Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Dean Announces His Candidacy

for the chair of the Democratic National Committee. This bit I could support:

But most of all, together, we have to rebuild the American community. We will never succeed by treating our nation as a collection of separate regions or separate groups. There are no red states or blues states, only American states. And we must talk to the people in all of these states as members of one community.

That word -- 'values' -- has lately become a codeword for appeasement of the right-wing fringe. But when political calculations make us soften our opposition to bigotry, or sign on to policies that add to the burden of ordinary Americans, we have abandoned our true values.

We cannot let that happen. And we cannot just mouth the words. Our party must speak plainly and our agenda must clearly reflect the socially progressive, fiscally responsible values that bring our party -- and the vast majority of Americans -- together.

Funny. This makes me into a commie-loving fringe extremist. I have always been viewed as a rather stodgy middle-of-the-road type goddess. But the world it is a-changing.