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The more I think about it, the more the Democratic Party in this country gets me shaking my head in wonder. Sometimes I really don’t know whether or not the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the far-right, or whether the media is controlling things (not much difference there) or if the American people have just lost their minds.

First of all, for Hillary Clinton to be the “front-runner” for the Democrats is patently absurd. This woman is about as much a representative of the American People’s hearts and minds as Brittany Spears is a model for mothers. She can be nasty, crude and vulgar as witnessed by the tell-all books that have come out about her. Her husband is firmly allied with the Bush camp on so many matters that lately it’s difficult to believe that Bill Clinton was once a Democrat. Not once has Hillary Clinton decried this insane war that we have entered into, based on lies and distortions from the Bush cabal. She continues to believe that this nation is not “occupying” Iraq, but bringing some kind of “security and freedom” to the Iraqi people. Of course most Americans with half a brain can understand that we invaded them, took out their infrastructure, disbanded their Army and Police Forces and left them to fend for themselves.

It’s no wonder that the nation of Iraq fell into sectarian violence, even though most of what we call “sectarian” is really opposition to our occupation of that country. It was a wrong decision to “go it alone” in Iraq and even worse than that, the United States had no plan to administer the country once we defeated its armed forces. Clinton never acknowledges that we had no right to attack Iraq, and she says that “if she had known then, what she knows now, she would never have voted for the authorization of force” in Iraq. That’s a small comfort after she voted for the Kyle/Lieberman Amendment that designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a ‘terrorist” organization. She is firmly in the camp of this “Global War on Terror” and is its main proponent in the Democratic Party.

The truth is that she is completely unelectable. She is such a polarizing force that the Republicans will join ranks and do whatever it takes to remove her. It isn’t because they fear her policies; she is as much as a corporate lap-dog as any of them. It’s because she is a mean spirited woman that will do whatever it takes to make sure that her enemies, of which she had many, and those that made her life as First Lady a nightmare, will suffer tremendously.

As far as her being elect able, there are so many Democrats that see her as a Washington insider who has not used her Senate seat to do anything to stop the policies of George W. Bush. She has consistently voted for all funding for the war, she has yet to voice a dissenting remark about the Patriot Act, The FISA fiasco, or the Warner Defense Bill and the Revamped Insurrection Act or any of those nefarious pieces of legislation that have undermined our Constitution. Democrats with any sense will understand that Hillary Clinton will never take a ‘red” State. If she wins the nomination, we might as well just look forward to another four years of corporate Republican rule that will squeeze this nation’s Middle Class out of existence. It is quite clear from her stance that we will never leave Iraq and will be headlong on a course to war with Iran.

Barak Obama has about as much chance of winning the election as he does selling ice cubes to Inuit’s. This guy is still wet behind the ears, never says hardly anything of substance, and hasn’t been a force for anything in the Senate. He has charisma to be sure, but that isn’t enough to be the first African-American President. There must be some substance behind him, something that will enthrall voters, not just pick him because he is the lesser of two evils. Obama will have a tough time breaking down the race barrier in the South and the middle of this country. The first African-American President must be something special to make people leave their prejudices behind and vote for the person. Unfortunately, as much as people don’t want to hear this, Obama isn’t that man.  You can look forward to four more years of Republican rule if he is the nominee. He simply is unelectable. Maybe if he stays in the Senate and makes a name for himself, but this is not the time for him, oh, by the way, he also has his corporate backers, lots of them.

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Kuchinich and Gravel are magnificent. Unfortunately, there is not even a tiny chance in hell of seeing either of them win the nomination. That’s just the facts, as much as they both could be astounding Presidents. They just never got the momentum that they needed. I could see them on a third party ticket. I’d like that.

Richardson is too crafty. He seems to never want to take a side. He’s a good man but a poor campaigner. Dodd sounds good, but he is so entrenched in the corporate side of politics, no matter what he says or does, nobody really believes him. He sounds like a reformer, but you only have to look at his campaign donations to see which side his bread is buttered on.

I think that the only way that the Democrats can win this race is if John Edwards were the nominee. I believe that when people go to their caucuses and primaries, they will understand this just before they pull the lever or punch the button. John Edwards seems to have had an epiphany of late. He sounds almost as progressive as Gravel and Kuchinich. I think he realizes that this nation can’t give up it’s sovereignty to the corporate cabal that now runs this country. I believe his time out of Washington and his wife’s illness has made him rethink many things. I also believe he could tear up the rural “red” states. This is the candidate that could win. He’s the best chance we have unless Al Gore comes tiptoeing out of wherever he is with a vengeance.

These are just my thoughts. I’m sure that people will have plenty to say, but before you write those comments, think about what I wrote. We really need to change the direction of this country. People that aren’t on the Mainstream Media are really angry. This nation is more split than I’ve ever seen it. Some people in this country are becoming ashamed to be Americans. That’s a pity. I feel that way myself sometimes. I look around and wonder what happened? This isn’t where I though we would be. This nation has done more in the last decade to tarnish it’s image and ruin it’s democracy than at any time in its history. Things need to change. I would hate to see the alternative.

That’s the way I see it.

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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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