I’m off to the US to volunteer for Obama


1:06 am - September 27th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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Readers, coverage on Liberal Conspiracy will be light for the next 6 weeks.

First, there’s the Labour Party conference from this Sunday. I’ll be in Manchester tweeting regularly and maybe writing a few updates from there.

Straight after the conference I’m flying to the other side of the Atlantic. First for a week’s holiday and then to volunteer on the Obama campaign.

I’ll be working in Los Angeles (I know it’s not a swing state, but they do have offices there to coordinate from), and then in Nevada – which is a swing state.

I’ll have some sporadic web access but it will be difficult to update the site regularly. I will be tweeting less too.

In the meantime, Don Paskini will be responsible for the site and Shantel Burns and Sarah McAlpine will be adding to news coverage.

I’ll write more about how campaigning for Obama is going once I get settled in there and establish web access.

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Good luck out there.

Enjoy the experience (I really loved volunteering in Ohio); and fingers crossed you help Nevada vote for the sane choice.

I’ve flown over from Britain to ask you to vote Obama to help save the environment…

3. Aser Rehman Mir

1. Obama terrorizes innocent Pakistanis on an almost daily basis. The drone war he is waging in North Waziristan isn’t “precise” or “surgical” as he would have Americans believe. It kills hundreds of innocents, including children. And for thousands of more innocents who live in the targeted communities, the drone war makes their lives into a nightmare worthy of dystopian novels. People are always afraid. Women cower in their homes. Children are kept out of school. The stress they endure gives them psychiatric disorders. Men are driven crazy by an inability to sleep as drones buzz overhead 24 hours a day, a deadly strike possible at any moment. At worst, this policy creates more terrorists than it kills; at best, America is ruining the lives of thousands of innocent people and killing hundreds of innocents for a small increase in safety from terrorists. It is a cowardly, immoral, and illegal policy, deliberately cloaked in opportunistic secrecy. And Democrats who believe that it is the most moral of all responsible policy alternatives are as misinformed and blinded by partisanship as any conservative ideologue.

2. Obama established one of the most reckless precedents imaginable: that any president can secretly order and oversee the extrajudicial killing of American citizens. Obama’s kill list transgresses against the Constitution as egregiously as anything George W. Bush ever did. It is as radical an invocation of executive power as anything Dick Cheney championed. The fact that the Democrats rebelled against those men before enthusiastically supporting Obama is hackery every bit as blatant and shameful as anything any talk radio host has done.

3. Contrary to his own previously stated understanding of what the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution demand, President Obama committed U.S. forces to war in Libya without Congressional approval, despite the lack of anything like an imminent threat to national security.

Source: http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/262861/

Obama’s Drone Warfare:

(1) No civilians killed by Obama’s drone attacks: so explain this: http://youtu.be/ErLF5lhUYr4

(2) Women and children murdered on the orders of President Obama: http://youtu.be/Zez3bgE2WtI

Why are you campaigning for a murderer? Serious question.

Sorry guys, I’m sure it’ll be fun for you but I’m not interested in having the millionth debate on why I’m going out there to support Obama.

I just am. End of story. I’ll write a piece later on why I think he should be supported – feel free to discuss the merits of that there. This is a FYI post.

I’ve flown over from Britain to ask you to vote Obama to help save the environment…

I have no problems with international travel per-se and have never stated as such. People who think this is a clever comment to make usually look a bit embarrassing in my eyes.

5. Aser Rehman Mir

@Sunny,

Thanks for the reply.

I’ll look into your previous articles to get some answers.

Don’t worry too much about “establishing web access”. The US has broadband and everything.

Good luck Sunny the fate of the world is in your hands( a bit)

Romney himself I suspect is not really a tea bagger , but his party is and they are dying to bomb Iran

So lets hope for an Obama victory

Sunny Hundal, I do not need your diary entries.

Furthermore, speaking as a dual UK / US national, I think I can honestly say that having some Brit knocking on doors in the US is more likely to put people off than encourage them to vote for your favoured candidate…. the same of course would be true in the UK if the Americans came knocking on doors telling people who to vote for.

So, best stay home and write some acerbic political commentary!

Good luck, have fun!

Eric does have a point, the Guardian’s ‘Operation Clark County’ campaign during the 2004 elections had the opposite effect. Turns out Americans don’t like being advised/told what to do by Limeys, brings out the old spirit of the revolution.
http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/oct/18/uselections2004.usa2?cat=world&type=article

Don’t worry too much about “establishing web access”. The US has broadband and everything.

They have electricity in New York – and indoor plumbing.

Not sure about the rest of the country. Those fur trappers are pretty uncouth.

@11 Geography fail! That’s Canada.

13. Raymond Terrific

Can you ask Obama over one of your breakfasts to stop executing mentally disabled people?

