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  •  It's a step in the right direction (4.00)
    if only a baby step.

    Thank you, Senator, for taking the time to communicate with us. Don't think I and we don't appreciate it, even if we don't always express our appreciation in such a way as to lead you to believe we're 100% appreciative. It's in our nature to question things; we wouldn't be here if we accepted what the media corporations saw fit to tell us.

    I voted for you last November on a very pretty foggy morning in Midtown Atlanta. I pressed your name on that lying Diebold machine and who knows what it sent to its memory card? I kept refreshing the election returns all day and I know in my mind and heart that you have been the legitimate President of this rapidly-declining nation for just about exactly a year now. History will vindicate you and President Gore. I think you would have had a tough row to hoe with the situation in Iraq and the right wing firmly in control of both houses of Congress, and I honestly don't blame you for conceding even when the election was obviously stolen for you.

    So what I want to know is, where have you been for the last year and where are you going? Like President Gore, you have complete legitimacy for at least 59 million people. Your seat in the Senate is yours for as long as you choose to keep it. You have nothing at all to lose and a public podium for the rest of your life.

    Why are you surfing the web and fundraising?

    That's a snotty-sounding question but I ask it you as a perfectly reasonable one. Why aren't you standing up like President Gore did the other day and indicting these motherfuckers, hour after hour, day after day, for the horrible crimes and sins they have wrought upon our nation and our world? What are they going to do, mock you on cable TV news? They already did their worst, and you're still a sitting Senator and half the country knows you're the legitimate President and half of the other half kind of wishes you were. Why aren't you standing on the steps of the Capitol demanding to filibuster this twit Alito, a man whose tongue has never strayed from the boots and asses of the powerful? Why aren't you using your public podium and considerable fortune to buy body armour for our soldiers -- to help raise funds from us to do this -- and shoving it in Bush's pussy little face?

    Why are you and the rest of OUR party so stupidly cautious?

    Maybe I answered my own question. Maybe by surfing the web and coming here and finding out what real people want -- which is someone who will stand and FIGHT, not more mealy-mouthed caution -- you'll find the... I don't know, "courage" is something that you documentedly do not lack, but "desire," "fortitude," the understanding that there are TENS OF MILLIONS of people who want you to stand up and say "J'accuse" and keep saying it until these people are in jail or hanging from lampposts.

    Sorry for the rant. I do care, and I did, do and will support you.

    •  Hear here! (4.00)
      Excellent comment.  

      Add me to the list of those who thank the good Senator for posting here and to the list of those who worked hard for his election and to the list of those who felt betrayed when he conceded rather than draw attention to the egregious anomalies that seem to have precipitated his "defeat."

      What should we be discussing on cable TV?  How about the futility of The War On Terror (TWOT) and Bin Laden's offer of a truce?  Are we so blinded by pride that we are willing to let thousands more die in this absurd crusade?  Bin Laden claimed that if we left them alone, they would leave us alone.  Why not consider it?  Oh, right, we're not going to roll over and admit defeat to terrorists.  We don't negotiate with them.  Fine, but it seems we can't squash them on the battlefield either.  Perhaps its time we honored the basic principle of sovereignty and let them run their own countries the way they want, no matter how repugnant that may be to us; it's not like they're asking us all to live under sharia.  Frankly, I could give a fuck if they want to live under it, and if enough of them don't want to live that way, let them stage their own damn regime changes.  

      Meanwhile, the stock market crashes because we've bankrupted ourselves.  Clearly, Iraq and Afghanistan are going to do to the USA what Afghanistan did to the Soviet Union.  

      And what about the rampant corruption and criminality of the Repugs?  Why aren't the Democrats screaming that from the rooftops at every opportunity?  

      What I really want to know is this:  WHO WILL SAVE THE REPUBLIC?  Is it you, Senator, or are you going to continue to abdicate that responsibility for whatever reason?  

      In every stage of these Oppressions...: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury." DoI, TJ

      by ChuckLin on Fri Jan 20, 2006 at 05:20:27 PM PST

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      •  Respectfully Disagree (4.00)
        Sen. Kerry is one of the few in the beltway who has been consistently calling it like it is for some time.  Case in point - this very diary.

        I think we absolutely need to have vigorous rapid response to each and every line of B.S. the reich-wing spews out.  Media Matters, firedoglake, ThinkProgress and TPMCafe have been doing an excellent job - but we also need this work to be reflected by lead.. no, our Representatives.

        Let's not forget something - they work for us.  We lead the party, they follow.  None of this "Freespeach-Zone Crap".  We tell them where to go, not the other way around.

        But even more importantly - we need to make it absolutely clear exactly what we would do with the reigns of power.  No if's, and's or butts.

        Welcome Sen Kerry, good of you to join the party.  We've been keeping the cider warm for ya.

        Vyan

    •  Stupidly cautious (4.00)
      Absolutely! Why can't the Dems be as aggressive as the other side? Why are they so reactionary?? Why did it take a Republican "ethics" bill to get one from the Dems??

      That is a perfect example of being not only slow on the draw, but positively backward thinking. It's continually playing catch-up, and IT IS NOT WORKING.

