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KurtNilsen Donating Member (595 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:06 PM
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What's the agenda?
It seems to me, as a foreign supporter (observer), that a lot of you are currently very focussed on Bush failures and rightly so.

But, what is the positive agenda. Where do you want America to head? Domestically and foreign policy wise?
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:09 PM
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1. domestically this is my wish list
stop war on drugs begin war on poverty in a cohesive manner (education, welfare to a livable wage not below poverty line)

universal health care

let us get married to each other regardless of gender

let us not be fired for our sexual orientation


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KurtNilsen Donating Member (595 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:27 PM
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3. As a total aside: What do you think of the smoking bans?
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:34 PM
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4. i am/was a smoker
i think not smoking in bars is a pain but one that people can deal with
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KurtNilsen Donating Member (595 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:39 PM
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5. It was kind of weird in Georgia, Where the democrats are
fighting the repubs defending the rights of smokers.

Cheers.
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:48 PM
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13. Georgia used to be cool
But in addition to the smoking ban being bandied about, some really strange laws have been passed lately. Like the bit about women having certain piercings ... incredible.

This used to be a free country, remember?
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:45 PM
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10. I hope at least some of this happens
Sadly today I'm feeling decidedly UNoptimistic.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:18 PM
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2. In order to persue a positive agenda.
We have to get rid of Bush first!
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:41 PM
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6. But we better the odds by developing a positive agenda
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 05:43 PM by robg
Energy and environmental policy ... we need more power, Scotty, and as close to zero emissions as we can get. We've been spinning our wheels on this for thirty years ... it is past time to get busy. We cannot expect corporate America to do this for us. The free market is not the all powerful god we would like it to be, and it responds mostly to the potential for near term profit. We need to spend the kind of money we spend on Iraq on an Apollo-like program to achieve environmentally sane energy production and distribution systems. We will thereby a) address the threat of global warming b) rid ourselves of dependency on foreign oil c) create a jobs boom d) develop a technology base that will drive our economy for the next few decades. That's just one suggestion.

We need to let go of the idea that modern medicine should be a "for profit" business conducted by corporations. (For me, this is a major reversal but I think it is clear that I and so many others were simply wrong. We need national health care.)

We have so many better things to do with our time and money and talent than construct an empire. We need to remind people of that and give a choice: Poverty and war, or prosperity and peace.

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KurtNilsen Donating Member (595 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:43 PM
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8. I agree. If anything should be nationalised - health care is a given.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:42 PM
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7. Here.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich's campaign platform exemplifies the direction that I would like to see the US take now and in the future.

http://www.kucinich.us/issues /
http://www.kucinich.us /

I am running for President to inspire America to take a new path, a different direction. I envision an America which has the capacity to reconnect with the heart of the world; an America which proceeds in the world optimistically and courageously. An America which understands that the world is interdependent, that it is inter-connected, and that what we do today impacts future generations.

I am running for President to break the shackles of fear which have deprived our citizens of rights. I am running for President to change the way this country values humanity, so that instead of fear and lies, we can live our lives based on principles of peace and hope. We need to regain the trust of the American people and we need to have a government which trusts the American people.

It's time for America to resume its glorious journey: time to reject shrinking jobs and wages, disappearing savings and rights; time to reject the detour towards fear and greed. It's time to look out upon the world for friends, not enemies; time to counter the control of corporations over our politics, our economy, our resources, and mass media. It's time for those who have much to help those who have little, by maintaining a progressive tax structure. It's time to tell the world that we wish to be their partner in peace, not their leader in war. Most of all, it is time for America to again be the land where dreams come true, because the government is on the side of its people.

Ten Key Issues

Universal Health Care
International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in
Jobs and Withdrawal from NAFTA and WTO
Repeal of the "Patriot Act"
Guaranteed Quality Education, Pre-K Through College
Full Social Security Benefits at Age 65
Right-to-Choose, Privacy, and Civil Rights
Balance Between Workers and Corporations
Environmental Renewal and Clean Energy
Restored Rural Communities and Family Farms
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:45 PM
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11. Yeppirs.
It may strike some as being an odd choice but I always thought a Clark/Kucinich partnership could have been incredibly productive. The men have similar values but different strengths and viewpoints. They are both very, very bright. The Dems should lock Dean, Kucinich, and Clark in a hotel room and not let them out till they emerge with a platform proposal for Kerry's approval.
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KurtNilsen Donating Member (595 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:47 PM
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12. As I have said before - I forced my old dad who's birthday is today
Hooray!! :hi:

I forced him to watch one of the presidential debates because I wanted him to like Edwards. He is an old scool social democrat politican involved on the local and regional level and he said, "They are all crap. That it, except Kucinich, I would vote for him!"

:-)
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:44 PM
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9. Check here
www.kucinich.us

At least that's what *I* want.

You'll have to check Kerry's site for where we'll be forced to appear to agree to want to go in Nov.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:25 PM
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14. the US must abandon the BushCo doctrine of trying to control . . .
the entire world and replace it with one of leading by example . . . and one of the most important things we must do is attempt to understand the source of the hatred directed toward us and start to behave in ways that don't generate this kind of hostility . . . rather than exporting arms and wars and bombs and such, we should be exporting food and drugs and technology that helps underdeveloped nations . . . as long as we persist in pursuing the PNAC agenda, we'll never have peace either here at home or elsewhere in the world . . .
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