Finally: political propaganda I am proud to disseminate. (And thank the goddess! If I had gotten another missive from Shrub or Demublican Dickie Gephardt, I would've plotzed.)
The following letter, which comes from a coalition of creative, progressive types, urges you to do the right thing — to support the one true, smart progressive candidate now running for US president, Dennis Kucinich.
We write you as artists and activists who believe the Democratic Party is at a turning point. Jim Hightower says it best — when asked what he thinks of third parties, he says: "I'd settle for a second party." So would we.
We want a Democratic Party that offers a real alternative to the Bush Administration agenda of corporatism and war.
We want Democrats to stand up against the Bush Administration's war in Iraq, and the continuing occupation which is so costly in lives and resources.
We want a Party that stands up for genuine universal health coverage and for expanded educational opportunities and environmental cleanup paid for by cuts in the bloated Pentagon budget. Our country's military spending now rivals that of all other countries in the world combined. Yet most Democratic presidential candidates have declared the Pentagon off-limits to cuts.
We want a Party that challenges NAFTA, the World Trade Organization and a system of global trade that enriches multinational corporations as it drives down environmental and labor standards around the world. Unfortunately, most Democratic presidential candidates supported NAFTA and/or the WTO.
We want a Party that says no to failed criminal justice policies such as the racially-biased "drug war" that has depleted state budgets while fueling the prison-industrial complex.
If you agree with us on what the Democratic Party should stand for, there is one sure way of telling the world: Support Dennis Kucinich in the Democratic primaries!