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Presidents and Change? What do you think.

What Would Ike Say?….written by Eric Heller…

I’ll vote for a Democrat in 2008. I know, big surprise. Anyone stumbling on this site gets the political drift here. After all, “conservative” means “against change”, and I’m nuts about change.

Anyway, it’s not that I reject conservatives out of hand – truth is there are some things that make sense. But really, what’s “conservative” about the Republican Party anymore? I mean even ol’ Ike must be rolling in his grave.

“Clear Skies Initiatives” for polluters, “Family Values” that rip up families, “small government” that starves public works but still dictates personal behavior; “Christian Coalitions” that ignore The Beatitudes, xenophobia at home, stepping on the Constitution…..somebody stop me!

But are the leading Democrats any better?

Sure, the Democrats are different. But for real honest-to-God change? Kucinich was the most progressive, and Edwards it pretty cool. But as a member of what is – let’s face it – a corporate party, neither are going to win. And Obama – who is deeply inspiring – is something of a chameleon when it comes to progressive passions.

But I am so fed up with Democrats who completely ignore the runaway corporate power grab…who among the Democrats is talking about $billions in corporate welfare? Who’s talking about Net Neutrality? Media Concentration? Single-payer healthcare? The revolving door at the FDA?

If the country is based on checks and balances then this scale of ours needs some serious re-balancing.

Take a listen to Ralph Nader:

When you ask Democrats in Congress, “How are you doing against the Republicans…?” the answer is about money…The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door.

More from Ralph at Democracy Now….

Given the alternatives I’ll vote for a Democrat. But how about a few third parties and new ideas? Let’s get some real change out there!

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January 21, 2008   |  Filed Under Blog   |    Permalink


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