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November 28, 2007 10:25 PM UTC

2008: The Egyptian Campaign

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  • by: JO

Proposal to historians among us: let the current presidential campaign, such as it is, be known to posterity as The Egyptian Campaign. Why? Because it’s being waged almost exclusively in a state of denial.

Ok, lousy pun, but it’s a serious situation.

1. In the name of fighting terrorism, civil liberties have been steadily eroded since 2001. Government surveillance without court supervision for starters. Using the state secrets doctrine (itself based on outright lying by the Air Force more than 50 years ago in the Reynolds case on which the doctrine is based) to avoid challenges to a whole range of practices that clearly violate the Constitution. BUT, I don’t hear any candidates on either side focusing on this threat to our most fundamental rights.

2. Amidst overwhelming and incontrovertible scientific evidence (nut cases notwithstanding) of both global warming and peak oil production (here now or in the near future), we hear no candidates focused on getting the country moving on a major scale to use less energy and produce more non-carbon energy from renewable sources (wind & solar, NOT substituting coal for liquid petroleum!). Meantime, some politicians are still wondering whether global warming is even an issue! Lots of evidence that the people of America have recognized these twin issues and are taking individual actions, ranging from floresent light bulbs to more efficient cars, but absolutely NO strong proposals from any presidential candidate, from either party, to institute strong, concerted action.

3. Despite strong evidence of a profound shift in the American economy–with large segments of the middle class sliding downwards on the economic scale and a tiny minority (1%) accumulating unprecedented wealth (both in amounts and in percentage of the total), we hear Republican candidates claim everything is rosy and from Democrats? We hear next to nothing, presumably from the conviction that uttering the word “tax” will bring a bolt of lightning down from the Political Heavens. (Class warfare, of course, has become a Republican term.)

4. Based on opinion polls, a majority of Americans favor of a single-payer health system, e.g. Medicare for everyone. BUT, no candidate is willing to come out for such a solution. Instead, all the “plans” continue to focus on the vehicle that has delivered the present mess: private health insurance companies.

If we aren’t even addressing the problems, what chance is there that we’re going to solve them? I’d put the chances of that at about equal with Faye Rowe’s chance of being elected next November.

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  1. To my way of thinking, this is a very astute post. What it points to, again IMHO, is that candidates are still too beholden to special interests. We need campaign finance reform. CFR requires a bold and deep pocketed candidate. With the netroots activated to contribute in sums of $25 or so, there’s a trend to build on. I would love to see more intelligent, forceful and focused debate on this issue.

    I hope to hear more from you as we debate and explore and discuss IDEAS that lend themselves to SOLUTIONS to what threaten our Democracy.

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