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What do you think?
You have visited Iraq on a number of occasions. What is going on in the country right now?Oh, good Lord. What do you say to that? Senator, where exactly is Osama? It's been five years!
Most of the country is pretty positive. Baghdad obviously is not a great place. There are major challenges to winning this whole war against Islamo-fascism [or] whatever you want to call it. Iraq is the central front in that war. Osama bin Laden said that.
What about Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld? A number of Democrats and Republicans have been calling for his ouster.Ensign acting as Bush's echo-chamber once again. No one dare question the President. Did I mention yet that Ensign is practically a copy of Bush, with a more pronounced hair-do?
It is not a number of Republicans. The president has full confidence in Rumsfeld. We are at war and it is time to not only be behind our troops but to be behind our commander in chief.
You have billed yourself as a fiscal conservative. What has it been like for you to be in Congress while the deficit has ballooned along with governmental spending?The biggest frustration? What, Senator, you're in the minority there? No one forced you to vote with the President 96% of the time. Geez!
That has been the biggest frustration since I've been here. I believe when you are at a time of war, when we had Katrina, we should have reprioritized our spending.
Have some voters become disaffected because of this spending?OH MY GOD! He did not just say that, did he? Hey, Jack, the ensignificant Senator just handed you a line to use in your next ad!
Yes. Our behavior has been wrong.
Speaking of Reid, you have a close relationship with the Democrat, who is the Senate minority leader.Well, ain't that just sweet. You heard it, Senator Reid, Ensign just gave you the green light to campaign for Jack. How about finally getting at it?
Not only a close working relationship, but a close personal relationship. We have a spoken agreement that we will not criticize each other publicly or privately. If he campaigns for Jack Carter, that is his business.
You have been campaigning in many of the rural areas and small towns of the state.
We [recently] went through an area that essentially went for George Bush 70 [percent to] 30 [percent]. These are the people just like the ones I grew up with. I felt right at home. Got a very good response. There was a deep vein of anti-administration feeling out there. Literally as strong as the one I had.
Do you think those feelings can be translated into people switching party allegiances or even showing up to vote?
My opponent has voted with the president 96 percent of the time in the five years he has been senator. Even though he has been out [in Nevada] longer than I have, it doesn't make any difference whether you are from Nevada or not, if you vote as if you are from Washington.
Bush's approval ratings are in the 30s in Nevada, but your opponent's rating is around 50 percent. Why do you think that is?Exactly, and this is where you come in. You need to spread the word! You can also help out the campaign by contributing to Jack Carter and make this a real "Desert Showdown".
The obvious reason is people don't know how my opponent voted. They don't know what he stands for.
That said, I personally believe it's time for a change. I say "personally" because there is only one photo and name attached to this column and they both belong to me ... personally. I have no idea how the other 77 employees of The Union feel about either candidate.You can help Charlie get elected.
Why not? Doolittle has had 16 years to deliver whatever he promised to do and it's time to give someone else a chance to at least make promises. I don't think political office was intended to be lifetime employment, but thanks to some clever redistricting (that's where they determine where the Republicans and Democrats eat and sleep and design the district boundaries to benefit whichever party has the majority at the time), Doolittle and others have been able to stay in office long enough for their children to grow beards and shave their legs.
As for Charlie Brown ... well ... I've never met him, but those who have say he's a good man. He served 26 years as an officer in the Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1998. He was a rescue helicopter pilot in Vietnam and helped evacuate Saigon. He also coordinated surveillance flights over Iraq in the 1990s and opposed the invasion because, as he states on his Web site, "he knew there were no WMDs present."
He thinks we ought to get out of Iraq and focus instead on our borders. He supports additional funding for veteran services, supports universal health care, a woman's right to choose, stem cell research and good government. "Who doesn't feel discouraged and angry at the constant news of corruption and influence peddling in Washington?" he asks.
Maybe that last one sums it up for me. Brown's really got no political experience and will have difficulty getting anything done in that cesspool we call D.C., but perhaps he is exactly what we need today - something new and innocent.
Ensign considered running for the campaign committee previously, and was mentioned earlier this year for the job but demurred, citing family reasons.
