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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-10-07 09:29 PM
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51. There Is A Middle Ground Here, You Know
Look at Bill Clinton. No, not the corporatist stuff. Take, for example, homosexuals serving in the military. Now in 1992 he was NOT with the majority of Americans in wanting to allow it. But, he talked about it anyway. He got into office and what did he do - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Shameful, right? He backed down, wussed out. Yep.

Now, many people realize the problems with DADT and want to allow gays to serve openly. However, the funny thing is, many Conservatives are okay with DADT. Fifteen years ago, these Conservatives opposed gays in the military.

Here's another example - universal health care. Kucinich is probably right that it should be single payer. And a President Kucinich would refuse to entertain any other ideas. He would fight and fight and fight - most nobly. Meanwhile, over forty million Americans have no coverage. Other candidates want to do "wussy half measures" - but if they pass that's more people with coverage. And, slowly we can work to the point where Americans are comfortable with a universal/single payer system. But, in the meantime, people are gaining coverage.

I see myself as more of a pragmatic Democrat. We have to be smart enough to recognize the battles we cannot win and tough enough to fight the ones we can. I also think sometimes we can approach the same solution a different way. Don't keep trying to batter down the steel enforced front door when you can jimmy a window in the back.

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