Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Audacity Of Gravitas: Restore Intelligence To The White House

Barnes & Noble Booksellers 267 7th Ave, Brooklyn, 11215

Hillary was the front runner. But she can not be seen running for president now, or at least that is what she thinks. This was great timing on Obama's part. He gently whispered. He might run for president, and sucked all the oxygen in the room. He did not do it to sell more books. But that prompted me to go and buy his new book. The Audacity Of Hope. This man can talk about faith and family without coming across like he were apologizing to the fundies. Fuck the fundies. The fundies can go to hell.

I drove over to the nearest Barnes & Noble, the one on Park Slope. I ended up parking two block lengths away, which was great, because the walk was so nice, it always is.

I am half way through the book by now. What a read. I also bought the guy's first book a long time ago. My recurring thought through that book was, this guy could be a star novelist. He has such a romantic eye for little details. He is gifted. He can write.

This is a policy book that anyone can pick up and read. What timing! Those who end up president must know beforehand. He knows.

He does not have to cough it. Faith and family is important to him. He just has to find a way to share what's already his. And he does it with style.

Parts of the book read like poetry.

This book has been written to suggest Obama has gravitas. This is the man for the new century. Lincoln was in his first term in Congress when he became president. Did someone just mention that Obama has been in the Senate only a few years?

Lincoln helped the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Obama's eight years will take America into the Information Age. Much of the "moral issues" stuff has been the anxiety of a people clinging to the known. There has not been a clarity offered by the leadership, a transformative leadership for a transforming time, that will say, much change will occur, but you will be better off at the end of it, and I will make sure you are better off also through it, the journey itself will be good.

He is not too young, too black, too Senatey. He can win, he can deliver. You will not see the best of Obama until he is in the White House. You ain't seen nothing yet. He has a certain grace with power. Some people get more clumsy the more powerful they get. Not so with Barack. He is the opposite. He just gets more and more graceful. His ma taught him table manners.

This book leaves just enough room for a presidential campaign. You still will need to listen to a score of brainy, think tank types on all sorts of policy issues. It hurts to say early that you know it all, although you might know much. There will be the political advisors who will want to tell you which way the wind is blowing, although you have a compass in your jacket pocket already, but it is better kept away from their view.

You have met many ordinary Americans, but you have to leave room for all those who you will only meet on a campaign trail. So there are stories but not too many.

I have been reading the book, but then I am going to study both books and write fuller reviews. I would want Obama to know I have really really read the books. I am going to slice and dice.

America right now is like the Roman Empire about to fall. This White House is so intent on wrecking the future. But the empire does not have to fall, because America is no empire. It is the beacon of hope for much of the world. And Obama will help change course. Obama will provide leadership. Obama will inspire.

Obama has done his homework. He is at ease. He is on his way. He will take quite a few Southern states.

Obama bridges many gaps in his book. The widest gap might be between the people and the politicians they elect. He makes an attempt to humanize his colleagues.

Both his parents are dead. But he feels their presence in life in a very real way like he feels the presence of God. You don't feel sorry for him that his parents are dead. He is so optimistic. He lifts you and me up. You feel good about the guy, that is what.

Obama will raise more money in small, online contributions from average people than Dean did when he ran for president, and Dean raised close to 50 million. That money will be enough to take him through the primaries. But then he is just as good at raising money the old way, from rich people who are prochoice and progressive, for example. And so money is no problem.

Organization will be built. Obama 2008 is to be the first Internet election like Kennedy 1960 was the first TV election. You are looking at the matrix of a digital democracy organization, the vertical implications of one person one vote. All Obama has to offer is inspiration. The organization will be a piece of cake. It will make Karl Rove feel like he is old school, from the typewriter era, his Blackberry notwithstanding.

The message is in the book.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Barack Is A Deaniac

Dick Cheney, Nelson Mandela, Howard Dean

Barack is one of us. He is a Deaniac. He is the original anti-war candidate. We have to get behind Barack Obama like we have never gotten behind any candidate as Democracy For America. This time we are going all the way. We have experienced the highs and lows of victories and defeats in races at all levels as an organization. Now we go for the ultimate prize, the White House. Every fiber in my body aches to see Barack Obama in the White House.

We have taken over the party, now we take over the country. With Dean at the helm of the party, we are going to create a perfet storm for Obama. We are going to put in place a political operation that Karl Rove never even fantasized about. We are going to nail all the details. Karl Rove is snail mail, we are email. It is a difference between centuries.

I believe I am going to start going to DFNYC events all over again, like I did when I first came into the city. I believe I will go ahead and resubscribe to the DFNYC newsletter.

Take Back Congress - Landline Phone Banking Now Three Nights Per Week (4 days 9 hours) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening Act Now
NOVEMBER PRE-ELECTION LINKUP (5 days 10 hours) East Village, Cinema Classics/Rafiffi, 332 East 11th Street (btwn. 1st & 2nd), with host Heather Woodfield

