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"America has two great dominant strands of political thought - conservatism, which, at its very best, draws lines that should not be crossed; and progressivism, which, at its very best, breaks down barriers that should never have been erected." -- Bill Clinton, Dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library, November 2004

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004


One Nation, Indivisible

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, September 15, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
In an earlier open thread, Generational Storm wrote:

I'm just wondering if any of you are as frustated as I am by the disdain that some people in the DFA movement have for "conservatives".

Pravin also commented,

I would like to see the Dean movement not wedded to a rigid idealogy. There should of course be some common principles - like accountability, transparency in goverment, compassion for your fellow human beings, concern for the environment, security of the country. How you go about accomplishing them should not be wedded to a certain ideology.

what Pravin describes is exactly what Dean preached - facts, not ideology, should determine policy. There's a reason I put Matthew Miller's 2% Solution book on the reading list - it's exactly that kind of attitude towards compromise on idealogy for the sake of *successful* and *effective* policy that Dean exemplified, in his record as governor and in his rhetoric. Its exactly what attracted me to him so much that I founded this little blog :)

I agree with GS that conservative is a bad word to many Dean supporters, but remember that many Dean supporters were drawn to him solely because he was th eonly one speaking out against the handling of the war. Their attitude shouldnt concern us as much as the general goal of forging a new identity independent of these labels.

I've definitely decided I am going to launch a Scoop site after the election. Not prior, because its too acrimonius an atmosphere. I was hoping to register but it was taken :( I want there to be a place where Republican, Democrat, conservative, and liberal are all outlawed words and we create a new lexicon for talking about the issues.

I thik we need to do this ourselves. We cant just lament the fate of our current system, we have to heed Dean's lesson, that we have the power. And we have to heed Trippi's lesson, that the power can best be excercised through the amplifier of the Net.


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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.