[FoRK] How Barack didn't quite lose my vote

Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> on Thu Apr 17 13:24:23 PDT 2008

On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 4:12 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>
>  On Apr 17, 2008, at 2:42 PM, Russell Turpin wrote:
>
> >
> > While I understand Jeff's ire, I would make two interjections. First, and
> > most important, Obama remains the only candidate who has promised criminal
> > investigations into the war crimes committed by the Bush administration:
> >
> > http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Barack_on_torture.html
> >
>
>  I'm deeply pained, torn between the (a) desire to see the above happen and
> (b) the realization that taxes, once enacted, are rarely reduced and that
> socialist principles, once embodied in our political system, require
> lifetimes to overcome (cf. FDR's pernicious and lasting influence.)

That's true of many (most?) significant political changes; it'll take
decades to undo the damage that the Roberts court has already done,
much less what it will do with another conservative on it. Ditto the
damage that torture and warmongering has done to our international
reputation and our resultant inability to make the world a safer, more
rational place. Ditto the damage rampant borrow-and-spend has done to
our budget and economy. Ditto the damage to science done by an
ignorant, aggressively anti-rational leadership. Etc. Etc.

In a two party system you have to pick your poison; to say that taxes
and economic policy are somehow particularly more important or more
damaging in the long term than others is silly.

Luis

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