A Law for One Person?

John M Duffy John.M.Duffy.27 at nd.edu
Mon Jan 8 16:59:27 EST 2001

Chomsky has also made the argument that the Democrats and Republicans 
are essentially different branches of one political party: The 
Business Party. The internecine warfare between branches may become 
intense, as in Florida, but the essential interests remain shared and 
consistent. In this case the common interests include: support for 
increased arms production, for NAFTA and the WTO, for the death 
penalty, for the drug war, for the use of food and medical sanctions 
as a political weapon.

John Duffy

>Ed, can't say the Democratic senators surprised me.  The Democratic
>establishment has become little more than the Republican party but with a
>human smile (not heart or guts).  A few years back I heard Noam Chomsky
>argue the thesis that the Democratic establishment today is to the right of
>Richard Nixon.  Maybe he's right.  Bob
>	----------
>	From:  Edappel8 at cs.com[SMTP:Edappel8 at cs.com]
>	Sent:  Saturday, January 06, 2001 8:42 PM
>	To:  kb at purdue.edu
>	Subject:  A Law for One Person?
>	First, a sincere thank you to Hugh for his more than kind comments
>about my
>	January 5th post.  I really appreciate your response.
>	Second, as follow up to the very useful info from attorney Mark
>Levine that
>	Robert posted for us, I want to reiterate my profound disappointment
>at the
>	behavior of Democratic office-holders in the wake of the Florida
>fiasco.  In
>	my judgment, they rank somewhere between the "gang of five"
>(In)Justices and
>	rock bottom.  They perpetrated their final act of betrayal in the
>	Chamber today when not one Democratic senator would stand by the
>	African-American House members who protested Congressional
>validation of the
>	Florida vote.  Their cowardice or indifference--or whatever it
>was--at such a
>	focal moment is the ultimate affront.  It tells the Blacks of
>Florida and
>	Blacks in general: not even your supposed friends and political
>allies care a
>	whit that you were systematically, or semi-systematically,
>disenfranchised in
>	half a dozen different ways in the "Sunshine State."  You say you
>made an
>	extra-intense effort to get to the polls this time around, the
>stakes, in
>	your judgment, being so high?  Don't bother us with your whining.
>We've got
>	you in our back pocket, so we're not going to sour the mood of "good
>	and political sportsmanship the country might expect from us as we
>	January 20.  Be glad you even have the franchise at all.  It's not
>as though
>	white people in our own state were harrassed on their way to the
>voting booth
>	or turned away because they were told they were felons, when they
>weren't, or
>	condemned to use the most unreliable polling equipment.  In due time
>	get to your case, so disappear for a while.  Be seen, perhaps, but
>not heard.
>	 Frankly, you're embarrassing us.
>	We needed a profile in courage from one senator today, just one.
>	Didn't get it.
>	Ed

John M. Duffy
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