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Friday, January 09, 2004

Democratic establishment, people on Mars, and Doing Something!

“Anyone who thinks there is an effective Democratic establishment probably also believes there are people on Mars, despite those great pictures we're getting of large amounts of emptiness.”

(E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post, Friday, January 9, 2004)

Too true.

Too many Americans worry or complain about the direction of the country, but do nothing.

Too many people lament the policies of the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress, but largely leave elections to a “Democratic establishment.”

Too many people leave defending the environment or civil liberties, or fighting poverty or injustice to the “environmentalists” or “civil libertarians” or assorted do-gooders.

Too many people do nothing because they believe that someone else will.

With all due respect to those already fighting for what they believe in, no one is going to save us.

We have to do it ourselves.

Seriously, the Democrats, the environmentalists, the civil libertarians, the do-gooders are just you and me. Stand up, do something, make a difference.