American people are angry over the deep wounds Bush and Cheney have inflicted on all that is great about America. Bush and Cheney should ponder the words some have attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

I hope and pray the ever increasing support for Senator Obama that comes from Americans of all political persuasions reflects a giant that is, thankfully, wide-awake.