Twenty years ago…

The Rainbow effort propelled the backlash Democratic Leadership Conference (DLC), dedicated to reversing the political aspirations of Jackson’s coalition.  Among today’s front-runners, Clinton is a DLC star, chair of its American Dream Initiative touting free markets, balanced budgets and middle-class know-how. Obama’s political action committee, the Hope Fund, has raised money for ten DLC Senators, or half of the groups’ presence in the Senate.  And one thing is certain, what the DLC stands for is not what the Rainbow stood for.

These days I’m pragmatic. Like many Americans I’ll welcome a break from Bush rule. Still, I’ve always believed that the people have to lead the leaders, and the fight for human freedom and dignity has to go on no matter who the next president is. The only question, then, is of the people running today who might advance that fight, and who might attempt to block it? So for me, it’s not a matter of whether I support a particular politician. It’s whether they support me and the people and causes that matter to me.

Kevin Alexander Gray coordinated the 1988 presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson and served as the southern political director for the 1992 presidential campaign of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

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