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July 09, 2008

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Cynthia Samuels

These comments were well worth the time Jack. Very interesting and thoughtful.

Cynthia Samuels

No Maddy, you don't date yourself - the song is still around. AND it is of the era I'm talking about here. Nice to hear from you.

Maddy

You put me in mind of that song, 'Little Boxes,' or do I date myself?
Cheers

Jack

Hi Cynthia,

I am 39 and a registered Democrat, but in truth I consider myself an Independent.

Assuming that my math is correct this will be the sixth presidential election that I am "legally" voting in.

However the first that I remember was a mock election we held in elementary school, Carter versus Ford.

I became an independent because I was disgusted with the behavior exhibited by members of both of the major parties.

It didn't feel like people were acting based upon altruism, but upon petty self interests.

Friends of mine had a fit when I said that I didn't think that Bush was evil. They went absolutely ballistic that I suggested that it was possible that he entered the war for the right reasons.

I remember similar conversations when I said that I thought that the Republicans and Starr went overboard with Clinton and Lewinsky.

I didn't like Bush versus Kerry and I don't like Obama versus McCain.

It feels like I am being asked to decided between bad and worse.

Sorry for the long comment, this topic just rankles me.

Sharon

This commercial was the topic of discussion last night on the NewsHour, and one of the observations was how many times the word "hope" was used. McCain may use the word but he does not understand what it means.

Cynthia, I agree with the point you make about not wanting to demonize anyone. People who see war as the answer to conflict do not understand that peace takes as much work and as many resources as war; working for peace requires commitment, dialogue, and compromise. For most of our country's history, the man in the presidency has been unwilling to make a good faith effort to work for peace where there is conflict - and once violence starts it is so hard to stop....

As a nation we need to change our mindset if we are to survive and prosper. We need to gain back all that we've lost and then move forward. We can't do that with the old ways of thinking, ways that include dredging up old stereotypes.

Any chance at change demands our participation. I hope other anti-war activists come forward to share their experiences and perspectives as you have here.

The DC Feed Editor

Interesting post. I have linked to this at The DC Feed.

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