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Merle Haggard of “Okie From Muskogee” fame has broken with the Republican Party. His reason: “they’re all about fear.”

Fear of terrorists. Fear of illegal immigrants.

Stirring fear – not inspiring hope – is the Republicans’ only hope for 2008. But I watched Democrats try to sell fear throughout the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was proclaiming hope. Democrats won the White House only after they nominated the Man From Hope.

Now Haggard is supporting Hillary as his hope for the country.

As the Buffalo Springfield once said to us aging boomers, there’s something happening here.

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