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February 22, 2004

The Movement

I've been asked a couple of times now why I still have my Dean placard on my window and my Dean sticker on my car, now that he has withdrawn from the race.

As I, and so many others, have expounded upon before, our involvement and passion for this campaign goes beyond the man himself. He was simply the focal point of an ideal, a vision, and a movement. That movement is far greater than one man, and far too resilient for one defeat to kill it.

That's why I keep those signs up: I continue to be involved with the movement.

In politics, as in life, there come times when compromise is a necessity. This is one of those times. For all the Dean supporters who got on board only because of the man, please consider your commitment to the greater movement. Continue your involvement, and remember that, whatever your reason for supporting Howard Dean, we still have an election to win this November. Don't turn your back on the movement now. We are going to have to compromise in the short term, but only your continued commitment is going to bring real change. It'll just require more patience than we had hoped.

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February 18, 2004

The War President

No doubt George W. Bush and Karl Rove believe that identifying dubya as a "war president" wins some emotional, perhaps even sentimental, part of the souls of Americans. History, after all, is written as the account of a long succession of wars. Or so the History Channel would have us believing...

Yes, there is something gallant about presiding over the country in time of war. These strategists must be looking to such triumphal figures as Franklin Roosevelt, and George Washington for inspiration.

Now, take a few steps away from the glorified images of the Revolution and World War II and take war for what it is: the most horrible circumstance a leader can involve his people in.

War is the ultimate failure of politicians. War is the ultimate failure of reason. War is the ultimate failure of leadership. War is the ultimate failure of diplomacy.


When the president of the richest country in the world is proud of the fact that he led the world into war, it makes me ill. The efforts we could be making toward peace, true peace, the kind that addresses the root causes of terrorism and that aim to alleviate the inequalities that breed animosity, are nary a whisper in the halls of our government.

George W. Bush, you are a war president. You're the president of a war of your own making. If that makes you proud, great. It shames me, though. And I hope it makes other Americans ashamed to be associated with you.

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February 16, 2004

Heart and Mind

Read an article today that suggested people who vote with their minds vote for Kerry, and people who vote with their hearts support Edwards.

Well, by that same line of reasoning, people who vote with their hearts and minds support...

Howard Dean.

I know that the results from the primaries and caucuses thus far are not encouraging for Dean supporters. He's not throwing in the towel yet, with the second highest delegate count, though, admittedly trailing Kerry significantly. The press, of course, has written him off, choosing to focus on Edwards instead.

Regardless of the outcome of the Democratic nominating process, I am proud of Howard Dean and his campaign for the presidency. I do believe that it is tremendously important to oust Bush from the White House. If you'd asked me this time last year, I would have told you that I would support anybody but Bush. John Kerry supporters I've spoken with list his competitiveness against Bush as one of their top reasons for supporting him. That's how I felt last year... I would probably be a Kerry supporter too if the only thing I cared about was getting Bush out.

But along came another, totally unexpected, alternative. Instead of the fear... instead of just trying to find something less negative, all of a sudden, I began to see a movement, yes a movement, that Howard Dean's campaign embodied. I've spoken at length in this forum about Decentralization. Howard Dean's campaign promises a fundamental change in the system. By the very nature of how he ran, and the nature of his support, I could sense that not only was it possible to get the tyrants out of Washington, we could truly have a say in the government of tomorrow. For people who are passionate about their lives and how their government affects their lives and the lives of everyone in the country and, indeed, the world, Howard Dean became a bastion of hope.

Despite the passionate work of his supporters, a silent plurality of Democrats have spoken. I am beginning to understand that for most Americans, involvement in politics is a once-every-four-years commitment, if even that. What Howard Dean's campaign is failing to do is polarize those voters whose commitment is limited to their vote. All of the Dean supporters I have come in contact with lately have struck me as just being so involved and truly, so heartfelt in their support and activism. It has been inspiring. But most people aren't like that. They show up, vote, and then expect the details to be handled accordingly until the next election. That's not the kind of country or world that I care to live in, but it is the way it is.

So where do we go from here? Joe Trippi has some ideas. I, personally, will support Howard Dean until he either wins the White House in November, or formally withdraws from the race. Should the second, more unfortunate, of those circumstances come to pass, I will write more about my plans at that point.

But regardless of the outcome, the impact has already been felt. Nationally, regionally, and personally. Even the most negative media outlets have admitted that Howard Dean's campaign has brought life back into the Democratic Party, and renewed interest in politics, especially among younger voters. This goes right down to a very personal level, because if it wasn't for this man's candidacy and his vision for a responsible, prosperous, truly free, democratic, America, I'd still be mired in fear and negativity. Being involved, even on the limited basis that I was, with this campaign has been liberating, and I want to thank Howard Dean and the campaign for that.

Thanks for all you've done for me. You've renewed my hope... and "hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies."

