Now that the leading Democrats and Republicans are whacking away at Hillary, I wonder whether Bill will be able to restrain the impulse to whack back that all of us feel when our loved ones are attacked?

There is a certain irony in these attacks, incidentally, in that the Republicans are accusing Hillary of being too soft on our ‘Muslim enemies’ and the Democrats are hitting her for being too hawkish. I don’t see that this is going to work on either flank — as they are more or less canceling each other out. As a Democrat I am sorry to see Obama and Edwards lashing out. Their attacks are only going to disenchant a public that has had it with all too many personal smears, made fashionable by the right wing operations that can only answer obvious facts with personal attacks — downright un-Christian, it looks like to me. Thought they were claiming that we are a Christian nation? I hope our historians will correct that misconception:

Amendment I

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”

Our founding fathers were a mixed lot on the subject of religion ranging from atheists to agnostics to deists (a ordered universe, but not by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) to traditional theists (who nevertheless had had it with the sectarian brawls that had brought many so many as religious refugees to our shores.

It has been disconcerting to witness “God’s Warriors” (to use CNN’s Christiane Amanpour’s phrase) promoting brutal wars against their religious enemies.

I imagine Hillary (with Bill at her side) will be well qualified to steer us out of the horrendous pitfalls that we have stumbled into under the Bushies. There is quite a mess to be cleaned up — not to be exacerbated by more sneaky killing and torture stuff. Will be good to have an experienced former president as first spouse by Hillary’s side. Should prepare her to cope the nonsense spawned by the Republicans both at home and abroad.

As I read things coming in from around the world, she looks to be the one being taken most seriously — and not just because she happens to be in the lead at the moment. She and her husband are pretty well known and it is clear that they both care for the well-being of their fellow human beings and will do their best to restore the peace and hold in check the wannabe killers and other assorted criminals both here and there.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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