I Want a Fighter, Not a Quitter

{Originally posted at MyDD… But please stay tuned at the end, as I have a special personal request for all of you, my beloved TheLiberalOC.com readers. 🙂 }

“One thing I hope you know about me is that I don’t quit.”

This is what Hillary said on the campaign trail today in Oregon. Was she being stubborn? Sure. Do I appreciate having a President who will be stubborn enough to never quit fighting for us? Absolutely!

(Follow me after the flip for more…)

You know what? I don’t want a President who quits when the going gets tough. I want a President who keeps fighting for us. I want a President who isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get working on real solutions to help real people.

I want a President who won’t quit in her determination to fight poverty and make the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke about 40 years ago become a reality:

From the Memphis church where King delivered his last sermon on the evening before he was gunned down by James Earl Ray, Mrs. Clinton gave her support to an idea long advocated by the King family, a cabinet position that she said would be “solely and fully devoted to ending poverty as we know it, that will focus the attention of our nation on this issue and never let it go.”

Mrs. Clinton added: “No more excuses, no more whining, but instead a concerted effort.”

I want a President who won’t quit in the face of terrible disaster, and one who will help people get back on their feet:

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton began her presidential stump speech Friday in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Friday by harking back to 1997 when her husband, President Bill Clinton, visited the flood-and-fire ravaged city.

“It’s especially moving to know that this city has come back from the Flood of 1997,” she said. “(That flood) brought out the true grit and resilience in all of you … and you had a partner in the White House.”

Comparing the Red River Valley flood to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, she asked the audience, “wouldn’t it be nice” to have a president who kept a promise to clean up after natural disasters and had a competent director of FEMA.

I want a President who won’t quit when it comes to ensuring that our economy works for our working people:

In her comments, Clinton made it clear that she regards the free-market doctrine that has held sway in Washington for a generation to be both inequitable and ill-suited to the sharp-elbowed global competition the U.S. now faces. Leaving economic outcomes to the market has resulted in stagnant incomes for the typical family and special treatment for the well-connected, she says.

“People say all the time, ‘We can’t pick winners and losers.’ Well, then fine. Take every single dollar of subsidy out of the federal tax code. Get rid of all of it. … Let’s have a real level playing field where nobody gets a penny in subsidy,” she said. “Then see what happens. You’d hear the squeals of protest from Wall Street to Houston to Silicon Valley.” […]

Her most impassioned remarks in the interview came as she blistered the oil companies and the “moneyed class” she said has reaped the economy’s rewards. Indeed, the share of national income going to the top 1% of wage-earners has doubled over the past 25 years, according to Robert Lawrence, a professor of trade and investment at Harvard University.

“Americans have been sold a bill of goods about the way the economy should work through a very concerted ideological effort at propaganda,” she said.

You know what? I want a President who never quits fighting for us. Think about it. For the last eight years, we’ve had a President who fights his hardest for his corporate elite buddies, but does nothing for us. And what has that resulted us?

How about a President who won’t quit in her effort to ensure that all Americans have quality, affordable health care? How about a President who won’t quit in her determination to ensure that working class families don’t get wiped out in this economy? How about a President who won’t quit in making sure this nation ends its fossil fuel addictions and does something about the climate crisis? How about a President who doesn’t just talk about leaving Iraq some day, but one who ensures that our troops will be brought home safely and soon?

I want a President who fights for us, and refuses to quit. That’s why I’m willing to give my all for Hillary. So long as she continues fighting, I won’t be quitting. And as long as she refuses to quit doing what’s right, I don’t see why we should quit helping Hillary win.

Right now, Hillary’s proving to us that she won’t be a quitter. In fact, she’s set up a special web site just for North Carolina Democrats to get their questions answered. Just go to NCAskMe.com ans tell Hillary what’s on your mind.

And if you’re already convinced that Hillary’s the fighter we want and advocate we need, consider doing something to help Hillary win these next few states voting. Make phone calls. Hold a house party. Donate a few bucks. Whatever you do, you’ll put Hillary that much closer to victory.

And that way, we’ll have a fighter in the White House who never quits until she achieves victory for us. 🙂


OK, here’s where my personal request comes in. In case you didn’t know, I’m running to be a DNC Delegate for Hillary at the Denver Convention this August. If you’d like to help me fulfill my lifelong dream of attending the Democratic National Convention AND helping me help Hillary in a BIG way, please consider attending the caucus in Santa Ana next Sunday to vote for me and send me to Denver to help Hill. Thank you all for your support, and no matter what happens I appreciate all these fun conversations I have with you. 🙂

  2 comments for “I Want a Fighter, Not a Quitter

  1. Northcountystorm
    April 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Here, here!

  2. Les Morrals
    April 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    It causes me great discomfort to point this out but we’re currently saddled with a president who espouses never quit mantra. Sometimes reassessment and direction change are good things.

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