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Obama's Change: Keeping Bush's Lawbreakers

George W. Bush has conducted the most immoral, disgraceful and unlawful governance of America since the Revolution of 1776, yet the president-elect, Obama, is not intending or is at least not clear about clearing the government of Bush's band of lawbreakers and the most unprincipled imperialists, like Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense. For instance, there are reports that Obama wants to keep Michael Hayden in place at CIA. Hayden is one of the architects of the illegal, warrantless domestic surveillance program authorized by Bush & Cheney, and condoned by the Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Gates has not lifted a finger to stop the reckless military policies in war zones that have led to countless civilian deaths, something that the elected president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, and Obama himself (at least during the election campaign), have both deplored, and Gates supports Bush's war policies to the hilt. How many other of Bush's lawbreakers wil…

Nothing's Changed

That was quick. Barack Obama has not even taken the oath of office yet, and he has already shown his corporate/military industrial complex cards. We're not stupid, Obama's appointments during the transition thus far have told us everything we need to know about the next administration, as we suggested in a previous essay, "The Transition is Looking Shoddy," and it is not good. It takes a lot of gall to make the word "change" your campaign motto and then keep Bush's Secretary of Defense in place and stack the government with Clintonite re-threads. The P.O.C. has always been skeptical about Obama, but we thought he would at least try to make a show of change rather than make outright fools of the people who really believed what he said.

The best we can say about the next administration is that it won't be led by McCain and Palin, but that is faint praise. This is going to be a government just as imperialistic as Bush's and only the name of the …

Mark's Campaign's Five Divisions

The Mark Greene for Senator Campaign has now organized five campaign divisions in Washington state. The campaign will need five volunteer directors for each section who will be responsible for campaign staffing and cooperating with the campaign headquarters for overall campaign strategy. A director must be a registered voter and a resident of the campaign section that she or he is responsible for.

East Section: The counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin.

Central Section: The counties of Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Grant, Yakima and Klickitat.

Northwest Section: The counties of San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Mason.

Southwest Section: The counties of Thurston, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark and Skamania.

Puget Sound Section: The counties of Kitsap, King and Pierce.

If you are interested in being a campaign director or helpi…

Before Dean

The Nation Magazine, or at least one of their writers, has hailed Democratic Party chairman, Howard Dean, as the architect of the successful 50 state strategy of the Democrats. It's sort of like giving first credit to inventors who did not really originate an idea, but successfully implemented the ideas of others. Mark Greene, then a successive two-time Democratic nominee in Alaska, and his mother, I. Elizabeth Greene, the campaign manager for Mark's 2002 U.S. House campaign, and a campaign assistant tried to get the Democrats to originate the 50 state strategy years before Dean became chairman.

Mark is on record in the Anchorage Daily News during the era of his Alaska campaigns, 2000 - 2002, for urging the Democrats to abandon their selective districts strategy, and he criticized successive DCCC chairs, Patrick Kennedy and Nita Lowey, for not implementing the 50 state strategy for the House of Representatives. Elizabeth spoke tirelessly on the phone to a DCCC manager to rais…