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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Say You Want A Democratic Party?

You may recall my saying in Monday's post that I'm no fan of the Democratic party. If you want to know why, all you have to do is look at their reaction to Russ Feingold's call to censure Bush over his illegal wiretapping program.

Is it any wonder that the Conservo-bots constantly paint the Democratic party as a bunch of spineless losers? Here you have a president who has admitted to breaking the law, and has said publicly that he intends to keep breaking the law. The reaction of the Republicans in the Congress? "We've got the power, and you 'mythical little guys' can't do anything about it."

The reaction of the Democrats in Congress? "Oh, well, we don't want to raise too big a fuss."

Today I got an email from the Democratic National Committee complaining about Republican Senator Wade Allord saying that Feingold has sided with "the terrorists," and asking us to demand an apology from him.

Yeah, whatever. I signed their little web-form-petition, and then I hit the reply button (god knows if anyone at the DNC will read the email, but I copied Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, and Feingold himself. They'll at least see it). This is what I sent back to the DNC:

To whomever checks this mailbox

Please forward this message to Gov. Dean
and the leadership of the DNC.

I signed your petition calling on senator Allord to apologize to Senator Feingold. I've signed several petitions and have been very vocal in my support of Senator Feingold's resolution.

I was appalled, however, to see Senate and Congressional Democrats reactions (or lack thereof) to Senator Feingold's resolution to censure the President because of his
illegal wiretapping of American Citizens. Gov. Dean's regular emails champion the idea of "Democratic values," and the party's defense of them. The run-for-cover attitude that congressional Democrats have displayed, however, flies in the face of
the concept that this party stands for anything at all.

We are to believe that the Democratic party believes in the rule of law. We are to believe that the Democratic party stands against government corruption. We are to
believe that the Democratic party will take the side 64% of America, and voice our outrage at the Bush administration's criminal negligence and blatantly illegal conduct.
When one member of that party, however, shows his mettle and takes a stand against this imperial presidency he is left alone in the wilderness by the minority leaders of both the House and the Senate. Democratic legislators are quick to distance themselves from him, and rather than speaking in unified support of Senator Feingold's resolution they hem and haw about procedural processes. Our country is crying underneath the boot of criminal leadership, and members of the "opposition" party seem unwilling to extend their necks from their shells to defend the principles that this nation was founded on.

For this reason, I decline to contribute to the DNC, as you requested I do after signing your petition. Until I see some real action from the Democrats in congress to act as an opposition party, please don't expect to see me open my checkbook to you. I don't ask that members of the Democratic party walk in lock-goose-step as the Republicans do, but I do expect them to be true to the values that they claim to represent.

I don't know that anyone will read the email or take it seriously... but at least I've been able to vent my frustration with the "opposition" party.

If you're ticked off too, do us all a favor: Contact your Senators and Contact your Representatives. Let them know how you feel about Feingold's resolution. While you're at it, head over to and sign their petition in support of Feingold's censure resolution.

Bush's approval rating is down to 36% - the only people supporting him now are the rabid Conservo-bots who can't or won't bother seeing the evidence of Bush's illegal acts, even when they're splashed out in front of them. There's no better time than now to let the voice of 64% of the country be heard.