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Mon Jun 8, 2015, 11:40 AM

12. I agree completely.

People are feeling Hogan fatigue already. Hogan is cutting money for schools and putting money into prisons. Brown ran a terrible and passive campaign; he was not half the campaigner that O'Malley is.

O'Malley was a successful mayor of a very difficult, diverse, and crime-ridden city. He was a successful governor who made one of the best states even better. He was not a perfect executive, but he was a damn good one, considering the challenges he was faced with. The things he accomplished, with the support of the Maryland legislature, are amazing and numerous. Anyone open to learn can read this exhaustive list in the O'Malley Group on this forum.

There are always things to find fault with, even in the case of successful executives. Governors will always have mixed reactions from their electorate, as presidents have.

He even had the guts to raise taxes progressively in order to rebuild infrastructure, improve schools, and provide better health care for all. Raising taxes and fees made him unpopular among those most affected (cigarette smokers, top 15% of income earners, and gas guzzlers), but it made public schools and services better in Maryland. I'll take the taxes any day, as long as they go to the common good.

Why do I prefer O'Malley to the other candidates? So many reasons, so little time... But here are a few:

I prefer his religiously grounded moral principles of social justice. Though affiliated with no religion myself, I can appreciate where he is coming from. He is a Pope Francis Catholic without the war on women and gays.

I prefer his view that solving economic problems will not be enough. We have to change the way we live together and work together with others. We have to learn to negotiate, both with our fellow Americans and with "like-minded" people abroad.

I prefer his emphasis on pragmatism and common sense. I believe there is too much fighting over left and right. We need problem-solving. We need to "play well with others" who disagree with us in order to work together for common goals.

I prefer O'Malley's youth and energy. Being elderly myself, I understand the effects of aging, no matter how healthy a person may be at the present time. It is tough being president. Campaigning is exhausting as well. Moreover, one of the consequences of aging is both positive and negative: You don't give a damn about what other people think.

I prefer the fact that O'Malley calls himself a democrat. That means a lot to me. I regard both socialism and capitalism as economic systems. As dependent as democracy is on economics in many ways, it depends even more on changes in attitude toward openness, respect for the dignity of each unique person, habits of dialogue and communication, scientific method, and rejection of authoritarian tendencies in our culture and nature.

I prefer O'Malley's inclusiveness and belief in the dignity of each and every human being. I like it when he talks about compassion, generosity, and love. I like the fact that he realizes how awful things are right now for most of us, yet still believes that we have reason to hope if we listen to our "better angels," what is good in our human nature.

I prefer the company of O'Malley's supporters. They are more in sync with my personality and temperament. I dislike authoritarian types, who try to bully others into seeing things their way (or the highway). I have met few O'Malley supporters I wouldn't enjoy having a cup of coffee with.

ETA: I am a Marylander who likes Martin O'Malley.





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