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Why I HATE Dean with all my GUTS!!! (english)
27 Aug 2003
Modified: 08:23:24 PM
The happless kid asked; "Yes, but what about World War II? What would you have done then?" As would any good patriot, I answered smartly; "Stayed out of it. After all, what did we get out of it? Soviet-occupied Europe and half a century of Cold War."
Saturday afternoon on San Francisco's Fillmore Street, I spied a "Dean for President" table in front of the Royal Ground coffee shop. It was an irresistible urge that pulled me across the street, and led me into my first real live experience with the Dean Phenomenon in the person of a slightly yuppie-ish, thirty-something guy with a square, Dudley Do-Right-ish chin and a determined look in his eyes. He thrust a leaflet into my hand as I approached, and immediately started babbling about the glories of government-guaranteed universal health care.

Uh, gee, I thought, do I look that sick?

"Oh, don't bother with any of that," I said, smiling in what I hoped was a disarming fashion. "I could care less about Dean's domestic views, which I don't agree with, anyway. However, I do like his foreign policy stance, especially when it comes to Iraq."

The Dean Guy looked disappointed, yet he nodded anyway.

"But tell me," I said, checking out the literature on his table, "what's up with Dean saying we should go into Liberia, but not Iraq? Isn't that a bit of an inconsistency?"

The Dean Guy looked utterly flabbergasted: "Oh no," he exclaimed, clenching his jaw, "they're completely different."

"Yeah," I said, "one involves our alleged 'national interest,' and the other doesn't bother with that pretense."

"Liberia is a humanitarian intervention," he assured me, "Iraq was for the oil."

"So the U.S. must intervene everywhere – as long as it's a self-less act?"

"Yes, but what about World War II?" There was a triumphant finality in his voice, as if to say: Gotcha! "What would you have done then?"

"Stayed out of it. After all, what did we get out of it? Soviet-occupied Europe and half a century of Cold War."

"What are you" – the poor kid looked frightened, for a moment, as if he'd seen a ghostly apparition – "some kind of isolationist?"

"You got that one right."

"It's wrong," he said, shaking his head vigorously. Was that a rattling sound I heard? "Just wrong."

"Yeah, that's right: me and George Washington, we're both wrong. Not to mention Thomas Jefferson, the founder of your party."

"Look," he said, "if we had hours to debate this…"

Only a few minutes to a customer, but I'd already had enough. It was plain to see that hours – days, weeks, months – of debate would never disabuse this young zealot of the conceit that he and Howard Dean could reform the whole world, if only the voters were willing. If the U.S. federal government can guarantee "universal health care" to its citizens, why not wave a similar magic wand over the people of Iraq? Dean's all for it, as his remarks to the Post make all too clear:

"Bringing democracy to Iraq is not a two-year proposition. Having elections alone doesn't guarantee democracy. You've got to have institutions and the rule of law, and in a country that hasn't had that in 3,000 years, it's unlikely to suddenly develop by having elections and getting the heck out." . . .

. . . I want to apologize to my readers for ever saying a single good word about the double-talking, double-dealing, dubious Dean, a snake in the grass if ever there was one, slimier even than Bill Clinton. Just as Caligula was a piker, as Rome's imperial villains go, compared to the megalomanical evil of Nero, so the damage done by President Dean will far surpass that done by any of his recent predecessors. Caligula's malevolence merely singed Rome: Nero's burnt it to the ground.

All my love,
Justin Raimondo, Libertarian
See also:
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j082703.html
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Vote for G.W. Bush! (english)
27 Aug 2003
To the writer...
I DON'T agree with your opinion. We all have one. I'm NOT a Democrat or Republican. (Unenrolled.) I do vote. Usually any party, except Republican. (I'm not rich.)
Dean will get my vote. Why? Simple. Ralph Nader WON'T win. I cannot see another 4 years of running the country into the ground. THAT is why I'm voting for Mr. Dean. I hope he can get universal health care for all. And I hope he gets us the hell out of the Middle East.
Face it. Bush is one shitty president. If you can't see that? You are wearing blinders.
As far as politicians are concerned? If they are good or bad. The average American HATES all of them. You know the only way to correct the problems of our government? To the sane...VOTE. To the insane...Revolution. (I won't be part of the latter.)
Kris, Kris, Kris . . . . (english)
27 Aug 2003
You REALLY need to do your research on Dean.

He's already said he will NOT radically change the health care system.

He already said he WANTS to be in Iraq for TEN YEARS!

Please read up on his views:

The Problems with Howard Dean
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266577.shtml

More on Howard Dean – "I was against the war, but I wasn't a protester."
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/07/267969.shtml