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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:23 PM
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I couldn't answer when asked what the Democratic positive message was.
They asked me to do it without saying what Bush has done wrong. When put on the spot like that, my mind just went blank. I'm so ashamed :-(

What is the positive message/positive slogan, so I won't make that mistake again?
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:25 PM
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1. Here is what Dean said on the Today Show when asked to
to describe what the Dem Party stands for in 30 seconds. It seems pretty good to me.
http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/01...

"One: American jobs that will stay in America, using energy independence to generate those jobs. Two: a strong national defense based on telling the truth to our citizens, our soldiers and our allies. Three: Honesty and integrity to be restored to government. Four: A health care system that works for everybody just like they have in 36 other countries. Five: a strong public education system so we can optimism and opportunity back in America."
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:30 PM
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4. That works for me
Love the Gov!
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:34 PM
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7. Holy Shit! I *loves* me some Howard Dean!
Damn that man is GOOD -> :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Not only is each and everyone PACKED with *positive* message, each and everyone KICKS the Rethugs directly where it *hurts*.

One: American jobs that will stay in America, using energy independence to generate those jobs.
Two: a strong national defense based on telling the truth to our citizens, our soldiers and our allies.
Three: Honesty and integrity to be restored to government.
Four: A health care system that works for everybody just like they have in 36 other countries.
Five: a strong public education system so we can optimism and opportunity back in America."


:kick: :kick: :kick: :kick: :kick:
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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:37 PM
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13. IndyOp, Dean is mine
That is, if Gen. Clark won't answer my calls! :p
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:43 PM
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16. If you get Dean the wrestler, I get the other wrestler...
:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 08:59 AM
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53. It's yummy either way!
:9
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BOHICA06 Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:19 PM
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28. I'd take number Five ....
but I've lost hope ......... out $100,000 to make sure I don't handicap my own children wit our failure.
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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:36 PM
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9. That should be printed on business cards
we can hand them out.

I think that I will do that... I was asked this question today but didn't answer it as briefly or to the point.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:38 PM
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15. Yep - It is the "elevator speech" - most people have the attention span
that is as long as a trip up to their floor at work in an elevator. Boiling down to that length and having everyone echoing the same message means that it might just break through the corporate media whitenoise.

I am impressed!
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:47 PM
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49. Good idea!
I'm in, easy to spread around ... easy to absorb!

I'll leave them behind everwhere I go - like bread crumbs. Nourishment & enlightenment for the uninformed.

I like it alot!

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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 08:58 AM
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52. Thanks! Every once in a while, I have a good idea
You know how it is - work, kids, college - too many things, not enough brain cells~
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:04 PM
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20. Might want to work in the right to privacy too
n/t
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:15 PM
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25. I would just add: and be able to retire in dignity
I also would love to say that government can do good, if we know that it is doing good for all the people, not just the donors..

Ever since Clinton said, in his SOTU that the days of big government are over, we are afraid to say that government programs are good, benefit all the citizens.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:21 PM
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39. Ya know?
Unless one is a total self serving self absorbed, greedy a$$hole, these five points work for all Americans and should be adopted ASAP! Who could argue with any one of these, while still appearing too actually give a crap about their fellow citizens? :shrug:
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 10:28 PM
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45. Six: Getting government to mind its own damn business
in regards to family and medical decisions.
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:27 PM
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2. We Can Do Better?
just kidding

I think it is that we need a change of course so that we can pay down our debt, we shouldn't be leaving that for our kids.

We can fight terror without pre-emptive war on countries that didn't attack us in the first place.

We can create a system that is CHEAPER than our health care insurance system now, that will cover EVERYONE!

We can restore our image in the world with our allies!

We can take care of our citizens instead of letting Americans starve or be homeless!

We can change so much! WE ARE the land of abundance compared with the rest of the world!

We can create jobs, and stop the bleeding of jobs from our shores!
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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:29 PM
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3. I like "put the American people first"
it's a version of Clinton's "putting people first" theme.

