Without universal free healthcare and education, I don't think we are, in fact, free.
My take is more that it is a constant struggle to live up to the ideals that Declaration has enshrined and not that we have necessarily achieve them.
The Declaration of Independence is without a doubt one of the greatest political manifestos ever written. That's why I celebrate the 4th for its universality not for the birth of a country that may yet not endure.
Couldn't agree with you more. As campaigns have become more expensive, the Democratic party has lost its way becoming increasingly a party that puts corporatist interests ahead of the general interest.
Bernie Sanders told me last year that he felt that progressives refuse to do the hard work of local politics and pin too many of their hopes on Washington. He said the better avenue was at the local level so your point is well taken.
The Mockus campaign hit a wall when doubts were cast over whether he was an atheist, whether he was Chavista, whether he would extradite Uribe. The disinformation campaign is the same that was waged against Reyes Villa in 2002. It has Carville written all over it.
I've been thinking about this for quite some time. I'm hopeful that Halter and Winograd will win their primaries but ultimately I'm not convinced that a big tent party is in the interests of progressives.
It's the countries least responsible for global climatic change that will pay the greatest costs. Kiribati and the Maldives will likely be gone in a century. Bangladesh could lose a third of its land to encroaching water. Then again we could lose Miami and New Orleans.