Presidential “Debates,” Round 1
Well, one thing about U.S. politics, they can be entertaining. When you have this many candidates, these “multi-candidate appearances” cannot be real debates, but they are chances for the lesser known candidates to make themselves known. Last week 8 Democrats squared off against each other. Tonight, 10 Republicans did the same. I was critical of the Democrats–it is a very imperfect party. But tonight I had reason to be certain that almost any Democrat would be better in the White House than the GOP. We are billions in debt, we are borrowing constantly from China who is single-handedly keeping our currency afloat, and we are bleeding both people and money in Iraq–and every single one of those fools on the GOP stage tonight wanted to cut more taxes, especially on the rich. Did they all flunk economics or what?
It was sheer fantasy land. And not pleasant fantasy either. However, what was very entertaining was to see the GOP guys try to kiss up to their base by being pro-Iraq war while simultaneously trying to appeal to independents by being against the Iraq war. They know this war is incredibly unpopular and that no one can win the general election by supporting Bush on it. But they also know that anyone who truly breaks with Bush will lose the Party support and the support of that 20% or so hardcore base for the GOP. So, the two-step. Very funny–or it would be if so many weren’t dying because of it.
I haven’t picked a candidate, yet, but I know it won’t be one of those on stage tonight. Instead of “tax and spend liberals,” the current GOP is “don’t tax and spend anyway” reactionaries–and spend all that one is borrowing on military buildup, prisons, walls for the borders and other fascist moves. Scary.
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