Democrats Can't WinWritten by Ed Howes
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Dennis knows that multi- lateral trade agreements have served corporate monopolies at expense of international labor. There is probably already sufficient support in Congress to reverse multi- lateral trade policies but no presidential leadership in next five years to promote idea, save Dennis. Let's just see how much worse things can get for five years and then we will talk about it. Democrats, excepting likes of Dick Gephardt, couldn't care less and make no attempt to hide fact. Democrats just want to know what lies Americans will buy this election. If we are fed up with deceit, Democrats only offer more of same.
I could quibble with Dennis' socialism as pertains to educating 3 year olds at public expense and universal government health care, but not much. Parenting skills have become a thing of past and economic need forces most adults into work force, making hundreds of thousands of new latch key children, every year. Better they should be in government paid care than home alone.
Because American health care is a fraud, I don't care about making it universal. It would be nice to see some kind of check on disease management profiteers in insurance, drug, and medical supply and hospital industries. His single payer system could do all that if he could find sufficient Congressional support, which I doubt. I'd like to see him get a shot at it. He is only Democratic candidate who shows great wisdom and that alone makes him an also ran in Democratic mind. For sure, it makes him something other than a Democrat. Since Democrats have no respect for wisdom, why should rest of America give them a say in anything? We all know answer. They are looking for most convincing liar and he will be nominee for President, like Bill Clinton was. That is what they wish they had now, a winning liar.
Some candidates are saying they will support whichever one of them is chosen nominee. In other words, if it isn't me, any Democrat will do. The short sighted infection runs from bottom to top of party. Until that changes we will have one party government. Unless, of course, we have a serious movement in this country to let in minor parties, by supporting best candidates regardless of their perceived chances of winning.
It is way past time for Americans to vote their conscience and to stop trying to pick winners that want to keep us in Twentieth Century. Actually, since all Democratic and Republican votes are wasted votes this year, now is time to vote for third party candidates. That is only way to make any votes count this year. Two party voters only elect losers, making losers of us all.
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Everything's All Right in the Middle EastWritten by Robert Levin
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On other hand, Arabs afford Israelis an opportunity to continually certify their biblically bestowed "chosen" status—and to assure themselves of post-corporeal rewards implicit in anointment—by constantly threatening, but never accomplishing, Israel's destruction. Persistently testing Israel's exalted designation, but never disproving it, enabling Israel to be embattled and remain intact, Arabs are every bit blessing to Israel that Israel is to Arabs. It follows that violence each side visits on other must be measured; balances and proportions need to be kept. For one side to win, after all, would be for both sides to lose; would, that is, end game and return both sides to a contemplation of void. We might call this aiding and abetting of one another's immortality illusions—the cooperation and accommodations it requires--the deeper definition of "social contract." So we can engage ad infinitum in most earnest discussions about anti-Semitism, about Hamas, about Sharon, about territory and occupation, and forever miss real dynamic of situation. The Arab-Israeli problem is, again, a solution to a more pressing problem, to what is, literally as well as figuratively, mother of all problems. And what accounts for tenaciousness of conflict is ongoing success it's enjoying in service of its underlying agenda. As long as this holds true, Arabs and Israelis will, for all anguish it induces, remain at odds because enmity between them is their buffer against spectre of oblivion. The pain we are witnessing is a palliative. These are not worst of times in Middle East.
Former contributor to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. Coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about jazz and rock in the '60s: "Music & Politics" and "Giants of Black Music."