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After the last three elections, I approached this election with dread. In spite of what the polls said; the many voting irregularities in the past elections made me fear that we could no longer change the system at the ballot box. I was happy to be proved wrong but still fearful that the mess that has been made is far beyond fixing.

After the 2000 election, the news media was silent on the protests that demanded the votes be counted. Into that darkness, William Rivers Pitt launched Truthout. For me, he was the only ray of light in that darkness. Now he has given me cautious optimism with his comment, “The back of the ‘Neo-conservative Revolution’ has been broken, ... The ideology foisted upon an unwilling public, …that has given us slaughter in Iraq …, has been exposed and eviscerated. The Project for the New American Century, and all that was spawned from it, has been relegated, for now, to the dustbin of history.” I do hope this is true!!

He comments that we lack the shared heritage that binds citizens of many other countries together; and continues “The United States stands apart from this. We are an invention, the product of an idea, the children of a dream. We come from everywhere,”

“All we have to tie together this amazing and confusing experiment are a few old pieces of paper. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the only truths that each and every citizen of this country have completely in common. They are our unifying theme, …because the basic idea was, ..., that these belong to us and defend us and set us, now and forever, free.” “…that shared heritage had been under a savage, unrelenting attack …by a president who once referred to the Constitution as "just a God damned piece of paper”

“Much remains to be done. The departure of Donald Rumsfeld from the Pentagon will not heal Iraq, nor will it bring back to life the soldiers and civilians who have died thanks to the hubris of others….For the first time in far too long, however, an opportunity has arrived to do more than scream into the thunderstorm and damn the rain.”
It’s nice to stop screaming, to nurture this ray of hope by putting my efforts toward positive change.

For the another view and the full text of Pitt’s comments, see this post

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