WHEN IN THE Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
Two centuries ago, our founders brought into this world a new republic. This republic brought to the world a new era of self-government. It ensured the rights of the citizenry and gave them the vote to elect representatives.
Throughout this nation’s history, the American people have struggled to keep their rights and make their government work for them. We have seen the populists, progressives, women, labor, and civil rights movements.
Today our government has become overrun by special interests. Working with President George Bush, they have turned our government into a system that works for the profit of the few not the benefit of the many.
They have in the last two elections flooded our politics with over 5.1 billion dollars in contributions.
They have walked into the Vice-president’s office and written energy legislation that keeps us shackled to fossil fuels.
They have written health care legislation denying access and affordability, and keeping prescriptions away from seniors.
They have purposely misled this nation into an unnecessary war.
WE, therefore, the architects and builders of Dean for
America, appealing to the Wise Judgment of the American people on our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these United States, solemnly Publish and Declare, the People of these United States are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT OF SPECIAL INTERESTS and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT CITIZENS, they have full Power to participate, deliberate, pursue the common good, protect their own interest from corruption, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT CITIZENS may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, we mutually pledge to each other to write letters, knock on doors, organize our neighbors, self- fund this effort, and vote.
There was an excellent conversation between Richard Holbrooke and Richard Perle facilitated by "ABC News' This Week" today.
The look on Richard Perle's face while Richard Holbrook (assistant secretary of state and ambassador to the United Nations under President Clinton) pointed out the bare truth to him on the
failed (or ignored) pre-Iraq war / Imad Hage peace-negotiations ..the look on that man's face said it all. Perle really doesn't have a poker face.
He looked down, appeared to be turning a shade of ashen green. Was it shame?
Perle-prince of darkness- ashamed?
Perle called Hage's attempt to stop the war "a trap" due to oil concessions.
Oil. Oil. Oil. Oil. Oil.
Did I say oil? With the slithery, slippery assistance of George W Bush and Dick Cheney, oil has killed almost
400 American troops in the interest of American corporations.
Oil was the very reason Perle discounted an effort to head off an unnecessary war.
We need to be outraged.
If we're not outraged, we are not paying attention.
If I hear Perle call the Iraqi resistance "bitter-enders" one more time, I think I'll become nauseous.
What kind of "bitter-end" (or ANY end, for that matter) is anywhere near in this war?
The resistance has escalated like a wild fire this past month.
They succeeded in killing so many of our fine young troops...took down a Chinook and now TWO Blackhawk-downs (Where's Mark Bowden and Ridley Scott?)
"Bitter-beginners" may be a more fitting term.