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February 6, 2004

Compromise is Unnecessary

I have heard some Democrats say that ideally, they want to vote for Dean, but practically, they want the best candidate to take on George Bush in November.

So let me get this straight:

Ideally, You want to vote for Dean, but practically, you want to vote for Dean?

Where's the problem? The "two" candidates are one and the same. If you think you have to compromise in order to get Bush out of the White House, you're wrong. Howard Dean can, and will, defeat George W. Bush in November. This isn't like those asinine "Dated Dean, Married Kerry (Woke up next to Bush)" pins make it out to be. You do not have to compromise your ideals this time.

Howard Dean is the best possible candidate to take on George Bush, and he is the best candidate for America and the world.

I support Howard Dean for President of the United States of America.

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February 5, 2004


One of the "issues" the media has been going on about in recent weeks has been the "electability" of Howard Dean versus the other candidates.

There is no issue of electability.

The issues are healthcare, foreign policy, the environment, fiscal responsibility, education... Electability is a pseudo-issue the media has introduced in order to deflect attention away from what Howard Dean's campaign stands for.

I decided to join this campaign and to support Howard Dean last summer because I believed, and still believe, that his vision for America is what most Americans dream of their country truly being.

I was an American who was disgruntled with his government, but with no real voice, no channel through which I could express my concerns and truly be heard. I was so disgusted with this situation that I began to consider giving up what my parents had fought so hard for: American citizenship. If you've lived your whole life as an American citizen, you may or may not take that for granted. I don't. I never have. It's not an easy thing to come by. It is definitely not something that one gives up lightly. I am proud to be an American. I love America. Being an American is a privilege and honor.

I learned last year that being an American is also a responsibility. Howard Dean was the channel through which this realization came. Instead of packing up my bags and cowering off to Canada or Australia, I took that most American of actions: I decided to fight. But I wanted to fight the good fight, I wanted to help my fellow Americans rise up to the tyranny that had wrested their government from their hands. Howard Dean is the man who energized me, and who continues to bring ordinary Americans together to fight the good fight.

Many people vote for a candidate who they believe will best serve them. I support Howard Dean because I believe he is the candidate who will best support America and the whole world. I cast this vote not in my own best interests, but for the best interests of every American. Because I believe that whether they know it or not right now, Howard Dean will represent them better than anybody else.

My purpose in writing this entry, my purpose in supporting this campaign publicly, and my purpose in attending the meetups, and my purpose in volunteering to call ordinary Americans over the next few days, weeks, and months, is to spread this message. Whether you know it or not right now, Howard Dean represents the best of you. I want you to consider this seriously, and I want you to help me support Howard Dean for President of the United States of America.

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February 4, 2004

The Importance of Howard Dean

Following the media coverage of the Democratic primaries and caucuses thus far has been extraordinarily enlightening to the social scientist in me. I have learned a great deal about the mechanisms by which the establishment manipulates the media to their own ends.

I have said this before, and what I have seen in practice over the past several weeks has but strengthened the evidence behind the belief: the establishment fears Dr. Dean. They fear him because he represents so many steps forward toward giving the people real power. Yes, real power, through a real voice, that is truly heeded by intelligent elected officials.

Let me make this abundantly clear: The United States of America is not a democracy. We are a republic. Howard Dean seeks to give the people more of a say in their government, and as such, seeks to bring democracy closer to the people. That is why he has my support. That is why the establishment absolutely quakes in fear at the prospect of his presidency. Because the establishment wants to keep power consolidated in the hands of a select few. That is the old republic. We, as a society, and as a people, have outgrown the traditional republic. True patriots of America yearn for democracy, and yearn to have the input into the government that is making decisions that affect our lives and the lives of everyone on Earth. Input beyond a once every four year vote. We want to be heard. We want to participate in our democracy. Howard Dean is the only candidate that has proven that he heeds our voices and welcomes our participation.

Power is not a zero-sum game. However, by creating more power in the people, Howard Dean will have decentralized the power that has been so long hoarded by the establishment. In that way, those in power today will have to share their control. No longer will they be able to guide the fates of so many, because our fates will be in our own hands.

Despite the social ramifications, it's really very simple. It comes down to one thing: the future. If you don't want the future to be one in which we are monitored, controlled, and exploited by people like George Bush, Dick Cheney, and John Ashcroft, their corproate interests and their warmongering ways, your candidate is Howard Dean. Period.

If you want to participate in a future where we are citizens of a globally responsible America that seeks to bring true peace, not peace by the muzzle of an M-16, and true freedom and democracy to other peoples, not corporate exploitation thinly veiled as freedom and democracy, then Howard Dean is your President.

This race is far from over, despite what the establishment would have you believe. Howard Dean has my support. I ask you to consider giving him yours.

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February 1, 2004

A Moment of Silence

In honor of all those who committed the ultimate sacrifice for the exploration of new worlds. Let us remember their contributions, and honor them by continuing their work.

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