The Right to a Job

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Herb Engstrom: At this time of TEA Party hysteria, Fox News mendacity, and GOP hypocrisy a government guarantee of universal employment might seem like a radical idea, although it seemed not to be so to Franklin Roosevelt.

Democrats and War

War

There is an admirable strain of pacifism among many Democrats, especially among Democratic activists. Every rational, compassionate individual dislikes war and seeks to avoid it whenever and wherever possible. Yet there are circumstances in which war can be justified from a moral standpoint as well as that of national interest.

Democrats Try to Regain Ground in the Language Battle

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The latest failure to communicate on the part of Democrats is in using the term “health care reform.” What does that term mean to the public? Why it means that the government will diddle with our great medical care!

The Speech Not Given

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During the last weekend of April I attended the annual convention of the California Democratic Party. In much of the convention we heard various state and federal office holders deliver speeches, some of which were informative and even, occasionally, inspiring. Others tended toward platitudes. But I was disappointed that none of our leaders there — [...]

No on Proposition 11?

by Herb Engstrom – The October issue of “The Democratic Voice,” the newsletter of the Santa Clara County Democratic Club, contained an article entitled “No on Proposition 11″ by member Jeanne Lamar. Those of us who support Prop. 11 were not given an opportunity to respond before the publication of the newsletter. I’ll take this [...]

Al Gore: Energy Czar?

After being in denial for seven years, even George Bush now acknowledges the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the need to takes steps to reverse greenhouse gas emissions.

At Lyons the Rise of Obama Is a Valuable Example

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By Herb Engstrom — The main reason that I have supported Barack Obama since the declaration of his candidacy is that I feel he was the candidate that could improve the world’s image of America most rapidly. Here I have translated a relevant article that appeared last Friday in France’s “newspaper of record,” Le Monde.”

Voters First: The Party Political Leaders Are Wrong

Voters First California

In the election of 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis felt that a grassroots, door-to-door campaign by thousands of volunteers was the way to win the election. After the Democratic convention he actually was leading in the polls. The Democratic Party political leaders knew this was not the way to win. What Dukakis had to [...]

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