McCain has apparently been out on the campaign trail calling some recent remarks made by Obama elitist. This seems like nonsense to me, because just about every policy that the Republicans pursue is elitist. Then come election time they're out barbecuing or clearing brush. It's a complete charade. Too bad American Idol is still more important than this stuff.
It's not clear to me how much that 'soft on terror' idea is a real concern, and how much it's something put out there by the right wing that maybe the American people don't accept. But the Democrats seem to have taken it on as a real concern, and they don't seem to want to be labeled as weak on terror. It's good to see, though, that in the House the Democrats have not yet rolled over and given Bush the immunity for the telecom companies that he is seeking under the guise of protecting Americans from terror.
Reaganomics/trickledown economics, installing democracy with the barrel of the gun (a neocon belief), charity does a better job relieving poverty than government, free trade, our current health care is better than universal single payer, the poor and underclass are lazy, allowing gays to marry will undermine heterosexual marriage, Western European countries have failed economically. This is just a short list, that I'm coming up with spur of the moment. Many more falsehoods could be accumulated.
I'd probably just vote Green, were Nader not running. If I lived in a swing state I'd more than likely have to vote for the Democrat. But in my opinion both Clinton and Obama are corporate center-left Democrats... I welcome any genuine progressive that wants to run for President. I think it's pretty lame that people who's views are probably closer to Nader's than Hillary's or Obama's would devote a lot of time to trashing Ralph. In my opinion the Democratic Party nominee is usually a joke, I'm not a fan of Gore (even the current Gore, who is at least working on an important issue) or Kerry either.
As Bernie Sanders says often on Fridays on Thom Hartmann's show, the Democratic Party is a centrist party. It's progressive challenges from people like Nader that will be part of changing this, and reflecting more of the liberal base of the party... As long as Nader doesn't turn a swing state for the Republicans, his run will be good for the issues he raises. Moreover, the Dems should take note of the people who vote for the progressive principles that Nader uncompromisingly stands for.
Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." What's more American than civil liberties? Which Bush has attacked with the 'Patriot' Act, violating the FISA law, and with the general mood of fear he has fostered in the country... Instead of doing what a real patriot would, and defending our way of life in the face of threats.
Obama has continually voted to fund the war. So I don't think his stance against the war prior to being in the U.S. Senate means that much. I'm not sure why more Democrats haven't voted against funding the war, the majority of the American people are with this position. For a politician to say s/he wants withdrawal, while voting to fund the occupation, is a contradiction... This does not represent a true anti-war view.