The following is the text of a Madonna's letter supporting Wesley Clark that was posted on her Web site:

Dear Friend, I've never done this before. But life is about taking risks is it not? I know that people seem to pay attention to everything I do. Big or Small. Ridiculous or Sublime. So I am hoping they pay attention to this: I am supporting General Wesley Clark for President. Not only as a "celebrity," but as an American citizen and as a mother.

I want my children to grow up with the same opportunities that I had -- to know and understand what's going on in the world and to travel that world safely and with pride. I fear the future I wish for my children is at risk, so I'm taking action. Please join me. Our greatest risk is not terrorism, and it's not Iraq or the "Axis of Evil." Our greatest risk is a lack of leadership, a lack of honesty and a complete lack of consciousness.

Unfortunately our current government cannot see the big picture. They think too small. They suffer from the "what's in it for me?" syndrome. The simple truth is that the current administration has squandered incredible opportunities to bring the world together, to promote peace in regions that have only known war, to encourage health in places that are ravaged with disease, to make us more secure by living up to our principles at home and abroad. The simple truth is that the policies of our current administration do not reflect what is great about America.

Thankfully, we have a candidate running for President who is committed to ensuring that our country lives up to its promise and its people. Wes Clark is a decorated soldier and a respected diplomatic leader who has already given 34 years to his country. He is smart and he is good. He has worked hard to get where he is and he is a national hero. A perfect example of the American Dream.

I've never aligned myself with a presidential candidate during the primary season. But this time, the stakes are just too high, we have too much to lose and there is so much work to be done. I'm joining you in supporting General Wesley Clark in 2004. I have committed to do all that I can to help his campaign in the coming months, and I'm asking you to do the same. He needs all of us to reaffirm our support today, at the start of the New Year.

I've looked at all the Democratic candidates. I respect them all for their dedication and patriotism. But I'm supporting Wes Clark because in him I see the qualifications, character and vision that we so desperately need.

We are a country with incredible promise. As Americans, we enjoy opportunities like no other. Unfortunately we too often take these opportunities for granted. You may not agree with everything I say or do, but whether you're rich or poor, young or old, black or white, gay or straight, I know you share my concern and recognize the need for change. If you can give, give generously. If you can volunteer time, get involved now. And don't be shy…share your support with everyone you meet. If it helps, spread this message on to everyone you know. My opinions have made news before. Let's make some news in 2004.

Madonna

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