*We want to create American jobs (e.g., no tax breaks for outsourcing, a strong economy, help small business, crack down on corporate malfeasance)
*We want to safeguard our health and our future (health care, social security, education)
*We want to protect American people at home (e.g., bring home our National Guard, especially, no unneccessary wars)
*We want to protect our civil liberties and civil rights
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mikelewis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:31 PM
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5. We don't need a slogan...
We are for helping the poor and feeding the hungry. We are for peaceful relations with our neighbors and integrity in our government. We are for human rights for all humans and that includes human dignity. We support social programs that alleviate suffering and we demand an education for our children. We believe the elderly should be cared for and the victims avenged. We believe you never fight unless you have to and then you fight to remove the threat, never for revenge. We believe it's your right to believe, say and think anything you wish but it is not your right to harm others with slander and lies. We believe in America and the defining priciples by which we were founded. We are the Democratic Party and we are made up of liberals, conservatives and progressives. We might not be polished but we are right. I'm not sure you can condense that into a slogan so don't worry that you couldn't boil down honor and duty into a sound-bite. There's no shame in not playing their ignorant game.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:36 PM
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11. We need a statement that is easy to remember and repeat -
I don't like the term slogan, but we have to recognize that there are 1,000's of jobs that need to be done and that we must sort them and prioritize them.

How about *MISSION STATEMENT* -- we need a Mission Statement...

...and I love Dean's 5 statements above.

:kick:
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:17 PM
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48. Um, yes - we DO need a slogan. Or a few slogans.
It's an important tool in a winning strategery. Why do you think there ARE slogans?

Make it simple. Make it easy. Make it good.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:33 PM
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6. We stand for a government that serves the people rather than exploits,...
,...them.

The Republicans lie/cheat/steal to serve the elite corporacrats at the sacrifice of the people. The Republicans operate on the "love of money".
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:34 PM
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8. clearing throat and jumpin in. health care reform
helping small business to bring better health care to e,ployees. allowing people to jump into the same kind of health care they have in congress. education for the children. reform and provide money for the no child left behind act instead of gutting schools of money and then making outrageous demands. take tax reduction from the rich. get out of iraq. there are just a few of the reallyr eally important ones
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PhilipShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:36 PM
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10. Freedom
Essentially -- the liberal Democratic message -- is that being and American means to believe in the concept of freedom, in a true democracy, in which liberty means to be able to express your opinion no matter how much in offends the majority -- and to be friendly and tolerant to all and to those that are in the minority, in and environment where the people allow one another life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:36 PM
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12. Wow... That's Pretty Sad
You should have something you feel is positive to offer... you should be ashamed.
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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:38 PM
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14. Well, some folks aren't as quick on their feet as others
Sometimes it's hard to articulate when you're put on the spot.
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:27 PM
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30. you 'shouldn't ...
be anything of the kind- and I personally want to applaud you for having the guts to not only admit this- but to post it here for peoples input-

NO SHAME!!!! it makes me (fucking) pissed off when people say that phrase- "you should be ashamed"-
You should be who you are- better to not say anything, than to fill the air with empty words.

My apologies for the cruelty we are all so full of, and eager to dump on others- myself among the accused.

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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:29 PM
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31. Amen, blue!
nicely put
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Jo March Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 09:03 AM
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54. Yes, it's hard to know that you're carrying the words of the party
I am working on educating people. Two of my friends are Repubs but they really don't know why. I am educating them. It's difficult.

One told me, "Kerry didn't have any good ideas." I said, "Yes, he did!" Of course, it was hard for me to remember it all when I was put on the spot like that.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:08 PM
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22. "Ashamed"? Geez, lighten up.
Nice way to kick someone when they're down.
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:49 PM
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17. and supervise a homeland security system that actually works
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 07:56 PM by rumpel
if people on the other side are so worried of terorrist attacks, point out that the HS could not even respond to Katrina and still has not, and whether they think the HS will be there to really protect and act.
(The FEMA operated very well under Dems)

A gov't that takes it's responsibility serious and does not outsource agency duties to private companies and thus evades responsibility, while in the process fanning cronism and lining the pockets of family and associates.
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:00 PM
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18. how about : "REAL Freedom begins at home"...
Freedom from oppression, fear, want, unjust laws, homelessness, unwarrented surveilance, unemployment, lack of health care, intolerance, and imperialism.

If we spent our funds, energy, talents, intelligence and GOOD energy on making our own 'homeland' a place of dignity and promise, then we would not be a 'threat' to others- and the threats that exist with-in our own borders, from our 'own' people would lessen, because people who feel hopless do things that they would not feel compelled to do when their basic needs are being met. Americans aren't 'happy' or 'contented' and we haven't been for a LONG time- We lust after 'things' and 'excitement' and 'the next best whatever' we rush around busy, busy, busy and complain we don't have time to do anything, but what we really are really doing is trying to avoid having to really slow down and ... think.... reflect.... question our lives....

