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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 12:30 PM
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20. Thanks for the benefit of the doubt.
It makes me all tingly inside. "For Republicans" is the key phrase in the above quote, I believe. I've never voted for a Republican in my life--though I briefly flirted with the notion of voting for Ross Perot, until he went publicly insane. I'm an old-school, FDR Democrat with a dash of Libertarian don't-fuck-with-me-ism thrown in for flavor. I've never met a Republican whose intellect I respected, or whose politics seemed motivated by anything other than the grossest self-interest. Does that clarify my position for you?

I do, in fact, have an opinion on the current electoral fraud vs. the 60's version, which is that subverting the electoral process and thwarting the expressed will of the electorate is a very bad thing, no matter who does it. The fact that it's more pervasive and much less easily detected/investigated/proven now than then is indeed alarming--but that seems a difference in scale rather than in kind. And while it is of paramount importance to detect, investigate and prove the electoral fraud of 2004, doing so is not a substitute for effective political leadership on the Democratic side, of which there is a critical lack, if you ask me. If we have no dynamic, electable leaders and no unified agenda that's fundamentally distinct from the Republican agenda, then it doesn't really matter who wins or how. By which I mean that I've all but given up hope for the political future of this country, because the central problem of undue corporate influence in the political process will never be addressed in any serious way.
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