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A Threat to Our Democracy

August 3, 2004

(archived broadcast )
Which is a greater threat to our democracy?
Al Quaeda or the Republican Party?
Which has done more harm to our democratic institutions?
From restricting the right to vote to avoiding Constitutional checks and balances, what is the source of the Republicans’ antipathy towards democracy?
An “Election Tuesday” debate between Mark Levine and the State Chair of the Utah College Republicans: Tom Robins

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  • Gordon August 5, 2004 4:05 pm

    Kerry voted for the Iraq war powers bill–that was old-fashioned-fall-in line-in times of war-politics. He’s tried to wiggle away in rationale from this vote–but, bottom-line, he didn’t make a stand in principle like Levin and Stabenow of MI, and why Kerry’s principles in action enter a gray area where he must explain nuances of apparent contradiction. It is perhaps a thinking man’s mistake–but one that will lose the non-thinking voter. (It is also a leadership faux pas that anti-war activists try to tolerate in Kerry in openly trying to dispose of Bush)

  • Flipper, the telekinetic dolphin c/o Seaworld--San Diego August 4, 2004 9:19 am

    Flip-flopping is my specialty–but I still can’t keep up with Dubbya Bush

  • Mark Levine August 4, 2004 7:08 am

    Nice try, Ben.
    You keep attacking me personally and saying you’re “not impressed.” But ad hominem attacks are just an admission that you are frustrated because you know your debating opposition is winning the debate.
    Where was I wrong? Can you get specific? Which clip proves Kerry is the dreaded flip-flopper? And why won’t you address the dozens of Bush flip flops I mentioned on air?
    Here are just a few:
    Against Dept of Homeland Security then For
    Against 9/11 Commission then For
    Against $300 individual tax cut then For
    War for Iraq was for oil (privately within Administration)
    War for Iraq was for WMDs
    War for Iraq was b/c Iraq was behind 9/11
    War for Iraq was to help Iraqi people
    Against UN help then For
    Against NATO help then For
    Against Iraqi elections then for (as long as they’re after our elections)
    Against particular choice for Iraqi President then for (after he refused)
    For states to decide gay marriage then Against
    Denying any claim that Enron manipulated energy prices in California then admitting it
    I have lots more…now what are Kerry’s?

  • Skip August 4, 2004 12:51 am

    Hey there Mark,
    I think you should interview ambassador Joe Wilson. His speech that was aired on Democracy Now on August 2nd was really really powerfull. Right along the lines of today’s show.