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gottaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-19-03 03:14 AM
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6. No Way
1. I take issue with the premise that "everything has changed" is a mainstream viewpoint. Foremost it's an item of propaganda. Secondarily, it captures the mood of certain Beltway types. Perhaps they don't realize that they are being manipulated. I can smell the manipulation from 3000 miles away.

2. The rethugs (using that sobriquet advisedly) have brought out the worst in the polity. Hostility to the U.N. and general xenophobia has been growing within the Republican base for years. Since Selection 2000 it's been put on the national agenda.

3. Now that the extremists are empowered, the world has few options but to accomodate their policies. Well, you can register disagreement, and do what you can to minimize the damage, but the dogs have been unleashed and the town dogcatcher ain't about to put them down.

4. On the question of crafting a popular alternative politics, I say keep talking sense, and let the Republicans run on their record. There are signs that Mr. and Mrs. Peoria are getting awfully fed up with the carnage and general meanness of this crowd in Washington. These signs include: Bush's sinking popularity in opinion polls; local initiatives against the PATRIOT Act; the Media's willingness to begin asking tough questions; leftist authors on the best seller lists; general anti-incumbency sentiment as manifested in the popularity of Howard Dean or the California debacle. (That last one is Crazy, I know, but I do believe some of the anger at Davis is misdirected and if you were to really go down that road there are signs pointing to Crawford all along the way. If they end up recalling Davis, and Bustamante wins, take that as indication that the people are somewhat clueful.)
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