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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2008 12:00 am

THE 2008 "PRESIDENTIAL Election Edition" of the "Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" was just sent to Poor William. The book is by Mark W. Smith, an attorney, former law professor and master of a "trusty canine sidekick, Peanut."

The dog lover part of Smith's bio adds validity to his comments, in PW's opinion. PW and Miss Kitty really can't understand why anyone would NOT want to have a trusty canine friend.

Regardless, if you want more about Smith, it's at www.marksmithlegal.com. Although PW hasn't had time to read all of Smith's book, its subtitle tells the story: "The Arguments You Need to Defeat the Loony Left This Election Year."

The 10-chapter book contains Smith's quips of "Liberal Lunacy," such as:

>> "Illegal immigration is not a national security issue because no known terrorists have crossed the border."

>> "More education spending creates better education."

>> "Unlike the private sector, the government is motivated by public interest."

>> "The Supreme Court can be relied upon to uphold the Constitution."

>> "We need higher taxes on the profits of greedy oil companies."

There are many of these, all supported (from a conservative viewpoint) by text and "Talking Points." As noted, PW did not read everything, but agrees with much of what he saw and would say the book is worth its $24.95 price.

BUT, NONE OF THIS WAS what PW "got out of the book." Instead, it was statistical material at back, especially a list of "Electoral College results since 1900."

These, to PW, were a perfect illustration of what's wrong with "us." It's not the Democrats or the Republicans that are needed; it's something like Lech Walesa's "Solidarity."

America is divided in too many ways. To PW it seems that the Republicans want to be all-powerful in everything to do with the economy and taxation, while the Democrats want to take everything away from those who have worked hard to get it and then give it to those who haven't.

Now, it may be that both of these descriptions wind up amounting to something like the same thing. But, if there are to be two supremely powerful political parties, wouldn't it be better if they met more often in the middle when it comes to tried and true elements of "Americanism?"

For example, weren't the nation's people closer together ideologically during the presidency of FDR when in 1936 he received 523 votes to his opponent's 8? Sure, there was a Depression and a war, but PW doesn't think the fact that Roosevelt was a Democrat had as much to do with it as that people were united in putting the good of this country first.

Then look at the Reagan presidency; in 1984 he had 525 votes to his opponent's 13. Was this just because he was a Republican, or was it because the nation's people - as a whole - were closer together in their idea of what the United States should be?

What has separated "us" to the point where, as with Bush vs. Gore in 2000, there was only a four-vote difference? And, it appears the nation might be heading for something similar in 2008.

It just makes little sense to PW for slightly less than half the nation's people (or at least voters) to be at the mercy of those who "won" by a slim majority most of the time. There should be "core values" that unite Americans regardless of party affiliation.

Violent shifts right and then left and then right ad infinitum, surely rock the so-called "ship of state." Why can't there be enough of the "center" laid down by the Founding Fathers to keep things on an even keel?

The answer, to PW, is cutthroat "winner-take-all politics." It's outright warfare between the "Loony Left" and "Ridiculous Right" with the "Majority Middle" lost in the process.

Indeed, PW believes it is time for change ... a change BACK to what made this nation great. Little, if any, of that is being politically proposed today.

AS MENTIONED LAST WEEK, "William Tells" won't appear in the Odessa American after Aug. 10. But PW won't stop writing this column; it will be freely available in two ways.

Columns will be available at www.williamtells.com, but Poor William hasn't learned how to post them for himself, so at times they may not be online in a timely fashion. So, the best way to receive weekly columns will be e-mail.

Anyone who would like to receive the column through e-mail should drop a note to PW at ageinc@apex2000.net. After this was mentioned last week PW is thankful that he has been kept busy by an outpouring of support and e-mail addresses.

Last week an e-mailed copy of John McCain's commentary (that the NY Times refused to print) was offered as a "thank you" to readers. So not to be "sexist," PW now will e-mail that and/or an article about Cindy McCain to those who send an e-mail address.

And of course, feedback always is sincerely appreciated.

HAVE A SUPER SUNDAY and a wonderful week!

Odessa, TX

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