Keep your finger on the 2008 pre-election pulse: click here for links to public-opinion pollsters on the Democratic field vs. the Republican nominee.
The American political reality on the morning of November 3, 2004, was that of Republican Dominance in all branches of government.
With the Bush re-election and the increase of majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate the Republican party was in a position to solidify their control over the fate of the nation for decades to come by making significant Supreme Court appointments that are durable far beyond the 4-year election cycle.
Mercifully the Democrats succeeded in taking over control of both Houses in the 2006 mid-term election: There is light at the end of the tunnel...
The ENVIRONMENT : Not just an American Concern
In February 2004 a secret Pentagon report warns that Global Warming is a very real threat. In March the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lets Clean Water Act violators off the hook without penalties. In April the US strong-arms the E.U. to back down on chemical safety requirements. In June the EPA lifts the ban on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and at the same time the Bush administration slashes funding for Global-Warming Research. In July the EPA proposes to give pesticide approval authority to government bureaucrats instead of giving it to biologists and scientists, thereby diminishing the prospects for the protection of wildlife and instead opening doors to lobbyists and corporate interests. (Source: NaturalResourceDefenseCouncil)
Profound technological advances have given certain nations the means to create absolute abundance. But in a society based on personal profit motives these advances are implemented instead to bring greater wealth for the few and greater hardship, suffering and destruction for the many. A confrontation between the world's rich and the world's poor is gathering momentum. At the same time the precious ecological balance that is a prerequisite to all human, animal and plant life is being callously compromised to a point of no return. The power to determine the outcome is in our hands. Let us not stand idly by while our rights, our dignity and our very survival are assaulted by a continued policy of more wars, more repression and more exploitation.
Take a moment to recognize your own role in helping to bring about a just society and a community of nations that nurtures the peaceful, equal and full development of all people.
"Though the object of being a Great Power is to be able to fight a Great War, the only way of remaining a Great Power is not to fight one." - A.J.P. Taylor, Historian
SEE THE COUNTER OF THE RISING COST OF WAGING WAR AGAINST IRAQ TICKING IN REAL TIME:
Former captain Luis Carlos Montalván who, after two Iraq tours under his belt, is suffering from ailments ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to chronic pain resulting from an attack, slammed the Bush administration for "perpetrating high crimes and misdemeanors, committing dereliction of duty, lies and mismanagement" in Iraq.
(NOTE: This March 2008 event was not reported by any of the U.S. mainstream media ...)