So, we elected Democrats to fight for progressive values and working people. Time and again, we've been sold out. And so now we learn that the Democrats are no longer the staunch and unwavering defender's of Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. No, they are PROPOSING to be complicit in cutting into that part of our social contract. Is there anything left now that Democrats supposedly stand for?
Defender's of women's rights? Their vaunted Lily Ledbetter law didn't mandate fair pay for women: It only fixed a statute of limitations issue in gender discrimination lawsuits that had been fucked up by a decision from our conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices. And, in the face of anti-abortion zealotry and laws being passed across the country, where have our staunch defenders been? Nowhere to be seen. In fact, the Democratic majority helped light the fire, enacting the biggest federal restrictions on abortion since the Hyde Amendment as part of their precious healthcare law. Did they consider new legislation after abortion providers started getting gunned down in church? Did they even start treating the anti-abortion extremists like the potential terrorists they demonstrably are?
No longer the party of universal healthcare, they are now the party of half-measures and individual mandates as their signature achievement--not even a public option for us idealistic sods. In an age of deficit hysteria, they couldn't even manage to pass a law that would have done the most for our deficit by reigning in healthcare costs. But the Affordable Care Act does very little to actually ensure that care is, you know, affordable.
Most dems treat gay people and our issues like the plague--until its time to treat us like an ATM to fund their campaigns. We wouldn't have gotten DADT passed if we hadn't shut down the ATM and screamed bloody murder about it during the lame-duck session. 90% of the country thinks that ENDA (employment non-discrimination) is ALREADY the law (or should be), and the Dems couldn't even be bothered to bring it up.
Speaking of employment and labor, what of standing up for union rights and the middle class generally? Don't make me laugh. No EFCA passage. Not even a fight on it. No Obama on the picket lines when labor has been under assault in states across the country. We have unions threatening not to support Democrats anymore if they don't support labor. And, there's unfortunately good reason for that.
Immigrants, who also needed a defender, are being deported at rates that even Pat Buchanan should be proud of. They aren't happy with this party of ours either.
Protecting the environment? After the oil spill response? I'm not talking about BP's response; I'm talking about the fact that there was NO legislation proposed in response to the biggest environmental catastrophe in this country's history. And on Climate Change, the Dems pretty much decided it was off limits after the Republicans decided it was all a librul conspiracy, melting ice sheets notwithstanding. Any defense of the EPA, now under constant Republican assault??
We are supposed to be the party of the Voting Rights Act, but where has our party and leaders been in the face of Voter ID laws and other new ballot restrictions across the country? No, instead of fighting, our party thought it would be a great idea to participate in a witchhunt against ACORN, which registered voters in communities that tend to be Democratic in their voting habits. Where is our party on denying the right to vote to prisoners who've served their time, or the ineffective Drug War that has led to us imprisoning a greater percentage of our population than any other civilized country in the world?
And do I really need to list all the betrayals on war and civil liberties? They all just finished a bipartisan re-authorization of the damnable Patriot Act without even a debate, ferchrissakes. And, Guantanamo, anybody?
And now, selling out these social programs, along with not fighting on the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, the Democrats have given up any credible claim to fighting for economic fairness and shared prosperity.
So, tell me again: What is the Democratic Party's raison d'etre--the reason for being--anymore? Why should anyone be or vote for a Democrat again? Just so they can maintain power for themselves and keep the oh-so-scary Republicans out? But, they don't want the power to actually DO anything you want. They just want to, you know, have it. Apparently, so they can just cave in to the oh-so-scary Republicans oh-so-scary demands anyway. Good luck with that winner of a campaign message.