Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Let's clean up the mess
Being a Democrat is about more than politics.
We're a group of Americans dedicated to improving our country, both through the choices we make at the ballot box and those we make at home. That's why we're dedicating this year's Democratic Reunion to a challenge we can all tackle together: the fight for a cleaner environment.
This year's Reunion won't be your normal house parties -- we're going to be planting trees, cleaning up local parks and beaches, and kicking off local recycling programs.
Will you host an event on July 28?
We're also planting the seeds of something a lot bigger: the field organization we need to take back the White House in 2008.
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and the Republican Congress stood in the way of progress on energy independence and climate change. They've spent years denying the existence of global warming while turning over critical decisions to energy executives.
Jeremy Symons, who represented the Environmental Protection Agency on Vice President Cheney's energy task force, described the Bush administration's "carefully orchestrated policy of delay":
Democrats have already taken the lead on conservationism and energy efficiency. I've personally signed and live by former Vice President Gore's Live Earth pledge, and Speaker Pelosi is leading with a legislative agenda in the House focusing on energy independence. In June the Senate passed an energy bill that will save Americans tens of billions of dollars each year, while:
The Democratic Party believes we have a moral obligation to lead our country in a new direction, for a cleaner, healthier environment. Now it's up to each of us to do our part.
Will you help the Democratic Party take on one of the greatest challenges of our time?
Last summer, tens of thousands of people participated in the first Democratic Reunion to take back Congress in 2006. That's the idea behind the 50-State Strategy -- that no matter where you live, you can make a difference.
But the Democratic Party and the 50-State Strategy can be more than a driving force at the voting booth. By working together in towns across the country, we can fight for Democratic principles like energy independence -- while building our organization for future elections.
This summer, let's work on making our towns greener places to live -- it's a good start to cleaning up the Republican mess in Washington.
Roll up your sleeves on Saturday, July 28 for a stronger Democratic Party and a cleaner America:
Thanks for your leadership,
Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
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