Sunday, July 26, 2015

My End of Month Democratic-Party-Related Favorite Shareable and Sometimes Actionable Posts!

^^^ You can ReTweet the Democrats' Mission here.

FYI: This is a working Blog! Because Democrats need to share Democratic Favorites with Democrats. We cannot depend on main stream media to move our messaging for us. Please feel free to share my favorite posts and/or to take action where appropriate. Always ~ Take the Best; Leave the Rest, but share Democrats with Democrats!

I know it can be annoying to have to take several steps ~ click, save and then post ~ but it will be a lot more annoying if we have a GOP Congress AND a GOP President in 2016.
 My personal habit is to save each Democratic-related favorite on my Desktop. I create a Democratic-related Favorites folder and drop each Favorite into the folder as I find them and when I have a block of about 15 minutes of time ~ I share them all directly from that folder to my favorite social medium platforms.

 I am of the mind that if we are to be an informed electorate we need to begin with becoming informed re the thinking of our own Party members, particularly our Party Leadership as, opposed to popular opinion, they are diligently working on our behalf. Also, the more space Democrats take up on cyberspace the less space the GOP will have!

Today, I'm going to give you links to my Twitter posts  where you can Tweet these memes directly or you can save them to your desktop and copy the them and adapt them and make them your own ~ you can also share them on any social media platform you would like!

(Always remember to give credit where you can! So many great messaging Democrats out there to be recognized.!

The GOP gambles on fear, don't succumb ~ Register Democrat and Vote Democrat!

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(The link in the meme did not take me where I wanted to go to identify the creator so if anyone knows who should get credit please let me know in the comments section! TY)

" ... Don't Be Silent. ... "

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Courtesy of Miss Revolutionaries

" ... Proof ... Improvement in lives of Americans has been Initiated by Liberals and Opposed by Conservatives."

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Courtesy of Occupy Democrats

" ... I am OVER ... " it!

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An inadequate media is missing President Obama's earning of his Nobel Peace Prize via the Obama Doctrine ~ Democrats cannot afford to miss it!

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Courtesy of UniteWomen.Org 

No. Both parties are not the same!

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Courtesy of 

Full Disclosure: I am supporting Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic Nomination ~ I am adding this into a Democratic mix because: There is No evidence that she is not trustworthy ~ only GOP subterfuge and inadequate MSM ~ and I would like to think all Democrats would step up and defy that Big Lie!

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(Creator unknown.)

" ... class, grace, dignity and perseverance ... "!

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Courtesy of Occupy Democrats

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

President Obama has been Earning his Nobel Peace Prize Since Day One Yet ~ as Diplomatic Engagement with Iran Unfolds ~ it is Unclear to me if Congress is: With Him? Or Not With Him? And that is Quite Stunning!

President Obama's vision of positioning the United States for success in the 21st Century in a global world re peace and prosperity based on The Common Good has always been relatively clear to me but as way too many in Congress appear to be ready to kill

 the P5+1 -- the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany -- along with the European Union long-term comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran -- 

  if anyone has missed said vision please allow me to get you started on catching up:

One ~ Select excerpts from the President's December 10, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture;

... But the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions -- not just treaties and declarations -- that brought stability to a post-World War II world.  Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this:  The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms.  The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans.  We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will.  We have done so out of enlightened self-interest -- because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if others' children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.

So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace.  And yet this truth must coexist with another -- that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy.  The soldier's courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms.  But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.

So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly irreconcilable truths -- that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly.  Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago.  "Let us focus," he said, "on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions."  A gradual evolution of human institutions.

What might this evolution look like?  What might these practical steps be?
... America's commitment to global security will never waver.  But in a world in which threats are more diffuse, and missions more complex, America cannot act alone.  America alone cannot secure the peace.  This is true in Afghanistan.  This is true in failed states like Somalia, where terrorism and piracy is joined by famine and human suffering.  And sadly, it will continue to be true in unstable regions for years to come.

The leaders and soldiers of NATO countries, and other friends and allies, demonstrate this truth through the capacity and courage they've shown in Afghanistan.  But in many countries, there is a disconnect between the efforts of those who serve and the ambivalence of the broader public.  I understand why war is not popular, but I also know this:  The belief that peace is desirable is rarely enough to achieve it.  Peace requires responsibility.  Peace entails sacrifice.  That's why NATO continues to be indispensable.  That's why we must strengthen U.N. and regional peacekeeping, and not leave the task to a few countries.  That's why we honor those who return home from peacekeeping and training abroad to Oslo and Rome; to Ottawa and Sydney; to Dhaka and Kigali -- we honor them not as makers of war, but of wagers -- but as wagers of peace.

