Norman Solomon logoDear Friends,

The most chilling moment of arrogance and ignorance during Mitt Romney's convention speech may have been when he derisively said "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet" -- and the Republican delegates erupted with laughter.

On the same day, Shell Oil gained approval to drill beneath the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

“By opening the Arctic to offshore oil drilling, President Obama has made a monumental mistake that puts human life, wildlife and the environment in terrible danger," said Rebecca Noblin, Alaska director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "The harsh and frozen conditions of the Arctic make drilling risky, and an oil spill would be impossible to clean up. Scariest of all, the Obama administration is allowing Shell to go forward without even having the promised oil-spill containment equipment in place.”

Such news underscores why defeating the Republican ticket is so necessary -- and insufficient. All too many elected Democrats are silent, or muffle their voices, when leaders of their own party undermine progressive ideals. As a progressive Democrat, I'm convinced that we can, and must, do better.

While our 2012 campaign for Congress has officially ended, we'll continue to work together -- to defeat the GOP's forces of arrogant ignorance, and to challenge Democratic incumbents when they don't live up to their avowed principles.

Thanks for all you've done in our common efforts.


PS -- Please take a look at my note from a couple of days ago, below, if you haven't seen it yet.

Original message:
From: Norman Solomon
Subject: Let's beat Paul Ryan twice

Dear Friends,

The 2012 Republican Party is offering notable leadership for a century. Maybe the 18th century.
It's as though the Bill of Rights never happened and social conscience never took hold.

“We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into lives of dependency and complacency, that drains them of their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives,” Paul Ryan says.
Ryan is determined to slash and burn our social compact. He's not fit to become vice president -- or to remain chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Voters in his Wisconsin congressional district will be deciding whether to re-elect Paul Ryan. Let's defeat him twice!
Rob Zerban photoDemocrat Rob Zerban is running against Ryan for Congress. You can help Rob in that effort by chipping in now.
Rob says: "Once Wisconsinites and voters across our country learn the truth about Ryan's radical plot to end Medicare as we know it, de-fund women's health care, and preserve tax breaks for millionaires, they'll vote against him not just once, but twice."

One of Rob's standout positions is: "I will not support a war without an official declaration of war from Congress."
If you can contribute to help Rob Zerban's campaign rid Congress of Paul Ryan, please click here.

If you want to help Rob's campaign by making calls from home or spreading the word online, please click here.

In these difficult political times, two imperatives are ever-present: fight the right wing and also fight to implement progressive principles.

Close to home, I'll be speaking about "Progressives and the Election" on the evening of Wednesday, September 12, at a free event sponsored by Democracy for America-Marin, Progressive Democrats of Marin, 10th Assembly District Democratic Club, and Seniors for Peace. Please join us if you can -- beginning at 7 p.m. at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto in Mill Valley.
I'm proud that here in California's North Coast congressional district, our campaign received more than 25,000 votes in the primary. We have a lot of organizing work ahead to build on that base so future elected officials will truly represent the progressive ideals of our communities!
Bye for now --

With best wishes,

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