Howard Dean is an awesome head of the Democratic Party. The Democrats have been slapped around and insulted for years by Republican zealots and it is about damn time that someone stood up for the rest of us and push back.
One needs only to look as far as the 2004 election to see how the "Swift Boat Veterans" kicked Kerry to the curb and dragged his reputation through the dirty gutter.
You don't achieve what you believe by rolling over like a dog and getting kicked in the ribs. Defending what you believe in and holding onto the values of diversity means that you have to fight now and then. You can not expect people to just win anyone over if you can not even defend yourself and that has been the bane of the Democratic Party in the last decade.
Dean's comment today was that the Republican Party is basically a "white Christian party." Now how is that insulting? Does anyone who seriously follows politics believe that the Christian radical right have not taken over the Republican Party??? Why do Republicans oppose homesexual marriages if their party is not dominated by the Christian radical right?? Not to mention their constant nagging about keeping "God" in the pledge of allegiance or installing formal, Christain "prayer" in school.
Also, why do African-Americans vote over-whelmingly for Democrats if the Republicans are not a party dominated by "whites??"
No, they're not a dominate, "white Christian party" at all.
Sure Dean is a little rough around the edges but he speaks his mind and is damn honest and that is something that we need to see more of in politics.
This attack on Dean's honesty is just another "bait and switch" tactic by the Republicans to keep from talking about the real issues that face America. Issues like the weak economy, Iraq and the Downing Street Memo as well as the "monolithic," fundamentalist nature of their party. If these comments do not hit close to home for Republicans then why are they so up in arms about them??
The truth hurts but needs to be spoken if we are going to change our country into a more diverse and accepting society.
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