Lincoln Chafee, former Republican senator for Rhode Island, now that state’s independent governor, spoke last night to the Democratic National Convention, where he laid out the case for independents of principle, and moderates more broadly, including “true conservatives”, to support the re-election of Pres. Barack Obama. Chafee explained how the party of Bush and Romney, with the support of votes from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), exploded the budget deficit and national debt, leaving behind core principles of true conservatism, like conservation of the natural environment, and the prioritizing of quality of life for families, quality of education, and real opportunity for the middle class.
Posted by Joseph Robertson
Joseph is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens' Climate Education. He is the lead strategist supporting the Acceleration Dialogues (diplomatic climate-solutions roundtables) and Resilience Intel—an effort to move the world to 100% climate-smart finance. Joseph represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes, and is founder of the Geoversiv Foundation and Democracy Witness—an online periodical promoting engaged, non-partisan civics. His articles appear from time to time in the Guardian.