Thursday, March 10, 2005

More on Clark

Shakespeare’s Sister wants to know more about Wesley Clark:

Here are the reasons for the Fool’s interest in a Clark movement. His stands on the issues are close to mine, closer than anyone else I see emerging on the horizon. (I am more pro-choice and less pro-military.) He has clearly articulated plans to deal with family income, education, child poverty, women’s issues, the environment , and health care.

Pragmatically speaking, he could win. The man is a genuine war hero, unlike Bush, and his demonstrated concern for the troops and their families should have greater appeal to red state voters. He also excels at peace negotiations and led the military negotiations at the Dayton Peace Talks. He is intelligent (a Rhodes scholar). He is a proven leader. He has already braved and weathered the mud-throwing storm, controversies real and created, and false charges of American politics in his 2004 bid for office. Friends who worked on his campaign also say he is as sincere as he seems, and that he is a true patriot, whose love for America is based on the ideals enshrined in the constitution. He is a uniter who has earned praise from people as diverse as Alexander Haig, Colin Powell, and George McGovern. His mistakes in judgment have been far fewer and far less egregious than those of the President, the administration and Bush's congressional supporters, not to mention most of the Democratic names being bandied about for '08. He appears to learn from mistakes, not compound them, as Bush does. I believe the experiences of 2004 and since have made him wiser and stronger as a candidate and clarified his views on murky issues (as they have for many of us).

More here, here, here and here.

At the very least, this is a voice we need in the public debate now to help shape the 2006 and 2008 elections. Watch this blog for more of the growing dialogue on Wesley Clark.


Blogger catherineD said...

Clark's got his new website up I like his second post where he talks about the larger trends in the world and long-range planning for the United States. I'd guess most of the others looking at '08 have their brains exclusively focused on how to get into the White House. Clark is also thinking about what needs to be done there.

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