This Feb. 12, Howard Dean will likely be elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Upon being elected, Dean will immediately tear off his everyday clothes to reveal his true identity: liberal superhero sent to save the Democratic Party from becoming the embodiment of the spineless centrists who currently run it.
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Too much paper, too much ink, and far too much time have been wasted lately in debates over who should be John Kerry's running mate and why. They have been wasted, of course, because what journalists write about the subject has little effect on Kerry's decision.
The U.S. economy is widely touted as the most significant issue in the upcoming presidential elections, and has been the major focus of both campaigns (that's right, Nader's campaign doesn't count) during the past month. All kinds of wacky proposals have been batted around, along with outrageous and arbitrary promises of a pending recovery or job creation, depending on which campaign ad one happens to be watching.
Spring is in the air, and so are chlorofluorocarbons, carbon dioxide, pesticides, benzene, formaldehyde and innumerable other human-produced pollutants. As if the sludgy green lakes, weird weather patterns and visible air pollution were not enough of an incentive, everyone now has another reason to act in an environmentally responsible way, and push for legislated environmental protection.
John Kerry's controversial 1970s Vietnam War protests have some Americans calling him a hero and others a traitor, but whether one likes Kerry or not, it is shameful to criticize him for protesting. His record of protest should, in fact, be viewed as an asset to the American nation, a nation that sets the world precedent for free expression of political sentiment.
Though the war in Iraq has virtually disappeared from the headlines and from the Democratic presidential candidates' stump speeches, Americans should not forget that it is still raging and is still wrong. It is the most deceptive, irresponsible, reactionary and morally corrupt war in which the American nation has ever engaged in.