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George Washington was a revolutionary. He walked the walk and became our first President. And Adams and Jefferson and so on. They were not just politicians; they were "movement people." They put their lives on the line to fight for what they believed. When we elected them, we didn't have to worry about what their real values were. We knew. It was easy to know where they would take the country because we knew where they had already taken the country. In short, we understood their values and we un...
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Oh, all Democrats are "against the war" now. Yeah, right. With only a few exceptions, most of the Democratic candidates for president have either voted for the IWR or have voted to provide funding for the war. Now, they tell us, they've joined the anti-war side of the argument. The problem is, the positions of the recently converted are bullshit. You are not "anti-war" if you support continuing the war and occupation for any amount of time and for any purpose beyond troop safety. Speaking just ...
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This is a moral moment. This is not ultimately about any scientific debate or political dialogue. Ultimately, it is about who we are as human beings and whether or not we have the capacity to transcend our own limitations and rise to this new occasion. It is about whether or not we can see with our hearts, as well as our heads, the unprecedented response that is now called for; whether or not we can -- in Lincoln's phrase -- disenthrall ourselves, shed the illusions that have been our accompli...
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Posted by welshTerrier2 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jul 28th 2007, 03:09 PM
All eyes in the US are focussed on Iraq ... and perhaps on Iran. But there may be huge trouble brewing in Pakistan. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and serious internal political problems. Al Qaeda and deep hatred for the US are prevalent and growing throughout the country. And the Musharraf government appears to be sinking at about the same pace the bush government is sinking in the US. Tucked away in an article about the risks facing the Musharraf government was a most curious reference to a bus...
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let me put this succinctly: YOUR CANDIDATE SUCKS. the following chart from a popular political indicator was posted by DU'er GreenPartyVoter in some have complained that the candidates never actually took the test, and hence, the projection of how they might have responded is speculative. this is an inadequate criticism. it is perfectly appropriate to use a candidate's track record and speeches to assess how they would have responded had they taken the test. the only valid defense would be to...
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Last night I had the opportunity to do some research on how many Iraqi civilians died as a consequence of the bush I / Clinton sanctions on Iraq. Most of my focus was on the number of children this country's policies killed in Iraq. Children. I think they're included in what is politely called "collateral damage." Well, it turns out it's pretty difficult to pin down an exact number. The best data seemed to indicate the sanctions killed between 250,000 and maybe as many as 350,000 children. How m...
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the great campaign of 2008 rages on ... oh, it's sooooooo important. those candidates are really hammering away at the real issues and problems that confront us ... what great leaders they'll all be ... are you kidding me???? are you???? please feel free to educate all of us on your candidate's position on global warming. and, don't feel too bad, it's not just the candidates - it's both parties and pretty much everyone else too. here's some information I've been digging up about global warmin...
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Like many DU'ers, there is nothing i would like to see more than a unified, effective Democratic Party committed to making the very real and very significant changes the country so desperately requires. Those who are furious at the party for the last disgrace on the Iraq funding bill are not "party haters". We hate what the Dems did and we hate what they are failing to do. Unlike many of the blind party loyalists, I do not accept the "we don't have the votes" argument. I totally blame the party...
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Maybe we'll have to close down Los Angeles. Evacuate all the people and shut the place down. Permanently. Phoenix? Gone. Las Vegas. Gone. Millions displaced. Not enough water to sustain urban populations. Global warming. Well, maybe not. We can always just be hopeful. Major coastal cities in the East. Gone. Too much water. Melting glaciers. Rising sea levels. Just pack up and leave. Permanently. Well, maybe not. We can always build seawalls like they did in the Netherlands. Maybe that would wor...
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i watch in amazement as post after post in this forum sings the praises of one candidate or another. Did you hear Obama's plan for x? Did you see Hillary's poll numbers in South Carolina? it must be a very nice thing to be a true believer. for many here, the mantra is all about the evils bush has brought. well, no argument there. he has virtually dismantled all that was good about our government. clearly, and I never thought anyone could top Nixon, bush is and will always remain the worst perso...
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People said they're leaving the Party. Bloggers were furious. Money was cut-off. It got really ugly and it got really ugly in a hurry. Some have argued the anti-war wing of the Party is a fairly small but vocal minority. They argued the progressive wing made a ton of noise but was not important in an electoral sense. I've even seen a few "we're better off without them" posts. One thing I've never seen is any evidence that the anti-war left wing of the Party was wrong, ever wrong, about Iraq. ...
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Posted by welshTerrier2 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue May 29th 2007, 02:03 PM
You either agree with the premise that we are running out of time to save the planet or you don't. There's no "triangulation" here. It makes no sense. If global warming is a very real and imminent crisis, if our fish supplies are either disappearing or so badly poisoned and polluted it's not safe to eat them, if fossil fuels are rapidly dwindling, and if our food supply is being "privatized" by massive agribusiness, then we need to start making some very serious changes. Unfortunately, "big chan...
