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Righting a Wrong

In the past, my political involvement has been limited to educating myself on the issues and candidates and making sure I voted.  I have never been a fan of politics and have been content to be a fairly apathetic participant in the process.

I believe that Americans are currently in the midst of one of the worst, most un-American administrations in its history.  What we have in office right now is a McKinley or Harding, but far more dangerous; what this country needs now is another Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, or Franklin Roosevelt to get it back on track.

I don't want to sit on the sidelines this time around.  The stakes are too high.  While the Bush administration systematically destroys every American institution our leadership, both Democrat and Republican, has worked so hard to establish over the last century, I hear people talking about Bush's popularity and how he can't lose a general election.  Poppycock, I say, and I'm going to do my part to raise awareness so that people know that there are alternatives to the dismantling of our democracy!

The first step is to make you aware of the MoveOn Primary that is occurring in just a few days.  It's an opportunity to increase the visibility and name recognition of the Democratic candidates, an important first part of the process.  Below is the text they asked me to forward to friends and acquaintances:

Dear friend,

I'm writing to ask you to take part in MoveOn.org's presidential primary. Too often, the real choices in presidential nomination processes are made long before the real primaries. Pundits, pollsters and big donors shouldn't be the only voices that count at this early and important stage of the process.

MoveOn's primary will give at least 1.4 million people the opportunity to make their voices heard. You can be one of them by registering to vote in the MoveOn Primary here:

http://www.moveon.org/pac/reg/

Please register and vote in this primary.  Let's get the ball rolling against Bush's anti-American administration!


I've given a lot of thought to the various Democratic presidential candidates.  I have decided that I am a Howard Dean supporter, and I will be lending my support with that campaign as I can.  It had been my intention originally to do little write-ups on each of the candidates, analyzing their positions on various issues and how electable they would be in a general election and so forth.  I simply do not have time for such an endeavor, though.  In lieu of that, I will provide links here to all of their websites with brief blurbs stating how I feel about him or her.  (Until retired General Wesley Clark declares his candidacy, I won't consider him in this discussion.)

And the winner is...

Howard Dean (http://www.deanforamerica.com/):  Governor of Vermont and licensed medical doctor, a progressive with executive experience and a solid record on a number of important issues, especially the economy, health care, education, and the environment.  The Democratic John McCain and a man of integrity, he's not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.

The Runners-Up

Dick Gephardt (http://www.dickgephardt2004.com/):  Career Congressman with experience and clout...but is he electable in a society obsessed with looking Presidential?

Bob Graham (http://www.grahamforpresident.com/):  Senator and former Governor of Florida, he has a lifetime of experience at every level of government and an impressive record.

The Others

John Edwards (http://www.johnedwards2004.com/):  The North Carolina Senator has John F. Kennedy good looks but simply lacks the experience to be a viable candidate.  Would make a terrific Vice-Presidential candidate.

Joe Lieberman (http://www.joe2004.com/):  I supported the former Connecticut Senator as Gore's running mate in 2000, but I am learning that he is Bush-lite.  His position on the Iraq war lost him my vote, unless it's a choice between him and Bush.

John Kerry (http://www.johnkerry.com/):  I don't think Kerry can win a general election.  A telling fact is that polls have him losing to Bush even in Massachusetts!  Kerry's problem is that he is perceived as inconsistent because he often molds his views to fit that of different constituencies, seemingly unaware that, in today's internet age, what he says to one group of people will be available to readers everywhere.

Dennis Kucinich (http://www.kucinich.net/):  You have to admire the courage of the Congressman's convictions, but he doesn't stand a chance of being elected.

Carol Moseley Braun (http://www.carolforpresident.com/):  I'm surprised she declared her candidacy, considering the scandal surrounding her Senate term.

Al Sharpton (http://www.sharptonexplore2004.com/):  I thought this was a joke when I heard about it.  The Reverend has no hope of getting elected, but he hopes to be able to influence the Democratic Presidential platform through his candidacy.


Please remember to register for the MoveOn primary and to get actively involved in next year's Presidential race.  George Bush's administration is the biggest threat to America since the Civil War, and we need to spread awareness and return America to all Americans, not just the corporate special interests.

Comments

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grioghair
Jun. 21st, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
I just wish I had the power of the vote, so that I could lend my support...alas, I will have to become a citizen for that to ever happen. I am sorry to hear about John Edwards, though - I was hoping that he might put up a good fight in 2004.

What ever happened to Hilary Clinton? (I thought she was standing in the next election.)

I think that most people are aware that Bush stole the election, and that he is not the real power at the White House. I am still openly optimistic about the 2004 outcome. I think that America is going to go through a similar situation that Britain suffered a few years back, whereby the Tories became so corrupt that they became virtually unelectable - and lost in a landslide victory for the Labour Party. (The worst defeat for any party in over 200 years.) Businesses pulled their support away in droves - and lifelong supporters changed their allegiance.

The Republicans, of course, are far more sinister and corrupt than the Tories could ever hope to be - I have learnt, at least, that much.
am0
Jun. 22nd, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to see that we agree on Bush. As for Gephardt, the current president got elected despite looking like a chimp.

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bitty
Jun. 23rd, 2003 07:46 am (UTC)
Have you seen the Curious George goes to Washington site? It's one of teh best out there.

Also: Man, or chimp?
am0
Jun. 23rd, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC)
I hadn't seen either of those sites. The site I saw was similar to the latter but much more extensive.
grioghair
Jun. 23rd, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
I saw a programme about the presidential nominees last night - it ran for 90 minutes. I have to agree with you about Howard Dean - he may be the next Domocratic leader...maybe even President. I thought that they were all very eloquent speakers - but Dean stood out. Al Sharpton was also a very good speaker - and made very good speeches about the current administration. (The things I have been saying about the silence in this country have now all been said.)

They spoke about Bush hi-jacking the election, lying to the public for personal reasons, spreading fear amongst his people...and they also spoke about breakng the back of the media monopoly in this country.

I am openly optimistic for the future...

Thanks for pointing the way...
spwebdesign
Jun. 23rd, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)
Was this on C-SPAN? I heard that there was a forum on C-SPAN last night, but I missed it.
grioghair
Jun. 23rd, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
I believe so...
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