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Monday, October 16, 2006

DeLear Shaking up the California 28th?

So-called Democrat Howard Berman is so concerned about his district and the upcoming election that he is... In Washington D.C. trying to help the GOP get through the Foley mess before election day. This is a very interesting campaign strategy from a man who saw a Democratic primary challenge that, given what happened to Joe Lieberman, he probably shouldn't have taken so lightly.

So what's the rub with Berman? Basically the argument is that he supports George Bush. This wouldn't be such a big deal if President Bush would have been right about... Well anything. Berman supported the war in Iraq, but more importantly still does. (The only California democrat who still does) Now I am no right nor left wing-nut but I would have to travel pretty deep into Orange County to find someone who is so blinded by their faith in "W" that they can't see we are screwed. Or, I suppose I could just go to Howard Berman's office.

Now Berman, who as I mentioned earlier has apparently not gotten the memo that there is an election coming up or that he's in it, is getting hit from the left by Congressional Candidate Byron DeLear. DeLear, who according to FEC records has poured nearly $15,000.00 of his own money into his campaign, makes no bones about how he supports the troops... He wants to keep them alive at home. DeLear also points out that Berman supports Bush so much that he even proposed to repeal a constitutional amendment to permit Bush to run for another term.

My beef with Berman is simpler. He should care enough about his district to campaign, to explain himself... If he can. How can he continue to support an obviously failed policy regarding Iraq? What has he done to hold this government accountable?

Before you begin to think that these aren't relevant questions remember that California has sustained the majority of casualties in Iraq. Understand that the "pool" we get our police officers from tends to be the same that join the Reserves... And could be a pretty good reason why we are having difficulty finding qualified recruits.

The issue of Iraq is going to be a steady topic in congressional races and DeLear, who is running on the Green Party ticket, is certainly a long shot but at least he is running. As for Berman, before you think your going to skate into another term I have 2 words for you sir... Joseph Lieberman.

I guess the bigger question for Howard is... How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

For those dum dums who want to go into the debate, for me it is simple. Whether we should have gone into Iraq or not is an academic discussion, we're their. Bush 41 wrote a book as to why we shouldn't... 43 never read it. But the current "stay the course" mentality is ludicrous. The captain of the Titanic "stayed the course," turns out a slight turn would have helped.

The policy of "stay the course" is a serious mistake and our kids are coming home in a box because of it. If this is truly the war for civilization Bush now claims it is (remember first it was WMD's that were a threat to us, then it was "spreading democracy" then the "central front in the war on terror" now it is a "clash of civilizations") then fine, act like it and send in a few hundred thousand more troops, lock that country down, throw out the trash, hand over the keys and go home. If not, let's get our kids home and knock off the slogans.

As for DeLear... sure he is left, and Green... but at least he is here.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Howard doesn't want his constituents to know he isn't Latino.

October 16, 2006 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Berman is a cheap suit but DeLear needs to change parties. The voters will never vote for a Green party candidate EVER. He would have been better going Independent.

October 16, 2006 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Councilman John stick to local issue, this other stuff is way over your head.

Why stay in Iraq?

1. We broke it so we need to fix it. If we leave now, Syria and Iran will move in. Iraq must be left with a stronge enough government to serve its own interests and maybe support ours.

2. If we leave now the United States will look like a paper tiger. This is the word Osama spreads and he has good cause to think that way. Reagan pulled our troops out of Lebanon after the Marine Barracks bombing and Clinton out of Somolia after Blackhawk down. Word on the street in the Middle East is bloody the Americans and they will leave. We leave now and we will pay in more lives later.

3. This is related to #2. If we leave many of the thugs we are fighting in Iraq will travel to Afganistan and fight us there. Remember, they hates us and want to KILL US!

4. Troops in Iraq, Afganistan and a Nato member all boardering Iran is a good thing. Can you say CONTAINMENT OF IRAN. Remember the revolution was not about a dictator. It was about culture. Their religious leaders hate western secular society, US! and they will have nuclear weapons soon.

Councilman John maybe you would be more at home living with the cheese eating surrender monkeys of France. None of the options we have are good options but leaving is the wrong thing to do.

October 16, 2006 4:50 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Everyone likes to rag on the French for surrendering, and I like a good laugh as much as the next guy, but can we review some history and geography here?

In World War I, the French did not surrender. Trench warfare took place for years, and both sides suffered massive casualties.

In World War II, Germany's revolutionary blitz warfare overwhelmed every contiguous country. Would any other country have fared better against Germany? Doubtful. Our nation was protected by two huge oceans, and had the luxury of time to prepare.

We may not be so lucky next time. Our next-door neighbor is invading us on a massive scale, without weapons, and we're not even putting up a fight. How stupid is that?

October 16, 2006 6:15 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. I agree that we need to get the hell out of Iraq, immediately. We need to stop trying to give the world a democracy make-over, and defend our own borders.

We've accomplished our original objectives: we've established there are no weapons of mass destruction there, and Hussein is out of power -- though I think we should just shoot him, and stop this stupid "trial."

We need to focus our military on strategic threats, eliminate them, and then withdraw. Trying to establish novel forms of government in the middle east is not worth one more American life or dollar.

October 16, 2006 6:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The French deserve everything they get on this. After WWI, the French and British divided the middle east and created nations. England and France were colonial powers. The U.S. called for self determination for these nations but were ignored by the elitist europeans. The U.S. pulled back into fortress America and 20 years later we had WWII.

