I grew up reading comic books wanting to be a superhero. Comics taught me that those who speak the truth are heroes, all the rest are liars.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Coleen Rowley: Myth or Fact #3

Myth: "I honestly don't know what Coleen's position is on any policy issue ....”

Fact: www.coleenrowley.com under ISSUES...

Ethical Decision-Making
Doing the right thing, not necessarily the easy thing.
"...I will not compromise my ethical principles for the sake of short-term political goals, partisan loyalties or special interests. Applying this rigorous, principled approach will serve the best interests of Minnesotans and the United States."
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U.S. Occupation of Iraq
Exiting Iraq: Now and How.
"Facts have slowly come out revealing that the invasion of Iraq was based on a Bush administration deception from day one. And just as truth was the first casualty of this war, it is a continuing casualty."
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Energy Independence
American innovation and invention must lead.
"As long as we depend on Middle Eastern oil, we will be involved in Middle Eastern conflicts and invite the wrath of terrorists everywhere. As long as we are held hostage at the gas pump, our economic growth will be less and less guaranteed."
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Health insurance and care
I will fight for universal health coverage so all Americans can get quality health care when they need it.
"In the wealthiest nation on earth, it is a moral outrage that roughly 46 million Americans lack health insurance. Businesses, especially small businesses, are increasingly unable to pay skyrocketing healthcare premiums and are forced to put more of the burden of health insurance onto the backs of their employees."
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Civil rights
Coleen discusses the issues with U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts
I support the civil and human rights of every American.
"As someone who taught Constitutional law (primarily criminal procedure based on the Bill of Rights) for 13 years, I am firmly against all forms of discrimination. That includes discrimination based on race, religious beliefs, sex, ethnic origin, age and sexual orientation."
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Prevention of unplanned pregnancies

Let's cut through the polarization to use common sense and compassion to reduce abortions.
"When asked whether I am "pro-choice" or "pro-life," I respond that I am pro-common sense. We must do all we can to lower the abortion rate in our country, but I do not believe in criminalizing the difficult choices of desperate women who find themselves in problematic or unplanned pregnancies."
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Maintaining the power of the press and public funding for broadcasting and the arts
I support the independence of the press and full funding of the CPB and the NEA.
"The power of the press has been weakened in the past few years and our democracy has suffered. I am alarmed, for instance, by reported efforts of people connected to the Bush administration to censor, monitor and influence public TV and radio."
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