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  •  I Approve This Message. (4.00)
    I want to win.  We might have great ideas, but they don't do a damn thing if we don't win.  Lately, our candidates haven't even had great ideas, because it might some alienate some voter.  Our candidates are even too afraid to say that we want a country without a hungry or illiterate child, we think the government can do more to help people than steal from our children and give to the rich, we hate war but know it is sometimes necessary, we have nothing to be afraid of from or should never give up our freedoms because of a handful of delusional murderers.  

    Our so-called strategists are content to say "My opponent wants to do something completely stupid to fuck up the country.  I agree with the goals of my opponent, but I have a plan that would only fuck up the country half as much, and less of the cost of the fucking up would be suffered by the middle class."  

    I don't want to concede gracefully.  I don't want to play nice while we are savagely attacked, because it might piss off some swing voter.  I want the right wing and the thieves to pay for trying to ruin this country.

    I like Howard Dean, because I throughout his campaign, except for the three weeks in Iowa when he had a bunch of well-meaning kids running around making him look bad, and getting swiped by Dick Gephardt, he was able to define himself and not have anyone else define him.  We nominated a courageous war veteran but cowardly politician, and we wouldnt have done any worse with the courageous politician and the short guy with the bad back from the state of Ben and Jerry's.

    Dean gets it and Lieberman does not. We learned that having the courage of convictions is its own reward among some of the half-wit Bush voters, no matter how idiotic your policies are.  That is the difference between Kerry and Bush.  We wanted to cover for him.  We knew he liked to nuance.  But we all know we wish we would have heard him say about voting for the resolution "Yeah, that was really stupid and cowardly, because I really should have known Bush is a giggling murderer.  However, everyone needs to remember there is only one giggling lying murderer in this race."

    •  Good post (4.00)
      and I'm in agreement. I'm probably a lot more liberal than Dean but I'm also pragmatic. I also love someone who says what they think and Dean did that. He helped me feel proud to be a Democrat, to be a U.S. citizen again.

      I'd like to say to the poster above this, too that I think the definition of "liberal" is something we've allowed to be done by the far right. I know what I think a "liberal" is and what I think a "centrist" is but others may differ on the fine points.

      Our problem is that we are not defining ourselves, the right wing is defining us. This is why I hoped we'd be able to reconcile under the "progressive" label if we need a label, because we believe in progress. Progress for the country, for the whole human race and the planet. We believe in progress in health care, education, helping those less fortunate, progress in realizing a common human goal to improve all of our conditions.

      Unfortunately, the far right grabbed it and latched it onto the "liberal/libertine/evil/godless/unChristian/pro-abortion/pro-murder/pro-criminal/crooked/crazy/whate ver" and so again we've been left without a title, as it were.

      The "wing'nuts" can always say the are "right" and the very meaning and sound of the word gives them legitimacy that "left" doesn't have.

      They do know how to use language and the "sound bite".

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