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When DC Insiders Tell You How It Has To Be, Remember This

Inside operators within the beltway of Washington, DC love to tell the rest of us how it has to be, and how anybody who thinks otherwise is just naive and wouldn’t understand. The next time you hear some DC insider telling you how it has to be, remember this:

Sam Waterston made a speech in February of 2008 as a spokesreader for Unity08, the outfit made up of DC insiders who knew for sure how it had to be. This is part of the script they wrote for him:

“Did you know that 99% of American voters have NO say in who is picked to run for president on the party tickets? Unless you live in Iowa or New Hampshire, you’re left out in the cold. And everyone knows, these two races (and how filled the campaign coffers are) dictates what happens in the rest of the country.”

How did that insider opinion that “everyone knows” work out? The next time some insider tells you that your ideals just cannot be realized because that’s just not the way things are, remember.

5 thoughts on “When DC Insiders Tell You How It Has To Be, Remember This”

  1. Tom says:

    Isn’t it “funny” how this same argument doesn’t seem to hold true for Nader.
    Even though he’s the only one standing up to the corporate take-over of our government, has a real health care plan that’s affordable, will end the war in Iraq, and speaks out for a lot of the other PROGRESSIVE issues we really want he gets no air play, has trouble getting on the ballot in many states, and is pooh-poohed by many as a “spoiler.”

    If we didn’t have people like him, who KNOWS he can’t win but runs anyway to make the voices of dissent heard (so that one of the corporate-owned “main stream parties” at least acknowledge them), we’d never have any political progress.

  2. Jim says:

    No, the argument DOES hold. Sure, sure, vote for Nader if you want to. I wouldn’t vote for Nader because I think he would make a god-awful president. He doesn’t have the interpersonal skills and he has a penchant for saying he’s the ONLY one to be bringing up an issue when that’s not always true. There are more reasons than media conspiracy why Nader isn’t a viable candidate for President… his “my-way-or-the-highway” approach in politics has left a lot of people feeling cold.

    So, sure, if you think Nader would be the best president, by all means vote for him. But I probably won’t be voting for Nader, and it’s not because I think he’d be a spoiler.

  3. Tom says:

    Oh, i see. For BUSH and HIS “my way or the highway”, secret government, cowboy diplomacy, involve the whole world in his neocon policy decisions, HE GETS TWO TERMS! But for a progressive, that’s unacceptable.

    Yeah, i get it . . . .

  4. Patricia says:

    I think, Tom, that the point is that the “my way or the highway” attitude is wrong from ANYBODY.

  5. Jim says:

    Yeah. I didn’t vote for Bush either.

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