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June 23, 2003
Speaking of evil

Also, I think we all know there's not a hope in hell of the Republicans not re-nominating Bush, which leaves us only with the fact that a large number of middle-of-the-road voters in this country are wide open to voting for a Democrat in '04, as long as it's the right Democrat.

Hint: Lieberman isn't the right one. He leans so far right he's marinating in Republican ideology half the time. This is not the year for a who cares? choice of candidates. It's not the year for candidates so ideologically similar that voters, once again, don't see much difference between them.

I can't remember where I read it, but I recently read a column where are woman was arguing that it's time for the Left, and those moderates disenchanted with Bush, et. al., to get together behind the Democrats. She argued that consolidation of the vote was the way to defeat Bush and his Administration. She's right, of course, but I disagree that we must defeat Bush "at any cost."

If Campaign 2000 taught us anything, it should have taught us that it matters who we vote for. Instead of apologizing in advance that the Democratic Party probably won't give us the candidate who fits our demands, she and others with public voices should be helping us get that candidate.

And, re my mention that the Republican Party just might not be the source of all things evil? I exempt the current occupants of the White House from that remark. Their frantic efforts to shore up support for their war (no doubt the costs of war are about to increase significantly) are an embarrassment to this country. Their dishonesty on domestic matters, and matters of global importance threatens our future.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court, not yet packed with right-wing extremists seems to be upholding social policies in defiance of the White House's preferences. Sadly, the Court was not asked about the Constitutionality of giving 30, 40, or 50 point boosts to athletes or legacy students. We can only hope someone will bring a suit on the matter.

Free speech in libraries wasn't quite as lucky.

The elderly poor seem to be getting the barren end of the pie when it comes to the new and improved Medicare coverage, too.

When the Left protested one of Bush's federal judiciary candidates, the Right put out nasty stories about how racist such behavior was. Now that they seem likely to face the same situation...a White House-nominated candidate whose position doesn't match theirs, I wonder if the Conservative Right will accuse themselves of racism? (All I can say is that anyone dissed by Focus on the Family and American Values">American Values is probably going to be okay with me.)

"Never get involved in a land war in Asia." Am I the only one who remembers that we've heard that one again and again? Looks like we may be keeping our war on in Iraq for five years or more.

And, speaking of evil, are you following the Texas Republicans' renewed efforts toward redistricting?

Looks like Kodak is evil and I didn't even know it.

But there's good news.

If the White House was worried enough about having their gifts-for-the-wealthy tax cuts repealed to put out a "highly selective" list of families who would suffer, then there must be real promise of such a drive.

And Jim Jeffords is more than worth reading on the subject of, Declaring Independence.

Tiny pinpoints of light, but they're all we've got.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:16 AM