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Who can disagree! With America's elections three weeks away, he's justifiably concerned. However it turns out, ordinary people lose. At the same time, Republicans scare him most. Democrats also are up to no good. He urges third party activism.
Another way entirely is essential. In 2008, Dowd hoped Obama might change things if only modestly. Now he's one of his sharpest critics. At the same time, Romney is menacing. He and likeminded uber-hawks may "take us toward self-destruction."
It's time "We the People" used "our brains, energies, and values" responsibly. Given the alternatives, Obama's the best of two bad choices. He's woefully short of good enough. Once past November 6, working for "a strong, truly democratic" society is vital.
It won't happen by accident. Wishing won't make it so. Nor will voting Republican or Democrat. Something entirely different is needed. What passes for normal in America includes wars without end, eroding social services en route to eliminating them, and police state harshness for non-believers.
Wars threaten to go global. Dowd is justifiably scared. "Today's weaponry is insanely more destructive both quantitatively and qualitatively than" decades earlier.
"Future wars are almost certain to bring life on the earth to an end." At the same time, it's "unlikely that anyone will do what is necessary to bring government to sanity and decency regarding war."
Bipartisan "enthusiasm" urges more. Syria and Iran are prioritized. Romney seems especially eager. What kind of leaders think blowing up countries makes sense. What kind of people support them. Real change is urgent, and not just on foreign policy.
Dowd discussed domestic needs. "Militarism is bad enough," he said. What about making matters worse by homeland social depravation. Vital services are being destroyed in plain sight, in real time. They include healthcare, education, housing, and much more. Devastating consequences are certain unless stopped and reversed.
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