The Anti-Dem: Your Letters
Fans Of Fitz
Re: Keep Investigating, Fitz by Robert Dreyfuss
I am waiting for the pundits to remind America that the president and vice president would only grant an interview in the Plamegate case, to avoid taking an oath of honesty that could come back to bite them. They also demanded they be together to help each other's stories gel. Where is the outcry for them to testify under oath with the threat of treason looming in their future?
Please keep investigating as there's too much going on under a deceptive cloak of patriotism to let it go. It's not patriotism, it's a misguided, limited group of ultra-conservatives aimed at pushing their short-sighted agenda through without the awareness, understanding, or consent of the majority of the populace. Please keep investigating. We need to know what happened—and who was behind it!
Please tell me what the hell is immunizing Robert Novak? Libby may very well have told Novak, but it was Novak who told the entire world. How has he become God's own special child in this whole sordid affair?
Re: The Battle Over Hackett by David Goodman
Good piece. Go with Hackett, folks. This guy is a much-needed breath of fresh air. While Biden, Clinton et. al., may truly believe more troops are needed, the public smells that these are nuanced political responses and not directives from the heart. Hackett is a reality-based candidate with genuine passion that the "liberal bloggers" ought to begin talking to, assuming they can get out of their own heads and away from keyboards and talk with people they claim to represent. This candidate should be embraced. May more like Hackett rise up.
Gun control alone has disassembled the dominance of the Democrats. There are certainly other issues, but none would stand as starkly powerful to the many "good ol' boy" Republicans I know out here in New Mexico as gun control. Getting involved in gun control was, I believe, the stupidest strategic maneuver the left has made. What have we gained for all this attempted gun control? Guns are everywhere and always will be in America. But we've gained a Bush, a Dick, a couple of wars and a Scooter. Oooph.
Hackett? You're dissing Hackett because he's pro gun. Jesus, we'll never get anywhere, will we? There's a great unwashed out here in America and they LOVE their guns. Everything else—eh, whatever.
A Fair Vote
Re: The Shrinking Battleground by Chris Pearson and Ryan O'Donnell
We need to scrap the outdated electoral college and just count total votes. If we had done that over five years ago, Gore would have won the election. There should have been a big backlash after this, especially with the Florida controversy.
Yes—I really sympathize. Here in New Zealand, we suffered for a long time under the FPP (First Past the Post) system, where several times the party winning the popular vote lost the election. Now we have MMP (Mixed Member Proportional). Every vote counts, and we have a much wider variety of people and opinion in Parliament. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Time For Change
Re: The World Can't Wait by Russ Baker
This is a great step, but only the first step! You can't change this regime by working within a system that no longer works for us. The time for large-scale acts of civil disobedience has long passed. Let's move!
With the advent of electronic voting, even the authenticity of the fewer votes comes into question. Government grants for e-voting machines has stocked every hoot and holler with nifty touch screen voting booths. Local officials depend on vendors (who take no oath) to verify accuracy.
Re: How We Withdraw Matters by David L. Mack
David L. Mack's article is well reasoned , but, as I see things, irrelevant. It seems to me that Bush, Cheney and the others are still delusional in thinking that there will be a solution that will be favorable to their vision of empire, or whatever reason they went into Iraq for in the first place. It is only a quagmire to us weak-hearted liberals. The 2,000 dead GIs is part of the cost of empire that Cheney, et al. are willing for us to pay. They may not consider it too much of a cost at 5,000 dead GIs. The greatest need is not an exit strategy. Rather, the need is for someone to step up and convince this administration that there will be no resolution to this Iraq mess that will be at all favorable to U.S. interests and that we need some way to extricate ourselves in a somewhat honorable way. After that, we could use David L. Mack's ideas.
The article "How We Withdraw Matters" dated Nov. 2, 2005, unfortunately came precisely one year too late. Furthermore, though its premise is correct, its conclusions aren't: An abrupt withdrawal is precisely what's called for. Kerry could have called for this during his campaign, and NATO and/or the U.N. would have had plenty of time to ramp up between Election Day and Inauguration Day. As it turned out, we lost our last chance to prevent the Iraq bloodletting lasting at least half a decade, if not an entire decade or more.