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Things can fall apart. I see it happening in little ways. We have to DECIDE to hold them together. 

I've had two days of meeting Hillary supporters and hearing from them by email.

And I'm feeling a bit sad. The supporters are mostly women, mostly over 40, actually, mostly over 50 or more. A number are angry and disappointed that progressives are embracing Obama-- I mean progressive media. I can't speak for others.

I look to these Democrats, my "sisters" who, usually, are 100% on the same page as me, and I feel their pain. I know that they want to see a woman president, and for some, the elders, in their late sixties, seventies, maybe even eighties, they may see Hillary as their last, best chance. And after the past two weekends, it may seem, to some, that their hopes and dreams are melting away, with nothing but Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania to salvage them.

For some Obama supporters, they go after Hillary as viscerally as they after Bush. And the former Kucinich, Gravel, Edwards and Paul supporters who are leaning third party now, can be even more vicious, viewing both Obama and Hillary as corporate puppets.

Somehow, the progressive community must figure out a way to hold things together, even while we contend, supporting our chosen candidates. We have to differentiate between different progressive candidates and "the enemy" on the right.



Since the very start of the primaries, Hillary has always, for me, fallen short of "other" in my ratings of candidates. She's just too DLC for me. But I'll get behind her if she wins. I can't imagine how my third party friends see her as no different than McCain. She's a big letdown compared to Edwards or Kucinich, but fact is, she and Obama have been moved much further to the left in recent weeks. And we progressives have forced them to do it. Listening to both Hillary's and Obama's talks tonight, it was very gratifying. Both address so many progressive values and issues with priorities and perspectives profoundly different than right wingers.

The next month or two could get very dicey, in terms of how progressives get along.

Nader, Gravel, Paul, Kucinich-- any of them could go third party. There's Cynthia McKinney, a courageous woman, already up, as a green candidate.

We need to stay TOGETHER. It's okay if some support Hillary, some support Nader or McKinney. We can disagree on candidates, but we will still agree on so many other progressive issues. We can't go to war or become divided. The risk is there. We have to make a conscious choice not to call people who disagree with us stupid. We need to maintain our mutual respect and expand our tolerance.

These will be exciting, rocky, at times grueling and stressful times. The attacks from the right will get very ugly and we all need to pull together.

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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In my humble opinion, both Hillary and Obama will ... by Timothy V. Gatto on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 11:57:28 PM
I cannot agree more fully with the above Post. The... by Leeann LoFaso on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 1:15:21 AM
The Democratic Party is hopelessly corrupt - just ... by Ron Corvus on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 2:20:30 AM
....minus those who cling to the remnants of a dyi... by Ed Encho on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 5:07:48 AM
We will be told who was elected on the corrupt bla... by tjb on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:12:54 AM
The anger the previous commenters have expressed d... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:36:08 AM
But whar we ALL need to do, Demo and Rep is to kee... by Michael Morris on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 7:18:16 AM
thanks rob for continuing to keep this dialogue go... by Cheryl Biren on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 8:50:28 AM
Well put Cheryl.If I could just note, Hillary Clin... by Munich on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 1:05:21 PM
and go for broke, the question is whether you pref... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 9:39:35 AM
RobYou use the word 'progressive' pretty l... by Kevin Zeese on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 10:15:24 AM
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full disclosure - are you back working for nader? ... by Cheryl Biren on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 3:26:45 PM
A thoughtful and accurate listing of Barak Obama&#... by ardee D. on Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 6:55:17 AM
I would echo the sentiments expressed by many abov... by ardee D. on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:47:22 AM
I would denounce Mr. Zeese' comment for the bl... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 12:02:34 PM
None of them mitght seem very palatable but there ... by Martin Zehr on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 1:04:30 PM
the words "in my opinion". I frankly do ... by ardee D. on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 7:00:37 AM
A vote for a third party candidate is not designed... by ardee D. on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 7:21:06 AM
and we don't?  They know what they stand ... by Laudyms on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 1:55:02 PM
I admit to reacting when I should stop to TRY to t... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 2:13:18 PM
.. but a black american woman IS running, or has&n... by nakedtruth on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:49:24 PM
I have so many disagreements with Rob's essay ... by welshTerrier2 on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 2:50:46 PM
That's what I'm talking about. I want OpEd... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 5:19:42 PM
I always loved the eloquent pseudo-civility of thi... by welshTerrier2 on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 5:44:47 PM
Rob said: " ...  she (H Clinton) an... by Mr M on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 5:39:09 PM
Yep, square, same shape... that makes them both th... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 9:38:42 PM
Indeed, I'm painting with a huge brush, and me... by Mr M on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 12:32:59 AM
then perhaps you dont know whats going on?As you d... by ardee D. on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 7:27:14 AM
Yes US, not McCain.  I've voted for ... by Laudyms on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:09:14 PM
Face it, the only way to change things is from wit... by Gustav Wynn on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:43:59 PM
You don't have to be a political scientist to ... by Ron Corvus on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:47:49 PM
 Rob, I understand your point. If the country... by James Brett on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 6:54:38 PM
I don't have a dog in this fight, but I'd ... by delia on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 7:03:16 PM
You can hang a large amount of the problems of the... by Ed Encho on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 7:58:16 PM
didn't campaign anywhere left of center either... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 8:32:52 PM
I agree with much of the sentiment expressed - tho... by August Adams on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 10:13:04 PM
I agree with much of the sentiment expressed - tho... by August Adams on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 10:13:04 PM
Excuse me for being lame, but when/why did the wor... by Cinderfella on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 10:33:49 PM
Are people angry? Ya think? Just because the DNC l... by Timothy V. Gatto on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:03:43 PM
Seriously now Rob, gimme a break "if Hitlery ... by john riggs on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 6:37:25 AM
of people using references like "hitlery"... by Cheryl Biren on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 7:14:06 AM
It has become almost de rigeur on the political sc... by ardee D. on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 8:14:22 AM
Well John you are probably right but unfortunately... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 10:09:10 AM
My sentiments exactly Rob and believe me when I sa... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 8:41:36 AM
Yet Senator Obama has already skipped or abstained... by ardee D. on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 11:38:36 AM
Anyone who supports a pro-war candidate is not a p... by Ty on Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 11:04:37 AM
I agree with the Independent Voter Platform except... by Ty on Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 11:42:48 AM