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Thursday, September 06, 2007

DNC Chairman Howard Dean: Hands Down 11 Commandments At National Baptist Convention

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- DNC Chair Howard Dean spoke to the National Baptist Convention and delivered what could -- and should-- be described as the 11 Commandments of the Democratic Party. Dean never described the moral and political code as Commandments as he spoke to the leaders of the 7.5 million member mostly African American congregation in Philadelphia. Still, the 11 precepts have the flavor of a credo of good faith.

Here's the Law, according to Howard, who said, "We know what moral issues are about . . . As Democrats we believe:

1. That no child should go to bed hungry.

2. As Democrats we believe that it is a moral issue that we no longer be the last industrialized country on the face of the Earth that doesn't have health care for every single person. And we have acted on that in Congress by giving every child under 18 health insurance.
3. That war should be a last resort only after diplomacy has been exhausted.
4. That we should properly equip our troops before we send them to war.
5. That we should properly take care of our veterans when they come home.
6. That everyone deserves equal rights under the law.
7. That we should be good stewards of the Earth.
8. That hardworking people should earn a living wage and be able to take care of their families.
9. That we shouldn't pass debt onto our children and our grandchildren.
10. That faith should not be used to divide people.
11. That you and I have more in common than we have differences.

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