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Peace is a Good Thing, Whoever Manages to Achieve It

Undermining Trump-Putin summit means promoting war

A real democratic movement to oppose Trump would require the Democratic Party, or some other opposition party, to stake out a truly progressive platform that would address the increasingly dire issues facing the American people and the world: universal access to health care, a secure retirement, equality of educational access for all people, including free university education, an end to the war economy and a slashing of the military budget to a fraction of its current trillion-dollar size, an end to militarized policing and mass spying on the citizens of the country, protection of the environment and a full-scale mobilization to attack apocalyptic climate change.

For now, even Trump haters like myself need to support the reaching, at this coming summit, of an end to Cold War 2.0. If Nikita Khrushchev and Jack Kennedy could agree to an end to atmospheric testing and could agree to remove short-range nuclear missiles pointed at each other from Cuba and Turkey, Trump and Putin should be able to and be encouraged to reach agreement on pulling back threatening forces on each others’ borders.

Oh wait! Russia doesn’t have threatening forces stationed along our borders. It’s just the US that, since Obama’s presidency, has been doing that to Russia.

Anyhow, let’s at least call the undermining of Trump on the eve of the summit by Democrats for what it is: sabotage.

As for “defending” our electoral system, the issues there are not Russian subversion. We’re killing out own democracy by allowing massive corruption in the form of corporate funding of candidates, by the ongoing effort to prevent poor and non-white citizens from voting, and by the totally pointless drive to use electronic voting machines to record and tally the votes of those who do manage to cast them, instead of just sticking with paper ballots, as is done in countries like the UK and Taiwan with great success.

Sure paper ballots take longer to count and provide us with the results of elections, but they are much harder to corrupt or “hack,” and what matters (except to television news companies hungry for ratings) is not speed but accuracy.



story | by Dr. Radut