invincible summers

in the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer. (albert camus)

now is the time to act April 5, 2009

Now is the time. It was a phrase President Obama used frequently that inspired me, gave me hope.

If you google “Obama now is the time” you will find:

Obama: Now Is The Time For Iraq Withdrawal

Now is the time to protect our planet: Obama

Obama: “Now Is The Time For Congress To Act”

and this speech truly inspired me:

Today I must wonder-was it just a speech? Smoke and mirrors? I am beginning to question the man I voted for. A man who I believed wanted to unite Americans, end the war, fix the economy, create a transparent government and on and on. Now, believe me, I know that our current President has one hell of a mess to clean up. I wouldn’t want his job in a million years but…

Right now this is what I’m seeing: questionable cabinet appointments like Tim Geithner. Focusing on a war in Afghanistan when we need to focus on our country and get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama is a man who once said, “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Well, during these incredibly tough economic times I do not see how moving troops (slowly) out of Iraq and sending them to Afghanistan is smart. I personally feel it is dumb. Our troops are exhausted. They need to come home. We are not going to end the “war on terrorism” by moving into another country-those that do hate our country and want to attack us will just move somewhere else. We can’t hunt them down in this manner. It is absolutely absurd. No wonder we are hated by so many countries-we keep attacking them! The fact of the matter is: war is a money-making business and it seems our President is going back on his word. sad. And then there was the 62% federal cigarette tax increase effective on, of all days, April Fool’s Day. This is what his administration had to say: (more…)

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Obama to clean house at FDA December 17, 2008

Filed under: 2008 election,FDA,government — clementine @ 3:50 am
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From the New York Times:

The Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, said Tuesday that he would resign on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, part of a parade of expected departures at the nation’s crucial public health agencies.

Leaders of these agencies have sometimes straddled administrations, but the Obama administration is expected to make a clean sweep in part because of repeated assertions that the Bush administration allowed politics to play an unusually forceful role in science policy, and because each of the current leaders has fierce critics on Capitol Hill and in the public health community.

The Obama administration’s choice for each slot will signal how it plans to deal with issues like stem cell policy and the safety of imported drugs and foods; how it might take advantage of advances in genomic research; its approach to pandemic flu planning; and whether huge investments in bioterrorism prevention will continue.

The incoming administration’s vetting process at each agency has been unusually thorough, with transition officials speaking to current officials as well as a broad range of outside interest groups, according to people who have been through previous transitions.

Dr. Elias Zerhouni has already left his post as director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote in a November e-mail message to her staff that she expects to leave “after the administration changes.” And Dr. John E. Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute, is expected to surrender his leadership job, although he may remain at the institute.

Tommy Vietor, an Obama transition spokesman, declined to comment on any of these positions.

The most difficult of the transitions will be at the F.D.A. (more…)

 

now is the time August 28, 2008

On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

Forty-five long years later, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s historic nomination to run for president of the United States in front of a crowd of 75,000 people. Mr. Obama is the first African-American to be nominated by a major US party. Tonight was a beautiful night and one I will never forget. Barack Obama’s words (and they are not just words) reminded me why I’ve stuck around even when I didn’t want to. Hope is what gets me up every single day. Hope has been there even in my darkest hours. After my rape at fifteen, during my brief stay in a mental hospital, when I lost my health insurance this year and during the many years from childhood to adulthood when life seemed so hopeless, it was always there…burning inside me… hope…hope has kept me alive. Barack Obama is promising hope and change and I know he will deliver- with our help. Now is the time…this election is about us…each and every one of us.

America, now is not the time for small plans.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American – if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

Sadly, most of America did not hear a few very special stories because mainstream media (to my knowledge) chose not to air them. Even MSNBC cut to their commentators during the following speeches. Thank God for C-SPAN!!! I have decided to share a few of the videos here because they are stories we all need to hear. And a special thank you to the following lovely men and women who spoke tonight:

Roy Gross – Michigan Teamster car transport driver affected by decline in car manufacturing; Monica Early – New to campaigning, this Akron mother & grandmother is an Obama volunteer; Janet Lynn Monacco – Struggling small business owner from Melbourne, FL with health issues; Teresa Asenap – Albuquerque, New Mexico public school worker concerned about economy

Pamela Cash-Roper – Unemployed nurse and lifelong Republican from North Carolina

Barney Smith – Marion, Indiana plant worker – lost job of 30 yrs when plant moved to China