... As the world grows smaller, you might think it would be easier for human beings to recognize how similar we are; to understand that we're all basically seeking the same things; that we all hope for the chance to live out our lives with some measure of happiness and fulfillment for ourselves and our families.

And yet somehow, given the dizzying pace of globalization, the cultural leveling of modernity, it perhaps comes as no surprise that people fear the loss of what they cherish in their particular identities -- their race, their tribe, and perhaps most powerfully their religion.  In some places, this fear has led to conflict.  At times, it even feels like we're moving backwards.  We see it in the Middle East, as the conflict between Arabs and Jews seems to harden.  We see it in nations that are torn asunder by tribal lines.

Let us reach for the world that ought to be -- that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. 

Somewhere today, in the here and now, in the world as it is, a soldier sees he's outgunned, but stands firm to keep the peace.  Somewhere today, in this world, a young professor awaits the brutality of her government, but has the courage to march on.  Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty still takes the time to teach her child, scrapes together what few coins she has to send that child to school -- because she believes that a cruel world still has a place for that child's dreams.

Let us live by their example.  We can acknowledge that oppression will always be with us, and still strive for justice.  We can admit the intractability of deprivation, and still strive for dignity.  Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace.  We can do that -- for that is the story of human progress; that's the hope of all the world; and at this moment of challenge, that must be our work here on Earth.

You can watch the video in it's entirety here:

Two ~ A select reminder from the President of just who it is we've been waiting for to make change and;

Three ~ A select call to action to be used to stand and to be counted in support of letting diplomacy work in conjunction with our President, courtesy of Code Pink;

You can find more information on the Iran Nuclear Agreement here.

Any next steps are, of course, your own ...

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Is there an Obama Doctrine -- or not? It Matters if You are a U.S. Citizen Decision-Maker re Iran, Trans-Pacific Partnership, 2016 Election, Etc., Etc., Etc.

In my world, there is an Obama Doctrine and it has been and is being implemented by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current Secretary of State John Kerry.

Many say there is no “Obama Doctrine,” including some I have a great deal of respect for, but I beg to differ. I think the “no Obama Doctrine” conclusion is often drawn because it cannot be explained via clever messaging like: The Monroe Doctrine (no more European colonization in America); The Truman Doctrine (supporting the fight against Communism) or The Carter Doctrine (protecting U.S. Interests in the Persian Gulf) but an inability to message a sound bite to the masses does not render an Obama Doctrine non-existent – it just leaves us to draw our own conclusions based on a vision that flows from the top.

Conclusions drawn will vary based on priorities and knowledge bases juxtaposed with experiences and interests. I, for example, have followed President Obama closely and I am very interested in the challenges of living in a “global world” so when I first heard candidate Barack Obama express a foreign policy vision predicated on engagement, with an eye toward a safer, more successful United States as a result, I took notice.

It has become the lens through which I view all of what he says and does because, as noted, the Obama Doctrine is not to be found in sexy messaging, no, it is to be found in the political core of who President Obama is, of who Democrats are, believers in the work of perpetually creating a more perfect union with a deep understanding that the General Welfare of the nation is the guiding light and that the potential for intentional rippling is strong.

And that has resulted in my drawing the conclusion that the Obama Doctrine is, simply stated: The seeking of peace and prosperity via bringing The Common Good to the global table and engaging with like-minded nations to build strong economies, strong economies that naturally call for the implementation of an array democratic principles to succeed.

Frankly, I am of the mind that President Obama has been actively earning his Nobel Peace Prize and many of us are missing history in the making ~ along with the best chance we have to lead in peace and prosperity in the 21st Century.

Assuming the conclusion I have drawn is correct, anyone who would like to catch up with the President as he moves us from 20th Century world leadership, in the context of might is right, to 21st Century world leadership, in the context of engagement, needs to understand that the Secretary of State implements the foreign policy and it is at the State Department that the evidence required to draw one's own conclusion as to the existence of an Obama Doctrine – or not -- can be found.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid the foundation for the President's vision and you can read about some of her innovative work in the implementation of it in “The First Quadrennial Diplomacy And Development Review ~ Leading 
Through Civilian Power" here.

An excerpt from Secretary Clinton's message to readers:

So last year, I announced a sweeping review of diplomacy and development, the core missions of the State Department and USAID respectively. We consulted hundreds of people throughout the U.S. government and around the world. This report, the inaugural Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), is the result. I have made the QDDR one of our highest priorities. Just as every business must get the most out of every dollar from its investors, State and USAID have to get the most out of every dollar from the American taxpayers; we also have to look ahead, planning for a changing world. It’s ultimately about delivering results for the American people—protecting our interests and projecting our leadership in the 21st century. As President Obama observed this year in his National Security Strategy, “We live in a time of sweeping change.” New actors, good and bad, have the power to shape international affairs like never before. The challenges we face—nuclear proliferation, global pandemics, climate change, terrorism—are more complex than ever. It’s not enough simply to keep up with all of this change. We must stay ahead of it. To that end, we will build up our civilian power: the combined force of civilians working together across the U.S. government to practice diplomacy, carry out development projects, and prevent and respond to crises. Many different agencies contribute to these efforts today. But their work can be more unified, more focused, and more efficient. … 

Current Secretary of State John Kerry is building on that foundation and you can read about some of his innovative work in the continued implementation of it in the 2015  Quadrennial Diplomacy And Development Review here.

