Thursday, September 28, 2006

What's at Stake in November

If you are not already inspired to go vote in November, please read Monday's testimony of Army Major General John R.S. Batiste (retired) before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Major General Batiste retired in 2005 after 31 years of service to our country. He says that he walked away from a promising career because he found that he could do more for his soldiers as a civilian. His testimony is wrenching, real and well worth the read. Here's a portion:

I challenge the American people to get informed and speak out. Remember that the Congress represents and works for the people. Congressional oversight committees have been strangely silent for too long, and our elected officials must step up to their responsibilities or be replaced. This is not about partisan politics, but rather what is good for our country. Our November elections are crucial. Every American needs to understand the issues and cast his or her vote. I believe that one needs to vote for the candidate who understands the issues and who has the moral courage to do the harder right rather than the easier wrong. I for one will continue to speak out until there is accountability, until the American people establish momentum, and until our Congressional oversight committees kick into action. Victory in Iraq is fundamental and we cannot move forward until accountability is achieved. Thank you.

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