Monday, July 02, 2007

Another World Is Possible; Another USA is Necessary

Damn good article......

Another World Is Possible; Another USA is Necessary -

ATLANTA — The political discussion in the United States is, for the most part, disappointing — not merely because it is too ideologically and intellectually narrow but also because it is too backward in focus.

Instead of imagining what might be, contemporary politicians spend most of their time talking, at best, about treating existing wounds to the body politic and, at worst, about “threats” that no longer exist. In the former category, place all the Democratic and Republican politicians who promise a “new direction” with regard to the Iraq quagmire but never get around to rejecting the neo-conservative — or more precisely, neo-colonial — policies that got us into the mess in the first place. In the latter category, place all the partisans who suggest that the problem with our health-care system is too much government involvement — which is a little like claiming that the problem with a headache is too much aspirin.

At a certain point, you just want to say: “Get over it! At a point when only one in five Americans think the country is headed in the right direction, isn’t it time we changed course?”

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