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10/12/2004

Don't Be Ashamed

Last night on C-Span I watched part of the Louisiana Senatorial debate. There was one Republican and three Democrats. I had never really heard any of them speak at length in the past, so I had no preconceived notions about any of them. The thing I noticed is that Republicans are short attention span candidates. I think that is part of the reason they are currently in control of all branches of the federal government. America has become a short attention span country, and Republicans have tapped into that very effectively.

When the question of abortion came up, the Republican candidate started out by saying that he was, "100% Pro-Life" he went on to say a little something about how he would only vote to confirm potential Supreme Court Justices who where Pro-Life, but that was pretty much his only statement. By contrast, not one of the Democrats had the courage to say what at least 50% of people in the country believe, that they are 100% Pro-Choice. They where all Pro-Life with this exception or that exception, or they where "Pro-Choice but..."

When the subject of same sex marriage came up, again the Republican stated simply that he was "100% opposed to same sex unions of any kind" end of story. The Democrats, to a man, again faltered. Saying things like they believed that marriage is between a man and a woman but there should be some sort of provision for same sex couples and on and on.

Then came taxes. The Republican simply stated that "I will always vote to lower your taxes." While the Democrats said they would in some cases lower taxes on some people while in other cases they would raise other peoples taxes, blah blah blah.

The point is all night long the Republican was giving short attention span Americans short attention span responses that they could remember. While the Democrats where going on and on explaining all the complexity of their views. I'm sure that after all was said and done most people couldn't really remember all the fine details of the Democrats answers, but the sure remembered that the Republican was 100% Pro-Life, 100% against same sex marriage and would always vote to lower their taxes.

I'm not here to say that issues are as easy as this or any Republican make them out to be, they clearly are not. My point is that we need to be more sure of ourselves and realize that our views are shared by at least 50% of people in this country. We need to start stating our views in short attention span answers so that people can remember our points as well. Here is what I mean.

We are Pro-Choice because we don't believe that anyone has the right to tell anyone else what to do with their own body. It's the right thing to do.

We are for same-sex unions because "We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL men are created equal." It's the right thing to do.

If and when we are able to lower your taxes we will, however we must first meet our obligations to those less fortunate than us, those older than us and those who have sacrificed in defense of us. We must also fight a war on terror, a war that is the responsibility of this generation, not the next. Now, after all those obligations have been met, if we are able to cut taxes we will, but not until then. It's the right thing to do.

We are for responsible gun control. Nobody needs and Uzi or an AK-47 to hunt deer. It's the right thing to do.

We are for the separation of church and state because "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." It's the right thing to do.

We believe in giving tax breaks to companies that create and keep middle class jobs here in America instead of creating jobs in other countries. It's the right thing to do.

We will vigorously protect this nation by whatever means necessary because it is the ONLY thing to do.

Just because Newt Gingrich made Liberal a bad word doesn't make it so. We need to be just as resolute and proud of our positions as the Republicans are...starting right NOW!!

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