Posted by Melmac on March 29, 2001 at 22:31:05:
In Reply to: Re: Who owns the press - Bush and his cronies posted by PJ on March 29, 2001 at 21:25:28:
I share your fear of what GWB will do to the environment, and would have preferred to have Al Gore chosen, over GWB - but not enough to vote against my conscience. The problem is that the two parties have grown so similar, that in many respects they are indistinguishable from one another. This defeat of the Democrats may signal a need to return to populist politics on the part of the Democrats, when they finally discover that given a choice between their form of conservatism and the Republican party's form of conservatism, the American public seems to lean toward the original conservative party.
Need I remind you that GATT and NAFTA were passed under the Democrat's watch, signalling to me, that the Democrats are only interested in the APPEARANCE of being concerned with global environmental issues, ie; things we (the American people) can see happpening in our OWN country.
And to out-Republican the Republicans on crime issues, Clinton initiated the most draconian prison measures to date.
The Democrats must learn they can't have it both ways. You can't preach pro-environmentalism and human rights and support the tenets of the WTO. To do so is to say we won't tolerate environmental damage and human rights violations - in OUR country, but will turn a blind eye to excesses in the developing countries, in order to please big business.
George W. Bush will, in his feeble little way, be their best teacher.
In the short run, GWB was the worst choice, by far. In the long run, however, what must be done is to turn away from the policies of BOTH parties. That is where the Greens come in. I don't suggest they are the solution, only a pathway _TO_ the solution.
The government of the US must be taken away from the corporate interests and returned to the people.
- Melmac steps off the soapbox.....
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