Ensign said he grew comfortable with the idea after talking with friends in Nevada and obtaining the blessing of his wife and three young children.
"There is some travel but it depends on how much you want to travel," Ensign said. "Some chairmen have traveled an awful lot and some have traveled a little."
Wednesday, September 27It must be awesome for the former President to be out on the campaign trail again and help his son get elected to the Senate.
10:30 a.m. Speeches to senior citizens at The Terrace senior center, 1795 Ruby View Drive, Elko, Nevada. In the dining hall.
11:00 a.m. News conference at The Terrace. In the same location (the dining hall), with seniors looking on.
12:15 p.m. Speeches to the Elko Rotary Club luncheon at the Stockmen's Hotel, 340 Commercial Street, Elko, Nevada. In the showroom.
3:00 p.m. News conference at VFW Post 1002, 406 South Maine Street, Fallon, Nevada. In the meeting room, with invited veterans looking on.
3:45 p.m. Informal remarks to, and mingle with, members of the public at Sandwinds Sports Bar, 1120 Taylor Place, Fallon, Nevada.
Thursday, September 28
2:00 p.m. Campaign rally at the Manzanita Bowl, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jack Carter and President Carter will speak around 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. News conference for Spanish-language media, at Circus-Circus Hotel, 500 North Sierra Street, Reno, Nevada. In the Sierra Room. This news conference will follow a private meeting with leaders of the Hispanic community in Northern Nevada.
6:30 p.m. Speech during the Washoe County Democratic Party's Honor Roll Dinner, at Circus-Circus Hotel, 500 North Sierra Street, Reno, Nevada. In the hotel's convention center.
Friday, September 29
4:00 p.m. Campaign rally at Painters Union Hall, 1701 Whitney Mesa, Henderson, Nevada. Jack Carter and President Carter will speak around 4:30 p.m.7:00 p.m. Speeches during the Clark County Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner, at the Rio Hotel, 3700 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The race is surprisingly close, considering a Democrat has not won the seat since its formation in 1982.
Republicans also hold a 48,000 voter registration advantage in the district, which covers the entire state except for central, urban portions of Clark County.
Dean Heller seems quite desperate:
"The fact I am 3 points ahead after a rough primary and the fact her television ads have gone unchallenged for a month bodes well for this campaign, " Heller said.
Heller, of Carson City, spent $1 million on the primary and has not yet raised much money for an advertising campaign for the Nov. 7 general election race.
But he said that will change quickly, particularly since President Bush will campaign and raise money on his behalf during an Oct. 2 appearance in Reno.
"That appearance will help me, especially in Northern Nevada," Heller said. "It will generate money for my campaign and help bring the Republican Party together."
Jill Derby on the other hand can stay confident:
Derby, of Gardnerville, said the race is close because many residents are tired of politics as usual and want someone who offers a fresh approach.
"Their bickering has frustrated me as much as anyone else," she said. "This campaign is catching fire. Things are not going well in Washington. People don't want more of the same."
Derby said she has shown she can get along with members of the opposition during her 18 years as an unpaid, non-partisan member of the state Board of Regents.
Derby said Heller received a lot of media attention during the primary while she was almost forgotten.
"It is my message that is catching on," said Derby, who did not face a primary opponent. "People see me as the new direction."
Jack Carter's month started off well with the birth of his first grandson. Then it was downhill. On September 10, Carter was hospitalized with colitis (inflammed colon) and was forced to cancel a couple of campaign appearances. On September 15, a Research 2000 poll showed Ensign with a 21-point lead over Carter with 9 percent claiming undecided status. Over, right? Wrong. According to a Rasmussen poll released on September 22, Carter is just 9 points behind Ensign. This seems consistent with the race's dynamics to date, e.g. WSJ/Zogby (Carter 3-points behind on Aug. 21). I am not very familiar with Research 2000, but would suspect they are either GOP polling-goons or else were drunk and prank-called half of their sample. Nevada Blue explains in some detail on DailyKos. On a different note, Senate minority leader Harry Reid's 2-month-late endorsement of Carter last month was accompanied by a measly $250,000dollars. Reid had previously intended to reneg on his promise to Carter in favor of a confounding "non-aggression pact" with Ensign. Seeing as the DSCC has $30 million on-hand, one has to wonder whether the DSCC is trying to win an election or appease Harry Reid's self-interested political maneuvering. An uphill battle for Carter? Yes. Over? Far from it.You can help Jack win by contributing to his campaign now!
