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i have to say it cuz it needs to be said. we need a message for the people if we gonna shift things our way this coming election, we need to show why they should choose democrats, & not just why they should not choose republicans. in 94, the republicans had the contract with america, now in 06, we need something we can say to the people, something that will make them think they should choose us & not just because the other guys are not that great. if anyone has any suggestions for a message that can appeal to masses & let the public know where we stand, here is how to contact the Democratic National Committee -

Mailing Address:

Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Main Phone Number:

202-863-8000
(For questions about contributions, please call 877-336-7200)

E-Mail: the way to e-mail is on this web page - http://www.democrats.org/page/s/contact

Torture!

Unfortunately, a few of the key players in TEAM LIBERALISM! have retired from livejournal, and by "retired" I mean continued their journals in another place that's harder to find and isn't any better than livejournal, but that's another issue for another day. I think it's time for TEAM LIBERALISM! to come out of the woodwork, so in following peregrin's lead, I will also bring up an important issue.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/11/07/bush.torture.ap/index.html

Now let me get this straight: in today's press briefing, Bush made it clear that America "does not torture", yet he is lobbying against a congressional bill that would ban torture. If you don't torture, then why do you care about this bill so much, huh? HUH!? If our current tactics do not qualify as "torture", then there's no reason to worry about this bill.

The only conclusion I can draw here is that Bush wants to condone actions against prisoners that none of us will know about. Nobody knows who is being held at Guantanamo Bay, and obviously John Q. Public can't just drop by and see how things are going there. Personally, I am sickened over the act of torture, enough to the point where I'd rather people not experience excruciating pain at the cost of the location of some military supply base for insurgents. The fact of the matter is that people who really have nothing to say would eventually be forced to lie just so that they'd stop being hurt, and I can imagine the interrogators wouldn't be too happy to see that they'd been lied to.

There's a reason why people who have lived through torture, like John McCain for instance, are such strong advocates for banning torture. McCain, who is either one of the authors or the sole author of the proposed legislation that would ban torture, was a victim of torture as a POW in Vietnam for several years...why do you think he's so passionate about this? Also, may I direct your attention to a quote from the Bible, a book that is apparently really important to Bush:

"In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets."
-Matthew 7:12

Something tells me that if anyone ever sent 50,000 volts through Bush's body, he'd remember this golden rule and might think twice about his stance on torture.
Celtic

GO DEMS!!

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democrats forced the Senate into a closed session Tuesday to pressure the Republican majority into completing an investigation of the intelligence underpinning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Democrats demanded that Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts move forward on a promised investigation into how Bush administration officials handled prewar intelligence about Iraq's suspected weapons programs.

The probe would be a follow-up to the July 2004 Intelligence Committee report that blamed a "series of failures" by the CIA and other intelligence agencies for the mistaken belief among U.S. policymakers that Iraq had restarted its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs.

The Senate reopened about two hours later, after members agreed to appoint a bipartisan group of senators to assess the progress of the "Phase 2" probe, the office of Majority Leader Bill Frist said.

Che

I want everyone to know that I write this as a liberal and proud Democrat.

I was sitting in class today when one of my fellow students walked in wearing a Che Gueverra t-shirt and he sat down in front of this girl and she asked him if he had seen "The Motorcycle Diaries" yet and he nodded that he had.

I keep political opinions to myself and I don't look down on people for having different political opinions, however I don't think a lot of people have an understanding of who Che Gueverra really was. I have seen "The Motorcycle Diaries" and I've read a lot of Che's own personal works as well as studied a lot about him during high school history class. Let me just say that "The Motorcycle Diaries" is a very romantic look into his life. And it's also not a very good period in his life to base his revolution on.

The diaries were his awakening to things he had not seen before like Buddha. He had seen poverty on his trip up through Western South America and he had met a lot of people that suffered in poverty. A lot of people who had been taken advantage of, people that suffered from disease and people that were in bad shape due to economics and government that the United States did have their part in helping to install.

As Che began to become upset and frustrated over his cause to help the poor he took up a revolution. And he even stated to many of his colleagues when he first started that a country cannot be taken without arms. He executed people, he supported the extreme and harsh actions of the Soviet Union, he supported Mao Tse Tung, he supported the invasion of Tibet, he supported Cuba's ideas of obtaining missles, it never ended with what madness he supported. He also called for the execution of a young boy who stole food because he was hungry, and if Che was all for the starving people and so forth why would he execute a young child that is poor that was stealing food becuase he was hungry?

He also pretty much made a statement once that he admired people who kill without mercy. And people who fuel their hatred for the right reasons.

When I see a Che Gueverra shirt on someone my age or younger, I really have hope that people will someday know the truth that America simply has a love affair with Che and a dream that he was all for the working man and people who couldn't fight for themselves. He was a psychotic Robin Hood, and to those college kids who don't understand; "he stopped being Anakin Skywalker and joined the dark side." A revolution that Che started is the same one that Gandhi started, one of noble means and Che by all means could have avoided the insanity however he did not believe in non-violence and took up an extremeist view point.

Revolutions like Che's are not the answer and ask yourself this if you are Pro-Che.

-Do you value religion?

-Do you value the right to speak as you feel?

-Do you believe in Democracy?

Answer yes to any of them? You are pretty much one of Che's worst enemies. He made people denounce Democracy, not disagree with him, and hated religion. Che Gueverra's face may resemble Jesus Christ, however he was not a saint. Nor was he a man of noble action. Also, what kind of Communist wears a rolex? And what kind of Communists print his face on t-shirts, posters, flags, and banners for personal capitalist gain?

The one thing I have always been amazed with when I debate with friends about Che is when they say "LOOK AT THE FREE MEDICAL CARE AND EDUCATION THAT CUBA HAS!" And I simply say that it's medical care they need because the Cuban police are famous for beating on their citizens, starving their citizens and that it would help to have that if your government did that to you and they should pay for it. Along with the fact that in Cuban schools they get sent to be brainwashed and hate other nations.
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TEAM LIBERALISM! needs a new topic!

From Merriam-Webster:

Patriotism
Pronunciation: 'pA-trE-&-"ti-z&m, chiefly British 'pa-
Function: noun
: love for or devotion to one's country

Nationalism
Pronunciation: 'nash-n&-"li-z&m, 'na-sh&-n&l-"i-z&m
Function: noun
: loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups


From President Bush's radio address, 01/29/05
"This election is also important for America. Our nation has always been more secure when freedom is on the march. As hope and freedom spread, the appeal of terror and hate will fade. And there is not a democratic nation in our world that threatens the security of the United States. The best way to ensure the success of democracy is through the advance of democracy."

Is Bush a patriot or a nationalist?



Maybe this is a "left-wing dictionary," out of touch with main-stream America's values?

Women in the draft

Not much has been going on with TEAM LIBERALISM! lately, so I thought I'd try to get our political juices flowing again. I offer you the following article:

http://www.theconservativevoice.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2151

To put it simply, the Third Infantry Division in Georgia has decided to ignore the rule that female soldiers should not be put on the ground with front-line combat troops. In other words, they want women to fight the war in Iraq right next to the men.

My opinion: it's a ridiculous idea. There's no reason to do it. I agree with the article: if there's a shortage of troops, the military should tell us instead of deploying women to Iraq without our knowledge.

When I say that the idea is ridiculous, I don't mean to speak ill of women at all, or to say that women can't do a man's job or anything like that. We haven't put women on the front lines in the past, so why should we now?

Thoughts?