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Democrats gather in Los Angeles facing large questions not just about
their success in November but also about the direction of their party.
A part of me recoils at the thought of adding even a syllable to the
ocean of pontifical sludge emanating from the Republican confab in
Philadelphia, so mind-numbingly inane and diligently dece
In this gilded-age election, big money is speaking louder than ever. And
voters and large contributors to both parties agree that when money
talks, politicians listen.
Ralph Nader, America's indomitable public citizen, is the one great man
in this presidential election.
It must be some playful new postmodernist form of politics: First you
spend years ranting about the plutocracy that has supplanted American
democracy and is rapidly devouring the planet.
On the eve of the Democratic convention, the challenge to Democrats is
to recognize the limits of the current economic boom and act boldly to
assist those left behind.
The draft Democratic Party platform doesn't speak forcefully to the
concerns of ordinary people.
So ABC is arranging its convention coverage around an exhibition football game. NBC is giving us just the acceptance speeches.
Eased into governance by years and years of conservative ideology, the corporations of America today effectively oversee the Congress, the regulatory agencies and indeed the presidency itself.
Perhaps it was because he was recovering from painful back surgery, but a few weeks before the Republican convention, Paul Weyrich, a founder of the religious right, was awful grumpy about George