Democrats Can't Win

Written by Ed Howes

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Dennis knows that multi- lateral trade agreements have served corporate monopolies atrepparttar expense of international labor. There is probably already sufficient support in Congress to reverserepparttar 125974 multi- lateral trade policies but no presidential leadership inrepparttar 125975 next five years to promoterepparttar 125976 idea, save Dennis. Let's just see how much worse things can get for five years and then we will talk about it. Democrats, exceptingrepparttar 125977 likes of Dick Gephardt, couldn't care less and make no attempt to hiderepparttar 125978 fact. Democrats just want to know what lies Americans will buy this election. If we are fed up with deceit,repparttar 125979 Democrats only offer more ofrepparttar 125980 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 ofrepparttar 125981 past and economic need forces most adults intorepparttar 125982 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 onrepparttar 125983 disease management profiteers inrepparttar 125984 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 isrepparttar 125985 only Democratic candidate who shows great wisdom and that alone makes him an also ran inrepparttar 125986 Democratic mind. For sure, it makes him something other than a Democrat. Sincerepparttar 125987 Democrats have no respect for wisdom, why shouldrepparttar 125988 rest of America give them a say in anything? We all knowrepparttar 125989 answer. They are looking forrepparttar 125990 most convincing liar and he will berepparttar 125991 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 fromrepparttar 125992 bottom torepparttar 125993 top ofrepparttar 125994 party. Until that changes we will have one party government. Unless, of course, we have a serious movement in this country to let inrepparttar 125995 minor parties, by supportingrepparttar 125996 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 inrepparttar 125997 Twentieth Century. Actually, since all Democratic and Republican votes are wasted votes this year, now isrepparttar 125998 time to vote for third party candidates. That isrepparttar 125999 only way to make any votes count this year. Two party voters only elect losers, making losers of us all.

Freelance writer published on many websites and in newspapers.

Everything's All Right in the Middle East

Written by Robert Levin

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Onrepparttar other hand,repparttar 125973 Arabs afford Israelis an opportunity to continually certify their biblically bestowed "chosen" status—and to assure themselves ofrepparttar 125974 post-corporeal rewards implicit inrepparttar 125975 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,repparttar 125976 Arabs are every bitrepparttar 125977 blessing to Israel that Israel is torepparttar 125978 Arabs. It follows thatrepparttar 125979 violence each side visits onrepparttar 125980 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, endrepparttar 125981 game and return both sides to a contemplation ofrepparttar 125982 void. We might call this aiding and abetting of one another's immortality illusions—the cooperation andrepparttar 125983 accommodations it requires--the deeper definition ofrepparttar 125984 "social contract." So we can engage ad infinitum inrepparttar 125985 most earnest discussions about anti-Semitism, about Hamas, about Sharon, about territory and occupation, and forever missrepparttar 125986 real dynamic ofrepparttar 125987 situation. The Arab-Israeli problem is, again, a solution to a more pressing problem, to what is, literally as well as figuratively,repparttar 125988 mother of all problems. And what accounts forrepparttar 125989 tenaciousness ofrepparttar 125990 conflict isrepparttar 125991 ongoing success it's enjoying inrepparttar 125992 service of its underlying agenda. As long as this holds true, Arabs and Israelis will, for allrepparttar 125993 anguish it induces, remain at odds becauserepparttar 125994 enmity between them is their buffer againstrepparttar 125995 spectre of oblivion. The pain we are witnessing is a palliative. These are notrepparttar 125996 worst of times inrepparttar 125997 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."

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