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By Remy Benoit

From the AP and CBS Gen.: Taliban Still Grave Threat.

From, by Leo Shane III,
Stars and Stripes Kerry Unveils Bill to Help Iraq War Veterans with Transition Home.

From the AP and Nat'l Guard Families Lean On Each Other.

From Common, the Guardian, and Sidney Blumenthal Lost in Europe
President Bush has reached a dead end in his foreign policy, but he has failed to recognise his quandary.

There are many positions on current policy, involving Iraq, Iran, Syria, Korea, Russia, etc. Some support the President and his advisors, others don't. There are rumors of more war, there are all kinds of questions about when combat troops can, and should, come home. There are the realities of the difficulties they and their families face on a day to day basis. There are questions as to the information provided on WMD's.

Indeed, there are many, many questions on a wide variety of topics.

Father Andrew Greely is a long time Catholic Priest in Chicago. He is also a sociologist. He, from the Chicago Sun Times, has some questions at Common How Long Can Bush Get Away With Lies?. You may also visit with him at Father Andrew Greeley.

You will recall the protestors on Inauguration Day. They are now planning further demonstrations as the second anniversary of the Iraqi engagement approaches. Global Day of Coordinated Actions on the 2nd Anniversary of the "Shock and Awe" Invasion of Iraq.

There are military families that support the war, there are military families opposed to it. Once again we find ourselves where we did so many years ago. Let us this time honor the troops with respect and help.

If we go Down History Lane, we can look at how we have founded a country, expanded its promise of "Life, Liberty, and Happiness." I think it is important that Jefferson replaced the "Property" with "Happiness." There have always been voices of dissent; there have always been voices of compromise and advancement beyond petty pork barrels.

One of the early founders, John Winthrop, had a vision of the New World. John Winthrop. "...for we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us."

There were those who had a different version of what that Beacon should be:

Anne Hutchinson.

Anne Bradstreet.

March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.

Sojourner Truth.

AIN'T I A WOMAN? by Sojourner Truth

Delivered 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio

"Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

Seneca Falls Convention 1848.

Text of the Declaration of Sentiments.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.

William Jennings Bryan.

William Jennings Bryan No Cross of Gold.

"I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kennedy Inaugural Speech.

PRESIDENT Nixon's Resignation Speech August 8, 1974.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Address to the Nation Announcing Steps To Limit the War in Vietnam and Reporting His Decision Not To Seek Reelection March 31, 1968.

So, you may be asking, what is the point of all of the above? The point is that this country was founded on dissent against what was. The point is, that we have grown as a nation; that we have changed as a nation as we grew into new ideas. The idea that we need to grow into today, that we are all answerable and accountable for, is that we have founded a nation on the principal "WE THE PEOPLE." Thus, it follows logically, that whatever course we take, vote for, or support, that same WE THE PEOPLE are accountable for. Perhaps we would do well to listen to each other, to search for answers with each other, to lose the bi-coloration of the country and remember the Red, White, and Blue of it all if we are to move forward to the fulfillment of that incredible dream, "Life, Liberty, and Happiness." It is not an impossible dream if we live what we espouse.


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