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  •  Everything before 2001 is essentially lost (0+ / 0-)

    to us, at this point. Not lost to memory, but we can't access it politically or sociologically. To put it more plainly: as President Carter said, we don't currently have a functioning democracy (nor a functioning republic, for that matter). We are not living under the Constitution. Our government is not going to take us back to where we were before we went so horribly amiss; neither party is willing to lead us in that direction.  Horribly ironically, the only politicians who are willing to take any actions in that regard are the Tea Party politicians, who appear, in their insanity, to have figured out that they can't keep their guns if they have no 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th amendment rights, because private property rights depend on the rule of law (it would have been fucking nice if they'd figured that out 15 or 20 years ago, while they were happily following the insane neocons over the cliff).

    We don't have a political or electoral path (not one that goes through Washington, anyway) that takes us back to the country we were. It's useless to cite anything before 2001 except for the purposes of nourishing the spirit and trying to come up with alternatives to the current political system--workarounds, if you will.

    To connect this back to foreign policy: our government is so horrendously corrupt that you can't expect FDR-style responses from them, even if Syria were a Munich moment, which it's not. All you can expect is more of the same post-2001 grimy financial- and energy-sector-driven sordid crap, with a little bowing and scraping to Israeli and Saudi interests thrown in. The only question is how fast are we going to do it and how deep are we going to get in. Obama deserves some kudos because he has been (I think) dragging his feet over the past few years.  The Likud party would have liked him to be bombing the shit out of not only Damascus, but Tehran, long since, and probably Prince Bandar bin Sultan would have liked that too.

    The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 02:32:28 PM PDT

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