1. A Republican believes that it's justified to torture one's enemies in order to feel just a little bit safer.These are just the first three, go over to the Desert Beacon to read number 4 through 8! Well done!
2. A Repubican believes that it's perfectly acceptable to have working people pay for rich peoples' tax cuts.
3. A Republican believes that it's fine that all powers bestowed in the Constitution of the United States to three branches of government be handed over to the Executive, and that the rule of one man is preferable to the rule of law.
A TPM reader has the perfect Dem response:
Stay focused on one and only message — “You — the Voters — have ONE DAY to hold the Bush Administration accountable for what’s happened in Iraq, and here at home. ONE DAY — election day. If you like the way things are going, vote Republican. If you think things need to change, VOTE DEMOCRATIC. Seize the day. It’s your very last chance.”
You can read the entire report (pdf) here.
John Doolittle is an eighth-term Member of Congress representing the 4th congressional district of California. His ethics issues stem from his wife’s relationship to his campaign and political action committees, as well as campaign contributions and personal financial benefits he accepted from those who sought his legislative assistance.
Rep. Doolittle’s wife Julie is the owner and president of Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions, a fundraising company retained by Rep. Doolittle’s campaign committee and his Superior California Leadership PAC. Ms. Doolittle has received at least $215,000 from Rep. Doolittle’s campaign committees since 2001, and has taken in nearly $100,000 for the 2006 campaign alone. Notably, the Association of Fundraising Professionals sent a letter to Rep. Doolittle stating that its long-standing ethics code, “explicitly prohibits percentage-based compensation” and urged the campaign to cease this practice with Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions.
Ms. Doolittle’s payments by her husband’s campaign appear to violate federal campaign finance laws and House rules, which prohibit converting campaign funds to personal use. By using his position as a member of Congress to financially benefit his wife, Rep. Doolittle may be depriving his constituents of his honest services, using his position for personal gain, and engaging in conduct that does not reflect creditably on the House.
Ties to Jack Abramoff
In 1999, Rep. Doolittle also assisted Jack Abramoff in securing a lucrative lobbying contract with the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, helped Mr. Abramoff stave off legislation protecting workers in the CNMI and wrote letters on behalf of some of Mr. Abramoff’s tribal casinos. In return, Rep. Doolittle, an alleged gambling foe, has received $130,000 from gambling tribes with ties to Mr. Abramoff. If Rep. Doolittle has received contributions from Mr. Abramoff in return for legislative assistance he may have violated prohibitions against bribery, honest services fraud and House rules.
Voters have an alternative.
Brown was a career Air Force pilot who served in the Vietnam conflict, winning a Distinguished Flying Cross, and in the first Persian Gulf War. He coordinated surveillance over Iraq during the 1990s. His son, Capt. Jeff Brown, is serving his fourth rotation in Iraq. Brown worked eight years in the Roseville Police Department. He is well-placed to be part of a much-needed national discussion on alternatives to the current policy in Iraq.
Brown supports a phased drawdown of American forces, redeploying U.S. troops from inside Iraq to the periphery. While people of goodwill can disagree with this view, at least Brown is telling voters what he'd do differently in Iraq.
An internal Brown poll conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group at the end of August shows a tight race: Doolittle, 41 percent, and Brown, 39 percent. Seventeen percent are undecided. Doolittle is in trouble, but Brown needs money to trumpet his message in this large district.
Doolittle has a legacy of money and influence-peddling that has left the nation with unbalanced budgets, ballooning earmarks and a mess in Iraq. Brown has a lifelong commitment to public service. The choice is clear. Elect Charlie Brown.
On your campaign website you quote Margaret Meade saying “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” What meaning does this quote have to you personally?
