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Betraying Democratic Media, Rep. DeLauro Stabs Us In The Back

by: Daniel Sumrall

Mon Jun 19, 2006 at 17:19:30 PM EDT

(What's the deal with our incumbent Democrats? Are the rest of you as tired of getting screwed as I am? (moved part of diary to Extended Text before promoting) - promoted by Neal Fink)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, helped Republicans push through a telecomm act that puts in danger the future of all independent, non-corporate media. This is perhaps the most blatant vote for purely corporate interests I've yet seen.

The Barton/Cope Act effectively removes local municipal control over local rights-of-way and removes local voices from the process of negotiating for local video franchises.

It eliminates 'net neutrality' by allowing internet providers (phone and cable companies) the right to charge for preferential content delivery, creating a multitiered internet based on the ability to pay.

Daniel Sumrall :: Betraying Democratic Media, Rep. DeLauro Stabs Us In The Back

Telecomm providers are no longer required to 'build-out' their networks equitably. They now can offer the new services in a wealthy neighborhood but neglect, or discriminate whichever word you prefer, an adjacent low-income community.

The once free, open internet has now been portioned off by Congress. Thank you Rep. Rosa DeLauro for helping to make local television and internet that much less free. What can we do when politicans from both parties sell the citizenry down the river to corporate interests? Well, elect a clean representative. Unlike Rep. DeLauro I will never take a red cent from any corporation PAC or even from special interest groups whose causes I support. Why? Because a Representative should SERVE THE PUBLIC GOOD--THE CITIZENS FIRST AND FOREMOST.

Rep. DeLauro has taken the ideals of democratic media, the public good, and consumer choice and preverted them into corporate welfare and monopoly.

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I was not aware DeLauro did this...can you refer us to any media articles about her position on this issue and some background?

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison

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Check out this website--

This legislation was fasttracked and pushed through last week.

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Daniel (0.00 / 0)
Shouldn't your title use a small d in the word democratic?

We're not talking about Democratic Party TV.

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No, We're Not Talking About Democratic Party TV; We're Talking About Democratic TV (0.00 / 0)
I like capitalizing all the letters in titles--but thanks for the connotative catch

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This is perhaps the most blatant vote for purely corporate interests I've yet seen.

See any vote on the Iraq war.

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I've this posted on my campaign site--

"In the spring of 2005 Rep. DeLauro failed to muster the courage necessary to stand up to the Republican administration and Democratic congressional bullies. She refused to cut the 82 billion for further funding of the war on Iraq, thus guaranteeing the prolonging of the conflict. We cannot keep throwing good money after bad somehow hoping the war will sort it out. Such an attitude demonstrates Rep. DeLauro’s inability to understand how we reason in the real world.
In February of 2006 a poll was released that showed 72% of US troops in Iraq thought the US should exit Iraq in a year. Rep. DeLauro ignored this sentiment and voted against a bill that would have simply called on President Bush to develop a plan for withdrawal (Amend. 214 to H.R. 1815). Friends listen and Rep. DeLauro is no friend to our troops. We must hold Rep. DeLauro accountable for her continued endorsement of the Iraq quagmire which has cost the lives of thousand of US troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
But if we put the war on Iraq aside we can still see that Rep. DeLauro is no friend of peace. Perhaps the most glaring example of this was her vote on Amend 475 to H.R. 2601. For nearly 50 years the United States and its allies have resisted the weaponization of space. Rep. DeLauro voted against negotiations to form an international treaty banning weapons in space. Can we really trust the judgment of someone who believes in Star Wars, that the heavens should shine with missiles? How secure are we when out elected representative won’t even negotiate for our safety?"

Rep. DeLauro is in the pocket of the military and has never seen a defense spending bill that she didn't like. Our defense spending is bloated to the point of being ineffectual and detracting from pressing domestic issues.

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I wrote to her when I saw the sickening acceptance speech she made for Lieberman at the Democrat State Convention. She's losing it and me.

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for Mr. Sumrall if he had the guts to run as a Democrat. His candidacy accomplishes nothing.

Not sure if it's a question of "guts" (0.00 / 0)
I think it is that supporters of incumbent Democrats who have a good chance of winning (DeLauro) shut progressives out of the system. Even Lamont was discouraged from running by other Democrats...ultimately, Lamont prevailed because of the huge reservoir of discontent with Lieberman. I don't believe there is a similar reservoir of discontent with DeLauro. DeLauro does not elicit anywhere NEAR the same level of rage and disgust that Lieberman does.

Unfortunately, I don't think Mr. Sumrall could run on the Democratic ticket even if he wanted to.

I am a Democrat because I believe in Democratic values...but oftentimes Democratic candidates abandon these Democratic values...in those cases, I feel that Greens more appropriately represent my Democratic values. I do think that if Green candidates can organize themselves effectively, it is possible for them to win on the town level. If I lived in New Haven, I would be voting for Mr. Sumrall--because he represents my DEMOCRATIC values better than Ms. DeLauro.

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison

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Saying I should run as a Democrat is like telling former Pres. Clinton he should've been a Libertarian. My values, Green values, go beyond Democrat values. I'm not a Democrat.

As to guts? I'm running a campaign of absolutely no corporate money, absolutely no special interest money. I say exactly what I mean and I mean exactly what I say. I'm not going to sugarcoat any issue or slick you up for your vote. My candidacy accomplishes several things: 1) genuine freedom of choice by providing the electorate with something beyond the either/or fallacy 2) giving voice to truly progressive values and ideas 3) refuses to allow those in power (Rep. DeLauro in this case) to stay complacent and disconnected from the citizenry.

Branford Boy, I understand your contempt. It's common among members of any click who toe the party line. My campaign and my supporters are above mere party politics, we're about inserting the voice of everyman/woman into government at all levels.

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"My campaign and my supporters are above mere party politics" (0.00 / 0)
Just like Joe! ROTFLMAO.

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It's common among members of any click who toe the party line.

I'm not going to do the obvious spelling flame, because in the heat of the moment, well anyone can make spelling errors. I am going to state that a clique is not a political party.

As a Democrat I can state very clearly what I stand for, and against. I tend to vot for people who stand for what I stand for, and when that is not an option, I will vote against the person who stands for most of what I don't. These tend to be people that accept the same label as I do, Democrats. Not a clique, but a party of like minded people.

Now being a Democrat means that we don't expect people to walk in lockstep with all our beliefs. For instance, I support candidates that support abortion and choice. On the other hand I have supported candidates that don't support abortion, but do support choice. I vote against candidates that do not support choice. See, in the big tent, we can come to middle grounds where people don't have to agree with us 100%.

My campaign and my supporters are above mere party politics, we're about inserting the voice of everyman/woman into government at all levels

I have a neighbor who has "interesting" opinions. He is "everyman" and the salt of the earth. Originally from Nebraska he has a very interesting view of the world. But as much as I enjoy talking with him and listening to his view, I sure as hell would run like hell away from any government he was a part of. I don't want "everyman" inserting their voice in the government at all levels. I want intelligent people listening and studying issues and making decisions based on understanding what confronts us, not the "gut feel" of everyman. The problem with goverment by "everman" is that "everman" gets sucked in by lies and misinformation into making bad decisons, like voting for Bush because he's the kind of guy you could go drinking and snorting coke with.

The question is not what you are, we already determined that, we are now negotiating price.
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