Perhaps the digital democracy organization I have been thinking in terms of will be a DFNYC project that I steer. If not, I am going to launch my own organization. I already have the nucleus of it from my Nepal work. I also am organizing a convention during the last weekend in May, a Nepali Convention, to be the biggest Nepali event outside of Nepal. The Global South ethnics in America are going to rise up for Obama.
  • Balance the budget. Bring the rates down for homeowners and those with student loans.
  • Balance the budget, and bring down the property taxes.
  • End the war. Bush has killed more Iraqis than Saddam. Enough. Bring the troops home.
  • Spread democracy like in Nepal, not like in Iraq. End the neocon insanity. Spread democracy the progressive way. Bring every monarchy in the Arab countries to an end. Freedom rings in every human heart. You just got to tap that the nonviolent way so they tap their feet into the streets and take over their countries. (The Saudi Royal Family Has Got To Go) We are also waging war, but we are waging war with communications technology.
  • New approaches to old problems. New approaches to education and health care.
  • Micro credit for micro revolutions in the inner cities.
  • Free, wireless broadband through the private sector, ad based.
  • Take America into the Information Age with style.
  • Bye bye tax cut and swipe the credit card neocons, bye bye scare the Americans into voting for you neocons.
  • We offer Hope, not fear. (Harvard Political Review - The Audacity of Hope)
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Addendum, November 1

When you google the term "democracy," the DFNYC website shows up on page 25, my Democracy For Nepal shows up on page 64.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Voting Machines On The Upper West

So I went to this event yesterday: DFA Event: A Forum On Voting Machines. Although this was not a DFNYC event per se, there was the ecosystem concept in play and many organizations were involved, but I was aware I was going to a DFNYC event after a long break. I expected to see, if not meet and greet, the usual suspects. They were there. Looked to me like the white asshole males have taken over DFNYC. Dan Jacoby was in charge on stage, Lewis Cohen was in charge off stage. People to whom my clear message has been, get the fuck out of my face, forever. It is like this. You get into a time machine, you go back, and you eat some of your words, or you stay the fuck out of my face. And by the way, there are parts of my life where you don't belong (A Few Diagrams), and don't be making racist comments. Ever.

The South Dakota Event
Social Progress: Show Me The Money

I am going to do a Nepal repeat in New York City for Barack Obama. The idea is to launch a digital democracy organization - text, photos, audio, video, people, events, organizations - to project New York City progressivism into the country. Obama 2008.

Barack Obama: This Is A New Century
Barack Obama: New Approaches To Old Problems
Switching To Obama
Obama Was In Town And I Missed It

Seven Party Delegation
The First Major Revolution Of The 21st Century Happened In Nepal

I walked into the city, and I am taking over. It is called the vertical implications of one person, one vote, one voice.

The Spectrum Concept: Wide Applications
The 90 Minute Experience
Politics At The Speed Of Thought
DFNYC, 100,000 Strong, Scalable Organization

The richest Nepali in North America lives in Toronto. The richest Nepali in the world lives in Moscow. I know both. Actually I just received an email from the latter. What's up with New York? (ANA Convention: Reflections)

The vast majority of those in attendance were seniors, perhaps from the locality, mostly women. I was sitting next to a few of them. The one next to me peered as I wrote down my question for the panel. I noticed and shared.
If online banking is such a good idea, why is electronic voting such a bad idea? My point being it is not the technology that is the problem.

"Oh, I was just answering that one to my friend over here."

And she proceeded to share her answer. It was a lively conversation. And then the stage was populated. Every single person on stage was a white male. The emcee, a white male. Joan Paylo, who I talked to after the event, made a few brief comments along the way. She is female. She was a small exception.

This is a problem. Joan and I talked about it.

Video: Hillary Rodham Clinton
"First Nancy Pelosi, Then Hillary"
Hillary 2008: Enough White Men

What most bothered me was a technicality. It got announced there had been "3000" meetings in the buildup to this event. Even if there were only 300, that's too many. That is inefficient. I think that is where digital democracy organizations come in. It is called politics at the speed of thought. (Hamro Nepal Constitution)

The discussion was impressive. I am glad I showed up. And I was glad I had already blogged about the issue. It was like I did my homework before I showed up. Actually I blogged so well, my blog entry would compete with the event itself. It is so informative. What I have not displayed outright can be had through the links.

You can be poor, but if you are white in the South, chances are you are Republican. In New York City you can be rich and white and progressive. Fair enough. Maybe Americans are not subsistence farmers no more, most people eat, and so they can afford to have culture wars. Fine.

After the event was over, I went on stage. Better late than never. Man in black.

Come to think of it, I think I am going to spend November 7 in Harlem. (Iraq Movie, Liberally, But Not Drinking) I am going to videoblog the day. For Obama.

"For your father, for your father." (The Godfather (1972))

I don't do high school reunions. I don't do college reunions. I am the opposite of Bill Clinton. That guy goes to every reunion he can think of, and then some. Barack Obama says something similar here: Charlie Rose - BARACK OBAMA, about being an "outsider." I relate to that. You interact with institutions that were designed with you not in mind. So you make new ones, or you morph old ones fundamentally. Preferably both.

So I get on stage. And I keep trying to get myself in the face of this professor from New York University. And he keeps turning away. I can send vibes like that. I manage to insert a short comment to someone else' question. "He has a point there. If online banking is an okay idea, what's wrong with electronic voting?"

And that is when he totally turns away. And I was left watching his back.

And next I am having this lively conversation on the topic with this white male senior. He is telling me how Microsoft screwed up and Google is one better. Totally my cup of tea. But aren't we getting a little off topic?

Somebody announced it was time to vacate. So I vacated in style. I jumped off stage. (Formal attire makes me want to play sports, soccer.) And I walked out. At the door, I said to a familiar DFNYC face - no, it was not Merle (September 16 Protest Rally) - "Nice event." I know her face, she knows mine, but I never knew her name. She beamed. Nice tie, nice pin. Nice event.

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