September 1st, 2003

thugs, politics

Republicans for Dean

I'm hoping it's not all a surprise for y'all when I say that on March 7th (which is California's primary), I will wander into the polling place, and I will cast a vote for Howard Dean, doctor and former governor of Vermont. I'm doing this because he excites me, and gives me some hope for my country. But every day, I find an even bigger reason to support him, and today's is this:

A Republican says why he's for Dean

I dunno who exactly this Michael Cudahy guy is, but he's worked with Lee Atwater and for a bunch of presidential candidates, and he's a Republican. But even he doesn't like where Bush and Co. are taking us, and has written a beautiful essay which has both brought tears to my eyes and made me even prouder to support Dean. Y'see, I grew up believing that Republicans and Democrats fought hard in Congress for their vision of the country, but that when the day was over and the lawmakin' done, that everybody went out and had fun together. And I don't think I need to tell you that's not the way it is these days.

Not all Republicans are neo-cons. This is a hard thing to remember. But Cudahy says it very well:

I guess I would say to people who have been terrified by President Bush and his administration, "do not be afraid of all Republicans, because there are millions of Republicans who are wonderful caring people. Citizens who embrace the traditions and policies of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower......reach out to them.........and create a radical center where all of us can work together -- even when we disagree."

Please do not tar us all with the same brush. Like all Americans, we love our country, its values and the principles that have made it great. Equally important, we are committed to the vision of the founders of our party who believed, in the words of Abraham Lincoln that, "This country with its institutions belongs to the people who inhabit it."

And it's well written. Go read.
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