Why We Support Wesley Clark as the Democratic
Presidential Candidate in 2004
Our politics pages suffer from a severe case of Bush-Bashing.
We don't have any pretenses of being a real source of information,
echopraxia.org is just a place for us to let off steam. We therefore
have no compunction about being more partisan than Fox News, and
we've picked our candidate for 2004. Below are Terry
& Ian's thoughts on Wes
About a year ago I started to hear the murmur.
I tried to ignore it because it seemed absurd, almost impossible.
An ex-military general with Democratic sensibilities? "The
only man who could beat Dubya in 2004," said Esquire magazine.
A campaign devoted to drafting him to run for President in 2004
got Nightly News attention, and everywhere I turned, the murmur
got louder. Who was General Wes Clark? A four star general, who
actually fought and led wars? A Rhodes Scholar? A humble, good-looking
man from Arkansas who had deep concerns for our great country? And
the only problem was that he had no plans on running for President.
Wesley Clark is running for President, and despite my belief in
every Democratic nominee running against Dubya, I'm supporting Wesley
Clark because I believe people who once supported President Bush,
but have tired of the drain his wars and benefits to the wealthy
have caused us, will choose General Clark as the next President
of the United States. I believe he is a good man and I do not care
if he had past Republican leanings. I do not distrust him because
of his military background, and I do believe he is the only man
who can give Bush the run for his money.
I share a view that many Republicans and Liberals
alike share, and that view is, "Anyone but Bush in 2004!"
If you are one of these frustrated Americans, who tire of the secrets
and lies of George W. Bush, your vote can take America back to a
time when we truly were safer. Voting for Wesley Clark is a move
towards economic stability, honesty, and true security because of
one solid reason, Wesley Clark loves America! Wesley Clark loves
America in a way George W. Bush could not because George W. Bush
is clouded by religion and wealth. His privilege and wealthy upbringing
truly prevents him from getting into the average American's shoes.
George W. Bush attacked affirmative action on Martin Luther King
Day, has the worst environmental record of any previous American
President, and has earned America the scorn and hatred of the rest
of the world. George W. Bush is signing laws that give him and government
the right to search and monitor anyone without consent or warning,
arrest that individual and detain them permanently. George W. Bush
is creating a police state that is reminiscent of Hitler's early
days. (People get so upset when this comparison is made but Germans
and Jews alike who lived through this period that I have talked
to have said this. They say the environment is eerily similar to
the era before Hitler took power.) Well, Bush is in power and his
team will do anything to see that he stays there. The Supreme Court,
(Bush Sr.'s friends,) saw to this in the 2000 election and Team
Bush will be scheming how to fix the re-election.
If you want Bush out, the best way to remove
a military deserter like Bush, is to call in a General who actually
served and commanded, but respects all that is great about America.
I want a man with integrity who actually fought for our country,
rather than a cowardly, rich, wannabe-cowboy! I'm standing behind
Wesley Clark for President because he will turn this country around
and pave the way for a better future! He will preserve our freedom,
and restore America's moral standing to the world. Even if you are
a die-hard Republican, I think many of you will agree, this country
needs a change of guard! Let that guard be a seasoned leader who
isn't in corporate America's pocket!
I long ago banished from my psyche the delusion that
we operate in a two-party democracy. The only way to get elected
in this country is to maintain a stance so centrist that one appears
to have no values at all. We're then left with a field of candidates
on either side that skirt any controversial issues (which are often
the most important ones) and who then establish a feelgood patter
based on health, education, and tax issues. This was quite evident
in the 2000 elections, when the brilliantly centrist campaigns of
both Bush and Gore split the country literally down the middle,
with Bush winning in spite of receiving 500,000 fewer votes than
Gore out of 105,405,100 votes cast in the popular election.
Most intelligent people I know (including staunch
republicans) agree that the only issue in 2004 is getting Bush out
of office. The "Bush Restoration" and the militaristic,
constitution-shredding, petrol-centric policies that they represent
have made America more hated or distrusted on the global scene than
ever, and their pre-emptive invasion of Iraq (in the guise of enhancing
our national security) has probably generated more al-Qaeda recruits
than that organization could've ever hoped for on their own. It's
time to get these plutocrats out of office before there's no America
left to live in.
Since Bush is running unchallenged in the republican
party, his camp is unfortunately going to be able to focus an amazing
amount of money and resources on getting re-elected, while the ankle-biting
pack of democrats fritters away months in mind-numbingly dull debates,
unable, apparently, to find any real unity. As is often the case,
I wasn't too fired up about the Democratic Primaries; my preferred
candidate rarely gets selected, and I just vote for whoever makes
it through the process.
This all changed for me when Wes Clark announced
his candidacy. Here is a man who patriotically served his country
as his career, is articulate, well-educated, has considerable
foreign policy experience, is not a Washington insider like Lieberman,
Gephardt or Kerry. He possesses none of the smugness (nor the ignorance)
of an "entitled" wealthy brat like George W. Bush, and
exhibits clear leadership capabilities.
His stated platform outlines, without pulling punches:
Plans to review the almost fascist Patriot Act;
Plans for exploring alternative energy;
The intention to eliminate the federal deficit;
Specific ideas for enhancing health care and education;
Plans to restore America's international relationships and moral
Unless Wesley Clark is a bald-faced liar (and I maintain
some hope here, since he's not a career politician), then he's the
man to beat Bush in 2004. The current democratic frontrunner, Howard
Dean, not only lacks the foreign policy experience needed at this
crucial juncture in world history, but he is quite simply unelectable
in the south, which is largely going to define the 2004 election.
For all these reasons, I'm putting my full support behind Clark
as the democratic candidate, and hope to work hard on his campaign
if he indeed captures the candidacy.