Three things happened recently that should give the vigilant cause for pause. The New Hampshire Republican and Democratic Party primaries took center stage as the mainstream media beat the story to death and winning candidates all staking ownership to the “change” mandate first started by Democratic Senator Barack Obama. Now everybody is a “change” candidate in a milieu that is all too confusing for my liking.
But even as Americans and the international community were bolted to their seats in front of the boob-tube following with great interest the rise of Barack Obama in particular, and the rest of the presidential wannabes in general, a few serious developments took place under the radar screen that deserve to be examined because all three are intertwined and interrelated since they will have a direct bearing and impact on who becomes the next president of the United States.
The day before the New Hampshire primary a select group of Democrats and Republicans came together at the University of Oklahoma in a forum convened to demand and end to partisan bickering and calling for greater unity and bipartisanship between the GOP and the Democratic Party.
Then the hobbled water fowl that is the United States president made a journey to the volatile Middle East to bring Israelis and Palestinians together; to revise and re-energize again - for the umpteenth time - the so-called “Peace Initiative Road Map” after he spent the bulk of his Administration watching Israelis and Palestinians from afar killing each other. Now this lamest of lame duck presidents wants a treated by the end of his presidency that would no doubt help erase the relevancy of his legacy as an inept, war-mongering president whose incompetence and arrogance secures his place in history as perhaps America’s worst president.
The media hype over Hillary Clinton’s win after the pollsters called it wrong was a never-ending whining and griping tirade about “what happened in New Hampshire.” The talking heads on television attributed Senator Clinton’s win to her “showing emotion” and “connecting with female voters.” In the aftermath of New Hampshire the name calling, acrimony and posturing reached near frenzied heights with the mainstream media giving every political crackpot airtime to make all kinds of silly and shallow statements.
Little emphasis was placed on the University of Oklahoma forum that was organized by former US Senator David Boren that included New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Republicans like Bill Brock and Chuck Hagel. Indeed, the composition of the gathering told a story of collaboration between the Democratic and Republican right wing elites whose ideology and interests converged despite belonging to different political parties.
So that while President Bush was reading the riot act to the Israelis and Palestinians and threatening Iran at the same time, his party’s presidential hopefuls were squawking between themselves about who best represents the conservative base of the party and others still were yakking it up in Oklahoma burying their differences and proclaiming that there is more that unites them than divides them at this time. Mr. Bush’s sense of urgency on Middle East affairs was matched by those attending the Oklahoma forum calling for unity and bipartisanship.
Most of the Republicans at the meeting the public already know but it is the Democrats representing the most right-wing sections of the party explained by their membership in the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) - the rabid counterpart to the GOP’s RNC - that suggested a commonality of purpose. The forum called for a “government of national unity” that will include members of both parties - effectively becoming in the process a one party state. This is a sinister development that threatens the very foundation of what little is left of American democracy under President Bush.