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The Put Up or Shut Up Challenge

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In recent days, I've posted "The Opening Statement" in this incremental work I'm calling, "What Should Be Happening Now," and I followed by adding an additional component, entitled, " When Your Champions Run From the Field Rather than Fight." Then came "The 'What Kind of Man Could Do This?' Dramatization." And, most recently, there has appeared here "Honoring the Presidency Requires Dishonoring this President."

Now here's the final installment: "The Put Up or Shut Up Challenge."

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The NEW part --which appears near the end of the piece-- is easily distinguished from the old part: what is new today is in BOLD while what was published previously is in regular font.


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The great disappointment of this moment is that George W. Bush is still able to dominate the politics --the agenda, the discussion, the chosen course-- of the United States. It is that the Democrats who constitute the majority in Congress have been unable to wrest such power from this president. This despite the fact that the president is deeply unpopular in the country, despite the fact that he has accumulated a disgraceful record of crimes and lies, despite the fact that the primary venture of his presidency --his war of choice in Iraq-- has proved to be a huge disaster for this country.



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When Your Champions Run From the Field Rather than Fight



This president is not in a strong position. But still the opposition shrinks from the necessary fight.

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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. His new book -- written to have an impact on the central political battle of our time -- is (more...)

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