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Friday, March 10, 2006

Dueling Factions, Single Party

I for one am REALLY tired of hearing that people who criticize our government are "left" or "out of the mainstream of America." First off, let us define terms: 1) left is a physical direction and as meaningless politically as right. 2) America is one large continent, including a north and a south part, with many, many countries. 3) "Mainstream" is a majority of U.S. citizens, not of political pundits, governmental bureaucracy or 99 percent of television media, including the much maligned and "leftist" Hollywood. What I intend to suggest, using fairly reliable statistics, is that the aforementioned groups DO NOT represent, nor do they intend to even mention the real majority opinion of U.S. citizens, however assiduously they may study it. Our single party system, with dueling factions, is an all too human, or should I say sub-human creation. Wave enough cash and stock options in front of anyone’s face and you’ll have the same drooling, statist, pro-oligarchs that we see paraded before us in the name of our sacred democracy, left or right. And just what is America? Well, that’s a fairly complicated question, even when narrowing the discussion to the United States. And after all, we’re still trying to figure that out, right? So, here goes...

(from the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes...)
Asked simply whether they favored or opposed using military force to overthrow a dictator, only 35% were in favor while 55% were opposed. Only 27% said that "using military force to overthrow a dictator" "does more good than harm," while a 58% majority says this "does more harm than good." Perhaps more telling, a larger majority rejects the idea of the US threatening countries with military force if they do not institute democratic reforms. Two-thirds (66%) said "warning a government that the US might intervene militarily if it does not carry out some democratic reforms" does more harm than good; only 21% thought the opposite. When asked to think about making such threats to specific countries, 73-76% rejected doing so for each country named (Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia, China, and Burma, also cayanmar)

OK. That’s clear, right? What percentage of the dueling factions has given its unconditional support to doing the exact OPPOSITE? Last time I checked, a pretty high one, unless I am unaware of any major Democratic push to stop threatening Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, China, etc...

To be continued....

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