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Saturday, November 08, 2003


The New Democratic Party

posted by Dana at Saturday, November 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This I believe. A new political party was born today.

The New Democratic Party is fiscally conservative, socially liberal, truly internationalist and environmentally friendly.

The New Democratic Party was born today, on November 8, 2003, with the support of nearly 500,000 Americans, 89,533 of whom specifically endorsed its Declaration of Independence from Special Interests.

It is the plain wording of its Declaration that makes this a new party, in my opinion. This was a Declaration against all special interests, not just those of our political opponents. Those who would ally with us must understand and accept this.

It is fitting that today's declaration takes its tone from the 1776 Declaration. The New Democratic Party does not take its vision from the Civil Rights struggle, or the anti-war movement, or the New Deal, or any of the other great political movements of the 20th century.

We stake our claim instead on the uniting truths of the 18th century. It is right and just that we should do this. Because it is not just the gains of the 20th century that are under threat from the current Administration, but everything America stands for, and has stood for, since its founding.

In the next year we will either become a nation of one man, one vote, or become a nation of one dollar, one vote. Our struggle must be to get all our fellow Americans to understand this.

We must lift up the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens -- all of them -- from the traumas and divisions of the present day. We must remind our neighbors again, all of them, of what makes America different. We must show how their government has been seized from them, and gain their assent in taking it back.

Today, as was done by our forefathers (and mothers), we pledge our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to this proposition -- that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth.

Freedom is not given. It must be fought for, in every generation.

The fight has begun.


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