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Democratic Convention Gets a Native American Blessing

By Jonathan Weisman
The Democratic National Convention has had its share of problems, what with a compressed schedule between voter selection of the candidate and his actual nomination, splintered fundraising concerns and a late scramble to prepare a new location for Barack Obama's acceptance speech.

But now, at least, the gathering has been blessed on high.

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced today that members of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian tribes of Colorado performed a Native American blessing outside the Pepsi Center in Denver, where the convention will open Aug. 25. Chants were chanted, songs sung, prayers prayed and sage burned. A feather was used to "smudge" the smoke around the site.

"With all that goes into planning a Convention, there is tremendous value in spiritual grounding in the home stretch. Our Native American brothers and sisters have a deep understanding of spirituality and its place in our lives," said DNCC CEO Leah Daughtry. "The rich Native American traditions of the West are an important part of our country's history and will be an important part of this historic Convention -- set to open right here in just one month's time."

The convention has been so strapped for cash that the Obama campaign has been quietly chipping in to make sure the facilities will be in order, according to organizers. Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand said the Democrats have faced a three-fold crunch: the time between Obama's clinching the primaries and the start of the convention, the fact that most conventions raise the majority of their funds in the host city and that Denver is a relatively small host town, and the campaign's decision to shift the nominee's acceptance speech to Invesco Field at Mile High, necessitating preparations for a whole new arena.

But, he said, organizers have had a good couple of weeks.

"The money will be in place before the convention," he said.

And today, Democrats had more important things on their minds.

"In one month, there will be talk of Democrats, Republicans, politics and polls," said Frank LaMere, chairman of the Democratic National Committee's Native American Caucus, in a statement. "However, I offer that the Creator cares most about heart, commitment, and those who will give voice and care for the people, and who will change things in our country."

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Winner Take All:

Perhaps you know not that the very same thirty-six million votes,
including nine million spoilers and all, cast from January to June
that gave Obama about 150 delegate margin under the rule of
proportional allocation, the very same votes give Clinton 600 delegate
margin under the rule of Winner Take All as Republican Party have it.
Same republic, same voters, same votes and yet rule maker decides if
one nominee is 150 delegates ahead or on the contrary the other
nominee is 600 delegates ahead. Perhaps you do not see the foot prints
of Karl Rove outside the window of RBC, Democratic Rules and Bylaws
Committee. Good for your sanity if you don’t.

Comment by elizorwrightjr

Posted by: elizorwrightjr | August 18, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I can tell you that part of the Republican base will consider a blessing from Native Americans as tantamount to a blessing by Satanic followers. The narrow mindedness of the most reliable of Republican voters finds expression in the arrogant belief that Christianity is the only true religion. Narrow mindedness in this context is another word for hatefulness. This part of the Republican base would be quite happy with a Christian taliban-like state.

Americans who believe that diversity and pluralism is one of the strengths of this great nation should reject the Republican party for encouraging and promoting this divisiveness.

As for me, I am moved by people who strive towards spiritual enlightenment and transcendence. I consider this blessing to be a beautiful gesture, just as I consider efforts by Christians to follow the teachings of Jesus by striving to live lives rooted in love to be beautiful. Sadly, the self-proclaimed Christians who will attack the Native American blessing, (and I know some of them), will be unable to see that their attitudes do not reflect love at all.

Oh, and I agree completely with what "Posted by at 5:54" "Could America be in a bigger mess?" wrote.
Vote for Change. Vote Democratic! OBAMA08!!!!

Posted by: CGH23 | July 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

We are screwed!

We cant get our heads out from the sand long enough to realize everyone wants the same thing..... Liberty to say what they want to say.

Lets reunite with liberty, and regain the strength of our constitution, then we go and kick some butt to whom ever threatens our liberty, weather they are our president or Irans president. Our president is the biggest threat to our liberty here and now!

Posted by: cashpoor | July 26, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

For a typical Democrat regime lets look to Washington, DC. Besides the corruption, homicides and drug sales its a great town.
Strict gun control and swift justice has no place here.

Posted by: Wayne Shover | July 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaannnnd, just what did O'Bomba-Nation's "Monkey-God" Trinket have to say about that? ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 26, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

To the person that wrote; "Could America Be In A Bigger Mess",
My Hats Off To You! It really makes sense of what is going on in America The Way You Described It...Keep It Up!!!!

Posted by: roynjoysmusic | July 26, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I was just golfing yesterday at La Jolla. Is that too "walled" up for you?

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

To: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:56 PM


Please come out of your walled up compound and visit with the real america.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I hear that McSame cooks a mean BBQ for members of the press ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Did they have a tailgate party before the blessing?


Yes, they cooked McDogs over a burning Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, America would be in a bugger mess with Obama as President. That's why I predict he will not be sworn in on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Could America be in a bigger mess!?

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, and have no problem using it against fellow US citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Did they have a tailgate party before the blessing?

Posted by: JakeD | July 25, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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