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    This is my first attempt at blogging, My brother, who led me here, is discouraged. "All I can contribute are words, sadly," he wrote when it was over. And I beg to differ with him, as I often do. You see words are powerful. History teaches us many things, and none more valuable lesson can be learned than the impact of words. We saw it Tuesday night, the result of Pundits across the country spewing their misinformation. We see it in the powerful, POSITIVE legacies from so long ago. Words used to define eras and issues. Words use to persuade. Words that changed the course of history. Words that are as applicable today as they ever were.

    Ignorance breeds destruction.  Let's start spreading our own doctrine, framed in the words of the founders and builders of this nation. I agree we need to regroup, but in the interim, we can be setting the stage.  Take an issue and go out and speak. In masses or one on one. Let's turn up the volume. Prove to those cloaking themselves in patriotism that they are treasonous. Prove to those cloaking themselves in religion that they are being faithless. Prove to those cloaking themselves in "compassionate conservatism" that they are hypocrites.  And we do this by dismantling their defenses.

    We're challenged now to inform, educate, and motivate our country. Yes, it's an uphill battle. But we allowed the GOP to define the issues. We allowed them to "inform" and "educate" the electorate. We allowed ourselves to take a defensive tact instead of the offensive one needed to mount a successful challenge. We didn't effectively combat the ignorance that prevailed.  Many of us tried to do our part to get Kerry in office, but it wasn't enough.  Our opponent used the bully pulpit to tap into ignorance and fear. Our response was to try to get the truth out. But they couldn't hear us through the roar of terror thrust upon them. Others haven't forgotten the money... When you're paycheck to paycheck, and the guy hands you a thousand bucks...it takes more principles than most people seem to have to turn away.
    It's quiet now. And that means it's our turn. We start with some basic truths. Words of wisdom from those who came before. And I defy any right wing conservative lackey of this administration to condemn their words...or the leaders who spoke them. Remember it's easy for them to shoot down our arguments...we're just ordinary citizens.
    So we'll use the words of those they can't attack.

    And here are some to encourage you:

    "Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power" Martin Luther King Jr.:

    "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people" From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr.:

    "Never  doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,  it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    Words are powerful.  My picks for (re)defining the issues:

    War

    "The greatest honor of a man is in doing good to his fellow men, not in destroying them." Thomas Jefferson

    "Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to  mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector  enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." JFK

    Corruption
    "The inside operation of Congress -- the deals, the compromises, the selling out, the co-opting, the unprincipled manipulating, the self-serving career-building -- is a story of such monumental decadence that I believe if people find out about it they will demand an end to it." Bella Abzug

    Values

    "Most virtues when carried beyond certain bounds degenerate into vices." Thomas Jefferson

    "Truth is certainly a branch of morality, and a very important one to society." Thomas Jefferson

    "As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality." George Washington

    Civil liberties

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it." Abraham Lincoln

    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

    Ignorance

    "...When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty - ..." Abraham Lincoln

    Church and State

    "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." George Washington

    "Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate." Ulysses S. Grant

    Legislation (and a taste of their own medicine)

    "I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effectual as their strict construction." Ulysses S. Grant

    Responsibility:

    "The buck stops here!" Harry Truman.

    Ignorance:

    "The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the  security of all." JFK

    And last but not least (sometimes words just don't do a man justice)

    "Washington is a town where there's all kinds of allegations. You've heard much of the allegations. And if people have got solid information, please come forward with it. And that would be people inside the information who are the so-called anonymous sources, or people outside the information -- outside the administration." George W. Bush

    Words are powerful. And very telling.

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