October 27th, 2004

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the great blogger debate went well last night, despite the underrepresentation of the right. i tried as hard as i could to get my few political opponents here to sign up and participate, but only fieldofshells was able to make it, and he's not even as conservative as he would like to believe ;) most of the discussion ended up revolving around the electoral college, with some very interesting points made on both sides. i recommend reading that thread as well as the one where people laid out their positions on various issues.
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People had their doubts about the lanky, long-faced man, the lawyer turned politician. Even his friends admitted that "his ambition was a little engine that knew no rest." His first run for office was a notable failure.

In Congress, he voted repeatedly for big-ticket spending projects.

He was taunted for his nuanced dissent on the president's pre-emptive invasion of a foreign country, which he considered a threat to the Constitution. "If today he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us," he said, "how could you stop him?"

Certainty was not his strong suit. "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go," he said. "My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."

He changed his mind often, defending himself by saying "the man who can't make a mistake can't make anything."

Nor did he seem like a warrior. He had been an officer in an earlier war, but he wasn't eager to commit troops to the present conflict. "Military glory," he said, was "the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood."

He was married to a rich woman who "could not restrain a witty, sarcastic speech that cut deeper than she intended."

He could be stiff, even unemotional. "Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense," was his motto.

A modern campaign of slurs, spins and propaganda would have had no trouble painting him as a flip-flopper, a friend of big government, lacking in what it takes to lead a divided nation in dangerous times.

But you know what?

Abraham Lincoln turned out to be a pretty good president.

taken from the johnkerry04 community
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this is the real human race. this is what we can do when we reach. imagine if we took the combined military budgets of earth's nations and invested it in space exploration. the technologies are very similar. it would be an easy conversion from fighter jets to space shuttles, from tanks to planetary expedition vehicles. imagine.
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look for a kerry ad that shows the president saying we don't want a commander in chief who jumps to conclusions followed by some clips from his 2003 state of the union.