by Emmett R Smith
11 February 2008
GOOD Monday morning to all of us who hope sincerely for real progress in our american political life.
FIRST Of all, let me invite a word of sympathy for Mr Senator John McCain, of Arizona. He is a personally decent man who has had to carry the somewhat rotten endorsements now for a week or so, of The Rather-Obvious Rudy G, Baby, and California’s Mr Governor Schwarzenegger, Another Pervert. And, as if this weren’t enough ambiguity, now he has The Essentially Frivolous Bush referring to him as “a true conservative.” No matter how good the medications may be, surely it must leave this gentleman wondering, at three AM, if anybody in the GOP is not trying to sabotage his presidential campaign — or if even one Republican anywhere isn’t trying to shoot the party right through the feet…right AND left?
Otherwise, I am sorry to report today that the real problem for Democrats may not be the passionate competing claims of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Rather, it is the Democrat Party’s system of “superdelegates” which suggests very strongly a party that in fact is less than “democratic.”
SPEAKING As a Libertarian and having read the above with chagrin and embarrassment for all my progressive friends who long have given sincere loyalty to their party, and also as a Libertarian who indeed wants voters in November to have three legitimate choices — and not only one — I think I can assure all involved that as disgusting as things appear now to outsiders, there is still hope:
And, that if Democrats today work together first and foremost to break their “leadership” to the will of the party rank-and-file, that then the business of the “right” candidate will care take of itself in a very pleasing and natural way. (Those of you who know the taoist rainmaker story will know what is meant here, and for those not familiar it easily will repay looking up, online.)
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 11 February 2008]