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 is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.
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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity
He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
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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 (more...)