Democrats Can't Win

Written by Ed Howes

The only chance they had fromrepparttar beginning of this campaign to winrepparttar 125974 2004 presidential election has been to advance their best candidate and hope thatrepparttar 125975 President beat himself. This is a fifty- fifty bet at any given time. Instead, they chose an anybody but Bush strategy that proclaims they don't care how qualified their candidate is, or how capable. They want to win a popularity contest. They want to nominate a candidate they hope will take votes fromrepparttar 125976 President.

This cockeyed strategy will also lose them majorities inrepparttar 125977 House and Senate for many elections to come. They have toldrepparttar 125978 American people they are not for anything. They are simply against what is. They have done this down torepparttar 125979 grassroots and we hear it inrepparttar 125980 comments of ordinary Democratic voters. America will now tell them if they do not care what is best for America, which is not anyone but Bush, they have no business in government.

They had a front running candidate nobody really knew. They likedrepparttar 125981 things he said. When he slipped from number one to number three in Iowa and then embarrassed them, they went looking for a new front runner - another one that nobody knows. Democrats prefer to elect strangers and hope things work out. They do not have a clue what is going on.

Every Democratic candidate who says he can beat George Bush is lying and knows it. Only George Bush can beat George Bush as Al Gore beat Al Gore inrepparttar 125982 2000 election. He conceded it beforerepparttar 125983 election was over and showed America thatrepparttar 125984 Democrats would support a quitter, if they thought he could win an election. The lesson has not been lost onrepparttar 125985 rest of America. To further demonstrate their loyalty to a quitter,repparttar 125986 Democrats then claimed he was robbed by a partisan court decision. Fact is, Al Gore lostrepparttar 125987 election when he admittedrepparttar 125988 fact to George Bush onrepparttar 125989 telephone and not whenrepparttar 125990 court made it official. So whenrepparttar 125991 Democrats say they will have anybody but George Bush, we can take them at their word. Anybody will do for them. The rest of us can be more discriminating.

I personally resonate with Dennis Kucinich. Bothrepparttar 125992 party andrepparttar 125993 major media have written him off as an also ran. Democrats want instant gratification and to win at any cost, they won't support Dennis now and bring him back in 2008. They want Hillary Clinton then and she will lose too. I doubtrepparttar 125994 Democrats will ever be in power atrepparttar 125995 national level again.

Dennis' plan for disengagement in Iraq isrepparttar 125996 best I have seen proposed. The only one that would restore credibility torepparttar 125997 United States and accomplish what should have been intended fromrepparttar 125998 beginning.

Other candidates assure us they will never get us into another mess like this one, as though such things are only decided by presidents. They are not. But Dennis says we can create a Department of Peace to provide some balance torepparttar 125999 war mongers in Congress andrepparttar 126000 Department of Defense. Democrats don't care about a Department of Peace and they make no attempt to hiderepparttar 126001 fact.

Everything's All Right in the Middle East

Written by Robert Levin

Can we, just for a minute, dispense withrepparttar hand-wringing and acknowledge thatrepparttar 125973 problem Israel andrepparttar 125974 Palestinians have with one another is actually their mutual solution torepparttar 125975 problem of being mortal? Of course to understand what I mean it is first necessary to recognize that it's not love or sex or money that makesrepparttar 125976 world go around butrepparttar 125977 fact of death; that what drives virtually everything we believe and do isrepparttar 125978 need to reduce, to at least a manageable degree of fear,repparttar 125979 terror and panicrepparttar 125980 anticipation of death causes us. (If you can't quite grasp this notion, if you have to be reminded that terror and panic constituterepparttar 125981 human default condition, then whatever you're believing and doing is working for you.)

Ofrepparttar 125982 myriad subtle and blatant ways we've come up with to make living with an impossible reality tolerable, one example would berepparttar 125983 symbolic immortality we assure ourselves of by leaving behind a scientific discovery, or a work of art, that will continue to have an influence onrepparttar 125984 world. Another isrepparttar 125985 accumulation of inordinate wealth. The god-like trappings great sums of money buy enable us to feel not just superior torepparttar 125986 common man, but less vulnerable torepparttar 125987 common fate. Still another is getting high, which is about getting aboverepparttar 125988 body that we know will one day be our undoing.

And then there's our invention of an afterlife. Presenting us with a chance to survive death—if we honorrepparttar 125989 pronouncements and followrepparttar 125990 dictates we've assigned to deities of our own fashioning—it's this immortality illusion that's atrepparttar 125991 heart ofrepparttar 125992 Arab-Israeli conflict. The Arabs are qualifying for eternity by doing what they've determined to be God's work, which is to make war on those who, ignoring or questioning His authority, are undermining His plan forrepparttar 125993 planet. And Israel, dropped inrepparttar 125994 Arab's midst, its diverse culture implicitly challengingrepparttar 125995 validity of Arab beliefs, providesrepparttar 125996 Arabs withrepparttar 125997 infidel they need to carry out their mission. For Arabs, it's not about killing Jews, per se. Jews are simply a fortuitously placed means to a purchase on heaven. (You could say that—their culture being, by all appearances, limited in its repertoire of immortality illusions torepparttar 125998 resources of Islam—suicide isrepparttar 125999 only instrument of self-perpetuation available torepparttar 126000 Palestinian terrorists.)

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