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Friday, October 03, 2003



posted by Editor at Friday, October 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

To go along with the Raise the Roots tour, Generation Dean
has launched a new petition. It reads:


We the undersigned, in order to restore the ideals upon which America was
founded, call upon our nation's leaders to honor the following rights:

1. The right to be free from national debt

2. The right to be free from government surveillance and unwarranted suspicion
of American citizens

3. The right to a government of, by and for the people, free from the influence
of special interests

4. The right to a quality education

5. The right to patriotic dissent

6. The right to a government which deals honorably with other nations

7. The right to leadership which does not operate in secrecy

8. The right to know the truth about the commander-in-chief's reasons for
sending our troops in harm's way

9. The right to a government which works for the benefit of all its citizens,
and not only for those who have the most

10. The right to leadership which seeks to form a more perfect union -- and does
not divide its people by race, by gender, by income or by sexual orientation


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