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i've heard all the noise on the web and here on DU after yesterday's pathetic display by the Democratic Party. I might leave the Party because of this. Others say that's moronic and emphasize they are true blue Democrats. Frankly, it's all crap. Focusing on the politics instead of the policy (i.e. i'm leaving or i'm staying) really is not what's important here. but, as long as i'm on the subject (i'll return to my main point in a minute), let me point out that the Dems badly hurt themselves yest...
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Posted by welshTerrier2 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 23rd 2007, 08:19 PM
I have been gone from DU for quite some time now. Today, on this very dark day, it seemed like a good time to return. Today, if the "great compromise" on Iraq is as reported, the American political process condemned more Americans and more Iraqis to death and condoned a legacy of violence and greed and imperial power. Today, there is blood all over the republican party; today, there is blood all over the Democratic Party. We hear talk of deadlines and benchmarks and all the rest of the jargon ...
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One wonders just how much stretching the fabric in the "big tent" can withstand. Prior to November, it was a bit easier. We were all "anti-bush". Regardless of what positions Democrats took, their influence was minimal. Their bills couldn't even make it to the floor for a vote. This is not to say that even out of power there wasn't an important role for Dems to play. The job then was educating the public. The job now is defining and implementing policy. Of course, even now, the Dems are subject ...
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source: (Link) Discovering What Democracy Means by Bill Moyers Are we not likely to be more wisely led by officials who have learned from history and literature that great nations die of too many lies? <skip> Yet the salvation of democracy requires a public aroused by the knowledge of what is being done to them in their name. Here is the crisis of the times as I see it: We talk about problems, issues, policies, but we don’t talk about what democracy means—what it bestows on us—the revo...
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here's a link to Mike Gravel's speech at the "DNC's Winter Meeting": (Link) "Who the hell is Mike Gravel?" you might ask. "What's the point of listening to someone who can't possibly win?" you might think. I don't agree with every word Gravel said. But I'll tell you, he was damned impressive. He spoke about things that need to be said and need to be heard by the American people. He spoke truth to power. He said things that go beyond the party's usual marketing crap. He spoke to those in the ...
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We've heard all sorts of whining that the MSM is only showing the "bad things" in Iraq. The first video linked to below, includes this devastating statement from a man in Baghdad the CBS reporter interviewed: "i saw uniformed Iraqi soldiers executing unarmed Iraqi men and shooting two women." uniformed Iraqi soldiers ... And bush wants to send more American troops to Baghdad to provide support for the Iraqi army as they go "door-to-door". There is a civil war going on in Iraq and "uniformed Ir...
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The following is nothing more than my two cents about exactly what is going on regarding Iraq. I'd be interested to hear your assessment. First, it will come as no shock to anyone to say that Iraq is both a total catastrophe and a quagmire. I have zero faith in bush and i have zero faith in Maliki. Second, we cannot ignore the US domestic political scene when we assess the situation. Prior to the last election, Dems, having essentially no power to force bush to change course adopted the strate...
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What are the factors that influence the decision of progressives to either vote for the Democratic presidential candidate or to vote third party? In the context of this question, progressives include those who are registered Democrats, progressive independents, and progressive Greens and other third party supporters. Do NOT assume the focus here is only on progressive Democrats. I especially hope to hear from non-Democratic progressives about how they make their electoral choices. FWIW, here a...
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Does terrorism exist or is it just an excuse for bush and the neo-cons to go marauding around the world? my answer to that question is: both are true ... We should not confuse bush's disasterous response to terrorism with the existence of terrorism ... there really are groups of people who hate the US and would like nothing more than to strike "back" at us ... the question becomes, what should our response be to terrorism? clearly, the military response, at least as implemented by bush and comp...
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if you've been listening to the Democrats the last couple of weeks, it's clear they are only just beginning to flex their muscles ... i've seen a number of them on the big talk shows finally standing up to bush on Iraq ... their opposition comes in all flavors but all are very free to criticize bush for the colossal mistake he made when he invaded Iraq ... i wish that translated into a more aggressive call for withdrawal of troops, but that's a topic for other posts ... interestingly, one of th...
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The following article will appear in the February edition of Vanity Fair ... It is amazing if for no other reason than to highlight the incredible courage of the article's authors ... it's hard to imagine too many other people who would have been this dedicated ... the article is verrrrrry long but well worth reading ... as i read it, i grew angrier and angrier not just at the multi-national oil companies, in this case Shell, but at all of us in so called "developed nations" that burn through o...
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Democratic presidential candidates must not cower in their corners ... it is incumbent on them to demonstrate real leadership by speaking out against the theft of Iraqi oil ... standing up to bush on the war means NOT letting him get away with the new "OIL LAW" that will give private, BIG OIL corporations control and ownership of Iraq's oil wealth for the next thirty years ... Passage of the new "OIL LAW" will drain critical resources and the major source of revenue from the Iraqi people ... th...
