Wednesday, November 03, 2004

A Renewal of Values

Well that was sad, but for some reason, I am hopeful for the future. I am hopeful because now people are awake-- awake to see that what they thought was a hundred percent was not even close. It is not enough to dislike, or even hate the opposition. You have to support something, and by support, I mean more than just money or time. You have to fight for it, and believe in it, and take it to a level beyond issues and personality: the level of Values.

As Democrats, "values" has been a bad word. But let's face it, phrases like "fresh start" and "a new plan" are empty compared with the word "faith." People whose social networks are dominated by churches have wrapped themselves in a religious fervor akin to a powerful anti-depressant, or perhaps a tranquilizer. It allows them to see the world in a way which denies all wrongdoing on the part of America because we are doing Good in the world.

There will come a time when a Democrat can tell the world that we liberals work for the Good of the world, and not have to splice up the message. Because in my heart, I beleive that is what Democrats stand for: Goodness, Honesty, Empathy, and Responsibility. To renew the party, we must make it clear that we will not stand for anything less in our word and deed. We must show people in our cities, counties, towns and churches that we are the better choice because our choices are better for people.

Hugs to everybody,


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