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    You make some great points, but I have to disagree with solely placing the blame on Republican corporatists.  Democrats, including Jimmy Carter, have also been bought by Big Oil, Big Banks, Big whatever -- heck, Clinton was bought by Sam's Club and Big Chicken.  We have a long-term system-wide failure, and we're now at the point where it doesn't matter who Big Money places in office, we're going to get the same results.

    As to Israel, I agree.  It's not a shining example of democracy built upon the ideals of the U.S. (but then we're not doing so well here in that regard, either).  But Israel was never intended to be a pluralist replica of the U.S., or of any other Western democracy.  It's a Jewish state, built by Jews for Jews when there was absolutely no other place on the planet to go.  The average Jew, religious or secular, doesn't want to live in a Southern Baptist society any more than the average Egyptian or Kuwaiti would want to.

    I do hope you're right about numbers and votes counting more than money, but I'll be 84 this year, and every election in my lifetime, we've descended a bit further towards oligarchy.  Looking back over history, it's pretty clear that oligarchy is the natural state of mankind, and only during extraordinary times, and through a lot of sacrifice, do we occasionally break free of it for a while.  And then?  The gradual drift towards concentrated power begins all over again.

    Pffftttt.  I apologize.  I shouldn't be so negative.      

    The wisdom of my forebears ... Two wise people will never agree. Man begins in dust and ends in dust — meanwhile it's good to drink some vodka. A man studies until he's seventy and dies a fool.

    by Not A Bot on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:17:05 PM PST

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