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America vs. The World

The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Friday, November 10, 2006

What winning means

Mandasaurus is half of Friday Chick Blogging and wore emerald green heels adorned with gems to Tuesday's DCCC fete.

Winning is awesome. I love the cheering, the celebration, the hop victory puts in your step. I love that on Wednesday (and each day after, I hope) I woke up to a better America.

I feel proud and ecstatic. I was invited (if that's what you call getting an invitation forwarded to you) to the DCCC's party Tuesday night. I stood beside liberals of many walks of life (union guys, staffers, college students, older people with political pins running up and down their outfits - real people) and we cheered. We cheered for the ideals of our new leaders in Congress and for their challenges to the White House. And tipsy (Rahm Emmanuel's open bar might be his best contribution to the Democratic Party) liberals still want cooperation. We hooted and clapped for bipartisanship just as much as we did for the opposition Democrats will create toward bad policy.

See Elvis? He says "A little less conversation, a little more action." He's right. Action.

Winning means we act. We say what we mean and we mean what we say (as Seuss says). We act on our promises and we hold people accountable. That goes for voters too.

Contact your Congresspeople when you have something to say - good or bad. Keep phone numbers for the people who represent you in your phone. It's easy to call them anytime - while you wait for the bus, while you take a walk, while you take your lunch break - anytime!

Keep your eyes on them. I love liberals, but I know that Washington, D.C. can be a naughty place for all politicians. It's so easy to come to this city without representation and just rock out. Lobbyists practically line the street offering steak dinners. Young people wear next-to-nothing and will do whatever politicians say. D.C. is like Temptation Island. Watch the people you send here. Read Media Matters For America and other watchdog sites, as well as The Washington Post and other news to keep up.

Keep thinking. That's easy. You are smart.

And being smart we know that our actions speak louder than our words. Winning means we act.

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