Friday :: Jan 14, 2005

Open Thread


by Mary

Regarding selecting the new DNC head, I agree with Steve that Howard Dean would be a great head. One reason I really like Dean is he is someone who is firmly committed to working for what our founding fathers believed a good government could be. Dean is not just a passionate Democrat, but he is also a passionate American. He is someone who believes in the vision our founding fathers had about governance. During Dean's run for the Democratic candidancy, Garanche Franke-Ruta, senior editor for the American Prospect, reflected that Dean manifested the liberalism of the founding fathers.

This quality in Dean's rhetoric -- that he is appealing not just to people's partisan leanings, nor to their particular ethnic or gender identities but to their history and identity as Americans -- is what has made him compelling to so many liberal voters who feel America is no longer even trying to be a "City upon a Hill." Instead of fearing the legacy of northeastern liberalism, he has embraced it as the philosophy that founded contemporary democracy, created America, kept it whole during the 19th century and fought to expand the franchise so that African Americans and women could participate as full citizens. When the other presidential contenders have tried to reach back past the Great Society, it has often been to connect with the last northern Democratic president, John F. Kennedy. And Dean? In the Boston speech, he quickly mentioned the 1960s and the New Deal -- but he built his address around the Sons of Liberty, who had carried out the Boston Tea Party. At his formal announcement speech, he skipped past JFK and went all the way back to John Winthrop, a Puritan settler, theologian and early governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, quoting these words: "We shall be as one. We must delight in each other, make others' conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together."

We are not just in a battle for the future of the Democratic Party. I think we are in a battle for the type of government our founding fathers believed was possible in the constitution. The Republican Party has been taken over by people who hate democracy and who are actively trying to destroy the checks and balances that limit the abuse of power. They have been bought lock, stock and barrel by the plutocrats that believe that their desires are more important than every other consituent. At the same time, the Democratic party has spent much time trying to find a way to attract the money our politics lives on. Yet this is too is a betrayal of the precepts put forward by our founding fathers of what they were trying to build when they crafted the constitution - a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

What I'd like my party to be involved in is saving the best of what it means to be American and the ideas from the constitution and I think Howard Dean is more than ready to fight for that as well.

It's your turn now.

Mary :: 2:19 AM :: Comments (39) :: Digg It!