Saturday, January 21, 2006

Daily Kos: Real Hardball/Slings and Arrows

Daily Kos: Real Hardball

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama Bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to Osama Bin Laden.

That's reason to be outraged - but even more outrageous is the fact that in a flurry of sound bites what was lost was a real discussion of the fact that more than four years after the devastating attacks of 9/11, more than four years after George Bush boasted we wanted Osama "dead or alive," more than a year after Osama Bin Laden showed his hateful face in yet another video, this barbarian is still very much alive and boasting of additional attacks against the United States.

by John Kerry

Daily Kos: Some Slings and Some Arrows:
I too am delighted by John Kerry's decision to post here on Daily Kos. It speaks volumes to the viability and importance of this community and the Netroots in general.
I am also aware that many here, including myself, believe it quite possible that Kerry actually won in 2004. This is irrelevant to my point. I am not claiming Kerry wasted his chance at victory in 2004. I am claiming that he wasted his chance to run a meaningful campaign.

It's the accountability stupid.

In all the banter back and forth about what went wrong in 2004, I've yet to hear anyone address the most obvious error of the Kerry campaign: failing to hold George Bush accountable.

What is it but a lack of accountability that allows George Bush to squander the commonwealth, blunder our foreign policy, repeatedly lie to the American people, and work tirelessly to enact policies that are not supported by the vast majority of Americans and still be re-elected to his office?

The essence of democracy is accountability. The idea is simple: unlike a monarchy, when our leaders fail to perform, or otherwise neglect or abuse their offices, they are challenged for those failures by their opponents and voted out. This system has been known to work well.

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