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  •  Kinda agree (none)
    I think it could be a good thing, but I've seen the D-shaped circular firing squad in action so many times that it makes me uneasy to think about what the R's would do with some of the floor speeches that might go on.

    We need to remember that there is an inalterable sequence to the process:

    1. get elected
    2. THEN make radical changes where necessary

    Proposing radical changes simply hands the R's a huge chunk of reactionary votes that would otherwise stay home, and gets us nothing, because the people who support the changes will vote D anyway.

    Our system is plenty screwed up, but its the system we have, and we better learn to use it as is, otherwise we'll stay right where we are.

    I would rather see Howard Dean take control of the agenda, and see what he can do. I trust his instincts more than the proverbial herd of cats that is the Democratic party.

    Every [weapon] signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by racerx on Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 07:24:55 AM PDT

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    •  You're off there (none)
      Proposing radical changes is what got Republicans elected, although it's true voters never realized how radical.

      A radical change in healthcare would be enormously popular.

      I think the real point is: We can easily find 5-10 Big Ideas that 60% could get behind. We should run on those--not on ideas that only 15% will support, and not on little ideas that ignore the big problems we face.

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