Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I hope I don't offend anyone but I thought in my heart this letter should be posted for all to see...
Sincerely Ms. Matthews

-------------- Forwarded Message: -------------- From: Katherine Vincent To: localpolitics-221-announce@meetup.com Subject: [localpolitics-221] PBS NOW Misconceptions Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 18:52:01 +0000 To All Our New Members,I would like to clear up some of the many misperceptions about our group's appearance on PBS NOW.The group of us you saw sitting around my dining room table, with one exception, were all in their 50's and older including myself. I do indeed remember Roe v Wade, and I also remember quite clearly friends and relatives who were forced to travel out-of-state, at what to them was great emotional and financial cost, to obtain a safe, legal abortion. While I am flattered to think that we look so young to you, I assure you that we did live through some of the bad old times and the unfairness of the law prior to Roe v Wade made a deep, indelible impression on all of us.We were all true Hillary Clinton supporters. Many of us overspent our budgets giving donations to her campaign, not to mention many hours of our time, because we felt so strongly that she was the best candidate. Our group obtained the parade and rally permits, sent out hundreds of flyers for the events, paid for the jumbo-tron to watch Hillary's speech on in Cheesman Park, with all of the costs coming out of our own pockets. We come from all economic classes. Many of us are or have been professional women. All of us have been political activists. I have always been a left-leaning, feminist, pro-choice Democrat who believes vehemently in equal rights for women and minorities. I myself come from a very poor background. My father was a trucker for a local grocery (who was cheated out of his pension), my mother was a homemaker, and one of my brothers was severely retarded and cared for at home by our p arents. By the way, to all the people who have emailed me since the PBS special aired and called me 'retarded', I would just like to point out what an insensitive, ignorant thing it is to use that word while attempting in your own moronic way to insult another person. We are not one-issue voters. True, part of our motivation in starting this group was to bring to everyone's attention the many vile, anti-woman attacks that she endured throughout the campaign. And yes, contrary to what all the adoring Obama fans might think, some of them did originate with the Obama campaign, and none of them were denounced by Obama, although he was very quick to point out any real or imagined slight to himself as an African-American. But beyond the sexism, there are many, many reasons to doubt Obama's character and judgment. Here are just a few. Senator Obama has a very annoying habit of having his opponents thrown off the ballot using legal technicalities. His former mentor in Chica go, Alice Palmer (an African-American), was so embittered by his betrayal of her that she completely removed herself from politics until 2007 when she came out in support of Senator Clinton.While he was in the Illinois Senate, he did nothing of any importance until his 7th and last year, when then president of the Illinois Senate, Emil Jones, decided he was going to make Obama a U.S. Senator and threw every important piece of legislation his way. Obama signed his name to and was given credit for legislation he did not write or even work on, to the consternation of his fellow Illinois senators. Chicago papers reported on this extensively. Obama points out how he courageously spoke out against the war in Iraq, but at the time the speech was made he was not in the U.S. Senate, and he was speaking to a very anti-war crowd. Obama has said himself that, had he actually been a U.S. Senator at the time, he doesn't know if he would have voted in favor of the war or not. In f act, Obama has rarely spoken up at all either in the Illinois or the U.S. Senate to take a controversial stand on anything. While in Illinois, Obama took campaign contributions from Tony Rezko, the infamous slum-lord who is now in prison, at the same time that the residents of low-income housing owned by Rezko (and in Obama's district) were going without heat during one of the coldest winters on record. Obama's response was that he didn't know. There appear to have been a lot of things in Obama's past that he didn't know about. But shouldn't he have known? Someone with his powerful intellect should be able to keep track of things, such as poorer constituants freezing to death during the winter. We are repeatedly told that Obama will work wondrous, amazing changes in this country and around the world. But what about his reversals on FISA, the death penalty, gun bans, public funding of campaigns, and drilling just to name a few. Obama doesn't seem able to make a firm stand on any controversial issue, and indeed seems to shift with the wind, going with whatever is politically expedient at the time. Can we really trust him to make significant changes in national policy, or will he cave at the first hint of resistance?Obama seems to have a huge ego problem. He speaks of himself at times in the third person (the royal 'we'), creates his own fake presidential seal, erects a copy of the Greek Parthenon in the middle of the Broncos stadium, and shows complete disdain for anyone who dares to disagree with him. Pathological narcissism is a very dangerous quality for a future president to have.Obama claims to be a uniter (where have we heard that before?). Yet he has divided the Democratic Party in a way that I have never seen before. There is a certain element among his followers who display a cult-like, unquestioning adoration for their candidate that I find extremely disturbing. Many caucus voters encountered thuggish, bullying behavior from younger Obama volunteers (over 2,000 complaints of caucus fraud lodged against the Obama campaign in Texas alone). I used to worry about Republican voter fraud. This year I am worried about Democratic voter fraud. I have received many, many abusive, insulting emails since the PBS special aired. I have been called a racist, stupid, the ever-popular epithet 'retarded', uninformed, and insane. Our group that was filmed for the NOW episode has been referred to as 'lily-white' (not paying attention, are you?), a sorority party (never had the money to join one), and an all girls slumber party. I have been constantly berated and told to 'grow up', 'get over it', 'straighten up', 'do the right thing', and 'do my homework'. Never in my life have I ever been tempted to write or email someone who I don't know and insult them with such condescending, holier-than-thou remarks. Never. I guess all of you must be much more certain of your own infallibility than I am. I prefer my liberal Democrats to be humble, loyal, empathetic, dedicated public servants, not arrogant, insufferable, devoid of humor and totally convinced of the rightness of their own cause and the wrongness of everyone else.When I was filmed for the PBS special, I truly was undecided. I knew I didn't like Obama the man (yes, he is mortal), but I thought I might be able to hold my nose and vote for him because he is a Democrat. However, can anyone who claims to be for truth and justice, yet inspires such hatred and contempt for others among his followers, be a good president? As for Roe v Wade and Governor Palin, I am not so pessimistic as to believe that McCain will drop dead anytime soon and leave Sarah Palin to become president and immediately overturn Roe v Wade. I think the unremitting hatred and vile diatribes against Palin are straw-man arguments to distract people from the fact that Obama is one of the least qualified presidential candidates we have ever had. Over -turning Roe v Wade, a long-standing law, is unlikely at the very least, and the constant harping on it reminds me of the fear tactics used by the Republicans in past elections. And need I remind everyone, Obama is running against McCain, not Sarah Palin. Many wonderful people sent me thoughtful, well-considered emails with logical arguments in support of Obama. I appreciate their input and respect their views. However, I do not believe the world will end if McCain is elected president, just as I do not believe that goodness and light will descend upon the world if Obama is elected. And I cannot 'get over', forget or forgive the dishonest way that Obama got to be the nominee in the first place.I have decided who to vote for. I will proudly vote for McCain/Palin on Tuesday.Katherine Vincent

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