We began this journey with HOPE and a good man who was born in Hawai’i and became a Senator from Chicago named Barack Obama. We used all our spare moments in our busy lives to volunteer for him and we forged wonderful friendships along the way. We cheered together on election night to find that we made a difference and that America is truly filled with good people. Our wonderful President Obama did his very best to help America and Americans despite a disfunctional Congress.
A person note; since our Nov 8th, 2016 election the prayer I say every night is ‘May empathy, love and hope replace the hate in the minds and souls of people all over the world.’
But now it is time for me to say “Aloha Oe” (Farewell to Thee). This is my last thread for ProPresObama.org. I feel very fortunate to have been able to speak out on all those things that I hold dear like equal rights for ALL Americans, honor and justice for minorities and solidarity with Democrats. Please, please keep fighting for justice and equality and VOTE DEMOCRAT!
Mahalo & A Hui Hou (thank you & until we meet again),
By ☮ CR ❤ of OFA
There’s a school of thought that suggests this isn’t entirely Trump’s fault. Maybe the public is just in a sour mood. Perhaps Americans, after a long and ugly campaign, are inclined to hold every political figure in low regard, and Trump is simply caught up in a wave of broad public revulsion.Of course, if that were true, President Obama wouldn’t be leaving office with rising popularity.
While Trump is entering office with the worst numbers in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll, outgoing President Barack Obama is exiting with some of his highest numbers. Fifty-six percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job, which is his highest rating since the first few months of his presidency.
Moreover, 53 percent of Americans believe the country is better off than it was eight years ago, while 42 percent think it’s worse off. A similar 54 percent say Obama mostly brought the right kind of change.
And a combined 55 percent believe Obama – compared with the past several U.S. presidents – will either go down as one of the very best or be better than most.
Democratic pollster Fred Yang put it this way: “If Donald Trump enters office on a down note, the current occupant is enjoying a second honeymoon of sorts.”
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll, meanwhile, puts Obama’s final approval rating at 60% — one of only four presidents since World War II to leave the White House with so much public support.
Similarly, a new CNN poll also shows Obama with a 60% approval rating. The same survey found 65% of Americans consider Obama’s presidency as a success.
The 2016 election may not have turned out the way the president wanted, but there’s no doubt that Obama is exiting the stage on a very high note.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RECORD IN FIVE AREAS
January 13, 2017 Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President
Thank You President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama!!!
Mourn. Then Organize.
Sunday, Jan 15, the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
* Interfaith Moral Action on Climate is organizing a spiritual assembly and walk to the White House.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
* Build and Resist: Climate Convergence and Action at the Inauguration and Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance. The Climate Justice Alliance also plans trainings and mobilization.
Thursday, Jan. 19
* Take action in the morning at FERC to Resist Trump’s FERC
* Anti-inaugural Ball, The New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY, 6:30PM – 9:30PM
* Anti-inaugural Ball, Magic City Casino, Miami, FL, 7:00pm – 10:00 pm
Inauguration Day, Friday, Jan. 20
* #Disrupt J20 has a Facebook page. In addition, numerous permitted rallies and nonviolent civil disobedience are planned
* Anti-inaugural Ball, BIMBO’S, San Francisco, CA, 7:30pm – 1:00 am
Saturday, Jan. 21
* The Women’s March on Washington will begin at Independence Ave and 3rd St. SW.
Political positions of the Democratic Party
- Expand social security and safety net programs.
- Increase top capital gains tax and dividend tax rates to above 28%.
- Across the board tax-cuts for the low and middle class and small businesses.
- Change tax rules to not encourage shipping jobs overseas.
- Increase federal minimum wage.
- Modernize and expand access to public education, and provide universal preschool education.
- Support for universal health care.
- Greater investment in infrastructure development.
- Increase investments in scientific and technological research and development.
- Expand the use of renewable energy and diminish the use of fossil fuels.
- Implement a carbon tax
- Support for cuts in defense spending
- Uphold labor protections and the right to unionize
- Reform the student loan system and allow for refinancing student loans.
- Mandate equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity.
- Uphold network neutrality.
- Implement campaign finance reform and electoral reform.
- Uphold voting rights and easy access to voting.
- Supports for same-sex marriage and civil unions.
- Allow legal access to abortions and women’s reproductive health care.
- Reform the immigration system and allow for a pathway to citizenship.
- Support for gun background checks and stricter gun control regulations.
- Improve privacy laws and curtail government surveillance.
- Opposition to the use of torture.
- Recognize and defend Internet freedom worldwide.
Grieving is over — Why it’s actually a great time to be a Democrat
For a few weeks now I have joined my fellow partisan Democrats, drinking when I was not crying.
The awful memories of those stunned TV commentators snatching defeat from the jaws of a great early exit poll victory. The hard-earned accomplishments of the past 8 years now at risk due to and an unfit, unwelcome new president. Looking ahead to the damage inevitably inflicted by a unified Republican government on the environment, the social safety net and global leadership.
Yet as a new year begins, I find myself past the 5th stage of grief and on to an unexpected new state of mind: optimism.
Because looking beyond the ashes of 2016 and the inevitable initial defeats of 2017, I see immense opportunities for my party and our capacity to lead our country.
It’s a great time to be a Democrat. There are several reasons why.
First and most important, Democrats remain the party of the future. We are the young, the diverse, the tolerant and the educated. Trump’s negative appeals to fear, intolerance and hatred sow the seeds of future Republican defeats and marginalization.
Just as California Governor Pete Wilson’s Proposition 187 consigned the California GOP to permanent minority status, so too will Trump embrace of white nationalism and the alt-right doom the national GOP in a diversifying nation.
Second, Democrats can return to the offensive. President Obama accomplished a great deal, but as with the last years of both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush’s tenure, it gets harder and harder to imagine and demand reform when you’re busy defending your existing initiatives.
Likewise, Secretary Hillary Clinton is a phenomenal person, and was immensely qualified to be president, but candidates from the past bring baggage from the past. Now is the time to fight for the future.
In that regard, I am very excited by the rising generation of Democratic leaders.
Representing every state and fresh ideas, leaders such as New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, incoming California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth fill out a fantastic bench of creative, capable, inspiring national figures.
Leaders like these are ready to define the future of the Democratic Party, and I’m excited to help them do it.
Though many pundits see challenges for Democrats in 2018, I am optimistic there as well.
It is true we are defending 25 Senate seats around the nation and 10 in states won by Donald Trump, but presidents tend to struggle in midterm elections, especially when they are struggling to make good on their promises.