When I was elected Governor of Soroptimist International Desert Coast Region I truly worked with a small thoughtful, committed group of people. And we made tremendous differences in the lives of many women. I have always been involved with small groups who determined they could achieve incredible results. It is my mantra that working together anything is possible. Look at my campaign, against all odds it has made notable strides and it is a small group of people that enable me to walk the campaign trail.
is such a large state, Jill Derby, candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, lives just around the corner from you. What is your relationship with her? Do you think that you might have a better chance to win in this traditionally Republican district because of her strong candidacy? Nevada
Jill Derby is a wonderful neighbor close enough to be there if I really need her for anything. Yes, Jill has a strong candidacy and offers a “New Direction” for our country. It is the year for women, and it is time we hold positions of power to make positive change. Working Together in 2006 We Can Win!
What would your priorities be in the Legislature if you should be elected in November?
I am fortunate to have Assemblywoman Bonnie Parnell as my mentor, and the Nevada Democratic Caucus as my supporters. At this very moment I am preparing to go to work
February 5, 2007as the Assemblywoman for District 39. I have studied the issues met with many political leaders to make certain I know the most pressing issues. And I am excited and looking forward to working as a servant of the people, becoming a Voice For All.
We didn't go into Iraq because of terrorism. We have terrorists in Iraq because we went in there.Jim Webb knows this, I know this, we all know this, but then we read polls and realize that many voters just don't.
What do you think needs to be done to preserve Lake Tahoe and the
? Carson Valley
I am not opposed to growth; however, there must be a vision for the future and we must carefully determine how to maintain open space and comprehensive business development. Market share should be the most compelling factor for any future business development. There should be standards set for development at the state level that would also include building codes and restrictions. Until this is achieved
runs the risk of massive over development. Nevada
same-sex marriages are banned by the constitution. Would you work to overturn that to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry or would you favor civil unions instead? Nevada
While working in corporate banking we addressed this issue as part of our Diversity Training Program “Building Bridges”. There are many legal issues that face alternative lifestyle partners, such as medical, ownership of bank accounts/property, insurance, credit, and inheritance. Because of these issues I favor civil unions.
After retirement you have moved to
and have become active in your local community. What do you love about Nevada and your district in particular? Nevada
It is the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people that make you feel welcome this is what I love about
. The beauty of the entire Assembly District 39 instills a sense of peace and I love being closer to nature with our vistas of open space. Nevada
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Read the fourth and final part: "I Am Excited And Looking Forward To Working As A Servant Of The People"
What are the most pressing issues for voters in the 39th district?
Based on my conversations with voters through-out Assembly District 39 it is the state budget that most often is discussed. My budget priorities will be healthcare, education, security and community.
should take the lead in developing solutions to improve healthcare access and affordability. One in five Nevadans does not have health insurance. This is another area where coalitions of the state government, private business and representatives of the public should work together to propose affordable, workable solutions. Other states are developing innovative group health insurance offerings that target the uninsured. Through innovative risk management affordable health coverage options are being made available to small businesses and the self-employed. The legislature should analyze these programs and determine the feasibility and the costs associated with adopting the best aspects of these plans for Nevada . Once a thorough study has been made, public hearings at the legislature and in our districts should be held to educate and receive constituent feedback. Then the legislature should take concrete steps to institute an acceptable program to improve healthcare access and affordability for Nevadans. Nevada
Education: To improve the state’s education system we must first provide our students with the books and supplies they need to learn while we strive to improve the efficiency of the state’s education system and the effectiveness of our educational programs. The curriculum in our schools must prepare students to obtain higher paying jobs rather than simply entry-level, minimum wage jobs. We must empower our teachers to challenge their students with advanced education in mathematics, science and the arts. The curriculum should also provide students the specialized skills training needed in local trades. This alternative path to conventional education could utilize Public/Private/Government partnerships working to offer specialized training-on-the-job experience. During the last Legislative session the first round of deliberations were concluded to support full-day Kindergarten, and I support full-day Kindergarten. It will give the very young a head start. I do not support a voucher system for school choice. We must find ways to make all of our public schools state-of-the-art. Every student should have the opportunity for a quality education and should be proud of the school they attend.
