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:
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.)
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.
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.
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.