[The subject-line above ran over a story in the daily Tribune of San
Luis Obispo on Jan. 13th reporting a talk of mine that seems to stand
up well as the days go by:
"Activist William Mandel told a gathering at Cal Poly Friday that
liberals will weather the George W. Bush presidency if they can block
the appointments of several cabinet nominees."
"Mandel was a vocal opponent of Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s and has
been involved in high-profile civil rights battles since that time. He
also was a radio talk show host in Berkeley from 1958 to 1995.
"On Friday night, Mandel addressed a crowd of about 80 people --
diverse in age and ethnicity -- as a precursor to a speech he will give
Sunday at the annual SLO Arts Council Martin Luther King celebration in
Pismo Beach. But where that talk will focus on civil rights and King's
message, Mandel's speech Friday addressed how liberals will survive the
next four years.
"Though Mandel was critical of how Bush won the election, the
84-year-old said he is more worried about some of the president-elect's
"'There are no liberals among the cabinet nominations, and there are
five people who are simply intolerable,' Mandel said. His list includes
attorney general nominee John Ashcroft, interior secretary nominee Gale
Norton, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, who is the Environmental
Protection Agency nominee, Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the nominee to
head the Department of Health and Human Services, and ousted labor
nominee Linda Chavez.
"The fact that Chavez withdrew her name after a scandal with an
undocumented worker is good, Mandel said, in that it proves that Bush
will work within the confines of the country's democracy.
"'There was some question as to how extreme Bush would be,' Mandel
said. 'I am a good deal less pessimistic today than I was when the
Supreme Court selected Bush for the presidency.'
"Mandel said liberals now must set their sights on Ashcroft, who he
called 'the worst kind of bad news.'
"'This is a man with just about a zero record on women's rights, who
is totally against abortion and whose record on civil rights could not
"Mandel said he is heartened by a coalition of more than 200
national organizations -- including the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club and the
National Organization for Women -- opposing Ashcroft's appointment.
Beyond Bush's cabinet, THE COALITION SHOULD REMAIN TOGETHER TO BRING A
CANDIDATE TO THE WHITE HOUSE WHO WILL AFFECT CHANGE, MANDEL SAID.
"'IF THE COALITION...CAN HOLD TOGETHER ON THE RANGE OF ISSUES IT
REPRESENTS, WE COULD BE ON OUR WAY TO A COALITION FOR A PRESIDENTIAL
CANDIDATE WHO WILL BRING ABOUT CHANGE. THIS, TO ME, IS THE FOUR-YEAR
GOAL." [emphasis added]
(For the full range of my views on public issues, and the lifetime
of civic experience on which they are based, see my autobiography,
Saying No To Power, published by Creative Arts, Berkeley, 1999).
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