HSThompson had a fine understanding of the American political system – and those who work for it.

Raymond

14. Chaise Guevara

@ 8 Eric

“Furthermore, speaking as a dual UK / US national, I think I can honestly say that having some Brit knocking on doors in the US is more likely to put people off than encourage them to vote for your favoured candidate”

Agreed, but is Sunny actually banging on doors? It’s not clear from to OP.

Why are you interfering in a foreign election?

I think this is even worse than Madonna telling them who to vote for. But have a nice holiday.

Oh, and Sunny, while you’re bending Barack’s ear could you ask him to raise my pocket money too, please?

>Operation Clark County’

Sunny must have a good American phone accent :-).

Have a good trip.

Why aren’t we allowed to vote for Obama? It’s only a short extension in logic from “no person is illegal” to “everyone in the world gets to decide who is the American president”. And isn’t that the spirit in which Sunny’s trip is intended?

I have no problems with international travel per-se and have never stated as such.

There’s an argument to be had here but that was too meanly phrased.

Sunny @ 4:

Remember George Monbiot’s claim that flying the Atlantic is on a par with child abuse?

http://www.monbiot.com/1999/07/29/meltdown/

Surely, hyperbolically, on a par with James Delingpole’s recent remark which you thought worthy of publicising:

http://liberalconspiracy.org/2012/09/19/nutjob-james-delingpole-compares-wind-farms-to-paedophilia/

Enjoy your trip!

Operation Clark County v2?

Everyone knows that Romney is going to lose this. How funny would it be is Sunny played a major role in facilitating a Republican victory? Stuff of a historic rofl. Please do this SH.

Also make sure you get a flight on a Romneycorp jet, so you can open the windows should smoke get into the fuselage and let a little bit of air in…

My son, who works in California, tells me that even Republicans there have given up on Romney.

Sunny: beware of any election legislation banning ‘foreign’ contributions to elections. It would be sad if that were later used to challenge the result of the election – recall all the stuff about Obama’s birth certificate. Better perhaps to describe your status as ‘an observer’.

Why are you campaigning for a war criminal?

i guess a lot of people will not understand what you are doing or support it. it would make more sence to volunteer in the corby by-election if your in to lesser of too evilism which im not by the way i think that voting for social movement parties and then working on building the social movements is the most important thing to move society on. not if the cenre- right or centre left get office.

27. Keithy Crosby

Sunny you terrible cunt!

The reasons for supporting Obama will be lost on us meer blog readers I suppose. He does preside over a pretty harsh and imperialistic country. It imprisons people in modern versions of medieval dungeons.
See Lewis Theroux’s programme on the Miami County Jail as an example.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011k0xx

It maybe outside his jurisdiction, being a state and county issue, but he’s the president of the country.
Why are black people still being railroaded into prison because of the ”war on drugs”? Has Obama pledged to change this?

Has he said anything on the US continuing to hold part of Cuban teritory against the wishes of the Cuban government? That’s first degree imperialism.

But hey, I’m sure that volunteering in the USA will be terific fun. It will be like a political Glastonbury.
Maybe it will feel like that ”The Ides of March” film from last year with George Clooney. All those right-on people working for a common cause.
Even if the outcome is just more of the same.

I think I can honestly say that having some Brit knocking on doors in the US is more likely to put people off than encourage them to vote for your favoured candidate

Thanks for the advice but I did plenty of door-knocking and calling in 2008 and had no problems with Americans saying that.

Most of them were fine when I said I was volunteering because the American election affected the world.

Exactly! America’s the one country in the world where the government actually has power to affect everyone’s lives. It follows that if they take that democracy stuff seriously, we should all get a vote. I mean, shouldn’t we?

It’s strange how people are suggesting Obama shouldn’t be supported.

Do you want Romney to be President?

32. Keithy Crosby

When that bloody bastard Obomber is re-elected, Mittler will be president.

Well he promised change, and you have to admit he’s delivering … Instead of invading other countries with soldiers he’s simply raining down “death from above” with his preditor drones, err – yay!

Sunny re comment 4,

“Sorry guys, I’m sure it’ll be fun for you but I’m not interested in having the millionth debate on why I’m going out there to support Obama.
I just am. End of story.”

If you are not interested in having a debate why did you bother to tell people you were going to the US to volunteer for Obama?

Were you to be, say, going into hospital to have surgery for piles I’m sure you would have just said something like “I’m away for the next few weeks but Don, Shantel and Sarah will more than make up for my absence”.

Looking forward to your Milliganesque piece to be titled either “Barak Obama – my part in his downfall” or “Barak Obama – my part in his victory”. I’m sure your contribution will swing it one way or the other.

Excellent, Great stuff Sunny! The last thing the world needs is an ignorant right-wing fanatic 1%-er like Romney in the Whitehouse.

