With democracy or against it, no in-between

posted by
February 6, 2011
in These Times
by David Sirota  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In America, politicians are rarely compelled to turn rhetoric into action. Presidents make public commitments to support legislation while quietly instructing their congressional allies to kill the corresponding bills. Congresspeople then campaign on policy proposals only to make sure their respective presidents veto the initiatives. We all know this game — we know its rigged rules ensure plausible deniability and prevent follow through. But as the Mideast showed this week, just because those are our rules doesn’t mean everyone plays by them." (02/05/11)


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