An excerpt from Secretary Kerry's message to readers:

 … Building on the spirit of innovation of the previous quadrennial review, this QDDR examines the management of our resources and people, the flexibility for experimentation, the modernization of our activities, and the actions that will guide a modern State Department and USAID. The institutional changes presented in these pages are forward-looking. Each requires further work by teams and experts. But in all cases, we have identified a set of reforms and approaches that will advance U.S. interests and reshape the Department and USAID for the future. We cannot do this alone. We look forward to working with the Congress to bring these changes into reality. To reiterate: For the QDDR to be effective it has to connect in a real way to our needs as diplomats and development professionals, and contribute directly to our advocacy of U.S. interests and values. It reviewed our performance to date and previews how we can better project American leadership in a complicated and dangerous world. Above all, the QDDR is an expression of American optimism. We believe that America is safer when the world is safe, more prosperous when the world prospers, and more secure in our dignity and democracy when those values become universal.

The time has long since passed when we could hide from the world or pretend that what happens overseas does not affect us. In the 21st century, next door is everywhere. And with this QDDR, we are advancing our interests and values that for more than 200 years have defined our country and continue today to inspire the world. … 

*** Stay with me ~ this may feel out of context but reading President Obama's 2015 National Security Strategy after reading what our two Secretaries of State were and/are charged with and what they did/do charge their staffs with the Obama Doctrine begins to emerge ...

An excerpt from President Obama's message to readers:

... Moreover, we must recognize that a smart national security strategy does not rely solely on military power. Indeed, in the long-term, our efforts to work with other countries to counter the ideology and root causes of violent extremism will be more important than our capacity to remove terrorists from the battlefield. The challenges we face require strategic patience and persistence. They require us to take our responsibilities seriously and make the smart investments in the foundations of our national power. Therefore, I will continue to pursue a comprehensive agenda that draws on all elements of our national strength, that is attuned to the strategic risks and opportunities we face, and that is guided by the principles and priorities set out in this strategy. Moreover, I will continue to insist on budgets that safeguard our strength and work with the Congress to end sequestration, which undercuts our national security. This is an ambitious agenda, and not everything will be completed during my Presidency. But I believe this is an achievable agenda, especially if we proceed with confidence and if we restore the bipartisan center that has been a pillar of strength for American foreign policy in decades past. As Americans, we will always have our differences, but what unites us is the national consensus that American global leadership remains indispensable. We embrace our exceptional role and responsibilities at a time when our unique contributions and capabilities are needed most, and when the choices we make today can mean greater security and prosperity for our Nation for decades to come.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

First of the Month Favorite Hillary Clinton Posts ~ Shareable and or Actionable, Depending ...

Just for fun: Fourth of July Parade 2015 in Gorham, New Hampshire

Democrats always need to work at messaging Democratic Truths...

But nobody needs truth messaging more than my candidate for the 2016 Democratic Nomination -- Hillary Clinton – who is not being honestly described by many, including but not limited to opposition and talking heads, as the long-time progressive Democrat she is, in my humble opinion of course, so Hillary is now the focus of my recurring First of the Month Favorite Posts Blog!

Please feel free to use the direct links provided and share and/or to take action when and where appropriate.

Take the Best; Leave the Rest. But push the truth!

For your own information, my personal habit is to share directly from Hillary's social media platforms and to save favorites on my Desktop for later sharing. I create a Hillary memes folder and drop them into the folder and when I have a block of about 15 minutes of time I share them all directly from that folder to my preferred social medium platforms.

( * I am providing direct Facebook links on which you can click and share with your friends. To share on Twitter, Google +, etc. you’ll have to do the annoying thing and download and save and re-post...)

If you Liked Hillary's Facebook Page, she thanks you for being one in a million!

You can share that here

If you haven't Like her Facebook Page yet, you can do that here.

" ... Today we say to the families of Mother Emanuel and to all of the people of Charleston, 'You do not walk alone.' ... "

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"We can't hide..."

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" ... it shouldn't fly anywhere."

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Amen and Awomen to that!

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"The story of America ... "

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"The U.S. Export-Import Bank ... " supports small businesses.

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Just Google Clinton Health Care Plan 1993 for some background on that one...

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" ... automatically registered to vote ... " Why not?

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