A progressive for our times

Let’s say this guy was running for president on a third-party ticket:

  • proven track record for getting country out of wars
  • strong foreign policy diplomat who forged stronger relationships with powerful developing (and enemy) nations
  • implemented the first significant federal affirmative action program
  • dramatically increased spending on federal employee salaries
  • organized a daily press event and daily message for the media
  • oversaw first large-scale integration of public schools in the South
  • advocated comprehensive national health insurance for all Americans
  • imposed wage and price controls in times of crisis
  • indexed Social Security for inflation and created Supplemental Security Income
  • created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise
  • promoted the Legacy of Parks program
  • appointed four Supreme Court Justices, three of which voted with the majority in Roe v. Wade

Have you figured out where this is going yet? (More…)

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  1. I bought two 1973 paperbacks yesterday (Poor Richard’s Watergate and The Watergate Follies) containing Nixon era photographs with humorous captions applied. As my mind wandered back I found myself thinking that compared to our current choices, Nixon had some good qualities. (with apologies to the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson) As penance, I placed a McGovern/Shriver ’72 bumper sticker on my vehicle today.

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