Saturday, December 30, 2006


UP FRONT News December 30, 2006
Published by Tom Weiss
Editorial Advisor: Willard Whittingham

“The paper that can’t be bought and can’t be sold.”

It is clear that, at this point, the most progressive presidential candidate with a realsitc chance of winning is John Edwards. Mr. Edwards evidently made a much stronger im- pression on voters when he was the Democratic candidate for Vice-President than did his running mate John Kerry. While Kerry sought to mollify the Hillary Clinton Republican wing of the Democratic Party by assuring them that he was not a “redistributionist”, Ed- wards, with his “two Americas” message, was focusing on poverty and the de facto need for redistribution of the wealth. It is a measure of the threat to the right that Edwards is that he has already been attacked by Rupert Murdoch’s rag, the New York Post, Murdoch being a supporter both George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton.

John Edwards, who to be sure is not eligible for food stamps or for Section 8 housing, is however apparently ready to take on the multinational corporations with his hiring of “free trade” nemesis former Congressman David Bonior as campaign manager.

Mr. Edwards has already made it impossible for Hillary Clinton to try to recast herself as a peace candidate since, unlike the militaristic Clinton, he has openly acknowledged that his vote as a U.S. Senator for the Iraq War was a mistake. As I suggested during my recent Democratic write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate, the only way that Hillary Clin- ton will admit a mistake is if she is paid to do so.

Among the issues that John Edwards has not yet spoken on is the continuing Chinese Communist Genocide in Occupied Tibet and the very related matter of rising opposition among human rights activists to the 2008 Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Beijing. Hillary Clinton, like her husband and the Cheney/Bush Administration, is a major component of the cover-up of the Genocide in Tibet. The cover-up, which is of course backed by the corporate world, exists because China means money. And for sure the Olympic Games means money. The very important NYC John Edwards meet-up, chaired by the no nonsense progressive Touro College political science professor, Steven Gardman, recently voted to urge Sen. Edwards to openly denounce the Chinese regime for its occupation of Tibet and to call upon the International and U.S. Olympic Committees to rescind the decision to award the 2008 Games to Beijing and, if necessary, call for a U.S. boycott of any Games played in China.

I think that Edwards, except if he has Mrs. Clinton as a running mate, can be elected. The moribund Republicans, offering the autocratic Rudolph Giuliani, the military minded John McCain and the apparently somewhat homophobic Mitt Romney, should lose the White House. The Republicans, however, as they have in the past, are counting on the Green Party and the Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. infiltrators within to help them out. The Greens, very much under the influence of the LaRouche educated racist “Independent”, Lenora Fulani and her local lemmings such as Paul Zulkowitz, Howie Hawkins, and Gerald Kann, will try to encourage Ralph Nader or some other perhaps otherwise well-intentioned political dupe to run for president on their tattered ballot line. The idea, as always, would be to split the left by outlefting it. If Ralph Nader falls for that again, it would truly be Nader’s nadir.
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