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Benton Rogers

Samuel Morton

Sidney Collins

Andrew Jones

     
 
 
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
 
Recurring Theme and New Mission
Having paid a lot of attention to the political news lately as preparation for the upcoming election I have come to what I imagine is a fairly unoriginal conclusion. First, I trust W more on issues of fighting terrorism and trying to address the underlying causes of Islamic extremism. Case in point, I have no trouble believing that establishing a democracy in Iraq is a good move for the security of America. I also believe we are making progress, regardless of the rhetoric surrounding the debate on the campaign trail.

That said I also find myself more sympathetic to some of Kerry's positions (by which I mean traditionally Democratic, since I haven't heard much from Kerry except I will do better on issue X, Y, and Z that Bush) on domestic issues. For example, I was very much opposed to the idea of amending the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. I also am uncomfortable with the idea that inroads are being made to overturn Roe v. Wade, which I have been assured by people who pay more attention to women's rights issues, is currently being undertaken by members of the Bush administration.

This puts me in the apparently small segment of undecided for this election. Being undecided has led me to my personally significant, but unoriginal point.

I want a third party.

This election is a perfect example of the dangers of a two party system. Two candidates have been put forth that are obligated to pander to the more extreme elements of their party, while trying to find some way to appeal to the centrists from both parties. In addition to that problem, people who have traditionally voted Dem. or Rep. are likely to continue doing so for no other reason than party affiliation. How many people really listen to both sides, instead of automatically being pro to one and con to the other. How many people do you know that would be extremely skeptical of an idea put forth by a member of the other party but enthusiastically support the same idea from a member of their own party. That kind of system is close to worthless.

So I am going to make it my personal quest (when not swamped with work) to do my best to establish a basis for what I believe will be an effective and electable third party platform. For now the most important thing that you guys can do is help me come up with a name for this third party. I've run through a whole list of possibilities in my head but nothing really sticks out yet. So any suggestions that anyone has, I'm more than willing to listen.

Just email your suggestions to benton_knowinginpart@hotmail.com, or post them in the comments.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
 
Homer Simpson invoked sanctuary
The mosque in Najaf may soon be rubble if you believe this report and analysis from the Belmont Club.

I posted on this several months ago (Hiding in Mosques).

My position is unchanged: "Should we enter the mosques in Iraq? Yes, after all options have been exhausted and using due diligence. Should we help rebuild the mosques later? Yes. Should we worry about the decision? No."
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