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  •  You are certainly right about (none)
    the current political environment. more than ever before, political ambition these days leaves virtually no room for principle.

    Someone once said; 'There's only one political party in Washington, the 'Fund-Raising Party'", and he was right.

    Considering that 90% of political rhetoric is specifically designed to deceive and to discourage independent thought, and that the media has has conspired with itself and the propagandists to shorten the attention span of the public by treating news as an entertainment commodity rather than as meaningful information, it's a wonder the country hasn't been driven completely into the ditch already. It almost happened under Reagan's regime, and might have happened under Bush 41 had Clinton not preventeded his second term. Now, of course we are closer than ever before to the complete destruction of our way of life at the hands of these irrational psychopaths who've hijacked the govt. to serve their own ends.

    With all of this in mind, and while I admit to a relativistic view, I think, in context, your initial remarks were more condemnatory of Clinton than were warranted. Nafta was a disastrous thing he enabled, to be sure. But the template for outsourcing jobs has been in place since Nixon's betrayal of Taiwan by his much ballyhooed courtship of Mao's China. We've been hemmoraging jobs and technology ever since then at a steadily increasing rate, and I suspect that at somepoint in time, future historians might look back less harshly on Clinton's tenure as it relates to this issue, and state that during his presidency the rate of the increase in job losses to offshore locales actually diminished during his term. (I have no specific facts at hand to support this idea, but i have a sense it may be true and would welcome any factual info that speaks to itone way or the other.

    One final note. I view all elected officials as basically adversarial to my best interests as a regular citizen. I feel this way even about the ones I vote for, because generally, my vote is more a vote against the greater of 2 perceived evils, rather than an actual vote of support for someone I believe in. This was the only reason I voted for Kerry, and the only reason I voted for the Democrat opposing the wingnut lunatic Mel Martinez here in Florida.

    Defeat the sound-bite.

    by sbj on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 09:54:45 PM PDT

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    •  I also view (none)
      most politicians as adversarial to my interests. The reason actually i strongly support the second amendment.

      My criticism of clinton is that first: his ideology is that of a country club republican. Second that he's a weasel.. he betrayed the congressional democrats (anda certain woman who went to prison for him) over and over. Third that by abandoning every FDR principle he in effect ended the two party system. We now have "right" and "far right". No republican could have done that. We were, in my opinion, infiltrated by our enemy. And in fact destroyed from the inside. And i hope you arent naive enough to believe the people who funded and planned the "gop revolution" arent capable of that.

      Remember: there's no sense in talking to them. Talk to your base first, the middle second, and the amoral and lying right never.

      by cdreid on Sun Jul 24, 2005 at 10:31:40 AM PDT

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