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April 16, 2008

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Beverly Jackson

To the Superdelegates:

I took the liberty of reviewing the Democratic foundation which is included in the Democrat.org to remind you that the minorities are citizens in America and have as much rights to pursue the office of POTUS as any other citizen. We work, pay taxes, attend college, vote, spend money in this economy, die in American wars, bleed red blood, we bathe with soap and water, and eat with forks in fine restaurants just like any other citizen. Within us, we are educated, intelligent, and desire the same for our families as any other citizen. We most definitely DO NOT STEP ASIDE because there are some – including Geraldine Ferraro - who will not support our pursuit because of race and gender. We will be letting our children and grandchildren down.

I also like to express concern about Hillary Clinton’s ability to hold the whole Democrat party hostage. Let’s discuss electability, she said she won the big states but Obama won half of those states on his own merit and by playing by the rules. She said she is best to beat McCain – but she could not beat Obama (the supposedly inexperienced one). In the most of the states she won, she won votes which tend to vote Republican in general election so her voters are more risky. I have followed this election EXTREMELY closely since the beginning, and I expected each candidate to campaign based on their merit. Hillary lied to her supporters (DISHONEST), she mismanaged her money (ECONOMIC WOES), she did not chart her course to succeed (JUDGEMENT – AGAIN), campaign staff discord (LEADERSHIP), 35 years of experience (NON-EXISTENT) so instead selling herself, she tarnished the achievements of a fellow democrat – even place the Republican’s experience over a fellow Democrat. Her wins are not based on her merits, it is based on George Bush’s election tactics. Does this make her more electable? No. By the way, fighting is not an attribute of a great leader – it is the characteristic of a childish bully. We teach our children not to behave like Hillary Clinton.
I am a woman and her sexism argument is so absurd. The fact that she actually stands on a platform and loudly ask WOMEN to vote for her is SEXISM and violation to Democrat foundation.
If Democrat Party is the party of equality for all, how can she SPECIFICALLY ASK WOMEN TO VOTE FOR HER? How are the Democrats males suppose to feel about this? What if Obama stood up and request Afro-Americans to vote for him? What if he stood up and ask the men to vote for him? I just cannot believe you party leaders have allowed her to play Democrat core groups against another in this election? There were no problems with race or gender in this election until New Hampshire and North Carolina. Obama was about to take her in Ohio until she came up with the NAFTA lie. Voters were not fooled and they see she cannot sell herself so she damage the quality of her competitor.

There are principles involved here and if she think she is going to deliberately cause Obama to lose this election with hopes she will run later, it is not going to happen. Minorities will see just where we fit in the scheme of things in the Democrat party in all upcoming elections. All ethnic groups of America have children who will someday want to become President and this election will clearly show if the Democrat Party is the party for all Americans. Ted Kennedy is a True Democrat and knows what this party stands for. Perhaps, you Republican-Wanna-Be Democrats have forgotten the Democrat foundation yourself so in case you have forgotten, this is what it means to be a Democrat (taken from Democrat.org):
The Democratic Vision
The Democratic Party is committed to keeping our nation safe and expanding opportunity
FOR EVERY AMERICAN.
PARTY PLATFORM

At the start of the 21st Century, the Democratic Party can look back on a proud history — a history not just of a political organization but of a national vision. It is a vision based on the strength and power of millions of economically empowered, socially diverse and politically active Americans. Over two hundred years ago, our Party's founders decided that wealth and social status were not an entitlement to rule. They believed that wisdom and compassion could be found WITHIN EVERY INDIVIDUAL and a STABLE GOVERNMENT MUST BE BUILT UPON A BROAD POPULAR BASE.
The late Ron Brown — former Chairman of the Democratic Party — put it best when he wrote, "The common thread of Democratic history, from Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton, has been an abiding faith in the judgment of hardworking American families, and a commitment to helping the excluded, the disenfranchised and the poor strengthen our nation by EARNING THEMSELVES A PIECE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. We remember that this great land was SCULPTED BY IMMIGRANTS AND SLAVES, THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
The Democratic Party is America's last, best hope to BRIDGE THE DIVISIONS OF CLASS, RACE, RELIGION, ETHNICITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION. We will succeed if we continue to govern by the same principles that have made America the greatest nation on earth — the principles of strength, inclusion and opportunity.

Bottom Line. The Democrat Party has rules and a foundation to operate on and abide by. I pray that Party Leaders adhere to that. Win or Lose – it is about principles.


Beverly Jackson
53 year old Democrat


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