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Obama Counter-Programming From an Unlikely Source

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Barack Obama comes to Richmond today, for what is sure to be a well attended, enthusiastic rally. But while the democratic nominee will dominate the headlines, there are still groups with a message counter to the Senator’s that will do their best to have their voice heard. 

The McCain campaign has an event planned for later in the day, which I will talk about later, but it was an unlikely source that put out a missive this morning that surprised me.

A group called RVA4Peace, which is a very active progressive, anti-war group sent Senator Obama a letter today where they tell him that they are “concerned” about some of the votes he has cast as a member of the U.S. Senate.  The group which describes themselves as Democrats say there were concerned about Obama’s support for the domestic surveillance program and the continued funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They ask, in this letter, for Obama to “change”. 

RVA4Peace is certainly a group of equal opportunity rabble-rousers. While they clearly are a liberal outfit, they do not let democratic or left-leaning candidates slide on issues they deem important in exchange for the “greater good.” They recently organized a protest of a fundraiser held by Jim Webb at the Jefferson in Richmond a few months ago. 

This letter (which also offers members of the group up for media interviews) shows their commitment to their issues. Obama is often viewed as a savior for those on the left who are ready to get rid of George W. Bush. This group won’t let him slide, just because he might be a little better (in their view). 

Read the full letter after the jump.. 

Dear Senator Obama, 

We have serious concerns about some of the votes you have cast and legislation you have sponsored since you became a member of the United States Senate.  We strongly suggest you reverse course on many issues beginning with your votes to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan that are bankrupting our country and our fellow citizens.  We also urge you to work towards reinstating the Fourth Amendment that you helped render obsolete by voting to give retroactive immunity to the multinational telecommunications corporations that were illegally spying on our fellow citizens.  We are demanding you cease sponsoring legislation that gives hundreds of billions to the coal industry which blows the tops off of mountains and contributes more to global warming than any other energy source.

We as Democratic voters are shocked that our nominee for president voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act and voted to confirm such US government war criminals as Chertoff, Gonzales, Rice and Negroponte.  You have helped the ruling class at the expense of the average American worker by supporting the so-called bail out giving nearly a trillion dollars in tax payer money to the multinational banking industry. 

 We would love to support your candidacy, however, it seems your allegiance lies with the agenda of the military industrial complex, the energy industries and the multinational corporations over average American citizens. We demand that you stop violating the Constitution, destroying the planet and funding war crimes.


Chris Dorsey

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David Swanson

Mary Delicate 

Written by Ryan Nobles

October 22, 2008 at 1:25 pm

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  1. Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is the best future leader for this nation, not Senator Barak Obama. Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009. There are great reasons our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin would be a better future leader than Senator Barak Obama. The greatest reason for our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin’s is ideology. Our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is conservative in that she is pro life, marriage, guns, low taxes, low government spending, small government, unintrosive government, traditional and judeo Christian values, Bible reading and prayer in our public schools, and military spending. Senator Barak Obama is a liberal who is anti every thing that I have described that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is pro about or for. A second reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of experience. As a governor she has two years of executive administrative governing experience that Senator Barak Obama does not have. A final reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of political accomplishments. When our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin came to office she accomplished 3 major things which are as follows: she showed great leadership in the 3 following areas: government reform, the state budget and the economy, and wise use of natural resources. She reformed government by standing up to the big oil companies by breaking up the monopoly on power and resources. She insisted on competition and basic fairness which ended the control that the oil companies had on the state, and thereby returning control of the state back to the people. She also stood up to the special interest and lobbyist, and produced major ethics reform. She lead well in the state budget by generating a surplus which came about by vetoing a half billion dollars of wasteful spending, ending the abuses of earmark spending by congress, and by getting rid of the private jet, the chef, and the chuffer. Economically under her leadership she brought about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. She also suspended the state fuel tax, and when oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, she sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged – directly to the people of Alaska . On natural resources she has shown great leadership by beginning a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. When the last section of the pipeline is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. Senator Barak Obama has done nothing, so please vote John McCain for President and give to our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin the opportunity that she deserves leading the nation into the future after a John McCain presidency. When our soon to be Vice President does lead the nation as President after a John McCain presidency,she will be the greatest President that we have ever had. Finally she is smarter than Senator Barak Obama

    Thank You

    John Warren

    John Warren

    October 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

  2. John Warren – I don’t know where to start with your little “blurb”. First, your continued used of “beautiful” shows where your mind really is.

    Lastly, “she is smarter than Senator Barak Obama”?!?!?!? She attended five community colleges to get a journalism degree. Obama was in the top of his class at Harvard.


    October 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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