Wednesday, December 12, 2007
2008 election: Republican vs. Republican-lite.
Well, it is with great reluctance I reveal further evidence that I live in an insane asylum. It comes in the form of the following news byte as reported at newsday.com.
That's where I read Hillary Clinton ("It takes a village to raise a child, a bomb to raze that village,"- that Hillary Clinton!) is quoted as saying of her leading challenger, Barack Obama, as being "too far left to be elected president" -- citing a decade-old questionnaire indicating Obama once opposed the death penalty, backed socialized medicine and supported a ban on hand guns.
Counter point: According to the Newsday.com story, Obama really supports a national health insurance care system that maintains the health of the health insurance industry first, Americans second. Obama is not against a hand gun ban, just stringent controls on them. As for capital punishment - he supports it only for "severe crimes" (?? Dada note: I thought that's what we have??).
Counter counter point: As for Clinton's claims Obama is too liberal to be president from views expressed on his 1996 candidate's state senator questionaire? Obama never signed that questionaire. It was filled out by a campaign aide.
But the point I take from all of this is the two party system in this country is a farce. Democratic candidates have become so damn afraid of stepping off the line they're straddling in the middle of the road lest they be labeled liberal or "too left" for America while Republicans control the entire right lane of the roadway, many straying onto the right shoulder with impunity.
I am, indeed, in a loony bin so insane I'm thinking my only chance of escape is a total financial collapse of the American economy under the oppressive costs of an empire we can no longer afford, or maybe the rising seas of global warming will inundate the power centers of the world so perilous to us all.
Insane? Maybe. But the alternative to dramatic financial collapse or environmental disaster beyond comprehension is sounding more and more preferable to the danger now being served up by the insanity of the current American political system.