The state should help fund school construction in the wake of the 2005 property tax cap that reduced revenues to county school districts. It is important that early in the next session a status update be made by school districts regarding the impact of the property tax cap so that the issue can be properly assessed. If some of the 2006 surplus over the long term is wisely invested, a portion of the interest earned from the surplus could be used for school construction, capital improvements, and maintenance.
The Millennium Scholarship has played a significant part in the educational life of many students. While we need to strength the requirements and adjust penalties for abuse of the scholarship, it must remain and be fully funded. Some of the funding can come from the budget surplus by using a wise investment theory and over time some of the interest from the investment can be used for the Millennium Scholarship.
Community: Wise investments in community include investments for water that is clean, safe and adequate to meet our needs. It means smart growth that is well planned and managed, and it can mean incentives to encourage the use of renewable energy or the development of new innovate industries in
. Our economy must be kept vital to provide good jobs and allow businesses to prosper. Nevada
Security: It is important that AD39 residents are safe and secure. This means our national guard, law enforcement, first responders, public health professionals, those maintaining our public works and public service providers (whom are often taken for granted) are given training, equipment and support. It means we are as prepared as we can reasonably be to provide public safety in times of natural or man-made disaster. We must hire more qualified law enforcement officers to meet the growing demands of our communities.
Ms. Brown, as many other candidates this year you are running for office for the first time. Why have you now decided to run for the Nevada Assembly?
I believe that
is at a crossroads, we can continue with business as usual, go forward with a vision that truly answers the needs of the state, or go backwards with outdated opinions. I offer a new direction with “30” years of corporate banking experience I know how to create and work with Public/Private/Partnerships that can obtain results that benefit communities. I am the candidate that will put the people’s best interest above partisan politics. I want to share my talents, expertise, and love of this valley this is why I decided to become a candidate for Assembly District 39! Nevada
Compared to other districts the 39th Assembly district is relatively small. What has been your experience on the campaign trail around
so far? Douglas County
Since July, 2005 I have been on the campaign trail. Now, my campaign has taken on a positive life of its own. I have a wonderful campaign committee and a large group of thoughtful and dedicated supporters. I have been visiting with voters from Incline, Lake Tahoe,
, and Topaz Ranch Estates. In order to win this election I must appeal to a broad cross section of voters and I have been extremely successful in persuading voters to choose me as their candidate. Many of the ranchers whose property dates back to the 1800’s have allowed me to place signs on their land. Signs are also placed long the business district of 395 where I have had the pleasure of meeting owners or managers. My campaign trail is exciting, as well as, challenging and I am enjoying every moment. Carson Valley
What do you have to offer the voters? Why should they vote for you and not for your Republican opponent James Settelmayer?
I am the best candidate because I will be a guardian of the public’s best interest. My constituents will be my only “special interest group”. I will always place the people’s best interest above partisan politics. I am fiscally conservative and will oppose any new taxes. I pledge to serve while adhering to the highest ethical standards. I am a supporter of businesses and jobs. I am for reasonable, smart planned growth. Through-out my professional life while I was working and busy raising our family, I made the time to be active in community affairs. From an early age my grandmother inspired and encouraged me to work to make a positive difference in this world. Now that I am retired, I have the time and energy to be a public servant. I need your support and ask for your vote to serve as your State Assemblywoman.
Ms. LANDRIEU. Mr. President, I came to the floor to speak briefly about one of our outstanding superintendents in Louisiana and to pay tribute to an accomplishment that has been made on education. But in light of the rantings that went on for the last 30 minutes in the Chamber from my two colleagues on the other side, I would like to state for the record that America is not tired of fighting terrorism. America is tired of the wrong-headed and bone-headed leadership of the Republican Party that has sent $6.5 billion a month to Iraq, when the front line was Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. America is tired of leadership which led this country to attack Saddam Hussein when we were attacked by Osama bin Laden, and which captured a man who did not attack the country and left loose a man who did.
Americans are tired of bone-headed Republican leadership that alienates our allies when we need them the most. And Americans are most certainly tired of leadership that, despite documented mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake--and even their own party admitting mistakes--never admits that they do anything wrong. That is the kind of leadership Americans are tired of.
