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A City Upon A Hill

A City Upon A Hill

Americans like to think of themselves as an exceptional people in an exceptional nation. Puritan Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts preached in 1630, “For we must consider that we shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us…” For almost 400 years these words have echoed initially across the continent, then across the globe. Leaders and preachers have described America as another Israel, chosen and sanctified by God to bring its message of Democracy…

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Who is the “Change” Candidate?

Who is the “Change” Candidate?

The candidates for President of the United States present themselves as the leaders who will bring “change” to American political institutions, to the way we manage the domestic affairs of the nation, to how we handle our foreign affairs. Overused and underspecified, “change” has become a political cliché, a trite, stereotyped expression, designed to give weight to the most innocuous proposals that do not modify the form, nature, or content of our politics by making it different from what it…

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The American Idea

The American Idea

The Atlantic Magazine celebrated its 150th anniversary by asking an eclectic group of thinkers to consider “The American Idea,” its meaning and its future. David Foster Wallace asked, “Are some things worth dying for? Is The American Idea one such thing?” Jerome’s comment: Exactly the wrong question. Better ask, is The American Idea worth living for, a more important and relevant question in imperial America. Biologist Edward O. Wilson: “The central issue for America is sustainable development. Somehow, we and…

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It’s the Oil, Stupid

It’s the Oil, Stupid

While President Bush praises the invasion of Iraq as spreading freedom, while the Democrats in Congress are overcome with admiration for the U.S. troops installing democracy by the barrel of a gun, the rest of the world is saying, “It’s the oil, stupid.” The U.S. is stuck in the Middle East, just where it wants to be, without an exit strategy because it never intended to leave, not as long as the area contains 60% of world oil reserves and…

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Senator Frankenstein goes to Washington

Senator Frankenstein goes to Washington

The Democrats need to win more seats in the U.S. Senate in the 2008 elections if they are to achieve their agenda. While they have a working margin in the House of Representatives to pass legislation even with the defection of some conservative Democrats, in the Senate, the margin is a narrow 51 to 49. But in practice the margin is closer. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who calls himself an independent Democrat, votes often with the Republicans on foreign…

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The Perils of Running for President

The Perils of Running for President

The last stage of the campaigns for the Democratic and Republican nominations for President has begun. The candidates have started to attack each other. No more nice guy – the gloves have come off – and as history shows – just about anything goes in American politics. In the 2000 campaign, John McCain was probably the most popular politician in America, among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. His maverick positions, straight talk no nonsense style, combined with his war record as…

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The “Madness” of King George Bush

The “Madness” of King George Bush

On October 17, President George W. Bush issued a stark warning to the entire world, that if Iran obtained nuclear arms, it could lead to “World War III.” A few days later, Vice- President Richard Cheney reiterated the message, sending a more specific warning to Iran: “We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.” Why did President Bush use “World War III?” A U.S. attack on Iran need not involve other nations; Iran has no allies with the…

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Divide Iraq into Three States?

Divide Iraq into Three States?

For several years, Senator Joseph Biden, D-Delaware, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been promoting a division of Iraq into three separate states, Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd, linked by a weak federal government. The theory is that the separation will allow each group to organize itself in accordance with its own traditions and objectives, to adopt separate policies, to elect its own leaders, thereby minimizing conflict and ending the civil war now raging for power and resources. The…

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President Hillary is Inevitable

President Hillary is Inevitable

Now that Hillary is really inevitable, the professional pundits are protecting their careers by opining that her election is not inevitable. But if you want to bet on Hillary going all the way, the legal bookies in Ireland will pay you only one dollar for every two bet: she is the odds-on favorite. Possessing a magic name, the best organization, the most experienced managers, the most connections to the biggest donors, her main weakness was her unfavorability rating hovering at…

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George W. Bush is Happier

George W. Bush is Happier

President Bush enjoys off – the – record lunches with favored journalists from time to time. One of the rules for the occasion provides for absolutely no direct quotations, but allows for reference to the matters discussed. At a recent lunch, Bush seemed more buoyant and especially interested in presidential politics and the 2008 election. He expects Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the Democratic nomination and probably the general election. He did not seem too perturbed by the prospect. He…

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