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  •  My two cents (democracy bond) (4.00)
    Letter I wrote to Senator Clinton:

    Dear Senator Clinton,
    I'm writing to you because I understand that you have a great deal of political "capitol" and that many fellow elected Dems owe you a great deal for your continued support. Many literally owe their current seat to your efforts at fund raising. Because of that "clout" I'd like to urge you to do everything in your power to unite the "fence sitting" democrats to support the filibuster of Sam Alito. Our very democracy may well be at risk. The Bush Administration still has over 1000 days to wreak havoc upon our Constitutional rights, our senior citizens, and our ability to disagree with them on policy and express that disagreement without fear. The very last thing this administration needs is for us to give them a "get out of jail free" card by appointing another Bush rubber stamp to the Supreme Court!
    I have sent the following email to the DNC, and again, I strongly urge you to do all in your power to support Senators Kennedy and Kerry.

    Thank you for your efforts,
    Lisa Lockwood,
    lifelong dem,
    democracy bond holder (for now)

    email I sent to DNC:
    I will cancel my Democracy Bond, and will urge everyone I can reach by liberal blog over the weekend to do the same, if the party can't get behind Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to FILIBUSTER ALITO! Show some spine, or get out of the way for a new tide of patriotic Democrats who are active and progressive.

    •  I applaud the conviction behind your words (none)
      ...but please don't cancel that democracy bond. That's the money most likely to go toward developing and supporting the campaigns of new and better candidates, beholden only to us regular folk (per Dr. Dean's strategy) as I understand it.

      Maybe I'm being naive...but I suspect there are other ways to show your displeasure than hobbling future dem races.

      "So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds." --John Milton.

      by DemocracyLover in NYC on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:04:05 AM PST

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      •  Ya, I know, but (4.00)
        Maybe I'm being naive, too, since that bond really isn't worth much more than 2 cents, but...
        I thought about it alot, and if my Democratic Party can't take a stand on such an obvious matter of principle, maybe they aren't MY party anymore. I really don't know what else to do (I've called, emailed, gonna be faxing today) but still felt moved to express my desperation somehow!
        •  I think you're right, Lisa (none)
          Send that e-mail to Deans' office, too.

          "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

          by bewert on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:05:32 AM PST

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        •  Dean supports the action by Kerry and Kennedy (none)
          Or so I've read him quoted. But he doesn't actually have much control over actions in the Senate. He can voice his opinion, and probably has, to the senate leadership(he certainly has publically). But Harry's the one with the job (and for the record I mostly like his work too, though not sure yet on this one. He's cagey, we'll see...)

          I tend to use the carrot more than the stick. I send money when dems have taken action I like. I send it where I think people are trying to make change happen. I don't take away money already awarded when I don't like the latest situation. That's just me.

          Underlying my post--it seems that if there is a chance to reshape the party more in the image we'd like, then it's with Dean. If we undercut his initiatives, he'll be replaced by someone a lot more "traditional". And we are back where we were before, or worse. So I'm suggesting we think about tactics before we vent our despair (and I do know that sense of despair, I really do)...

          I just hope we'll aim our fire at the right people and not shoot ourselves in the foot by accident.

          "So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds." --John Milton.

          by DemocracyLover in NYC on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:45:15 PM PST

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