At least that is my 'take' on it- after many years of being in the spinning wheel in the cage... and faling flat on my face. Now, my life here has an unmistakable 'finite' end-point, premature according to 'statistics' but not surprising. Seeing the 'sunset' on the horizon, can really change ones perspective- And before the dusk sets in, I'd like to encourage people not to forget life isn't a destination, it is a journey- If we focus so much on 'staying safe' and 'wanting more' and 'planning for the future' finding out that the future is far closer than anyone could ever have predicted, makes each and every day a day that shouldn't be wasted- And who knows when any of our 'futures' might arrive- We gotta live each day, like its our last- cause it may be- and if it isn't, we are the 'winners' either way- eh?

sorry for the monologue-

Peace, and justice can't be brought to others, if we don't posses it ourselves. Guess that is the most important thing. We have sold out our 'values' for the lie that we 'have-to' in order to make 'America' safe-

What price are we willing to pay for the illusion of safety????- How much 'stuff' is ever going to be 'enough'.


i'll shut up now- promise. :crazy:
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:13 PM
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24. I like it: liberty to be our best by freeing us from oppressive policies!
Don't "shut up". It's that kind of brain-storming that results in solutions. 'kay? :D
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:33 PM
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32. thanks-
for finding the message in my jumble, and for the encouragement-
:hug:
blu
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:01 PM
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19. I'm positive we care for the PEOPLE not the CORPORATIONS!
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:07 PM
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21. fair taxes, honest business environment, fair markets, employment
so much more, but this would appeal to repukes.
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rpgamerd00d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:11 PM
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23. If you only want to memorize one "slogan", memorize THIS:
"The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. We will bring America back to Americans."
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banana republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 10:28 PM
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44. good I like it
But I also like:


Truth
Justice
&
The American Way

e.g. one man one vote
and they better be counted right....
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:18 PM
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26. The Democratic Party is for the little guy.
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 08:20 PM by LittleClarkie
We fight for Social Security, benefits, small businesses, decent health care for people and stuff like that there. There's a reason the unions are still with us.

Let me go to DNC.org and see if I can find Harry Reid's agenda. It's been around a while, but people keep pretending they've never seen it and saying "Dems have no plan." We sure do.

On edit: Here ya go

http://www.dnc.org/agenda.html
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:19 PM
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:35 PM
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34. Excuse me?
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 10:03 PM
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41. It was excused.
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BushOut06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:08 PM
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37. Front page of New York Times today
Many senior Dems worried that they're not projecting a positive image, and that they're not taking advantage of Bush's gaffes and mistakes.

Well DUH - they're worried about covering their own arses. This is what many of us have been saying all along.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:06 PM
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47. you are pretty consistant in your tone on your posts. they dont
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 11:07 PM by seabeyond
get positive image cause media filters it. for example the funeral. it was kick ass and media spun it.....
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Ksec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:24 PM
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29. Negativity is contagious
Sometimes I find myself going to bed pissed off and full of negative thoughts. I came to the conclusion , when that happens , its time to lay off the politics for a while. I can actually get more done when Im in a positive state so the negativity is not only hard on ones mental and physical health but it also affects productivity.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:34 PM
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33. The Democratic answer is to FIX all Bush has done wrong!
:evilgrin:
rocknation
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:38 PM
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35. WE CAN DO BETTER n/t
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kcwayne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:15 PM
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38. The Dem positive message is :
Republicans positively suck and are transforming our democracy into a police state with a dictator, and the Dems positively won't do anything about it.
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joe_sixpack Donating Member (655 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 10:41 PM
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46. Still trying to figure things out here...
Can you say that because your post count is high, or because it's worded slightly different than the user who was banned?
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:25 PM
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40. heaven and earth...... havent heard from you on this thread
are you set to go next time someone asks you what is democratic agenda. with out bringing bush in
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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 10:20 PM
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42. Thank you all very much!
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 10:21 PM by Heaven and Earth
I was in class, which is why I hadn't responded. I am set to go, with many thanks, for the ideas for a message, and for your patience. Definitely bookmarked!
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 10:20 PM
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43. cool for you. and glad to hear you were in class. education
good stuff....
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:50 PM
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50. Dean has it out
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 01:18 AM
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51. WE NEED SOMETHING LIKE THIS . . . BADLY, AND SOON . . .
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