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    http://progressive.org/mag_ivins0306

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    Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, “unpatriotic” by a bunch of rightwingers.

    Take “unpatriotic” and shove it. How dare they do this to our country? “Unpatriotic”? These people have ruined the American military! Not to mention the economy, the middle class, and our reputation in the world. Everything they touch turns to dirt, including Medicare prescription drugs and hurricane relief.

    This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.

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    Howard Dean!

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    Seems like the diff is, the Democrats have no better an idea of real American values than the Republicans; but they have no grand ambitions, and so cause relatively less damage. Republicans are a few libertarians lost in a crowd of evangelicals. These people cause lots of damage.

    Most people don't vote because they're fat, dumb and happy.

    The answer has to be an appeal to principle, because if that fails, the whole shebang fails. By the time the fat, dumb and happy people become unhappy for some other reason, it'll be too late.

    How did the Republicans pull it off -- to make being conservative fashionable, while completely abandoning conservatism? Here's why:

    This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.
    People will give you the benefit of the doubt on questions of principle if you put your money where your mouth is, as it were. Democrats became timid. Also arrogant, proclaiming that a tent full of loud mouth special interest groups -- feminists, gays, minorities -- is by its very heterogeneity morally superior to any less diverse assemblage, and so entitled to power without having to do too much work to get the voters to give it to them.

    These people better decide what they have in common and how important it is, starting now. Look at the current President and consider, what will people tolerate, in preference to a pack of squabbling, whining wieners? They'll take a yokel over a coward, is what. Sometimes I don't know that I blame them. A yokel can only be so stupid; stupidity on a greater scale requires numbers. The Democrats need to find their core, and then let the special interests stand in line to seek admission. Some will be turned away. Discipline, or defeat. No more slob Democrats.

    They can start by introducing a bill stating what they did, and did not intend to authorize by way of the Iraq resolution. Doesn't matter if it loses. This is a rare opportunity to state principle. If they let it go by, what in the world can they expect people to make of it, other than that they have no principles to state, and/or they haven't the courage to state them, which is, in some ways, worse? Is it on that basis that they want people to believe they have an alternative to George Bush? Why would anyone believe them?

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    Originally posted by Osborne Russel:
    They can start by introducing a bill stating what they did, and did not intend to authorize by way of the Iraq resolution.
    Disagree. They shouldn't look back. We're there. How we got there is less important than what they think we should do going forward. If "Bush Lied, People Died" would win an election, Kerry would be President now.

    Originally posted by Osborne Russel:
    This is a rare opportunity to state principle.
    Now you're talking. The Democrats will have to show the country that they are FOR something, not just AGAINST everything Bush has done and said.

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    The Iraq resolution is still in force, ain't over by a long shot.

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    With enough re-inforced concrete around her, Molly might make a usable mooring anchor...

    Alan

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    Howard Dean!

    My hero!!!!!

    Even H Clinton is coming up with her own data base of potential demorcatic voters and skipping the DNC.

    [ 03-11-2006, 01:45 PM: Message edited by: uncas ]

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