I woke up this morning mad as hell. Like Howard Beale in the 70's movie Network, I'm angry and ready to stick my head out the window and yell.
The Brown defeat of Coakley in yesterday's Massachusetts Senate race is being spun as a huge loss for Democrats. But why? Democrats still have a hefty 59-41 seat majority. The only reason this looks like a LOSS is because the Senate has become so dysfunctional, so lazy, so broken as an institution, that the mere threat of a filibuster is enough to bring all meaningful business to a halt.
This is a rant. A rant about party unity, about the failure of Democrats to live up to and stand for their principles, and a wake up call from a Democratic party loyalist. The petty self-interest of Democratic politicans is rapidly destroying the good will and hope of the people who fought hard to bring them to power. When the needs of one Senator become more important than the needs of all average Americans, the Democratic party, and the country, is in trouble.
For me, Democrats need to give up their petty manuevering and get back on the high horse, where principles in defense of the common man are more important than the petty reelection chances of a red state senator, or the chairmanship of a turncoat who holds the (unfulfilled) promise of being a 60th vote.
I'm just one Democrat, but an active one, and one who is angry, disgusted, and concerned for the future. Benjamin Franklin said "we must all hang together or we will hang alone." Never has this been more true than for the Democratic party.
The critical moment is now. Democrats in power MUST remember they stand for something MORE than just themselves!
Unlike the days of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, where the filibuster was once a tool of the minority in the Senate to prevent a Tyranny of the Majority, today the role of the filibuster has been flipped on its head and become a tool for imposing a Tyranny of the Minority.
The time has come to end the fillibuster. Or, short of that, turn it back into what it was always intended to be: a demonstration of the committed to the righteousness of their postion by a display of guts, will power and stamina.
I'm not a publisher or in the book industry, so I don't pay much attention to the Amazon and New York Times bestseller lists. But today, I saw the current lists and my mouth fell open.... FOUR of the top 10 non-fiction books are Conservative screeds, written by the Right's biggest and most offensive mouthpieces. This led me to ask, wat gives in Best Seller Land?
The word "bi" in Old English means "two." But in context, it does not mean two alone and separate, it means two in relationship to each other, as in a tango, or a boxing match.
Barack Obama got elected because, after eight years of George W. Bush and his "go-it-alone" policies, Americans want our political parties to work together to solve the critical problems of the 21st Century.
I wrote this post the day after Barack was inagurated, then never posted it, asking the question, "what model will it be for the Republicans going forward, the Tango or the Boxing Match?
The Stimulus Package battle clearly shows where the GOP stand on this question. They had their chance to dance and they choose to box. I say Barack Obama and the Democrats take this lesson from the GOP to heart and start pounding.
Does comparing Barack Obama to Franklin Delano Roosevelt make YOU break out in a cold sweat? Bring on nightmares? Give you the shakes? I didn't think so....... But for Rush Limbaugh - and the Batwing Crazies he appeals to - FDR is The Horrors of Socialism made real.
Every day, Sarah Palin accuses Barack Obama of being a Socialist. Every day, Right Wing talk show blowhards froth at the mouth about "income redistribution." Yet in Alaska in 2008, Sarah Palin raised taxes on Oil companies to redistribute wealth. Sarah Palin a Socialist? Youbetcha!
Barack Obama has a comfortable lead over John McCain in California, being a state that is always reliably blue. But, with so many fired up Democrats available for phone banking to swing states and trips to the very important neighboring state of Nevada, the Obama camp is putting California energy to work.
McCain = Bush. Bush = McCain. No image says it better than this one.
Tonight at the Republican Convention, Rudy Giuliani set fire to the house. But, he also made a huge mistake. He ridiculed Obama and Biden for not having "executive experience" and praised Palin for having it as Governor and Mayor.
But this very praise raises the Big Question: what "executive experience" does John McCain have?
I'm a partisan Democrat and I'm proud of it. Today, I spent my Labor Day watching the Sarah Palin Circus on the TV. Republicans, so quick to condemn everyone, are now the ones standing on the edge of a teetering plank, ready to begin their Big Show. But the trapeze is blowing in a hurricane and the Family Values net is proving to be made from silly putty.
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