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Wednesday, July 28, 2004



posted by Brian Ulrich at Wednesday, July 28, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
This is going to sound canned, but I have to say it anyway. Part of the reason I'm so inspired by this convention is that it represents democracy in action. People are making speeches about policies, and we will then vote, and then the winners will enact policies for the future. As much as I may have liked Morocco, that didn't happen there, and when you spend your days reading about Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and most recently North Korea, you start to appreciate the American political climate, despite its imperfections.


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