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Wednesday, November 26, 2003


Give Thanks For This Community

posted by Dana at Wednesday, November 26, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Tomorrow is THE Thanksgiving of the Howard Dean campaign. By the next Thanksgiving we will know the result of our work.

So it is important for me, right now, to give thanks for this community. This American community has been atomized for generations, lying in living rooms, hidden behind car windshields. But now it is stirring, it is re-connecting, and life will never be the same.

This is something Dean's opponents don't get. They think it's about anger, or being against Bush, or it's about the Internet.

It's not. It's about community. It's about re-creating the personal connections we lost in the 20th century, to TV, to air conditioning, to the motor car.

When we go out into the world, when we interact with folks who are different (and everyone's different), we change. We become less fearful. We become more fulfilled. It's Christmas every day.

I pray today that nothing, even victory, takes that away. We need one another. It's human nature. We need connections, real connections, not just to our families and our churches but to the wider world of men and women and children throughout our towns, in other towns, in other states.

Something was missing in our lives. We felt alone. Am I the only one who feels this way, we thought?

But we're not alone, now. Now we're together. Now we have a great work before us. And it's good.

So thank you. Thank you. Howard Dean is right. You really are amazing.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.