Posted by Tony from ? (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 11:57AM :
"I really try to never do anything I don't believe in, so I don't want to
change it now. I really don't."
-- The late Paul Wellstone in an interview with CNN on the eve of his
Senate vote against the Bush war resolution.
The image of Senator Paul Wellstone was in the hearts and on the minds of
many of the hundreds of thousands of people marching for peace in San
Francisco, in D.C., and in other cities across the country and around the
world last Saturday.
It was a beautiful scene in San Francisco -- the spirited mass of colors,
ages and voices interacting so energetically. Yet it was also very sad. It
took the loud drumbeats of war to bring everyone together. It took the
death of a hero to remind us of the importance of courage and conviction.
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Americans who have come together to aggressively challenge President
Bush’s march to war. I’m proud to report that AlterNet has been at the
forefront of the rapid response that has slowed down the war machine.
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