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Since so many people harp on me for being "negative" and only talking about how lousy things are, I thought I'd let people know about the good things that are happening. Because, believe it or not, good things are happening.
First, there's Al Gore, who continues to speak out on important issues in a way that's making him hard to ignore. Some are even calling on him to run for President again.
Second, as I speak, Senator John Kerry, along with Senator Ted Kennedy and Minority Leader Harry Reid, are leading a filibuster to try to prevent Judge Sam Alito from sitting on the Supreme Court. Whether they can hold the filibuster or not remains to be seen, but I think it's significant that they're willing to stand up and fight for this.
And then there's Gov. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was on the Today show this week where host Katie Couric tried to push the Republican lie that Jack Abramoff gave money to Democrats. Dean would have none of it, and stood his ground firmly.
Gore, Kerry, and Dean have taken a lot of criticism for their election loses, but the truth is that every Democrat running for national office faces a huge uphill battle: not only do they have to go up against a well-paid, well-oiled Republican propaganda machine, they also have to go up against the so-called "professional" media that's clearly against Democrats and liberals. Those are some pretty formidable obstacles. True, we still have a long way to go, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and I believe we're headed in the right direction.
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