The Day After The Election: Today We Man the Barricades, Tomorrow We Change The World

by Brent Budowsky

September 3, 2006

The Sunday Washington Post has a front page story about the possibility of major Democratic gains with control of the House and the Senate both within striking distance. The story also  points out the huge and unprecedented barrage of negative attacks that will soon be launched.

There are two points that rise to the top.

First, the Republican government has lost so much credibility and trust that they are reduced to only one last tactic: trying to drive Democrats to even lower popularity than they have. We have got to man the barricades and get the message out everywhere we can.

We are the Patriot Party, with 64 Democratic veterans running for the House and Senate. We have a strong, credible national security strategy and a strong commitment to treat our troops and vets as part of the great American family, ending their poor treatment that is a hallmark of the Bush years and all-Republican government. We stand against the war fever and fear politics, and we stand with the long list of retired military leaders who, like Democrats, have offered a better approach than includes diplomacy, political leadership, and national unity, in line with America's traditional role in the free world.

If we man the barricades, we can and will defeat the coming onslaught. And the morning after the election, there will be a revival of America at its best and a revival of the values we believe in.

As we know, the Washington Post has not exactly been our friend, but the story is true in both regards: the possibility of genuine major gains, and the certainty of the coming onslaught of negative attacks. The political impact of the story, which will be repeated, is the second point rising to the topthat more campaign money will move to Democrats.  This will be, in large measure, the wrong people giving the wrong money for the wrong reasons, but it will help our cause.

While much attention has been focused correctly on the disaster for America if one party government in Washington continues unabated for two more years, with war partisans pushing war fever with no checks and balances, more catastrophe can be avoided with a change in control of Congress.

There will be enormous opportunities for every progressive cause, every progressive website, for every independent news site and every group that champions social justice, human rights, American diplomatic leadership, the end to war fever and fear politics and these constant attacks on the Bill of Rights and civil liberties.

We will not be helped by the bad money going to Democrats for the wrong reasons. We will be lifted, energized and empowered far more than the mainstream media can imagine by the new spirit and the new power structure that is guaranteed if all-Republican government in Washington is ended.

This is literally the battle of the century. Do not underestimate the mighty forces that will be unleashed against us, in the coming weeks, but do not underestimate either the enormity and magnitude of change for good, if we win that battle.

Today we must man the barricades; tomorrow we can change the world.

Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left government in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management.

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