Pulling back now will invite greater problems later. Walter, I like your stance on local issues but you are wrong on this one.

We need to stay the course.

October 16, 2006 6:44 PM  

Blogger Councilman John said:

4:50 pm Dimwit - did I ever say we should leave? No. But I acknowledge we need a different approach.

Everyone has, except Bush.

Noone, and I mean noone is saying "cut and run" with the exception of the RNC talking points committee.

You CAN NOT win if you do this half assed... declare "mission accomplished", and swing from justification to justification.

Get in, do this already and get out.

As for the French, Walter is right. But go back further... we wouldn't exist as a nation if the French didn't save our asses in the Revolutionary war.

And on Iraq... they were right and we were wrong. Time to dine on the crow and fix this mess.

October 16, 2006 7:30 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I say "cut and run."

So does Lt. Gen. William E. Odom (Ret.), a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and professor at Yale University. He was director of the National Security Agency from 1985 to 1988.

He wrote an article this summer entitled, "Cut and Run? You Bet," published in Foreign Policy. Here's the url: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3430 .

October 16, 2006 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did this thread go off on such a tangent?

Yes, there needs to be a serious discussion about what to do next in Iraq, plus Iran and North Korea.

But the issue with Berman is simple demographics. The northeast valley has become more and more hispanic over the last 20 years.

They used to elect jewish democrats there, like Richard Katz, as well as Berman.

Now the changing face of the neighborhood means hispanics are going to want one of their own in Congress.

(The same thing will eventually happen in South LA to Maxine Waters as well.)

The question is: which hispanic will be elected to Congress first?
Richard Alarcon, Cindy Montanez, or Alex Padilla?

Now that would be a great discussion topic for Mayor Sam & company.

October 16, 2006 11:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Councilman John,
Four reasons for staying were presented and your only comeback is Dimwit! You tried this for two election cycles with Bush and lost.

Thomas Jefferson knew how to deal with Arab Terrorists (pirates). When they raided American Merchant Ships and seized a US war ship, he sent in the Marines.

Cut and Run demonstrates weakness.

October 17, 2006 4:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How long can Delear keep saying B.S. as fact? Berman has rebutted that lie numerous times. He does not believe in term limits and has consistently voted for their repeal. He does not support Bush. He agrees that Bush lied to get us into a war in Iraq but, we are there and there are no plans on the table to get us out that do not lead to disaster.

It is so typical of Green candidates to create a Big Lie about Democrats when their own platform is good enough to run on.

October 17, 2006 5:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:10, This was not about Bush or the War. This was just a hit piece on Berman by this Anonymous guy calling himself Councilman John.

Mayor Sam should engage in some quality control concerning this guy. His facts are wrong and his arguments are weak.

October 17, 2006 6:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Politics is about ideology, but it is also about timing. Rep. Howard Berman attempted to repeal the 22nd amendment last year in the climate of an unitary executive acting unilaterally arguably beyond the law -- beyond the Constitution. The unprecedented secrecy held by the Bush White House threatens our republic.

In this environment Berman wants to remove term limits from the White House?


Also, concerning his pro-war record, Berman has voted time and time again on supporting the Bush agenda in Iraq while upwards of 80% of the district oppose this war.

I would like to respectfully offer Mayor Sam readers that with regard to this trans-partison issue our nation is facing -- the Iraqi War -- Berman has put the representation of the 28th District into crisis.

His pro-war agenda is not the only thing separating the interests of the folks in the San Fernando Valley and Berman's positions -- but it is enough as many people in this nation are saying enough is enough.

In the Oct 15th LA Times we get to hear about some of Berman's misrepresentation -- "Rep. Howard L. Berman, for example, wanted to dilute the number of Latinos in his San Fernando Valley district to avoid a Latino primary challenger, and he got what he wanted. The whole deal was cemented in a meeting between Democrats and White House political guru Karl Rove."

Whether cavorting with Bush on the war or Rove on his arrogant 'ownership' of the 28th Berman needs to go.

FYI -- copied below is Berman's pro-war voting record. Lip service in being 'upset with Bush' is one thing -- votes are another. Please help me restore the progressive values to this district, help get the word out. Thank you -- Byron De Lear

Berman’s War Record:

Voted against Congresswoman Lee’s resolution calling for an investigation into the Bush Administration’s lack of cooperation with the UN weapons inspectors

Voted against Dennis Kucinich’s resolution to investigate the Bush administration’s pre-invasion intelligence

Voted for all funding bills for the war

Failed to appear to vote on the investigation into the White House Iraq Group. The measure was defeated 25-23.

Voted against HJR55, Abercrombie/Jones bill to begin withdrawal of troops by 10/1/06

Voted against HCR35, Woolsey’s bill to develop a plan for withdrawal

Voted against HJR70, Price/Miller plan for withdrawal

Voted against Hres82, Lee’s resolution disavowing doctrine of preemption

Voted against HR635 calling for the creation of a committee to investigate impeachment against George Bush

Voted against HR637, Conyer’s resolution to censure Cheney

Voted against HR375, request for release of documents related to the Downing Street Minutes

Voted against HR551, the Student privacy act to ban military recruiters from being given student information without permission

While a majority of the 28th Congressional District is strongly opposed to this war, we have no voice in Congress. Please help us.


October 18, 2006 4:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote out the encumbents everywhere!

October 19, 2006 10:40 PM  

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