Subject: Clinton's praise of
I keep reading & seeing editorials about
the Clinton's praise of John McCain as though
it is some surprise. It would appear that Bill
Clinton's presidency was so obscured in scandal,
that no one was paying attention to what was
actually going on: the under-funding of social
programs, off-shoring of the economy, the doctrine
of first strike where "US interests" are
threatened, NAFTA, the WTO, the incursions
into foreign nations based on retrospective
grounds which were the result of such incursions,
not the predecessor.
If you're going to make wild charges, you should
to make it easier for someone to straighten you
It is instructive to remember that neo-conservatism
is the re-dressed neo-liberalism of the
Milton Friedman school.
That Richard Pearle once considered himself a
liberal, but his politics have not particularly changed.
Lots of people are former liberals - including
Reagan, Thurmond, Helms and Lott,
but they found they could make/steal more as
If you look at McCain's record against Bill
Clinton's, it is arguable that McCain is more moderate,
That's crazy talk...
...though not based on his current rhetoric. He
is, remember, trying to get elected as a Republican,
while Ms. Clinton is attempting to get
elected as a progressive(?) (Yes, I am aware that
it is not
Bill Clinton who is running - but it appears
Ms. Clinton is running on her husband's experience.)
You makes the wildest assertions without any foundation
I'm not suggesting that Mr. Obama is a whole lot
better. The truly progressives candidates who might
have worked generally in the interest of
the majority were eliminated early on. I would suggest that
what neo-liberals/neo-conservatives are afraid
of here is what Obama appears to bring with him:
that being the minority & youth vote.
In order to keep the electorate voting against
it's own self-interest, one must keep the electorate
marginalized. To a great extent, the corporatist
elite in this country have been very successful in
doing that by marginalizing & dividing the
sectors of our society which might have the potential to
come together in a strong progressive coalition,
& particularly in alienating youth & minorities.
This is why we have the media focus on Mr. Obama's
middle name. The media focus on the
Rev. Wright. Divide & marginalize.
This is what all statements that can be played by the media
as racial or sexist succeed in doing. When
you attack each other you are attacking yourselves.
That said, I would not suggest that we vote for
any Republican candidate at this time however
moderate, due obviously to the boost that
would likely bring to Republican candidates for congress.
I'm voting a straight Democrat ticket, like always.
The most important goal at this point should be
to push the entire system to the left, & the Democratic
party is the best we have at this time, in terms
of real elect-ability. So let's vote a Democratic ticket,
whomever the candidates are, as Washington has
become so Party polarized, & let's build the
progressive coalition we need to retake this
government & once again start working for the people.
Mark in Yarmouth, Maine
Aren't you busy trashing Clinton?
How will you find time to build that progressive coalition?
I think it's smart politics to say, "McCain
is a war hero who almost died for his country,
but I think my wife would make a better president."
Ex-presidents can't really dump on ex-POWs who were tortured for years.
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