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“Yo!… Clinton, Guillani, Obama, Romney, Edwards, McCain…

Your campaign promises and electing a new president, even you, is not a big enough answer…”

Huckabee expresses concern for helping people. Paul wants us out of the Iraqi occupation business and to just leave people alone. Romney wants us to respect President Bush’s military and privatization policies because they will help people the most. McCain thinks our presence in Iraq is swell, while torture is terrible…

Most Republican presidential candidates call for more military power as the answer to most of America’s problems. Some express concern for poverty, climate change, suffering Americans, and world citizens and see voluntary private solution as the answer.

Edwards attacks America’s increasing wealth concentration. Obama pumps hope as the glue that will reconnect our splintered nation. Richardson believes his executive and diplomatic experience is what America needs today. Kucinich believes opening a Department of Peace in DC will help bring peace in the world…

Most of the Democratic presidential candidates seem to call for more diplomacy and their acumen as the answer to most of America’s problems. They all express concern for poverty, climate change, suffering Americans, and world citizens.

All the candidates think Americans are the greatest, most caring, most giving citizens in the world. And that the world’s most indebted nation is the world’s strongest.

Most of the Republican presidential candidates seem to call for frugality and balancing budgets by continued borrowing from everywhere, and cutting any costs that even hints at communal benefits. The Democratic presidential candidates oppose more debt financing and propose pay as you go programs, while putting more tax burdens on the top couple percentile of wealthy Americans.
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Sometimes, listening to the campaigns of both parties, one gets the feeling that they believe merely electing one of them is going to make a major improvement in prospects for world citizens, including Americans.

It doesn’t work that way. In trying times, a good leader sets a tone and charts a wise course. In the end, however, the character and efforts of a nation’s people fixes overbearing problems.

George Washington led us down Independence Avenue and relied on character rich farmers and freezing soldiers to pave it. Abe Lincoln envisioned a slave-less America and borrowed an army of bleeding Americans from McClellan to get it. FDR bellowed away fear, and then put Americans to work at home and sent them to fight a war machine overseas.

Maybe most Republican candidates think America is doing fine in the world, but polls such as PEW, BBC/ABC and the world reflects something different:

· 70% of 1/3rd of the world, most of whom have long been hospitable, friendly Muslins, hate America’s policies.
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· 60% of Iraqis think it is okay to shoot Americans.

· 70% of our 2006 troops want to come home within a year.

· Dangerously melting ice caps, with nine of our hottest years recorded in the last ten.

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Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, (more...)

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