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July 27, 2004


Former President Jimmy Carter (The Velvet Hammer – thank you Jon Stewart) at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention delivered five principles of national and global citizenship:

“In repudiating extremism we need to recommit ourselves to a few common- sense principles that should transcend partisan differences. First, we cannot enhance our own security if we place in jeopardy what is most precious to us, namely, the centrality of human rights in our daily lives and in global affairs. Second, we cannot maintain our historic self-confidence as a people if we generate public panic. Third, we cannot do our duty as citizens and patriots if we pursue an agenda that polarizes and divides our country. Next, we cannot be true to ourselves if we mistreat others. And finally, in the world at large we cannot lead if our leaders mislead.”

Thank you, Mr. President, for taking it to the Bush Administration.

If you would like to read the entire speech, it deserves reading. Unfortunately, network coverage was and is so limited that we only got the prelims and the Clintons. But thankfully, for political junkies like me, the cable news coverage is incredibly over the top complete. Oh, and by the way, I will be this engrossed, if not more so, when the Republicans hit NYC - I can't wait to see the police picket lines!

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Thankfully, I got to watch President Carter while toiling away on the elliptical trainer yesterday at the gym. I imagined for a moment that just as I was burning away stubborn fat, we could all collectively burn away the last traces of the Bush administration. There definitely was a "sweating to the oldies" vibe as the sight of the Man from Plains triggered some of my oldest political memories. I owe everyone a big funny post about my training as a Reagan youth, but I'll only say here that at the tender age of 7 I sat watching Brokaw deliver the returns from the 1980 election, making my own red-state, blue-state maps with contruction paper as my parents waited in line at the polls. 1980, the same year that Julie Anne was born and we decorated her nursery with red-and-white gingham elephants. For real.

Posted by: jay on July 27, 2004 06:47 PM

I'll admit that I've been a skeptic about the convention. After all, it's not like we don't know who our candidate is. I keep thinking that all that dough could be spent on, oh, health insurance or education or rebuilding Afghanistan or something. Yeah, I know different pockets, I get it, plus, I get that I'm a tiresome liberal. But the other night when I turned on the convention, I stood there transfixed by Al Gore. Let me say that again: I was transfixed by Al Gore. The world's most boring politician was too hot to touch. I couldn't look away. And while he spoke I believed, for a few hours, that everything WAS going to get better after the election. That democracy was a fine thing. That we could take back the nation and face the world while saying, without shame, "I'm an American!"

Okay, I was a little overcome. But thrilled all the same. Plus, I couldn't even watch Bill Clinton, so weepy was I at the sight of him.

I'm tuning in for John Edwards tonight. I've been transformed by the ghosts of presidents past. I've gone from Bah Humbug to Bless Us, Every One.

Posted by: pam on July 28, 2004 05:07 PM
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