Saturday, September 25, 2010

37 Days to Go to Nov 2

A friend recently sent me a piece done for Forbes, and featured as it’s cover story. “How he thinks; the root of Obam’s Big Problem with Business”, by Dinesh D’Souza. We read it and really couldn’t believe that this was printed by a serious business publication.

This is how it begins.

“Barack Obama is the most anti-business President in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but trillions of dollars. He has expanded the federal government’s control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos, and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama’s approach as ominipotence at home and impotence abroad.”

According to the theory in the article, Barack Obama’s deceased father and his (alleged) anti-colonialism drives every decision Barack Obama makes. The last sentence is; “ America today is increasingly ruled by a ghost”. The vitriol and raw statement s made in this article leave the author looking foolish and sounding like a complete nut case. In Forbes magazine.

For the record, Forbes is now being forced to “fact check” it’s cover story now in distribution.

We note this today for you to consider. Consider how extreme the reaction by varied right-wing factions has become that this kind of smear journalism is set up for public consumption as serious content.

We can only conclude from this type of reporting and publishing that the attacks from the right will continue to sink to new lows as we approach November 2nd. We fully expect that the “He is a muslim” assertion will gather more steam. As if being a Muslim was some sort of crime. This, in itself, is travesty and a incorporation by media into allowing racial and religious criticism to somehow become accepted in American discourse.

Last week, our friend Congressman Keith Ellison returned from a trip with several Imam’s and Rabbi Bemporad to Dachau and Auschwitz. The Rabbi said,
"The same patterns that I studied teaching Jewish history, with respect to anti-Semitism, are now occurring with respect to anti-Muslim," Bemporad said.

"It's the same propaganda, it's the same character assassinations, it's the same dehumanization, it's the same de-contextualization. [Jews] have to be the ones, because of our history, have to stand up against what's happening to the Muslim community."

Congressman Ellison, who is a Muslim himself, said he traveled to Auschwitz as a college exchange student and said "that had a transformative effect on me," It was one of the main reasons he got involved with the group who took part in the briefing. He said further

"What they did was help maintain America's level of liberty and freedom, where nobody has to fear who they are based on whether they have a kufi on or hijab on or a yarmulke, whether you're a Mormon or a Hindu, you can still worship as you please. It's your business, and you don't have to fear."

If you want to clearly understand what we are working for this fall, here it is. Raw hatred, religious prejudice, character assassination of the President in Forbes, all the province of right wing ideologues who dominate the GOP/Tea Party. This is what we saw throughout the Bush years, as hatred in all its forms was allowed to grow, and promoted by those in power, as a way to keep power. Where fear of other was used as tool to start and expand two wars.

Tomorrow morning, when you rise, and consider the next 37 days, consider this. The Party of Just Say No is dominated by those who seek to use fear as a political weapon, and would divide us for political gain.

What stands between them and Nov 2 is a immoveable object. Our secret weapon.


When you think you are tired of the battle for America’s future, and it’s heart, remember what we knew two years ago. Hope wins over fear. Change wins over division. You can make the difference over the next 37 days.

See you out there.

We Stand, With You, For Hope and Change

Lou & Carol Frillman

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“Tea Party Rampant, GOP Reeling”

“GOP Leaders Admit O’Connell in Delaware is Unelectable”

“ Rove says O’Connell is Nutty”

“Soul Searching Time; A GOP Torn”


These are the headlines in Slate and Politico this morning.

How quickly the pundits turn on a dime as the realization occurs that the GOP Tea Party, the party of Just Say No, may not be quite as popular with a troubled electorate as they thought.

So now the real work begins. 47 days to go to November 2, 2010. Make no mistake, every single thing we have achieved in the last 6 years is at risk in this election.

As we take stock, and think about where we can each provide the most impact, remember this.

Barack Obama was never going to be elected President of the United States. And yet, he is. All the pundits and prognosticators were wrong. We had a plan , stuck to it, and changed America. For the Better. You had a plan and you executed it through sheer hard work.

Again, we ask that each of you choose a place where you can make a difference, be it financial, or field. Or calling from home. Or knocking on doors. Each and every candidate in Congressional, state, and other Federal races needs your help to survive the Just Say No crowd.

We know that, with each of you working, you will prove the prognosticators and pundits wrong again.

1. Donations to Obama For America/DNC will go directly to sustaining needs in varied races nationwide.
2. Simply and directly, each congressional, state, and senatorial race needs help. Each race needs you.

For links to help with Organizing For America, see Here.

For links to help with varied Minnesota and Washington races see below.

• Betty McCollum MN CD 4
• Keith Ellison MN CD 5
• Tarryl Clark MN CD 6
• Tim Walz, MN CD 1
• Denny Heck WA CD 3
• Jim McDermott WA CD 7
• Adam Smith WA CD 9
• Jay Inslee WA CD 1
• Susan Delbene WA CD 8
• Norm Dicks, WA CD 6
• Patty Murray, Senator, Wa.

In 2006, you won the Congress.

In 2008, you elected Barack Obama and changed America.

The race for 2010 is in each of our hands. Everything you have achieved is at stake.

We ask, once again, for your hands, your treasure, your voice, and your vote. Do something. Do anything. The outcome on November 3, depends on only one thing. you.

Thank you.

We Stand, With You, For Hope and Change

Lou & Carol Frillman