Muslims For Nader/Camejo

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Sincere Politician: Barbara Lee

On September 14th, 2001, congress passed a joint resolution giving Bush a blank check to attack whomsoever he thought was responsible for the 9-11 attacks.

... the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001...

This resolution, giving Bush a blank check, would have passed unanimously - were it not for one honorable exception: Barbara Lee - she gives her reasons for opposing this resolution here:

... I could not ignore that it provided explicit authority, under the War Powers Resolution and the Constitution, to go to war. It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events -- anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation's long- term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit.

In granting these overly broad powers, the Congress failed its responsibility to understand the dimensions of its declaration. I could not support such a grant of war-making authority to the president; I believe it would put more innocent lives at risk.

Barbara Lee's spoke for not only herself, but also for millions of Americans who opposed more killings, and wars - who undersstood the Gandhian idea of "an eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind!"

Barbara Lee Speaks for Me
became an important rallying cry around which the anti-war movement gained momentum.

Now let's turn our attention to campaigen financing, who gave to Barbara Lee? Perhaps there are some clues here to her progressive politics?

A quick search of the web reveals her donors for the 2004 campaigen. As can be seen, her largest donors are labor unions ($102,500) - major union donors, by name, can be seen here.

All of the unions listed are community based organizations, and they do important work not only for their members, but also for all working families.

Example: The International Longshore Workers Union ($7000) has a long history of being involved in peace movements, and Service Employees International Union has been active in advocating for health care for all.

(It is, of-course, very unfortunate that even though most labor unions have been loyal to the Democratic Party, the corporate financing of most canidates far outweigh any influence labor unions might have. Barbara Lee is an exception.)

Barabara Lee's second important source of financing comes from Finance/Insurance/Real Estate - ($69,885). But let's take a closer to look at her major contributers in this sector: Credit Unions are at the top of the list with $10,750 - But Credit Unions are not the same as a bank, and although some have gone in that direction - their philosophy is worth a look:

"credit unions were "not for profit, not for charity, but for service," and that philosophy holds true today."
Then there is Access Strategies Fund

The Access Strategies Fund helps disenfranchised communities in Massachusetts harness their collective power to access and use the democratic process to improve their lives.

The law firm of Kazan, Mclain

We built our reputation on asbestos litigation, representing people diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases.

and another major donor is the National Association of Social Workers

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.

Contrast Barbara Lee's donors with those of the new corporate star Barak Obama, and the Republican financed highest ranking Democrat Tom Daschle. These very basic analyses helps us view, in stark terms, just how far the Corporate Democrats have drifted from working families.

A Sincere Politician, Barbara Lee, is an honorable exception to this trend! Viva Barbara Lee!