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Today's news of the 2008 Presidential campaign highlights further the crisis in the American two-party system. Another "money bomb" for Ron Paul, even more successful than the last one, indicated that his single-digit polling in places like Iowa and New Hampshire may be a trick of the darkness. And Joe Liberman endorsed John McCain for President, in an effort, he says, to put unity over partisanship. Whether the trend these stories suggest will lead to a true multi-parti system or a government that is even more of a de facto one-party state, however, is hard to say. Perhaps my father is right when he suggests, with a wink, that we're in for four more years of George W. Bush. A state of emergency demands stable leadership, after all. . .

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flw From: flw Date: December 17th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What amuses (?) me to no end is the seemingly inexhaustible desire to either be a "moderate" or to be "hip" among the people. The first group are the people who claim to be considering both sides at a time like this. Who the fuck is still "weighing the issues" now? At this point, you are either going to vote Democratic, or you are a fucking Nazi. Where is the "middle"? The only middle is completely ignorant idiots. The "hip" manifest themselves as a new variation of the "Republicans and Democrats... what's the difference?" that got Bush elected twice. If you think there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats at this point... What hope is there for your brain?
From: babyiwasshot Date: December 17th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

the plight of the moderate

Ron Paul is interesting insofar are he's not so much a candidate as an overarching SYMBOL of opposition to the establishment. Many of his supporters support him not because they agree with his policies (I wonder if they even know any of his policies, such as a desire to return to the gold standard) so much as they simply don't want to support a mainstream candidate. Don't get me wrong--I'm all for resisting the government, particularly the present one--but when one's RESISTANCE to a system is just as uncritical as his/her ADHERENCE to it, then he/she is equally misguided.

Interestingly, this elucidates the contempt I hold for both right-wing fascists and left-wing "commies"; both evince a profound LACK of pragmatism and, most importantly, purpose/objective: the extreme ends of the spectrum have no goal aside from defeating the opposing end.
From: babyiwasshot Date: December 17th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

PS

As a NATIONAL symbol of resistance, too, Ron Paul's single-digit numbers make sense; he may have a LOT of supporters, but they're SCATTERED about the nation, thereby making victory in a single state/region difficult if not impossible, which is really the plight of any "fringe" or independent candidate; sometimes it seems as though the electoral college exists solely to thwart anybody running outside the two-party confines.

It's peculiar that he doesn't have a footing in New Hampshire, though, becuase I recall reading something about libertarians attempting a mass exodus to that state with the intention of taking it over and providing an example of how libertarian governance would look...... here: http://www.freestateproject.org/
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 17th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: PS

I read that too. Maybe it's the polling that's off and he will surprise us with a good showing. At which point the Establishment will find a way either to undermine him or bring him into the fold, a la John McCain.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 17th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: the plight of the moderate

I agree. If that many people really do support Ron Paul's positions, we're in even more trouble than I thought!
From: babyiwasshot Date: December 17th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

terminal addendum

In defense of my own OSTENSIBLY categorical resistance to the powers that be, I'd like to clarify that my drives are epistemological/empircial, rather than ideological. I'm a skeptic in the tradition of Roger Bacon: the way in which I attain knowledge about an object (an ideology, concept, etc.) is to vehemently resist it in an effort to see what aspects of it hold up in the face of that resistance; those aspects that do are worth salvaging.....maybe this methodology is more DIALECTICAL than skeptical. I'm looking for the elements of both sides which will yield a good synthesis, and so I'm often required to come at both sides of the spectrum with a fervor that makes me seem hypocritical. Ultimately, both sides are fucked as a whole, but they've got worthy parts. I'm striving to obtain the valuable pieces of both ideologies.
sisterblister83 From: sisterblister83 Date: December 18th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We're doomed. When McCain turns a Beach boys song into "Bombiran, bomb bomb iran".
I still think that whole bomb scare, hostage situation was staged to give Hillary more cred in handling "terrorists". And when the Mormon dude said faith leads to freedom... yeah.
It just doesn't stop getting better.

For me, the only person who seems to be honest and make any coherent sense (besides
Kucinich and the UFOs) is Joe Biden. And if Rudy Guiliani becomes president, not only we will have a fascist cross dresser in office, but we will know for sure that the Apocalypse has arrived.
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