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A cri de coeur

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Again via Froomkin:

Over the weekend, Andrew J. Bacevich, a prominent anti-war historian, wrote in the wake of the death of his son in Iraq: “The people have spoken, and nothing of substance has changed. The November 2006 midterm elections signified an unambiguous repudiation of the policies that landed us in our present predicament. But half a year later, the war continues, with no end in sight. Indeed, by sending more troops to Iraq (and by extending the tours of those, like my son, who were already there), Bush has signaled his complete disregard for what was once quaintly referred to as ‘the will of the people.'”

Politicians, he wrote, listen only to money.

“Money buys access and influence. Money greases the process that will yield us a new president in 2008. When it comes to Iraq, money ensures that the concerns of big business, big oil, bellicose evangelicals and Middle East allies gain a hearing. By comparison, the lives of U.S. soldiers figure as an afterthought.”

Written by LeisureGuy

30 May 2007 at 10:47 am

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  1. “Politicians listen only to money.” That’s most certainly true. Is there a member of either of the House or Senate who is serving a second or later term who has not voted in ways that favor his or her big donors? Back in the middle 1960’s there was a grafitto painted on the side of a building in lower Manhattan that read, “ALL POLITICIANS ARE WHORES”. That sums it up. I have no idea how the system could be changed to correct this.

    Happy Jack

    31 May 2007 at 1:35 am

  2. I think that public financing for election campaigns, with no donations allowed, would be a big help. That does run against the fundamental issue of greed, however, so I doubt that it will happen anytime soon.


    31 May 2007 at 5:39 am

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