F&V is closing in on its first birthday, and to mark the occasion, the good folks at Lawyers, Guns, and Money have been kind enough to elevate not one, but two, points I made in comment threads there to front-page posts. One was a question on what other options Israel had in response to Hezbollah’s provocation, and the other was on Ralph Nader’s campaign and improving the Democratic Party.
For the record, as I have said in the comments over there, I intend neither to endorse the Israeli actions–which I consider excessive–nor to imply that improving the Democratic Party is in any way my motivation for supporting center-left third-party bids.
I gave up on the Democratic Party long ago, which is why I have been a third-party supporter since at least 1980. I have not yet given up on the possibility that a Jewish homeland in Palestine could be a haven of peace and liberal democracy. It isn’t easy being green. Or Zionist. And some days I am uncretain whether I am either. But I am always a democrat–and never a Democrat.
In any event, LGM is one of my favorite blogs, and I am grateful for the exchanges with Rob, Scott, and DJW.