We hold this truth to be self-evident:
Having George W. Bush as President has been and will continue to be a disaster.
We will not let our partisanship towards any particular candidate for President cause us to lose sight of this basic truth. As such, we pledge ourselves not to become enablers of any campaign designed to divide us in our struggle to remove Bush from power. We pledge that no more will we be:
Tools of those who would disrupt the Anybody-But-Bush movement.
Partisans who would rather bring down the other guy's candidate than find reason to elevate our own.
Dupes who will automatically assume that anything negative about the other guy's candidate is more likely to be true than the negative things said about our guy.
Fools who lose sight of the ultimate goal: the defeat of George W. Bush on November 2nd, 2004.
We will uphold this pledge to the best of our ability.
We will encourage others to do the same.
This we do solemnly swear.
People who have taken The Pledge:
Dave Johnson at Seeing The Forest
Chris at Things I've Seen
Paul Ezell, MD
Patrick at JUSIPER
Rick Klau at Howard Dean in 2004
Renee at the religious left
Patrick Nielsen Hayden at Electolite
Hesiod of Counterspin Central
Lis of Riba Rambles
Tresy at corrente
Jung at Heart
Guy Andrew Hall at Rook's Rant
This Mess I Have Made
Aurabass at Rush Limbaughtomy
r@d@r at ex-lion tamer
Fester at Fester's Place
Martial at De Spectaculis
Swopa at Needlenose
ntodd at Dohiyi Mir
David Neiwert at Orcinus
Charles2 at the fulcrum
justcherie at Who cares what I think?
Arthur Cohen at Gristmill
Mitch Gore at Gore4Dean
If you want to be listed here then email me with a link to your statement signing the pledge.
History: This pledge was developed when I, a Dean supporter, became increasingly distressed at the way supporters of Dean and Clark were biting eagerly at provocatively negative stories about each others candidates. I talk more about this here.
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