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  •  I agree with your point (5+ / 0-)

    about attacking the culture of fear. Sadly, not all of the Democratic candidates have proven that they are up to doing that.

    Those who voted for the Iraq war Resolution were fearful, I believe, of being called unpatriotic.
    So fear ruled the day and Rove knew it would. Bush almost immediately pointed out to his critics on the war that Democrats had voted for it.

    So, my point is that Wes Clark has the stuffing to stand up to this culture of fear, he's proved it time and again. He also has the credentials and the experience.

    I also believe that Al Gore has responded to his vicious "defeat" in 2000 by overcoming his wooden, polite persona to standing up for what he believes.

    I prefer Wes Clark, but I wouldn't mind seeing an open convention with Clark, Gore and perhaps Obama to hash out the issues in front of the voters.

    That would be democracy, not a candidate wrapped up and tied with a bow by back room interests and delivered by the MSM.

    •  Candidates have to demonstrate the willingness to (1+ / 0-)
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      eve it, and I think Wes Clark has, but the larger point is that we have to blunt the appeal of fear from the bottom up, so that Guiliani's scare tactics fall on deaf ears. This requires looking at politics more systemically – that is, with greater emphasis on institutions and movements and less on individual actors. It requires building up the sorts of forces in civil society -- like labor unions -- that sustained the New Deal coalition, and later, the conservative coalition that now appears to be disintegrating.

      "Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception." -- George Orwell

      by Autarkh on Sun May 13, 2007 at 09:43:32 PM PDT

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      •  It seems that Clark very much agrees with you (1+ / 0-)
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        he has talked of empowering unions so that workers have true representation and giving unions new responsibilities to retrain and educate workers.

        Clark said that his experience in the military led him to the idea that workers should be able to carry with them access to education and health care through their unions and universal single payer health care because we can no longer rely on a lifetime job at one company.

        Clark's talked a lot about institutions providing the backbone of our democratic life.

        thanks for your thoughts.

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