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No way to pick a President

The saddest commentary on the deteriorating state of politics in this country may stem from the hilarious fact that some so-called political experts actually thought Fred Dalton Thompson had a chance to be President. Or it may have lurked in the miniscule – but fanatical – following who believed the fantasy that Dennis “the Menace” Kucinich could win the Democratic nomination.
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Why is Bush still President?

A new study documents “hundreds of false statements” by President George W. Bush and his administration in the days leading up to the Iraq war. Each carefully-crafted lie was designed to bolster Bush’s case for invasion of Iraq. The news is not that Bush lied. Everybody with a functioning brain knows the President of the United States is a serial liar. The news is not that someone managed to document the hundreds of falsehoods used to justify an illegal and immoral war. Lies, when examined closely, fail the smell test.
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Time to bury the Confederate flag

I'm surprised Mike Huckabee didn't show up in Jena, LA, Monday to goose-step along with a group of fellow white supremacists in a rally attended mostly by media. The rally that wasn't seemed tailor made for Huckabee, who faltering Presidential run is turning into the campaign that wasn't. Huckabee proved he can pander to hate and racism in pure Republican style last week when he jumped into the debate over whether or not the Confederate battle flag should fly at the state house in South Carolina.
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America is a terrorist state

Canada has dared admit what other U.S. allies will not: America is a terrorist state that tortures prisoners and violates international law. A Canadian Foreign Affairs Department training manual, Torture Awareness Workshop Reference Materials, defines torture and lists Guantanamo Bay and the United States, along with Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Syria as nations which torture prisoners and abuse human rights.
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America’s uncontrollable war machine

When someone makes a move
Of which we don't approve,
Who is it that always intervenes?
U.N. and O.A.S.,
They have their place, I guess,
But first send the Marines!*

From George W. Bush's war machine comes word that thousands more Marines will soon head for Afghanistan to fight the war he abandoned nearly five years ago for the ill-conceived invasion of Iraq.

This doesn't mean we're getting out of Iraq. We will probably be debating the Iraq war in the 2012 Presidential campaign, along with the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and God-knows-where-else.
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Let the revolution begin

War, Winston Churchill said, is too important to be left to the generals.

True enough. It can also be said that war is too important to be left to Presidents…or Congress…or to politicians.

While we're on the subject of what should be left to whom, let's conclude that politics is far too important to be left to either politicians or journalists.

Thomas Jefferson saw a free press as a necessary check and balance to the arrogance of government but that check fails when the press itself is not free.

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Let’s focus on debate, not hate

O.K. I was wrong. I’m sorry. I thought hyperbole, satire and street language would infuse much-needed passion into political debate. It didn’t. Instead of debate, we got hate. Hate and debate cannot co-exist. One cancels out the other. We need honest, rational debate to resolve the many problems facing this country. We cannot have that debate as long as hate is part of the equation.
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In the end, the voters still decide

The voters of New Hampshire reminded all of us Tuesday that elections are decided in the election booth and not on political talk shows, newspaper columns or web sites. Polls predicted an easy win for Barack Obama. For most of Tuesday, the pundits talked about the demise of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the anointment of Obama as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party. Even Clinton campaign insiders talked doom and gloom and dropped hints about staff shakeups and changes in message after an expected loss in the New Hampshire primary.
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Hillary’s crocodile tears

Hillary Rodham Clinton cried on cue Monday, choking up in a contrived show of so-called emotion so unbelievable that even long-time supporters looked on in surprise.

One can only imagine that her note cards for the event contained detailed instructions on how to cry on camera. And here she was, attempting to show actual emotion but showing instead just how uncomfortable it can be to try and act human when doing so is just not in your nature.

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Change is in the air

The Iowa caucus victories by Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee Thursday night were also stunning defeats for the status quo in American politics. Angry voters sent a strong message that they are mad as hell and they ain’t gonna take it any more. Democratic caucus attendees told Hillary Rodham Clinton that America doesn’t need four years of her kind of politics. She finished well behind Obama and a close third to John Edwards, a slick trial lawyer with an anti-corporate greed platform.
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