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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:45 AM
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What should be the Democratic leaders response to next attack here?
or even to today's attack in London?

It is painfully obvious that the "sing Kumbuyah and rally round the president" approach allowed the far right to half-neuter our democracy.


Off the top of my head, something like this would be a good start:

We mourn the loss of life, but like firemen or policemen coming to the scene of a disaster, we can do no one any good if we act on emotion instead of rationally assessing the problem. This loss should not be used to take away our basic freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, or to attack nations who have not attacked us. Rather, we should take only those actions that punish the states and parties responsible, and just as importantly, we must make it more difficult for these groups to recruit, not by bringing democracy at the barrel of gun, but by ending our support for repressive regimes in Arab world.

If democracy is contagious, let's plant the seed where we can do it without inflicting the pain on others that we are feeling ourselves today.


The people we fight have done terrible things, but we do not help ourselves by making them comic book villains and boogey men. If we don't know why they did this, we cannot fight it effectively.

I will not give up my freedom, even in the face of possible death.

I will not kill innocent people to avenge these deaths, acting like a lynch mob instead of a civilized nation. America is better than that.

And when we hunt terrorists, we should not flinch from following when the trail of money and support leads to some of our allies like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, or the business interests seeking gain from militarism abroad.




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earthside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:49 AM
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1. "Bin Laden is Still Free."
That should be the heart of any message from Democrats, progressives, liberals, traditional conservatives ... and all real, genuine, true blue patriots.

We're in danger today because Bush took his eye off the ball.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:50 AM
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2. he could be dead or trotted out when they need a boost in polls








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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:52 AM
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3. Emphasize Al Qaeda
We can support the hunt for Al Qaeda. But make a complete distinction from Iraq. Because they are separate. Al Qaedaa and other terrorists were responsible for these attacks as they were on 9-11.. this still has nothing to do with Iraq. THere is a clear distinction. We need to start rebuildind the credibilty of our nation, because it was destroyed by trickery and it is continuing to fuel the terrorists. We need to hold the Bush Administration responsible for their crimes and return this nation to a land of freedom and opportunity.
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:54 AM
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4. No more mourning --ANGER
People have wallowed in sentimental sappiness too much already. Fake tears and liars wrapped in flags and more deaths are all we have to show for this WEAKNESS of mind.

Blair's political ambitions and cynical lies are WHY these Londoners have died, alongside so many thousands of Iraqis that have died before them and will continue to die. Bush's lies and illegal wars are why Americans may die from similar violence in the future. NO MORE MOURNING. FACE THE PROBLEM NOW.

FACE THE PROBLEM NOW.

You can mourn them later; your duty to the dead is to expose why they died and bring to the public square the head of their killer.

ANGER NOW.
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