November 6, 2006

Bush lost the war, but you can still win. Vote.

Bush lost the war in Iraq, and we’re still stuck with him for two more years.

“Spend the Course” is not working, because throwing money and lives at a problem with a bad policy doesn’t fix it.

Bring back oversight to the government. Tell the world that accountability matters. Bush lost the war, but America doesn’t have to lose in the end.

In Iraq, the Democrats should suggest a more sane approach. There are proposals from John Murtha and Harry Reid to redeploy the troops outside of Iraq to become a “quick reaction force” in the region, and send more troops to Afghanistan.

However, there is another suggestion I’ve heard which appeals to me. Tell the Iraqis to tell us when to leave. Instead of having the dreaded timetable that Bush keeps saying is so deadly, tell the Iraqis we’ll leave when they want us to. Let the Iraqis use their democracy to come up with their own mechanism to tell us it’s time to go.

If the Democrats take control of congress, they will coalesce around their core ideas for how to change our Iraq policy, and work to put us on a better course, to make the best of the currently disastrous situation.

The elections are the best time for you to send your message.

Replace the batteries of government. Change the dirty socks of congress. Cough up the phlegm of democracy. Make a difference. Don’t let it be said that when you could have done something, you were a mere spectator. Cast your vote!

Posted by James at November 6, 2006 9:54 PM
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*coughcough* There, that feels better.

I was #2 through the door at my precinct and #3 in the ballot box, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a happy camper when the votes are counted tonight.

Posted by: Julie at November 7, 2006 8:51 AM

Wow, you're covering a lot of ground here!

Yes, voting is important because it's your chance to have a voice in your government, but I dislike the idea of 'voting to send a message'. I firmly believe we need to vote for who we feel will best represent our interests and by putting the party first you're not doing that.

It bothers me that we are so willing to vote for the "party" that we willingly vote for the lesser candidate. How can we be outraged by how our government is run when WE are part of the problem?

How upsetting it is to see an independent or 3rd party candidate not get voted for simply because we believe "they can't win". How will they ever win if we can't get past that perception?

As far as Iraq goes, I never thought we should have gone into it, but now that we have we need to be certain that any withdrawal doesn't leave the Iraqis in worst situation then they were in before. To do anything else is both unfair and unjust.

Posted by: Lefty at November 7, 2006 10:40 AM
Yes, voting is important because it's your chance to have a voice in your government, but I dislike the idea of 'voting to send a message'.

There is something to what you're saying. But I don't like the idea of the Republicans giving the president a blank check, and a lack of accountability when we needed it the most.

I might agree with you if the Republicans had proved that they could effectively moderate the president. But they had their chance and failed, too often just caving and rubber-stamping. The president has repeatedly re-asserted his pig-headedness over acknowledging and rectifying mistakes. There is a reason we're supposed to have checks on power.

It's a message, but it's not just a message. This is the way the system is supposed to work. In the congress and the executive, we've seen single-party politics at its worst. There is a reason we have more than one party.

Posted by: James at November 7, 2006 11:03 AM

I think it is arrogance to take responsibility for Iraq and declare that we're going to fix it. Right now we're part of the problem.

What we have done/are doing makes me sick, and I don't think continuing to do it is going to fix anything.

Anybody who is interested, during your lunch break or a little bit of free time, you can pull out your cell phone and call some people through MoveOn.org. These are people who are already leaning toward changing the government, MoveOn just wants us to remind them to vote and to ask them to remind others to vote. There's a script you can use or use your own words. For each person you get their phone number, their polling place, when it closes, and the address. (Also of course the person MoveOn is supporting in the particular race.)

Posted by: Maggie at November 7, 2006 12:15 PM

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