Daniel Ellsberg: Both candidates evil, Romney the worst

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  1. billwald

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    It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013.

    The election is now just weeks away, and I want to urge those whose values are generally in line with mine -- progressives, especially activists -- to make this goal one of your priorities during this period.

    My friend said, “But on Democracy Now you urged people in swing states to vote for him! How could you say that? I don’t live in a swing state, but I will not and could not vote for Obama under any circumstances.”

    My answer was: a Romney/Ryan administration would be no better -- no different -- on any of the serious offenses I just mentioned or anything else, and it would be much worse, even catastrophically worse, on a number of other important issues: attacking Iran, Supreme Court appointments, the economy, women’s reproductive rights, health coverage, safety net, climate change, green energy, the environment.

    I told him: “I don’t ‘support Obama.’ I oppose the current Republican Party. This is not a contest between Barack Obama and a progressive candidate. The voters in a handful or a dozen close-fought swing states are going to determine whether Mitt Romney and Paul Ryanare going to wield great political power for four, maybe eight years, or not.”

    As Noam Chomsky said recently, “The Republican organization today is extremely dangerous, not just to this country, but to the world. It’s worth expending some effort to prevent their rise to power, without sowing illusions about the Democratic alternatives.”

    Following that logic, he’s said to an interviewer what my friend heard me say to Amy Goodman: “If I were a person in a swing state, I’d vote against Romney/Ryan, which means voting for Obama because there is no other choice.”
     
  2. targus

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    Are the author of the OP and Daniel Ellsberg tripping on the same drugs?
     
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    I believe they are!
     
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    Re: Daniel Ellsberg: "Ellsberg was the first American prosecuted under the Espionage Act for passing along classified documents to newspapers...."

    Per Chomsky: "I am a child of the Enlightenment."


    Great sources. :rolleyes:
     
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    Alternet. :rolleyes:
     

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