      I want to see/hear the Dems out there every day hitting hard on ethics, Abramoff, Diebold, the war, Alito, Katrina, and all the other horrible things that this "administration" has foisted upon this once great nation in the last 5 years.

      I just about drove off the road when I heard that you had conceded so fast -- WTF was that about?? We cannot win when we continue to roll over and pee like puppies!

      WE MUST FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY, AND FIGHT HARD. Pulling disappearing acts, conceding elections or votes or filibusters, allowing ourselves to be villified, making excuses, always playing catch-up -- those are only some of the reasons that the Dems continue to lose elections, and are losing this country to corruption and just plain evil people.

      I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

      by willers on Fri Jan 20, 2006 at 05:22:28 PM PST

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      •  Think about this: (none)
        You asked: "Why did it take a Republican "ethics" bill to get one from the Dems??"

        The Dems announced they would be coming out with something on the Abramoff crimes. Now why did Republicans beat the Democrats to the punch and lordy, except for a couple of points the Republicans just couldn't bring themselves to add, the damn plans were absolutely identical! Imagine that!

        It's almost as though the Republicans knew in advance what the Democrats were getting ready to unveil...and to the letter.

        What do you all make of that? It leads me to wonder how the Republican leadership manages to keep moderate Republicans onboard with their insanity vote after vote after vote.

        (¯`*._(¯`*._(-IMPEACH-)_.*´¯)_.*´¯)

        by nehark on Fri Jan 20, 2006 at 09:59:05 PM PST

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        •  They probably overheard (none)
          Someone discussing it on the phone..

          despot : 1. A master; an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign. 2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant.

          by wrights on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 05:43:48 AM PST

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          •  Did you know... (none)
            ...there are devices now that will allow you to hear a conversation inside a house without any need for any type of wire tap? Look it up.

            They didn't "probably overhear someone discussing it on the phone." They are actively and aggressively monitoring the private conversations of both their political enemies and their political "friends." No I don't have hard evidence. All I have is the obvious knowledge that otherwise good people--both Democrats and Republicans--are willing to take this country and the world down the Rabbit Hole with King George and his Army of Operatives without putting up even a small objection.

            There's just no normal explanation for this. None.

            (¯`*._(¯`*._(-IMPEACH-)_.*´¯)_.*´¯)

            by nehark on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 06:16:20 AM PST

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            •  I should have added a snark... (none)
              I meant the nsa overheard it on the phone..

              despot : 1. A master; an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign. 2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant.

              by wrights on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 05:25:10 PM PST

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      •  there shouldn't be an "ethics bill" (4.00)
        OF COURSE the GOP put forth an "ethics bill".  Why?  To change the subject to something that makes them sound positive!  

        There shouldn't be a Democratic "ethics bill" at all. Period.  And anytime anyone asks, the response should be "They broke the laws we already have!  How would passing another law help?  The Republicans have no regard for the law! They are corrupt and criminal!"

        So there's a new GOP "ethics bill".  Standing by itself.  Labeled a political stunt by every single Democrat, rather than facing a competing (better of course) bill of ours. And if/when it goes to the floor for a vote, Democrats should vote no unanimously.  Or better yet, walk out.  And again, anyone tries to spin it against us, point out that they are CRIMINALS.

        Why are there no dinosaurs in the Bible?

        by Leggy Starlitz on Fri Jan 20, 2006 at 10:00:04 PM PST

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    •  Some of your questions are rather silly in light (3.50)
      of the fact that he's spoken out and defended Murtha REPEATEDLY; he's defended Hillary Clinton and Michael Moore; he's gone on record calling Bush a complicit leader and has supported the calls for hearings.

      Sure, there are instances of cautiousness, but perhaps you should be grateful he's not a hothead.  You want another GWB in office?
      Because that's what you're supporting with that question.

      Also, who do you think is in Iraq as you sit on your laptop typing questions?  Who do you think has been visiting the foreign principals and possibly helping to rectify the calamities that Bush and Condi have created?

    •  Yes it is, Senator (4.00)
      I have been one of your consistently harsh critics over the last three years, both here in the blogosphere and in the "real world."

      Taking the time to address this community, is one of the few things that you've done right during the last several years.  And for that I thank you and congratulate you.

      But, as the poster above stated, it's only a first step in the right direction, and a baby step at that.

      If you want to woo the blogosphere and growing activist/netroots base for a Presidential run in the future, you need to start putting your neck out on the line in public forum of the national discourse, both in the Senate, and in those places where your comments will be covered (and perhaps even be criticized by) the meida, and showing some real cojones in taking this Administration and their lackies in the media on.

      You want to be leader?  Then fucking LEAD!!!

      I suspect that anything short of that, might get you kudos here . . . but it ain't gonna get you a second chance at a Presidential run.

      •  It's not about a Presidential run. (none)
        For one thing, he already is the damn President and look where that's got us.

        It's about knowing that he has nothing whatsoever left to lose. He should lead not because he wants to be President (again), but because we need leadership, plain and simple. He has a free public podium for the rest of his natural life and the respect of 60M+ Americans. Why not take a stand?

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