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May 11, 2006

Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, and the John Birch Society?

Will Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Jerry Springer, Mike Malloy, and Janeane "Clear" Garofalo join with the John Birch Society and Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum to oppose president Bush?

Will those who believe in black helicopters join with those who dream of piloting them? Would those who oppose World Government join with those "liberals" who are firm believers in foreign control of the U.S.?

A John Birch Society member makes a shocking proposal in the article "Now Is the Time for a Left-Right Alliance".
In frustration at the unconstitutional excesses of the Bush administration, I blurted out to [a friend]: "The only people doing any good out there are the people at Air America." I expected to shock him with the statement, but his two-word reply shocked me: "And MoveOn.org."

...And although I got a few yuks out of quips about "Airhead America," I found that I agreed with the hosts more than I disagreed with them.

They criticized the Bush administration for deceiving us into the Iraq war. No problem there. They criticized Alberto Gonzales for his torture memos. Again, no problem. They criticized deficit spending, the PATRIOT Act, and corporate welfare. Hurray, hurray, and hurray!
Of course, then they went off on a rant about how all conservatives were racist xenophobes, then (after the break) they supported gun grabbing and Janeane chimed in with a plan to criminalize even more forms of speech and bring back the Fairness Doctrine so Air America could finally be a success and on and on and on.

Even if you restricted this to a small set of issues there are problems. Here's the proposed set of issues:
The issues the Right and Left are already working together on are related to the Constitution: (1) Exposing the Bush administration's policy to eliminate the right to trial, as in the case of Jose Padilla, (2) Stopping the Bush practice and advocacy of torture, (3) Ending the administration's unnecessary Iraq War, (4) Eliminating unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping, and the most objectionable parts of the PATRIOT Act, (5) Stopping multilateral trade agreements such as CAFTA, renewal of the WTO, and the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
One of the problems with #3 is that some of those in the leadership of the anti-war coalition are Communists, Stalinists, and the like. As for the last, many "liberals" don't completely oppose those hugely complicated "trade" agreements. They simply want to make them more comfortable; they aren't concerned with their effects on U.S. sovereignty.

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