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Date:December 26th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)

Shattered Illusions

I don't think I've seen a presidential candidate I really liked from either party since Ike, and I wasn't born for those elections. I think we're too focused on the Presidential elections. The real differences are in Congress, both House and Senate. Sure, the White House is a bully pulpit, but the work gets done in Congress.

I'm pretty conservativel/libertarian (like legalize drugs, trust the citizens to make their own choices, etc, get the government out of the bedroom, ....) and have been watching the alleged debates. I didn't really see any debating, did you? Niether side has any candidates I really like. Had a fondness for McCain, but he's soured me some on his tack to the right to solicit the Religious Conservatives. Hilary scares the heck out of me, but I can't argue she's not smart and capable. Obama talks a good story, but I am leery of his 'pull out now, no matter what' and Huckabee seems a bit behind the times, but at least less stiff than the rest. I think this goes back to the points others have made about the divisions in each party. Democrats have to sound like they're to the left of Marx and Republicans more severe than Attila the Hun. Problem comes with the general election....

I live in the 9th Congressional District, Originally home of Ronald Dellums and now Babs Lee. Having met Rep Stark and Sen Kennedy in DC years ago, I feel little hope for real progress in the service of our challenges. What can we agree on? Perhaps education as a priority (not just in spending!)? Putting order in our health care house (no, not 'national healthcare', look at the details of Canada, England and Scandinavia, especially for older citizens)? Pragamatism might be the fight theme of a new party?
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