Archive for December, 2003

The War On Civility

Circular firing squad threatens to derail anti-Bush momentum

One of the first articles I wrote for Democracy Means You was a hopeful look at the progressive renaissance. I still believe that we have much to look forward to, but our chances in ’04 seem to be diminishing. I refer not to the capture of Saddam Hussein — he’ll likely be long forgotten come November — but to the vicious infighting among the Democratic candidates. While a healthy, clean fight in the primary is good in the long run, the Democrats are long past healthy or clean. When Rove’s strategy for the general election is to recycle attacks from the primaries, things have gotten out of hand:
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Who’s On First?

[Who's On First] Who’s really running things at the White House?

During the Cold War, the politics and rivalries within the Soviet Union could seem so bizarre and arcane that an entire field of “study” was developed to try and untangle it. Dubbed “Kremlinology,” this study was as much guesswork and psychology as intelligence gathering.

It is at once telling and disturbing that our own executive branch has become so secretive that some are comparing the job of discerning its motives to Kremlinology.
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So Much for Liberty

[Mao Bush] Bush sides with Communism, against Democracy

Well, well, well. George W. Bush shows his true colors. Maybe this is why they call them red states.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit unfair (though certainly the sort of thing many conservatives would say if the positions were reversed). However, I find it very interesting that our “with us or against us” president, who refuses to compromise on freedom for nations with massive oil reserves, is turning against long-time ally Taiwan:
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Faith Based Discrimination

Ignorance of Diversity is Business As Usual

I’ve tried to keep my articles calm and considered of late. However, on occasion, the Bush administration’s sheer brazenness stuns even me. For example, from the White House’s own website (though I can’t guarantee that the file will remain there long once word gets out):

Colby, from Centralia MO writes: Do you feel that Pagan faith based groups should be given the same considerations as any other group that seeks aid?

Jim Towey I haven’t run into a pagan faith-based group yet, much less a pagan group that cares for the poor! Once you make it clear to any applicant that public money must go to public purposes and can’t be used to promote ideology, the fringe groups lose interest. Helping the poor is tough work and only those with loving hearts seem drawn to it.

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