People need hope


Published: Sunday, January 4, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 9:31 p.m.

I'm sure that Jon Reiskind's letter of Dec. 30 encouraging progressives to "get real" strikes a cord with many people. Like Reiskind, we are disheartened by the damage that the Bush administration has done to our country's interests, and afraid at what four more years would mean.

The problem is that it is precisely this attitude of dictating our politics based on fear of the opponent that dissipates our power and allows regressive forces to control our nation. Progress is never made by those who forgo ideals and focus on getting rid of what they don't want - it is made by those who stand tall and articulate a vision for what we know can be.

The Bush era has been a great tragedy, but it also leaves us with a great opportunity; and right now there is only one candidate who recognizes this. Thousands of Americans are working furiously to spread the word about Congressman Kucinich, because we know that if he wins the Democratic primary, he will inspire America again and beat Bush in a landslide.

As Democrats we have the majority on our side - what is needed is someone to give people a reason to vote, and we should know from experience that it is hope - not fear - that will bring them to the polls.

Jonathan Shinn,

Gainesville

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