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    I'm a vegetarian. I have a strong morally- and ethically-grounded belief that it is wrong to raise animals to then murder them and consume them. Our government is an active participant in that process. It spends Billions of dollars a year (directly or indirectly) supporting that practice.

    I'm a pacifist. I have a strong morally- and ethically-grounded belief that it is wrong to kill other people under any circumstances. I likewise believe that capital punishment is wrong. Our government spends Billions of dollars a month on policies that run directly counter to that belief.

    I'm an environmentalist. I have a strong morally and ethically-grounded belief that the collective actions of the human race are damaging to the delicate balance of this planet's eco-system. I find the level of species extinction that our society tolerates to be reprehensible.

    I could go on and on with similar statements about human rights, worker rights, corporatism, fair trade, and all sorts of other government policies that I have strong disagreements with. For each of those issues there is a significant minority of Americans that share my beliefs.

    Still, I don't get to opt out of paying taxes. In fact, I gladly and willingly pay my taxes. I fully embrace my role as a tax-paying member of society. I want to contribute to the greater good. I also believe that government is a necessary player in contributing to the greater good.

    Yes, part of my vision of an effective society is listening to minority viewpoints. To that end, ultimately building conensus, not winning a bare majority of votes, leads to sustainable policies.

    Nonetheless, part of being a member of a Democracy/Republic is agreeing to abide by the decisions of the Democracry/Republic. The power that netroots is showing--people-powered politics--is that people, you and I, can insist on a stronger voice in this process.

    Finally, the stem cell veto is about what science can be done at all, not just public funding. The intellectually honest approach is to use objective criteria, like a broad range of scientific evidence informed by open public oversight, to determine ethical approaches to allowable research and public funding priorities.

    Help Expand Dem House Control! Elect Mike Callaghan (WV-02)

    by SLJ on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 04:17:23 PM PST

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