By Matthew Rothschild on July 15, 2005
Hillary on the Right
By Matthew Rothschild

July 15, 2005

More than 1,750 U.S. soldiers have died so far in Iraq, needless victims of Bush’s maniacal war.

So what is the leading Democrat proposing instead?

Withdrawal of the troops, and an end to the occupation, and a sober reassessment of U.S. foreign policy?

Nope.

There was Hillary Clinton instead calling for 80,000 more troops for the Army so that the United States can be fully equipped to patrol the far corners of the empire at a moment’s notice.

Hillary, the darling of the Democrats for 2008 (pssst, I don’t think she can win!), has been steadily repositioning herself on the far rightward reaches of the Democratic Party when it comes to the Pentagon.

She’s always been for the Iraq War, and she still is.

And in case you needed any other clue about where she stands, she was accompanied by Joe Lieberman at her press conference calling for more troops.

“She has emerged as a staunch ally of the armed services and a strong proponent of a forceful American military presence abroad,” as a recent profile in The New York Times noted.

But we do not need Hillary Clinton to run the empire.

We need to stop being an empire.

And for those who invest in Hillary as some sort of savior, you’re making a bad bet.

I prefer the immortal words of Milton Mayer, who for decades wrote for The Progressive: “I won’t be disillusioned because I was never illusioned.”

Readers Respond

From: "paul mischo"

Date: July 17, 2005 11:00:28 PM CDT

To: Subject: "Saviour" Hillary

A big hurrah and attaboy to Matt Rothchild . Why? For speaking the truth. What truth? That HRC is "a bad bet". As i read his words @ Common Dreams on 7-17-05, i recalled the words of Hillarys husband (Mr. Over-Active Glands) to the White House staff shortly after moving there that, " I hope you all realize that we are Eisenhower republicans". From there, they (the Clintons) proceeded to assist the G.O.P. legislate into law, or roll over for, virtually the entire republican agenda. And what did this nation and the world at large get for the Clintons eight years in the White House? Quite literally, "Dont Ask, Dont Tell ! ", the "Family Medical Leave Act". The former is problematic at best and the latter, while of real benefit to workers, is a paltry accomplishment when compared to the failures.

Examples? The apparent indifferance at the Rwanda slaughter. The cowardice at Bosnia. The criminality at Kosovo. The fraud at Dayton.

The pardon of Marc Rich rather than Leonard Peltier. Thats the short list. As for Lieberman, it speaks volumes of Al Gore, all of it bad, that Gore picked him for VP in 2000. The Clintons and the DLC are bad news for New Deal / Great Society democrats. Their ascent was made possible only through the third party candidacy of Ross Perot. Let the democratic party be done with them and the "secret society" dive meisters like John Kerry. No more corporate bred and fed party hacks.

What is required is a party standard bearer that is FOR "the people" and OF "the people". FOR education. FOR national health care. FOR living wage employment for all adult citizens that require such. AND an end to war as we know and suffer it.

paul mischo

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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