Very astute post Jacques and I do agree with your overall premises.<quoted text>
Dems ARE better if they are the lesser of two evils.
Obama did not start those two costly and disastrous wars, the Iraq one based on lies. I think he did pretty well with what he inherited, out of Iraq, soon, Afghanistan. And, as per Vietnam, the "bad guys", the enemy fought for over 12 years, will take over. All will have been for naught. Not Obama's words, "Mission accomplished". As for bailing out Wall street, and not Main street, yes, that is kinda hard to digest. BUT, the first bailout, the big one, occurred in November 2008, under GWB. And, was there a choice but to bail out the crooks if not only to save millions of jobs and avoid defaulting? You use the words "lesser evil". Well, I think bailing out the crooks was the lesser evil. And, what is "bailing out Main street"? Even the billions shelled out would've amounted to few thousand dollars per individual, individuals with maybe $2000 but no job, nothing. Bailout was blackmail, under GWB, these banks, brokers, KNEW that their modus operandi was unsustainable. Since when do you lend hundreds of thousands of dollars without checking if mortgagee even has a job, or verifying credit rating? They KNEW they'd be bailed out. But remember, all this greed and theft was not done under Obama.
As to social legislation, i.e., unemployment benefits, social security, annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, workers' rights, some weak form of medicare, civil rights, minimum wage, etc, who brought those in? The Republicans? Correct me if I'm wrong, I think not. him, as good a man as he was, for tossing his hat in the ring and indirectly giving the nod to GWB.
Clinton / Gore swept all the crimes of Iran/Contra under the rug.
Obama / Biden swept all the crimes of the 8 months of warnings before September 11, 2001, Iraqi WMDs, Spying on Americans, Black sites, etc. etc. etc.
Acting on Impeachment
by Ralph Nader July 28, 2007 http://tinyurl.com/23oxoh
Most readers of The Washington Post probably missed it. But probably not Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Fifty-six of his law school classmates (Harvard Law School, class of 1982) bought space for an open letter in mid-May that excoriated his “cavalier handling of our freedoms time and again.”
It read like an indictment, to wit:
“Witness your White House memos sweeping aside the Geneva Conventions to justify torture, endangering our own servicemen and women;
“Witness your advice to the President effectively reading Habeas Corpus out of our constitutional protections;
“Witness your support of presidential statements claiming inherent power to wiretap American citizens without warrants (and the Administration’s stepped-up wiretapping campaign, taking advantage of those statements, which continues on your watch to this day); and
“Witness your dismissive explanation of the troubling firings of numerous U.S. Attorneys, and their replacement with other more ‘loyal’ to the President’s politics, as merely ‘an overblown personal matter.’
Justice Dept. Appoints Special Prosecutor After Report Faults Gonzales for US Attorney Firings / October 01, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/4stxfd
Attorney General Michael Mukasey has appointed a special prosecutor to continue the probe into whether political misconduct led to the firing of nine US attorneys. The move came after Justice Department investigation singled out Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for his conduct in the firings, accusing of him of “abdicating” his responsibility and questioning his faulty and evasive public statements. We speak to Murray Waas of the National Journal