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Democrats can win a great landslide in 2008 to bring a Democratic president, Democratic Congress, and new era of patriotic reform and renewal similar to the years of FDR and JFK.

A JFK-like call to action will rouse a nation ready for revival. The answer to the negativity that drenches the airwaves is to treat the American people like patriots ready to do their part and make America again a rising tide that lifts all boats and inspires the world…

JFK called his generation to service and inspired young Americans to fight poverty at home, defend freedom in the world in uniform, lift the spirit of people everywhere through the Peace Corps and the Alliance For Progress.

Kennedy knew that for America, the force of our ideas can be more powerful than the force of our arms. He knew that America is the youngest great nation in history and our power is rooted in our unity, idealism and inspiration.

Let’s honor the fallen patriots who rest on that Wall in Washington and the last surviving members of the Great Generation, in their twilight years, who should be honored guests at the Democratic table.

Let’s begin the first day of the 2008 Democratic Convention with a USO-style show that would bring together war heroes, entertainment stars and members of the clergy. Let’s spend that entire evening supporting those making a better America helping vets, teaching in schools, combating global warming and fighting poverty with a show that would achieve huge ratings and communicate a huge message about the new era we seek.

Let the next Democratic president use the inaugural balls not to celebrate power, but for showcasing events to support great causes and great aspirations…

Ask not what our country can do for us; ask what we can do for our country. If Democrats ask, a good and decent nation will rise with us. This is the stuff that dreams are made of, landslides are built on, and new eras in our history are begun.

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Brent Budowsky is a regular columnist on He served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served (more...)

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