Friday, January 05, 2007
"Elections have consequences."
Remember that saying? It was a favorite of George Bush and the pundits after his narrow victory in 2004.
In 2006 Americans sent a crystal clear message. As the war in Iraq continued and ordinary people struggled to make ends meet, scores of Republicans at every level of government were removed from office by the voters, every single Democrat running for reelection as a Senator, Governor, or Representative was reelected -- every single one.
It didn't happen by accident. It happened by building a strong opposition party with a clear message of change. Most importantly, it happened by building the Democratic Party organization in places it had never been before.
One group of unsung heroes made it happen. They are the nearly 35,000 members of the Democracy Bonds community.
A Democracy Bond is a commitment to give a small amount every month to build the Democratic Party for the long term. This core group of people provides unprecedented financial stability for our party that allows us to make the historic investments in a national organizing and communications infrastructure - investments that will continue as we work to take back the White House in 2008.
As you watched the ceremonies on the news yesterday, you saw the historic change that a whole lot of ordinary people can make when they band together. This community is changing our party and changing America, and they're doing it at an average of about $22 a month.
Will you join the community at this historic time?
Want a clear example of the difference that your Democracy Bond can make?
Take Kansas, for example. In a state that had become an emblem in the media for the rise of the radical right, we put field organizers on the ground more than a year before the 2006 elections. By organizing locally and building a network of volunteers for the long-term, we re-elected Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius, took a U.S. House seat from the Republicans, and soundly defeated an extremist Republican Attorney General.
Thanks to a revived and strong Democratic Party, we've seen a trickle and then a flood of moderate Republicans changing their registration to Democrat.
And that U.S. House seat we won in Kansas? Freshman Representative Nancy Boyda says that she decided to run for the seat specifically because our 50-state strategy was in place to support her.
There's no better time to become a member of the Democracy Bonds community -- will you join today?
The Democracy Bond community is the necessary foundation for the 50-state strategy. Without that core of support, everything we've done for the past two years would not have been possible.
The Democratic Party made historic gains because of this unprecedented commitment from ordinary people.
I am deeply proud to be a Democracy Bond holder myself, and as I see new Democrats sworn in at every level of office this week I can't think of a community of which I'm more honored to be a member.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
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