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November 02, 2004


I really can't endorse Jarvis's pledge. We are not engaged in a polite discourse with fellow citizens who share our fundamental love of democracy and freedom. We are up against a group who have demonstrated that they will stop at nothing to obtain and retain power. Whether it's voter intimidation, spreading vicious lies about their opponents, or impeaching Presidents on ridiculous charges, the Republican right has amply demonstrated their contempt for democracy and the will of the people. The weakness displayed by Gore and the Democratic Senate leadership in allowing the election to be stolen must not be repeated.

If the Democratic Party is lucky enough to get into power today, they should do everything in their power to make sure that the American people find out the truth about what the Bush cabal has done and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. President Kerry should appoint a cabinet of strong liberals and agency heads who actually believe in regulation and will roll back the destructive acts of the Bush Administration and enforce environmental, labor, anti-trust and securities laws with vigor.

Bipartisanship is not possible unless both sides play by the same set of rules and respect one another. That environment does not now exist. Pretending it does will be a weakness to be mercilessly exploited by the anti-democratic right.

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