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Nov. 7 Elections: Time to Vote

This country and in fact the world is desperate for some checks and balances of this runaway Bush Administration. Voting is the best first step.

This Nov. 7 is an historic opportunity to vote against the Bush administration and send a loud message to this administration and the world that the American people do not agree with their deadly and dangerous agenda.

If the U.S. House or Senate changes hands, it will put in place members of Congress that have been highly critical of the Bush administration. It will elevate Representatives such as John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to overseeing judicial and environmental matters, respectively, in the House. This election is expected to place long-time independent Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Senate.

This election may place these and many other critics in power who have been standing up to the Bush administration's policy for years. This policy includes torturing prisoners, warrentless wiretapping, aggressive war, clandestine meetings, and refusing to inform Congress or the American public. However, people must take the first step of voting to begin to make a difference.

The last few weeks have featured a lot of discussion, yelling, and accusations in the media. Do not let the media distract. This election is about only one thing: The Bush administration's response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Bush administration's policies--from its federal deficits to environmental deregulation to its Iraq war policy--have drawn criticism from all corners. While people on the left have long criticized this administration--and also criticized Congressional Democrats and Republicans who have supported it--people now on the right have been joining in. In fact, The American Conservative magazine has called for voting against all GOP candidates as a way to stop the reckless Bush administration.

They write: "The war will continue as long as Bush is in office, for no other reason than the feckless president can’t face the embarrassment of admitting defeat. The chain of events is not complete: Bush, having learned little from his mistakes, may yet seek to embroil America in new wars against Iran and Syria.

There may be little Americans can do to atone for this presidency, which will stain our country’s reputation for a long time. But the process of recovering our good name must begin somewhere, and the logical place is in the voting booth this Nov. 7. If we are fortunate, we can produce a result that is seen—in Washington, in Peoria, and in world capitals from Prague to Kuala Lumpur—as a repudiation of George W. Bush and the war of aggression he launched against Iraq."

In Maryland for U.S. Senate, we are talking about a choice between Bush-backer Michael Steele (R) and Ben Cardin (D), who unlike many Democrats actually voted against the war in 2003. The third candidate is U.S. Senate Green Party candidate Kevin Zeese. Zeese opposes the war, supports environmentally sustainable business, and has the backing of Maryland's Libertarian and Populist Parties as well.

U.S. Marine Kevin Tillman published an editorial online in October calling for the ouster of this administration. His brother Pat Tillman, the NFL football player, died in Afghanistan from friendly fire. Kevin Tillman writes:

"It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. . . . Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday."

"GOP Must Go" The American Conservative.

U.S. Marine Kevin Tillman's Open Letter to the American People

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