It’s a New Year – Time to Pick a New President

(Cross-posted at MyDD and Daily Kos)

Ah, 2007 is coming to close! 2008 is almost here! We have less than a year left until the November election, and a little more than a year until Bush & Cheney are finally out of office. Aren’t you glad the new year is coming?

I know I am. I’m glad that the time is here for us to pick a President. Will you please join me after a flip for more as we talk about our chance for a new beginning next year?

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I know there has been plenty of negative crap hitting the ceiling lately. I’ve heard of the accusations of not “getting a spine“, and I’ve seen some of our “leaders” decline a chance to help our own. Oh yes, and I’m seeing a lot of use of right-wing talking points to hurt our own. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to turn the page on all this negativity and start the new year with someone who clearly has the courage, the strength, and the experience to make real change as our next President.

That’s why I agree with The Concord Monitor on this:

[…] Hillary Clinton’s unique combination of smarts, experience and toughness makes her the best choice to win the November election and truly get things done. Before embarking on an agenda of her or his own, the next American president will be forced to undo the damage of the Bush years: ending the war in Iraq, restoring habeas corpus rights, ending the use of torture, healing New Orleans, restoring America’s moral authority around the world.

A tall order – but not nearly enough. The next president must also take the lead on a serious effort to slow global warming, a rational policy on illegal immigration and a plan to provide health care to all Americans.

Clinton knows what she wants to accomplish. She knows how Washington works. She has forged alliances with unlikely political partners, and she has waged partisan fights on matters of principle. Her years as first lady and as a U.S. senator have put her at the center of key policy and political battles for a decade and a half. She is prepared for the job.

And that’s why I agree with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a real leader on environmental issues, that Hillary has what it takes to solve the climate crisis and move us toward a clean and green energy future.

“Hillary is ready to address our energy challenges on day one with a bold, comprehensive plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move America toward a renewable energy future.”

And that’s why I agree with Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), a real leader on matters of war and peace, that Hillary has what it takes to end the Iraq Occupation and restore a foreign policy of cooperation instead of confrontation.

Hillary Clinton has the foreign policy experience, credibility and commitment to bring all sides together (including allies and neighboring states) and bring about a comprehensive solution that will put Iraq on the course towards stability and bring our troops and military contractors home to their families.

As Senator, Hillary has voted three times for a timetable for bringing our troops home, most recently by December, 2008. And, she has co-authored legislation with Senators Reid and Feingold to require the President to safely redeploy the troops within nine months, cutting off funds thereafter. She recently made a commitment to not vote for any more funds for Iraq except for the safe redeployment of our troops.

Hillary has pledged that, as President, she will waste no time ending this war as responsibly and swiftly as possible. In fact, she views this as her most important duty to the American people.

There is no issue that is more pressing to the future of our Nation and our world than bringing about an independent Iraq and peace and stability within the region.

And there is no Presidential candidate who is better equipped to lead and bring about that change than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And that’s why I agree with Dolores Huerta, a real leader on matters of social justice, that Hillary has what it takes to deliver real, affordable, universal health care for all of us.

“The greatest gift we can give our country is to make Hillary Clinton our next President… The thing that truly stands out about Hillary is leadership. On universal health care, she was out years ago saying we need national health care. Hillary was the first one to talk about universal health care. She wants the same kind of health care plan for all of us that she has.”

Come on, now. Isn’t it time that we pick a new President in the new year? Isn’t it time we pick a President who will renew the promise of this nation? Isn’t it time that we pick a President who understands the high stakes we face, and who will be ready on Day One to find new, innovative solutions to the many problems we must solve?

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You know, Hillary is right. Change doesn’t come just because we want it, or because we hope for it. Change only happens when we work for it. That’s why we need a new President that has the courage and the experience to work for the change we need on foreign policy, on energy and climate change, on health care, on the economy, and on so much more. We need a new President who will work for the change that will bring America into a new, brighter era that we can be proud of leaving for future generations.

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It’s a new year. It’s time for a new beginning. That’s why I’m picking Hillary. Hillary is the one we know can deliver the change we need. Hillary can be our new President to give our nation a new beginning.

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So will you join me in making this New Year’s Resolution? Will you join me in taking action to make sure that Hillary will be our new President? Believe me, this will be a resolutions that’s easy to keep and hard to regret! :-)

  2 comments for “It’s a New Year – Time to Pick a New President

  1. Santa Ana Resident
    December 31, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Sounds good to me! That’s why I like Hillary.

  2. December 31, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Yes, I will join you in a New Year’s Resolution in taking action to make sure that

    EDWARDS!

    will be our new President!

    :)

    Sorry. Had to. Happy New Year’s.

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