By Ted Quackenbush of Sherwood, Oregon. Ted describes himself as a "concerned progressive Marine Corps Vietnam vet" and is a board member of Veterans in Action.
As a Marine Corps Vietnam vet, I think it's time to target our resources and focus on helping the Governor. Some Democrats seem to be avoiding taking a strong stand in favor of the Governor and we need to change that. This lack of personal courage to stand up for what you and your party stands for is appalling.
As a proud fellow Marine Corps veteran, Governor Kulongoski is an inspiring example of true personal courage and dedication to Democratic principles. Democrats as a party need to support and emulate those traits as much as possible.
I think the Dems can benefit from the 5 principles of Marine Corps Leadership:
1. You must be technically and tactically proficient.
2. Make sound and timely decisions - a good plan executed now is better than a great plan executed too late. Be decisive, act, and be ready to adapt.
3. Set the example.
4. Know your Marines and look out for their welfare - it's not about you, it's about the troops, everything else is only support.
5. Train your Marines as a team - morale and esprit de corps depend on everyone feeling part of it.
The Dems need to take a stand and grow a set. We don't want the shame of this state having a Republican Governor.