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The World Can't Wait


By Russ Baker
www.TomPaine.com

Investigative reporter and essayist Russ Baker is a longtime contributor to TomPaine.com. He is the founder of the Real News Project, a new organization dedicated to producing groundbreaking investigative journalism. He can be reached at russ@russbaker.com.

Patrick Fitzgerald’s indictment of Scooter Libby for lying about how he learned of the Valerie Plame affair is an interesting and important development. But the narrowness of that focus, absent further developments, shows again the limitations of “the system

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Would we ever have come to this pass if there had been an effective Democratic Party these past 20 years? If Al Fromm's DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) had not coopted the party for the Right where would the country be now? The DLC took Howard Dean down in the 2004 primary for being too democratic. Instead, we got the imperialist, corporatist Kerry, who couldn't say a word about Bush's war because he supported it. Ever since then, a resounding silence from the so-called Democratic Party, until now. We'll see more and more of those "New Democrats" peeping out of their psychological bunkers to see if it's safe for their precious careers to say some little thing now. Kerry now maunders on as if he's still relevant, and Clinton brays at us while collecting campaign funds galore. From whom? But not a sign of spine until it was perfectly safe. We workers and women need a new party, one that actually represents the great mass of citizens, not the power elite. Sorry, Howard.

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