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yesterday, during an exchange between Senator Sununu and Sec. Rice, a reference was made to a secret "closed session" meeting between the administration and the Senate regarding Iraq's "Oil Law" ... the Oil Law is a really big deal ... on the surface, it's sort of Iraq's "divorce settlement" about who gets custody of the oil fields ... "let's see, I think the Kurds should get 40%, the Shia 40% and the Sunnis 20%" ... kind of like that ... responding to charges just a day or two before the invas...
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i almost feel that I should apologize for yet another thread on this ... the thing is, though, that I still feel that there's a whole lot of floundering going on and this issue SHOULD reflect on the values and the judgment of future candidates ... that's because all important historical events are fair game for evaluating future candidates ... my position on candidates who voted for the IWR and have since apologized and said their vote was wrong is that they should be forgiven IF AND ONLY IF t...
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bush has NOT "lost" Iraq ... he's in the process of "closing the deal" ... well, at least those who pull his strings and make him dance are about to close the deal ... Iraq is in a desperate situation ... there are no jobs ... there are no utilities ... there is no infrastructure ... the Iraqi government is beyond desperate ... what better time to send in the BIG OIL boys and Wolfowitz and the World Bank to put the squeeze on future oil revenues ... previous articles about these PSA's (see below...
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how long has the US been promoting and aiding and directly participating in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians? one can certainly make a case that broader war in the region is very different than that single, exclusive conflict ... no argument there ... but, what faith can anyone reasonably have in a near-term regional peace pact actively negotiated by the US? the disturbing and yet simple answer has to be NONE ... what's the program being sold here? keep US occupation forces in...
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today begins my fifth year here on DU ... my how things have changed since i first began posting here ... DU has changed; the country's changed; the world has changed ... both in our national dialog and in our DU dialog, there are all sorts of opinions on all sorts of issues ... we lean on our binary measuring stick, the polarized political spectrum, like a crutch ... i'm afraid it serves us very poorly ... much of our current national focus revolves around the issue of whether our foreign po...
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"Payback" is defined (dictionary.com) as: "something done in retaliation" ... Tim Russert, on today's Imus show, explained that Americans are tired of all the partisanship and just want Congress to start acting like grown-ups ... i've heard that exact same message from numerous Democrats when they're asked about whether a Democratically-controlled Congress will be obsessed with investigations of republicans and maybe even impeachment hearings against bush ... but this theme badly, very badly, m...
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"The Sorrows of Empire" by Chalmers Johnson
here are the final two haunting paragraphs:


There is plenty in the world to occupy our military radicals and empire enthusiasts for the time being. But there can be no doubt that the course on which we are launched will lead us into new versions of the Bay of Pigs and updated, speeded-up replays of Vietnam War scenarios. When such disasters occur, as they - or as-yet-unknown versions of them - certainly will, a world disgusted by the betrayal of the idealism associated with the United States will welcome them, just as most people did when the former USSR came apart. Like other empires of the past century, the United States has chosen to live not prudently, in peace and prosperity, but as a massive military power athwart an angry, resistant globe.

There is one development that could conceivably stop this process of overreaching: the people could retake control of the Congress, reform it along with the corrupted elections laws that have made it into a forum for special interests, turn it into a genuine assembly of democratic representatives, and cut off the supply of money to the Pentagon and the secret intelligence agencies. We have a strong civil society that could, in theory, overcome the entrenched interests of the armed forces and the military-industrial complex. At this late date, however, it is difficult to imagine how Congress, much like the Roman senate in the last days of the republic, could be brought back to life and cleansed of its endemic corruption. Failing such a reform, Nemesis, the goddess of retribution and vengeance, the punisher of pride and hubris, waits impatiently for her meeting with us."
WT2's Core Beliefs
Here is what I believe are fundamental truths that Democrats should be fighting for:

1. the war in Iraq has no legitimacy ... if bush succeeds there, the only result will be the establishment of an American puppet ... we will not succeed; we should not succeed; we should leave NOW ...
2. there should be no room for compromising the objectives of any human liberation movement ... compromises can be made on tactics (i.e. what we will settle for today) but never on the ideal ... Democrats should speak out on all human liberation movements ...
3. our democratic institutions have been poisoned by greed, wealth and power ... reform must be the number one priority of every American ... this is NOT a left-right issue; without a democratic process, nothing works ...
4. the Democratic Party must find a way to be genuinely inclusive of its left-wing ... demanding adherence to the Party line is NOT going to work ... we need major reforms in the Party to promote a better dialog between prominent party members and the grassroots ... without a real exchange of ideas and a real process of inclusion, we will not succeed ...
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