Draft Bill Moyers for President

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Very Active Bill Moyers for President Blog?

Over at Irregular Times, they're giving coverage to a wide range of bloggers who are writing about the potential for a campaign of Bill Moyers for President. That includes this blog, which is linked to as John Nichols, the author of The Genius of Impeachment, writing over at The Nation magazine, says,

"Despite the fact that the journalist and author who has become in many senses the moral voice of the nation did not leap at the opportunity to wade into the swirling political waters of this turbulent moment, the columns sparked an enthusiastic response — hundreds of emails, several websites and a busy Draft Bill Moyers for President weblog"

Gosh, John. We haven't really been that busy. But, thanks anyway. We're still waiting for that enthusiasm to come our way, that campaign without a candidate. Anyone? Anyone?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Bill Moyers For President Spreads Across the Web!

The movement to ask Bill Moyers to run for President in 2008 is spreading across the web this week. Jim over at Irregular Times has a good article about the many people writing in favor of Bill Moyers for President. He fails, though, to mention the blog entry by Carlos over at Jesus Politics, which links back to this very site.

It bugs me a little bit, however, that so many of the sites under the Google search for Bill Moyers for President are merely republishings of the articles written by Molly Ivins and Ralph Nader saying that they'd like to see Bill Moyers runn for President. Good for those two for writing the articles, but we would all be better served if the diversity of writings on the subject were reflected in the search. There are a lot of people interested in the Bill Moyers for President concept, after all.

Democracy is not reflected only in the writings of people who get published in big name newspapers. Democracy is made by us all.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Bill Moyers: Don't Let The Flame of Democracy Die!

I came across the following quote from Bill Moyers today as I was reading the reactions of other web sites to the prospect that Bill Moyers could run as a Democrat for President of the United States in 2008. It's an idealistic vision for someone who has worked in the White House, at the center of power, to hold. That tells us a lot about the moral strength of Bill Moyers.

I think Moyers is onto something here. Mind you, don't accept this idea just because Bill Moyers says it. Think about its implications critically, as we ought to with all claims that appeal to the conceit, as Moyers puts it.

"What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it - as if the cause depends on you, because it does. Allow yourself that conceit - to believe that the flame of democracy will never go out as long as there’s one candle in your hand."

Hm. Stirring words, but is it a democracy, when only one person wants it any more? I'm sad to say that few in America seem truly dedicated to the ideals of democracy any more.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bill Moyers for President Campaign Back Again

What happened to the surging movement to draft Bill Moyers for President? It seems that the bandwagon went straight into the ditch. Attention has shifted between progressive alternatives, like Russ Feingold and Barack Obama, and the promotion of the Bill Moyers for President idea has not yet taken flight.

Happily, it may have just been pulled out of the ditch.

Yesterday, Ralph Nader wrote an article for Common Dreams promoting the idea of Bill Moyers running for President. In that article, Nader says, "In his private conversations with friends, I am told, he has not ruled out a run. On the contrary he showed some interest in an exchange with an old Texan friend."

So, it looks as if all those people who had said that Bill Moyers had definitively decided against running for President weren't right after all. Bill Moyers is considering running for President, but is looking for more signs of support.

There's still the Draft Bill Moyers for President activist center. The Bill Moyers for President gear is also still available.

Ralph Nader suggests one more thing you can do to help the effort: Write to Nader and indicate that you'd support a Bill Moyers for President campaign. Write him at:

Ralph Nader
P.O. Box 19312
Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Draft Bill Moyers for President

The previous movement to draft Bill Moyers for President stopped its work after two months of work. Apparently, they were asked to stop, and so they complied. This is my pledge that we will not do the same.

The whole idea of a movement to draft a candidate, you see, is that you draft the candidate. You don't just ask, and then accept no for an answer.

There is, typically, a long dance between a movement to draft a candidate for President, and that candidate. It involves the candidate demurring, insisting that no campaign is in the works, that there is no intention of running. These claims are made over and over again, and then the draft movement keeps on asking.

Finally, when the draft movement proves it will keep going and won't quit when things get hard, when the draft movement shows that it is willing to gather the resources to create a plausible campaign, the candidate assents and joins the campaign.

You don't say no the first time you're asked.

We're here to start the dance again. Draft Bill Moyers for President in 2008.