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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Democracy Lessons from Ukraine

Seems to me we should be learning a whole lot of lessons from the Ukraine.

After their fraudulent election, there were hundreds of thousands out in the streets, calling for a general strike, refusing to go home, refusing to capitulate. And so far, they look like they might win.

On the other hand, we've sat here, gotten depressed instead of angry, wouldn't dream of a general strike, and are whining about how unfair it all is.

Maybe things are just not quite bad enough here. In the Ukraine, it's pretty clear. Either they're going to go back the the old USSR model of repression like is happening in Russia, or they're going to move forward towards Europe. They know the stakes.

Those of us who know the stakes here can't give in.

Don't be nice.

Don't try to smooth things over.

Don't comprimise.

Don't accept the "results." They were rigged. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Recount, sure. But I want a REVOTE. We should be demanding a revote in Ohio and Florida, without the obviously flawed electronic voting machines and partisan Secretaries of State.


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