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Friday, February 08, 2008

The Beat Goes On

My wife phoned from Italy yesterday. She said they're all abuzz over there about Hillary and Barack. The idea that the U.S. stands at the brink of electing either a woman or a man of African-American parentage seems astonishing to them. I told her we feel the same way. Italy is going through it's own problems right now, or perhaps it's more accurate to say yet again. A tiny splinter party dropped out of Prime Minister Romolo Prodi's fragile coalition and his government fell. Now it seems that elections are probably going to be held three years before scheduled, and Berlusconi is favored to regain power. You remember him. He's the ex-cruise ship crooner and hoofer who was one of the few European leaders to back the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. Then, when things went horribly sour over there, he claimed he had secretly tried to dissuade Bush. Another bad piece of work.


Anonymous il professore said...

It's terrible that these terribly rich people are running out of money. When Hillary Clinton announced she had to loan her campaign 5 million of her own savings, Monica Lewinsky felt so bad she sent in a check for a hundred bucks. Least she could do.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

G-r-e-a-t cartoon John!

Politicians all run with the fox and hunt with the hound... and Berlusconi seems to fit the mould.

It's an exciting time politically for the US... the world is probably witnessing history in the making. Looking back into the recent past it probably matters not who gets in... anything would be an improvement.

However... having said that... I heard McCain discussing Putin the other day saying... when he looked in his eyes all he saw were three small letters KGB. When did the cold war end?

All I can say is... I hope America's citizens think long and hard.

3:49 PM  
Blogger ellie said...

I just hope that SOMEONE cleans up the mess from the Bush administration.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jean is right, it truly won't matter who is elected President. He has no power unless the Congress passes one of his proposed bills......and the Demo dominated Congress voted for the war in Iraq and they had all of the information regarding the conditions there that Bush did. Now they deny this..... what they don't seem to realize is that this is a war that will end up here if we pull out of Iraq. I don't have an answer on how to get out, but I sure don't want them to come here.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether or not most of the Demos voted for the war because of misinformation or because they were afraid of being called unpatriotic or both is something for future historians to decide, but there is little doubt in my mind that our continued presence in Iraq and the loss of so many American lives cannot be enormously popular with most voters left or right in the United States, nor do I think is McCain’s proposal to stay in Iraq for a hundred years. But Jean is right is claiming that it is very likely that even a Democratic president and congress will have much effect on the business of government; both parties now are so beholden to special interest groups for footing the outrageous cost of campaigning that there is little chance of major reform. Undoubtedly, should either Clinton or Obama win we will begin a pullout of troops, but my guess is that we’ll continue to keep bases there and continue to attempt to control the Iraqi government for years. Without our presence a bloody civil war is bound to explode.

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

>>Without our presence a bloody civil war is bound to explode<< It has already... and the presence has made no difference. In fact there are those who would argue that it has exacerbated it.

>>But Jean is right is claiming that it is very likely that even a Democratic president and congress will have much effect on the business of government<<

Gosh... I'm in deep way over my head with only a casual observer's eye view of the political process in the US! Sorry guys... wasn't meaning to mislead... but I didn't actually say that.

What I did rather cheekily say was "Looking back into the recent past it probably matters not who gets in... anything would be an improvement" with reference to the (apparent) ineptness of the current administration. That's all. And it's not really for me as a "foreigner" to speculate but I just hope that the "truer" person wins (regardless of their political persuasion)... because honesty and truth and transparency in Government are the only way forward for any country.

4:15 PM  

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