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Greenwich Rally

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This is what democracy looks like

(Originally posted in Greater Democracy)

I went to Boston as a blogger credentialed by the Democratic party. I went to New York as a blogger without credentials. I visited conferences, demonstrations, the conference hall, and what stands out is the chant, “This is what democracy looks like.”

So, I thought I would take a few minutes and think about what the conventions looked like to me, a self proclaimed partisan.

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I received the following on one of the mailing lists I'm on:

From: Sherry
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 8:50 PM 


Sorry we haven't been up-to-date with our up-dates, but thanks to George Bush and Mayor Bloomberg, we've been in jail! 

Here's what happened:  We'd joined a march organized by War Resisters League, Schools of the Americas, Pax Christi, Veterans for Peace and others.  The event was framed with this statement:

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The Religous Right

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

I started college as a Religion major with thoughts of becoming a priest, and fairly conservative religious viewpoints. One of the things I particularly remember from the early days of my religious education is that most Christians tend to view Jesus as an embodiment of their own ideals. Conservatives see Jesus as conservative, black radicals tend to see Jesus as black radicals, etc.

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The flip-flopping Senator

On March 1, 2001, Senator Zell Miller addressed the Democratic Party of Georgia's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, introducing Senator John Kerry. In that speech, one of his first comments was, ” I'm proud to be Georgia's junior senator and I'm honored to serve with Max Cleland, who is as loved and respected as anyone in that body. One of our very highest priorities must be to make sure this man is re-elected in 2002 so he can continue to serve this state and nation”

He went on to speak about John Kerry, saying, “My job tonight is an easy one: to present to you one of this nation's authentic heroes, one of this party's best-known and greatest leaders – and a good friend. … In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington.

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