Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Clinton and Obama

Drs Crippen and Rant often quote or cite the Devil´s Kitchen and Wat Tyler in their critiques of the UK National Health Service and the last and current Prime Ministers' handling of government health policy.

Both the Devil´s Kitchen and Wat Tyler seem to be at the Conservative end of our British (English) political spectrum. They also have many well-informed arguments so when Drs Crippen and Rant guide me there, I visit. They are the intellectual faces of Conservative thinking. And although I link them to on this post, their political viewpoint seems to be anathema to my own and I will not be linking on the right.

I have occasionally worried about the political leanings of Drs Crippen and Rant.Today I am relieved to read Dr Crippen´s endorsement of both the Democratic Party and his endorsement of Barak Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. To the extent he has set up a new blog Brits for Barak Obama.

Dr Crippen was apparently inspired by Obama´s speech regarding or in defense of his attendance at a church presided over by a radical black preacher. Having now listened to the speech and read the transcipt, I am in accordance with Dr Crippen. If they dug up the dirt on my wearing of a Socialist Workers´ Party Stuff-the-Jubilee badge back in 1978 when I was 16 years old, my membersip in an anti-hunting activist organisation, an admission that ¨I inhaled¨ that spliff, having had ¨intimate relations¨ with someone of my own sex (etc etc), then in the US, and most probably the UK, I would be political dead-meat.

I am not as confident as Dr Crippen in the fundamental probity of any politician (whether UK, the US or elswhere) but, as he says, we do need to break the monopolies of both the Clinton and Bush dynasties.

And if the next US President is female or black, (we will have to wait a long time for a black lesbian president), it will be a big step forward

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