Have a look at this guy running against Issa now! Central casting could not have done better. A retired Marine colonel and prosecutor... who also pledges to work for "good-paying jobs, affordable college, and fighting for the middle class." ... gender pay and healthcare equality.... End Wall Street’s bribery of Congress...a fully integrated renewable energy program... supporting 2013 bipartisan immigration bill, by ending the Hastert rule...Americans have the right to sustainable farming and the right to know what's in the water and GMO food we eat...
And you'd sniff at such a fellow because he's a former member of the US officer corps? The 3rd best-educated clade in American life? Grow up! All we need is forty of these folks and Paul Ryan can go boohoo. The nations business will be done again.
And sure. THEN yell and argue with this fellow over your differences. Watch. He'll yell back and argue... and buy a round and negotiate with you. Like a grownup.
Of course, that's the entire problem right there. The very definition of a corrupt institution is that it drives out the good, not only good individuals but the good within them. She's spent most of her life at this point lining everything up, getting into position, amassing powerful friends and political capital to make her run, and I'm not sure she hasn't been severely diminished in the process. She, and the entire wing of the Party she represents are damaged goods.
Come November we get to choose between some frothing rightwing lunatic and this brittle, lacquered robot stuffed with Beltway talking points. At best, I see her as mediocre. I cannot think of one instance where Hillary Clinton has been out ahead of mainstream opinion on an issue. She's always the late comer, the one jumping on the bandwagon. She lets herself be led around by what other people think instead of showing evidence of a strong internal compass, what allows a President to break loose of the advice experts are giving, or what the polls say the majority thinks. That makes her an insider in more than one sense. She thinks from within the framework of meaning that society has given her, rather than reaching beyond it the way an outsider would. Her conventionality is her prison.
She's the best available, and it's not nearly good enough.
As for "talking points", I was referring to her public comments which don't seem to show a very deep understanding of the problems facing the country. Sanders does understand. His critique is deeper and more fundamental.
What we're talking about here is the difference between means and ends. Clinton has spent her life acquring the means to do things. She's learned a lot about "getting things done." What's not clear is what her ends are, what she really cares about, what she would once all restraints were removed.
That's why I don't trust her.
"Not on their own. Not as long as carbon cash pays for their elections. We will have to make them do it through the power of the polls."
"That has fundamentally changed."
"It’s now possible to use technology to mirror offline human political experience in a much more natural, organic manner."
"Not only is that a nice thing, it has enormous repercussions for the balance of political power in our societies."
It is called the Erastratos Effect, after the fellow who burned down the Temple of Diana - one of the Wonders of the World - in order to achieve renown. But that's not his name. The hellenes had the class to pass a renaming law. So should we.
Commenter, please don't react on impulse! I am not proposing a clamp on free speech. Please actually take the actual effort to read the actual article. Or not.
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