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  •  Your point is well taken (none)
    in that we can certainly better emphasize certain core values which bind the progressive party together.  However, I think that it's unclear how the Democrats can mirror the GOP's "cohesiveness" (read: cronyism) without placing the party before what we honestly believe is best for this country.  I think that the Democrats' tendency towards introspection and self-critique is what makes our party great.  The GOP's willingness to do absolutely anything to maintain power is what made 58 million people vote against an incumbent, wartime president whose party has a major lock on information dissemination.
    •  I think we actually agree (none)
      Reading both of our set of comments, there really is no disagreement.  Neither of us believe in putting party before country,  neither of us believe in abandoning basic values as a party, neither of us believe in "cronyism".

      My only real point, which you have not rejected or objected to, is that so long as it is not taken to an extreme, as the Republicans have done by accepting Bush, is that we can accept someone who may believe differently on one issue, be it trade, abortion or gay rights, if their overall belief system is in accordance with Democratic proinicples, and if the one disagreement does not result in them becoming a major advocate, above all else, for that different point of view.

      The fact is that Bush has gone against just about every Republican "value" and yet has survived.  And I think this is what will hurt the Republicans in the future.  Any Republican that supported Bush and then tries to campaign on balance budget, non-nation building, states rights, etc should be lambasted with the flip-flop label and the lack of trustworthiness label.

      Bush, so incompetent, he can't even do the wrong things right.

      by JAPA21 on Mon Jan 03, 2005 at 11:49:51 AM PST

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