Please read OPOL's diary, I feel like I'm watching the Democratic party commit suicide, as I share OPOL's sentiments and spin from his points below.
During the election I spent hours every day in the great US ELECTION TWITTER WAR of 2012. One thing I learned deeply depressed my life-long, hopeful heart.
A huge swath of our youth and others believe there is NO difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. I engaged many on twitter, many of whom were Ron Paul devotees hoodwinked into believing that RPs Libertarian meme meant a better direction for the country.
I never had a response to their dismay so I chipped away at Romney, pointing out how he voted against Veterans and MS sufferers and, therefore, the lesser of their perceived two evils.
NDAA doesn't make sense to me, other than the fact that war mongers McCain & Graham dropped it into the Defense Spending Bill.
I can't explain how President Obama and the Democratic Party neglected to prosecute the war crimes of the Bush Administration, the Wall Street Banksters, or any of the key players in the Great Real Estate Heist.
I understand their cynicism. I understand and even support the outcry and civil disobedience of the Occupiers.
I can't explain any of the Democratic train wreck I have and am witnessing.
My jaw dropped when the Stimulus program conceded 1/3 of the amount to tax breaks. I shuddered to anticipate the bleak futures of seniors IF the Cat Food Commission recommendations are ever implemented. I am enraged that my state won't provide dental care for poor adults (kids get some care).
I can't explain why a million square feet NSA facility is being built near my home. You can go onto Google Earth and see this behemoth. I measured it using G-Earth ruler. It's approximately 1 mile long (North to South) and 1/2 mile wide (east to west) and mostly underground.
I can't explain why most members of Congress have $Millions in assets that have managed to increase in value before, during, and after the Great Recession. What? There was no law against insider trading? Really?
The youth don't trust voting machines at all, if their tweets are any indication.
I have polled you a couple of times with this question:
The majority responded with "NO, we are not."
Which brings me to my conclusion here.
You see, I thought we were a humane society.
BushCo definitely rattled my view; however, I never doubted that the Democratic Party is the party of compassion and social responsibility even the party of peace....
Until I hear the three party leaders, Pelosi, Reid, and Obama making noises about Social Security and Medicare.
Now I don't know what to think. The Right Wing agenda plods along regardless of whether Dems or GOP are in control. How else can we interpret this other than that there is not difference?
Of course, I will continue Democratic support hoping that our progressives voices will strengthen the resolve of the President and Congress members to REFUSE to give any ground to the GOP desires to destroy all social safety nets.
We have to.
I think my heart will fail if I begin to see homeless elderly people selling apples and matches on my street corners.
Can we really trust Congress to do our work?
I think the Democratic Party can own DC IF and only IF the President and Congress stand up and insure the foundation principals that are (hopefully not were) the Democratic Party