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Yesterday, I sketched out a plan for taking back the House that involved painting the Republicans as corrupt and portraying ourselves as the party that values the common good.  It still needs some work so feel free to go over there and comment.

On a similar note, President Bush's decision to nominate Alberto Gonzales has given Senate Democrats have a great opportunity to make progress on the Values front.  Gonzales memos okaying violations at worst or extreme distorations at best of the Geneva Convention has been documented elsewhere on this blog.  Most Americans were apalled by Abu Ghraib and many libertarians are appaled by the scaling back of civil liberties by this administration.  We need to make an argument that Gonzales does not share the American value of liberty that stretches back to the time of the Founding Fathers.  We need to say that torture is not something valued by American civilization.  We need to point out that Democrats oppose Gonzales because Democrats are protecting one of the three central American values outlined by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: liberty.

The Republicans claim that they are the party that respects "life."  We need to fight them on this.  However, there are still two central American values that Democrats ought to own fully if we'd just care to use them: liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On a side note, the use of Salazar as the point man to oppose Gonzales is a good idea so that it would make clear that we oppose Gonzales for his beliefs, not his ethnicity.

Originally posted to Lavoisier1794 on Thu Nov 11, 2004 at 01:54 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Makes sense to me... (none)
    And the idea of using Salazar as the leader on this is excellent.  
  •  Values will not work (none)
    I hear a lot of hand wringing about social security, new appointments, tax code changes.  How about some action? This is the most criminal administration ever.  We need multiple assaults to through them off their stride - Whitewater type investigations into their lies, secret deals to help their rich friends and so on.

    We are still in reaction mode - to Bush appointments, Fallujah, tax and SS threats.  We need to attack and lawsuits are the way to do it.  We need lots and we need them to be talking points for our side.  How about a taxpayer suit requiring legislators and the president to do due diligence before spending our cash?  Important intelligence info was ignored on the road to Iraq.  That is taking money out of my pocket.  

    Gonzalez has made our prisoners of war less safe by voiding the Geneva Conventions. Shouldn't he, and Bush, be held accountable?   Bush alone is responsible for shredding protections against mercury poisoning.  Shouldn't victims name him in a suit?  Powell lied to the UN.  What body should we apply to prosecute him?

    Simply, those in our government acting out of self interest, rather than in the interest of the people should be prosecuted.  Elected officials should be subject to at least the level of oversight we use against corporate ones.

    Lawsuits are the way to go.  Let's stop reacting and ACT!

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