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Sunday, January 30, 2005

 

Purple Nation

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, January 30, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
This is why George W. Bush - and Howard Dean - were right to believe that the elections should not have been delayed:

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Iraqi women show off their ink stained fingers after voting at a polling station in the Salhiyah district of Baghdad.(AFP/Ali al-Saadi)


BTW I'd like to encourage all of you with a dKos account to go and recommend this diary by Zackpunk. Let's show the naysayers that freedom is a Purple virtue.


Discussion

While no one can deny the power of being able to vote in Iraq, I cannot shake the oddity of how easy it will be for insurgents to pick out those that did vote by their ink stained fingers.

At the same time I admit that I am amazed how open Iraqis have seemingly been in being branded in such a way, as a mark of pride.

Hopefully we will not hear stories of retaliation against voters.

 

there already has been some reports of violence against voters, but without the security presence it surely woudl have been worse. I think that the social celebration of the vote in Iraq is itself a powerful repudiation of the insurgency.

 

Aziz, thanks for your efforts in convincing liberals to recognize this vote as a positive development. There is a hope for compromise in this country only if we have some fundamental values in common. I believe a commitment to freedom and democracy should be one of those values and your response to this election keeps my hope alive.

 

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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.