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As we remember George McGovern, I am struck by a quote from his book What It Means To Be a Democrat.

As quoted in the Times, McGovern says:

 “We are the party that believes we can’t let the strong kick aside the weak,” Mr. McGovern wrote. “Our party believes that poor children should be as well educated as those from wealthy families. We believe that everyone should pay their fair share of taxes and that everyone should have access to health care.”With the country burdened economically, he added, there has “never been a more critical time in our nation’s history” to rely on those principles.“We are at a crossroads,” he wrote, “over how the federal government in Washington and state legislatures and city councils across the land allocate their financial resources. Which fork we take will say a lot about Americans and our values.”

  There is no question among the writers and readers here that the Democratic Party does not always live up to its ideals. There are some who seem to take particular pleasure in pointing out our shortcomings, while ignoring those of the Republicans. Nevertheless, the reason the Democratic Party can be challenged for failing to live up to its ideals is that the Democratic Party has ideals. When our party disappoints us it is because we know it's capable of more than it sometimes achieves.

When we work here for more and better Democrats George McGovern is the kind of Democrat I, for one, am thinking about.

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  •  To all those who are considering voting for a 3rd (1+ / 0-)
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    JackMcCullough

    party, I ask you to cast your vote for Barack Obama in honor of George McGovern.

    As to the lesser of two evils meme, I would say to you that if you believe this, please consider that the President is the lesser of at least three evils. While you may agree more with Jill Stein than with the President, it is a fact that the next President will be either Obama or Romney. A vote for anyone else is a vote which will help Romney win. That is a fact, a non-debatable fact. So if you vote to help Romney win, you are in fact voting for the greater of the evils.

    Let me say that I do not consider voting for Barack Obama for President to be an evil in any case, but the above is for those who have said they do not want to vote for the lesser of two evils.

    Thanks, Jack, for a wonderful tribute to a great man.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 06:52:51 AM PDT

  •  The adherents of the Republican party also (0+ / 0-)

    have ideas and ideals. They prefer to be waited on by people they can look down on for being stupid enough to do their bidding. Being practically incompetent themselves, unless someone gives them very specific directions, they do not appreciate individual initiative and the fact that the creative person produces much more than he can use himself and has no reluctance to share. Some Republicans are like dogs that bite the hand that feeds them. They need to be put in their place, if only because their behavior is self-defeating. The Party of No is well named.  They do need to be told that enough is enough and they must stop being greedy.

    One more thing. That their accumulative impulses are fixated on money is both a good and a bad thing.  Since money is just a symbol, a figment of the imagination whose material manifestation we can produce endlessly, their accumulation of worthless lucre isn't all that bad.  If they were corralling people and live stock by force, it would be a lot worse.
    On the other hand, because money is worthless, we countenance their accumulation with more tolerance than we should.  Because this mindless accumulation does disrupt the real economy and detrimental consequences follow. It is not the accumulators' fault that those tasked with managing the currency pretend there is not enough to do what needs doing but which they don't want done. But, they are serving as a handy excuse and that has to be removed.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 06:59:57 AM PDT

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