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In the bleary-eyed world of current political dialogue there are issues the American people have yet to address. Just this week as our troops stood down in Iraq some of the same militant voices were raised in angry disagreement about the fact that we were in fact turning over control to the elected Iraqi government.

Of course it isn't just with respect to actual combat that conservatives are once again serving up the same confrontational rhetoric that got us into so much trouble abroad and fostered economic policies that have left us in a state of near collapse. For those of us inclined to prayerful utterances we should offer thanks that John McCain is not our president. His declaration on the floor of the Senate last week was a disturbing indication of just how intemperate his views and those of other saber-rattling legislators are. After almost ten years of a military presence in Iraq, McCain continues to say we should continue to expend our national blood and treasure in a war there the boundaries are unclear and for which members of Congress are unwilling to underwrite its cost.

It isn't necessary to die on the field of battle to understand how our off-shore endeavors affect the well-being of our people and the nature of our investment in the future. Extracting the impact of a war in the Middle East and couching it in terms of national security is a false premise that fails to consider the damage to our economy it entails. When we continue to struggle with the fact that so many Americans are deprived of adequate health care and, especially children, lack proper nutrition it is a national disgrace that arguments in Congress focus on budgetary restraints that fail to address the basic needs of our indigenous population and consider how life can be sustained in their day-to-day struggles - - not how we may need to undertake another foreign intervention or decry the fact that we are at last "cutting and running" from a disastrous war.

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Monday, 12 December 2011 01:59

Government is Not a Business

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Along with the many frustrating aspects of this campaign season there's the absolute butchering of the means by which we communicate verbally either by mistake or intent. There's the ludicrous assertion, for example by some, that Newt Gingrich is a smart guy, an idea man who would be an effective leader for the country. He is not alone in filling a momentary leadership vacuum in his party, but he is an exquisite example of just how fractured our political process has become.

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It is decision-making time in our country - - not just time to pick the right candidates for the upcoming election but for beginning a process that will illustrate just what kind of people we are. The sad part of this exercise is that we are up against people whose moral imperatives stretch the limits of truth and decency until they are so weak and ineffectual they could be drowned in a bathtub.

Leaders and wannabe power brokers fail to pose realistic solutions, choosing instead to let politics guide them through a thicket of complicated options. And having chosen partisanship over rational processes they commit us to dead-end policies that limit our ability to develop thoughtful procedures that might actually lead to more fruitful endeavors. Partisan maneuvering is a shaky premise upon which to build a viable governing structure and it keeps us from approaching our condition from a common-sense perspective. Having a political point of view shouldn't mean we give up conducting our lives in a thoughtful manner. But today too many of us seem to have chosen the easy way out of adopting an ideological premise and sticking with it to the bitter end regardless of what evidence might otherwise suggest.

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