Hardly breaking news at this point, but I ask we take a moment to recognize the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a great man who will, I trust, be a hero to us. He has an excellent record in government delivering a dynamic and surprisingly equitable economy (certainly by comparison to the US), and though I am not in agreement with all of his accomplishments as Chancellor, I am nonetheless pleased to have someone I trust succeed the higher office. We know that on the core issues of government to serve the people, and particularly the least well off, Brown's convictions are in the right place since his days as a student leader in Edinburgh right through to work on behalf of African development.
I saw the movie "the Good Shepherd" the other day, and I wanted to pose a couple of questions about it since I didn't understand a good deal of it and certainly didn't grasp all of the motifs. Please forgive me if you find this diary inappropriate to the forum.
For the last week, it has been painful to be a Democrat. And those are not words I use lightly in this time of so many fairweather friends who wish us ill and wield their stilettos under the protective canopy of "CNN" and "DLC". I have found strength in this beleaguered minority through the angry days of Bush, and I have never once apologized for the Democratic label that I wear. So allow me to stray off the reservation for one evening.
I should say, first, that in going over my own practice essays I'm always a little embarassed by the know-it-all, matter-of-fact tone of voice. I apologize if you find that annoying and/or inappropriate to the format.
The question was this:
"Why and how should the welfare state provide insurance? What are the implications of changes in household composition for the provision of social insurance?" [Asked in the 2003 Exam]
I. Democrats know what they stand for and so does the electorate. They know we deal with corporate cronyism and regulate the environment. They know we'll improve schools. They know we'll balance the budget.
What they don't know is what we stand against. The Right Wing Media like to shout about our Bush-hating and alienation from the mainstream, but the fact is that no one knows who and what makes us angry. Which aspect of society is inimical to our idea of America?
I, for one, am happy to take a stand against creationists and everyone else who hates knowledge. Those people are not consistent with my America. Neither are rapacious CEOs who loot their employees' pensions. We should take advantage of the symbolic strength of opposition--it's a shortcut to a clear-cut position that doesn't require years of think tank position papers.
If Bush has his way, Howard Stern may soon have a tough choice to make: Tell a sex joke on the air, or dump toxic waste in New York's drinking water while willfully placing an employee at risk of injury or death? No wonder the foul-mouthed host is moving to satellite radio, which falls outside the authority of the FCC.
As well as writing one great play and a few very good plays, Miller is
- A member of the select group of people whose greatest accomplishments came in 1948. Now two are dead: Strom Thurmond and Miller (though Death of a Salesman was first staged in 1949, I count him because he wrote the play in 1948). The two remaining are Paul Samuelson and George Kennan.
- A member of the non-select group of people who slept with Marilyn Monroe.
Joe Lieberman had our support for the Vice Presidency in 2000. He ran for President against George W. Bush in 2003 and 2004. Now he is not fit to represent our party or the people of Connecticut in the US Senate.
Here's how to beat him.
"Despite a poor performance at his confirmation hearing, Alberto R. Gonzales appears almost certain to be confirmed by the Senate as attorney general. Senators of both parties declared themselves dissatisfied with Mr. Gonzales's lack of responsiveness to questions about his judgments as White House counsel on the detention of foreign prisoners. Some expressed dismay at his reluctance to state that it is illegal for American personnel to use torture, or for the president to order it. A number of senators clearly believe, as we do, that Mr. Gonzales bears partial responsibility for decisions that have led to shocking, systematic and ongoing violations of human rights by the United States. Most apparently intend to vote for him anyway. At a time when nominees for the Cabinet can be disqualified because of their failure to pay taxes on a nanny's salary, this reluctance to hold Mr. Gonzales accountable is shameful. He does not deserve to be confirmed as attorney general...
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