36. MiaChupacabra

Irrespective of one’s support for Obama, I don’t assume you are a US citizen, and therefore really cannot see on what basis, as a foreigner you would become involved in the US campaign.

We will have to remind you of this next time you complain about the British Conservatives receiving the support of Republican consultants or Tea-Party operatives.

“The last thing the world needs is an ignorant right-wing fanatic 1%-er like Romney in the Whitehouse”

Quite so but if Romney loses, the Tea Party folk will be saying that he wasn’t extreme enough and set out to prove that unless the Democrats gain control of Congress as the US is heading towards a “cliff edge”:

Spending cuts and tax rises due to take effect in 2013 could trigger a sharp slowdown in the US economy, Congress’s budget office has said.

It warned that unless Congress acts to avert a “fiscal cliff”, the US could see its gross domestic product (GDP) shrink by 0.5% next year.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the US would see growth drop by 2.9% in the first half of next year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19349587

38. Chaise Guevara

@ MiaChupacabra

“We will have to remind you of this next time you complain about the British Conservatives receiving the support of Republican consultants or Tea-Party operatives.”

Sunny’s definition of “acceptable” on this sort of thing tends to be somewhat changeable based on who’s doing it. Awesome screen name, by the way.

Enjoy California and Nevada!

I used to work in both states. Try to leave the big cities if you get any chance. The farther away you get from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the nicer these states become.

Quote:

San Francisco ranked No. 1 in Businessweek.com’s second-annual rankings of the best US cities in terms of leisure, education, economics and air quality.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2012/09/san-francisco-tops-businessweekcom.html

I mention this as registered Democrats in San Francisco reportedly outnumber registered Republicans 5 to 1. The downside is that housing rents in San Francisco are higher than in any other city in America.

Who is Sunny Hundal ?

Good luck Sunny.
I would have thought Obama would be the

obvious choice for LC readers.
Some of the comments on here baffle me and

for those hoping for a Romney victory may i

recommend

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/

43. KJ Pritchard

Really? I wouldn’t announce that too loudly or be very proud of it. Have you heard about his “kill list” — the drones — his indefinite detention program? Seriously?

If I WERE going to campaign for him I wouldn’t announce it to everyone.

So lets consider what America has after 4 years of Obama.

National debt – Increased from about $10tn to over $16tn. Or in other words from about 68% of GDP to over 100%. Oh and a little secret, the US govt removed the amounts given to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae from the debt calculation.

Unemployment – Increase in unemployment of 1.5%. Which is curious considering Obama has managed to plough his way through $6tn.

Guantanamo is still open…”I will shut Guantanamo within 100 days of coming to office”…oops. The least Obama could have done in 4 years is actually give them trials.

Providing military to fight in Libya without approval from Congress, and general warmongering that has put dear old George dubya Bush in the shade a little bit. We have actually seen increased violence since Obama came to office. Not to mention a 24 hour a day drone war in a country the US is not at war with that has seen thousands of civilians killed.

Endless money printing by Bernanke that has pushed up inflation (in the last round to 4%) to…absolutely no effect.

So congratulations Mr. Obama you have done F.A. (and no that doesn’t stand for Frikin’ Awesome). I pity America, indeed this country too. There is either the choice of a deluded socialist, or a big state fascist.

Sunny,

Things were going nicely for Obama until you went over to help his campaign.

Don’t tell us – you had a part in scripting his first debate? 🙂

Goold old Sunny, he’s on his way to help Obomber, the election is in the bag, hurrah.

44: “Endless money printing by Bernanke that has pushed up inflation (in the last round to 4%) to…absolutely no effect.”

C’mon. In today’s news:

The US unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest rate since January 2009, figures from the Department of Labor have shown, surprising analysts who had been expecting a small rise.

Last month’s rate came in at 7.8%, down from 8.1% in August.

The latest numbers also showed that the US economy added a further 114,000 jobs in September, beating expectations. [BBC website 5 October 2912]

This is what is holding back growth and job creation in the American economy:

America’s fiscal peril is easy to see, but the pilots are squabbling over the controls while the economy hurtles towards disaster. At the beginning of next year federal tax increases and spending cuts equivalent to about 5% of GDP will automatically come into force. America will go over this “fiscal cliff” unless Democrats and Republicans in Congress agree on a deal to avoid it. So far, they show little sign of agreeing on anything except that the other side is to blame for their failure to compromise. [The Economist 6 October 2012]
http://www.economist.com/node/21564241

News update

In the FT 7 October 2012:

Economic recovery on the ropes
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a17b31cc-0ecf-11e2-9343-00144feabdc0.html#axzz28dnmRSsG

“The US is the brightest spot in the world economy, as another global recession threatens, according to the latest Brookings Institution-Financial Times tracking index. . . “

49. domestic extremist

We can have a lot of fun while you’re away.


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