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Moving On

And so the MoveOn.org primary draws to a close, and liberals the world over await the result.

Or do they?

Though this “virtual primary” received much attention from the media and from the various candidates, it failed to capture the attention of Democratic voters. Why? Look no further than the woeful field of candidates.

It is a sad day indeed, when the most compelling candidate - at least according to the provided biographies - is none other than the Rev. Al Sharpton. He at least seems to realize that before flailing out at the Bush administration, the left needs to address the basic problems of equitable education and voting rights:

I argue that we must first establish the premise in the Constitution that the American people have an affirmative “right to vote,” a “right to a public education of equal high quality,” a “right to health care of equal high quality,” and “equal rights for women.” That would obligate all future candidates to propose legislative policies and programs in fulfillment of the right. In other words, I believe, strategically, my opponents are putting the cart before the horse, while my campaign seeks to put the horse before the cart.

Compare this to the self righteous, hippy pandering free verse of Dennis Kucinich:

We did not authorize assassination squads.
We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO.
We did not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights.
We did not authorize the revocation of the Constitution.
We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras throughout our cities.

I don't claim to be a Sharpton supporter, nor would I wish to suggest that I disagree to any great degree with Kucinich. Indeed, faced with a choice between mediocrities, one is better off walking away from it all.

And unless a candidate is able to distinguish himself (I'd suggest herself but something in me just can't take Braun seriously) from the field, that's just what a great many voters will do. Term number two for George.

Move on, indeed.

Posted by dce at June 26, 2003 5:11 PM