Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Waging Peace by Scott Ritter
China Road by Rob Gifford
And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since by Charles B. Rangel
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
The Missing Peace by Dennis Ross
February 12, 2005 - I am hopeful again, now that Howard Dean is chair for the Democratic National Committee. Visit Democracy for America for Dean's Plan for the DNC. Ironically, this week our Dean for President bumper sticker peeled off our car during a run through the car wash. Time for a new bumper sticker, but what shall it say?
November 7, 2004 -I think Bill Maher expressed my current feelings most accurately when on this week's show he related a story about a debate he was having in college with one other student and after a good hour of thinking that they were having a good exchange of ideas, the other student turned to Bill and pointed out that when Jesus came down to earth, all would be resolved. That is exactly how I feel about this election. Weren't we having a good discusson on ISSUES? What about the four debates or all of these books? Suddenly everywhere I turn there are articles about how the poor guy who can't put food on his family table decided that none of these issues were important -- he just wants to get back to Christian moral values. I'm so confused. To me, going it practically alone in a preemptive war and ultimately killing 100,000 Iraqi citizens is amoral. I distinctly remember learning how Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek, not slap our enemy up the side of the head with an air assualt. Don't get me started...
I shouldn't be surprised by the surge in Christian assertiveness. When I asked one of our sales reps why she was voting for Bush (because I could tell she was passionate and I truly wanted to understand), her answer scared me out of my wits. I was thinking what a nice person this Mary seems to be, who knew that she was such a lunatic? Can you imagine my surprise to discover that I'm apparently on the lunatic fringe, not her? I guess I should have been listening to my father all these years. He has certainly tried to let me know that my ideas are too "soft" to survive in this world and that I should start thinking more about how to help myself. (For example, this is how you solve the health insurance problem -- go work for a large company, say a defense contractor since it offers lots of job security -- and then I won't compain about our health care system anymore. Right. Apparently he doesn't understand that $8,000 a year in health care is still $8,000 a year no matter who pays the premium.)
I know I'm not alone in this post-election depression. I am hoping that as soon as we get over this shock that the same mechanisms that allowed us to mobilize and to believe that we might be able to change the world will lead us into more creative ways to educate those around us. I really wish the pundits would shut up about what message the Democratics need to spin "next time." I don't want spin. I want a more educated citizenship and a leader that isn't afraid to say it like it is. Howard Dean we need you more than ever.
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