My latest in PennLive “Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton 2016? Yawn. Give me Ted Cruz v. Elizabeth Warren.”
The larger point is not that HRC and Jeb aren’t qualified. Their fine.
But on Oct 27, 2012 I submitted the following to PL for publication. It never ran, and that is too bad. That single third party debate covered more important issues than all the countless Obama / Romney debates, watched by few outside those whose minds were already made up:
From: Steve Todd
Sent: Sat 10/27/12 1:13 PM
To: Jeanette Krebs, Patriot Editorial Page (firstname.lastname@example.org); Letters to Patriot Editor (email@example.com); Patriot As I See It (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Letter/Op-Ed Request: Three’s a Crowd
On Oct. 23, I watched the Presidential Debate on C-SPAN. I reported live on my Twitter feed – @stevenwtodd. Mainstream Media barely mentioned this awesome debate!
Obama and Romney were invited, but did not attend. All other announced candidates – Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Jill Stein, Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, and Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson – gave a nice mix across the political spectrum.
No one promised to cut my taxes. No arguing over who loves military actions more, without mentioning who pays for such passion. All said they would reduce the military and the drug war, with three promising to end the drug war. No arguing over who loves burning coal, gas and oil more, without a peep on how the planet will survive. Climate change was discussed by three of the four candidates. All would level the field to qualify for, and minimize private cash in, elections. Three want term limits, two enough to amend the constitution. Three would give our LGBT citizens equal rights; two want to amend the Constitution so corporations are no longer people. All would have vetoed NDAA and warrantless wiretaps, one calling indefinite detention the “definition of tyranny”. One called both the Democratic and Republican parties “militarist-corporatists”, a claim hard to dispute, given the actions and finances of both. None would allow drone bombing, one called the military-industrial complex “treason.”
Compare this to the discussions during the three Obama/Romney debates, to which only they were invited (Stein was arrested trying to enter one such exclusive function). Perhaps that fact lead Gary Johnson to say: “Whether Obama or Romney is elected, a heightened police state and military presence, and further monetary collapse, are givens.” [280 words]
Case in Point – The Huge Elephant (and Donkey) in the Room
While a vote for say Jeb Bush is a vote to continue failed American interventions, I hope a vote for HRC is not as well. But I do NOT get a better feeling from her.
Jeb Bush co-signed the Statement of Principles of 1997’s little known, and never discussed “Project for the New American Centuries” (PNAC). For context, perpetual neocon blowhard William Kristol, who somehow has more pressing matters to attend to when it comes time to bleed in a ditch in some country few Americans can find on a map, was Co-founder and Chairman.
The premier Who’s Who of modern neocon hypocrisy signed that cheerleading document for #EndlessWar. Signers besides J Bush include Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Steve Forbes and Scooter Libby. Many of them were either in the administration, or publicly supportive, of W Bush’s war-first, questions-later invasion policy.
PNAC, though, is just a continuation of the failed #EndlessWar and foreign policy of every POTUS since Eisenhower (with the arguable exception of Carter), and maybe before. And thus my fears for an HRC administration. I don’t see her having the ability to question much less challenge such foolish waste of lives and of my family’s tax money. Given the laundry list of her biggest funders, it is impossible to imagine.