I didn't come to the Senate to have partisan rantings on the floor, but I most certainly am not going to sit here as a Democrat and let the Republican leadership come to the floor and talk about how Democrats are not making us safe. They are the ones who are in charge, and Osama bin Laden is still loose.
The world has changed much since that horrific day. Unfortunately, the will to fight extremists who planned and executed September 11, and many other attacks around the globe, has wavered since then. The united resolve of many nations has softened dramatically.First of all, that is just wrong! Many European nations, including my home country Germany, are on the ground in Afghanistan and are trying to keep the Taliban from resurging while the U.S. has largely abandoned Afghanistan and its fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban there in favor of overthrowing Saddam Hussein who had nothing to do with 9/11. In essence, Senator Ensign: weren't it for the European troops the Taliban would probably already be back in power.
They challenged us many times over the years and received little more than empty rhetoric and a slap on the wrist for such atrocities as striking the USS Cole, the first World Trade Center bombings, destruction of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and the Marine barracks in Lebanon; and, of course, they attacked our Embassies in Africa."A slap on the wrists?" Is that your new talking point? What a brave distortion. It was Republicans who had nothing better to do than impeach President Clinton on quite ludicrous charges and it was Republicans who accused the President of trying to divert attention from his impeachment when he was trying to go after Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.
We were at war, but we didn't even know it. For too long we ignored the words of these terrorists. We attributed their declarations of hate as mere rantings of lunatics.Yeah, you did. You were too busy going after President Clinton, remember?
We know Iraq is central to the war on terror because Osama bin Laden said it is. He said:
The most serious issue today for the whole world is this third world war that is raging in Iraq.
Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's deputy, described Iraq as ``the place for the greatest battle of Islam in this era.''
Oh, that is just so sweet. You quoting Osama and all. Would you like to give us the dates of these quotes? Could it possibly be that they were uttered after your President decided it was a grand idea to invade Iraq instead of hunting down Osama and his friends? Is it possible that Osama could only utter these words because the US invaded Iraq?
Osama bin Laden has called the 9/11 attacks, in his words, ``a great step toward the unity of Muslims and establishing the righteous caliphate.'' There are reports that some of Osama bin Laden's supporters believe that he is the Mahdi, the 12th Imam. The Mahdi will lead believers in Islam to victory over the infidels, ushering in an era of peace and justice.Another Osama quote. Is it in any way possible that Osama is still on the loose so that you can quote him more often? After all you need a visible enemy when you're fearmongering. But, hey, there's another enemy just around the corner:
Even Iran's President is on record as instructing America, in his words:
If you would like to have good relations with the Iranian nation in the future, bow down before the greatness of the Iranian nation and surrender. If you don't accept to do this, the Iranian nation will force you to surrender and bow down.
Those are the Iranian President's own words.
It is not farfetched to believe that with nuclear weapons in his possession, he would use them to usher in this cataclysmic confrontation that he seeks. We must take these threats seriously and act accordingly.
By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except power, they follow the path of fascism and Nazism and totalitarianism. They will follow that path all the way to where it ends: In history's unmarked graves of discarded lies.Oh, goody, another Bushy talking point! The Nazi's are back! Who would have thought. Senator, I'd like to have a chat with you and just check if you have any knowledge of history whatsoever. Somehow I doubt it.
The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. Make no mistake: this is an enemy we cannot appease; this is an enemy we must defeat.Talking point number 1275: appeasment. Who appeases, Senator? Name names!
On September 11, 2001, and the days immediately following, this country stood united. We stood ready to protect all Americans.You left out something, Senator: the world stood united. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Then your President decided he'd like to attack Iraq for some made up reason. And the sane part of the world said: hell, no! You and your Republican friends threw the world's solidarity right out the window by attacking Iraq.
Mr. President, al-Qaida reads our newspapers and watches our television stations. They see the lack of resolve in some of our leaders and they seek to exploit it. This is the time to lead, a time to unite, and a time to defeat an enemy that wants to bring an end to freedom around the world. We must lay down our party labels as Republicans, Democrats, or Independents and become Americans. We must not tire. We must not falter. We cannot fail.Good Lord! Is it in any way possible that an election is around the corner? And since when is "Americans" a synonym for Republicans? Must have missed that.