Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Alan Grayson's Peace Party Wasn't Just About Yesterday-- It's About EVERYDAY


I hate money bombs and quarterly deadlines and all that campaign crap. I think we should reward our representatives when they do well. In fact, I think the reason why Alan Grayson has gotten more money, week after week after week from DWT readers and Blue America donors is because week after week after week Alan Grayson is out there kicking butt the way no other members of Congress do. It's not just about him standing up for the difficult positions-- like on wanting to end the Bush-Obama war in Afghanistan-- but also the way he goes to the media and frames those positions so that the whole country can understand them, even in light of the thunderous noise from the right-wing corporate echo chamber. And they hate him. They hate him more than any other member of Congress. They hate him more than Nancy Pelosi and they hate him more than Harry Reid. They hate him the way they used to hate Paul Wellstone. They're smart enough to see that Alan Grayson's sensible and no-bullshit approach to their treachery can really hurt them. There aren't ten Democrats in Congress I wouldn't trade for one Alan Grayson.

Yesterday Blue America helped Rep. Grayson alert people about his Peace Party. If you're a member of the Blue America PAC-- and all you have to do to join is to donate, even one dollar, to any of our candidates-- you will have gotten a letter from us asking you to remember Grayson in your giving. No one deserves it more. And as Digby pointed out at her blog, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Grayson is speaking out so forcefully about peace. Like most people who love to travel, he also loves peace.
On June 28, 1919, the United States put an end to a world war, after less than two years of fighting. In 1945, the United States ended another world war, after less than four years of fighting. But in 2010, we are embroiled in two wars, after almost nine years of fighting.

When will it end? When Blackwater and Halliburton say so? When we’re all broke?

It’s time that someone spoke out for peace.

Digby points out that she, like many of us who admire Grayson's political courage and stamina so much, is "convinced that it takes political fighters to keep us out of war, and there's no smarter or more effective fighter in the Democratic Party than Alan Grayson. Who else says things like this?"
"Imagine if we had decided after 9/11 to wean ourselves off oil and other carbon-based fuels. We'd be almost ten years into that project by now.

"Imagine if George W. Bush had somehow been able to summon the moral strength of Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, or Martin Luther King Jr, and committed the American people to the pursuit of a common goal of a transformed society, a society which meets our own human needs rather than declaring 'war' on an emotion, or, as John Quincy Adams put it, going 'abroad, in search of monsters to destroy'.


"Imagine that we chose not to enslave ourselves to a massive military state whose stated goal is 'stability' in countries that never have been 'stable,' and never will be."

Blue America was the first Netroots PAC to endorse Grayson when he decided to run. None of the Very Serious People in politics thought he could win in what was a Republican district but we don't base our endorsements solely on electability, so that wasn't relevant. We felt he had a good chance and we knew that if he won, he would be an articulate and passionate advocate for our values. He has exceeded our expectations, to say the least.

One of the reasons Grayson can be so outspoken is that he takes no special interest money from businesses his committees oversee and so depends on small donations more than other politicians.  So far, the netroots have come through for him, giving him an independent funding base and allowing him to operate with much more freedom than the average representative. Today, he's asking for your help again. If you can spare a few bucks, now's the time.

The world is full of supposedly indispensable men and women, virtually none of whom are actually indispensable. Grayson, in my view, is the exception. The progressive movement needs this man in congress, serving as an example of intelligent, aggressive, principled progressivism and hopefully building up a paradigm for others to follow.

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