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I have read more diaries here than I can count lamenting the failure of the (Democratic) Congress to take any meaningful steps to hold this administration accountable for any of its criminal acts and incompetencies.

Like everyone else, I have shaken my head in disgust and anger at the spinelessness of the leadership, their utter abdication of true responsibility - they'll vote to spend money, but not to confront this White House on issues that go to the very heart of what it means to be the United States of America. From constitutional issues (warrantless searches, eavesdropping, torture, corruption of the Justice Department, to name just a few), to health care, the environment, energy policy, war-mongering, defense contracting fraud - these people, our elected representatives and senators, have let us down.

Well, no more.

Margaret Carlson said on Countdown the other night (h/t to RFK Lives):

CARLSON:  I think Democrats want to freeze the ball because Republicans are in such deep doo-doo now, they don‘t want to change anything, and they don‘t want to be seen as overly aggressive.  However, it could be done entirely within the rule of law, just enforcing the contempt citation without fanfare, and just let the system—let the system play out.  To be afraid to come forward and exercise your prerogatives, when this administration uses its executive privilege as an excuse for every time they broke the law.  It didn‘t work in the Clinton administration.  Remember, Keith, how many Clinton administration people were marched before Congress during Monica Lewinsky, which actually had nothing to do with giving advice to the president.  

So, it‘s not a blanket excuse, but it‘s been used that way.  And you think Democrats now in control would exercise it.

If you truly have chosen to not exercise the power of Congress to rein in these idiots, ideologues and evil men and women - if you actually have put the quest to consolidate power ahead of honoring your oaths of office to protect and defend this country and its citizens - tell me how you are any better than this bunch of Republican goons? You are different, but not better.

So. You have one and only one shot at redeeming yourselves. If we elect a Democratic president, you don't need a "veto-proof majority." You have one year, the first year, to make up for lost time and actually start improving the social, economic, environmental and international conditions of this country. Because if you don't, in 2010 we will vote you out - in primaries - and get Democratic candidates committed to acting in the national interest, rather than their own.

Originally posted to blonde moment on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 10:04 AM PDT.

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  •  Sorry - I just had to get that off my chest. (4+ / 0-)

    I'm just so disgusted with these people.

    Bush is a slithy tove!

    by blonde moment on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 10:05:42 AM PDT

  •  Not spinessness. (0+ / 0-)


  •  The thing is (1+ / 0-)
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    is that Congresscritters are expected to actually represent a finite number of actual people.  They are elected specifically to go to Washington and vote yes or no on stuff based on what their constituents tell them.  So, if a Democrat was elected in 2006 in a previously Republican seat because the folks there were mad at the President (which is what actually happened in most cases), that person is expected to vote the way the people that elected him/her tell him/her to.  If a new Democrat from Redd's Neck, TX is presented with an ENDA bill and his constituents tell him to vote HELL NO, he would not be doing his job as a representative of the people to vote yes.  More and better Democrats is one thing, going against the explicit orders of your bosses back home is another...

    The issue here is that there are too many conservative people in America, not that Congressional Democrats are wusses...

    No politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American public. PT Barnum, paraphrased...

    by jarhead5536 on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 10:13:59 AM PDT

    •  Then you explain your position and take the lumps (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand your argument, and there's a lot of merit to it. But most politicians use that rationale to make sure that they holds onto their positions.

      I always believed that you want to govern because you want to lead - and that means going against the tide when necessary, and saying why clearly, succinctly, and condescension-free. And accepting that voters might choose someone different in the future, if you can't do a good enough job of explaining.

      Bush is a slithy tove!

      by blonde moment on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 10:21:17 AM PDT

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    •  We elect judges too... (4+ / 0-)

      But expect them to do their job, even when it isn't popular.

      Congress job:

      1. Protect and defend the Constitution (see oath of office)
      1. Represent the interests and will of the people they represent

      I believe this is a prioritized list.

      Note: "Get re-elected", "Get more of your team re-elected", "Raise money for re-election", "Donate money to get your team mates re-elected", and "Pass laws to favor those who give you money" are NOT on my list.

    •  So True... (1+ / 0-)
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      That these politicians see there job as being elected and then going to Washington to vote based on their personal views instead of their constituency. It is sickening that we let them get away with it and it is border line criminal. I am so fed up with this behavior... Honestly, how many times have you been contacted by your representatives? One would think they would need to have some banter with their constituency to have any idea on how to vote, but that rarely if ever happens. (Both parties are guilty as charged) I propose a national voting system that allows the PEOPLE to vote on issues and our, so called, representatives to vote only when a not enough people have voted on an issue. It would be like the DMV. Located throughout our cities and if not a high enough percentage of voters turn out, then the representatives would have to vote. Something like that anyway. At least we would be able to represent our beliefs at the booth.

  •  Thanks for the strategy (2+ / 0-)
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    Dems2004, PsychoSavannah

    I hadn't thought that many moves ahead.  Like you, I was disgusted, but supporting the criminals on the other side of the aisle seemed like a petulant bit of stupid.

    It would be nice to have a way to both retake the country AND punish the complacent and criminal behavior we have seen from so many people in congress.

    Tipped & Rec'd.

    Obama in 2008... because he doesn't suck

  •  October ? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm predicitng that the delays run out in October.
    We'll see these guys in public hearings refusing to answer questions which lay out all the criminal activities that they engaged in.

    "I'm not opposed to all wars; I'm opposed to dumb wars." -- Obama in 2002

    by Frank Palmer on Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 11:43:55 AM PDT

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