Democrats Are Killing Me
I am a registered Democrat and a fairly active one, but I swear sometimes my party makes me want to scream. Republican approval rates are at 30 year lows, but instead of both doing the right things for our country and securing their own political future simultaneously, the Dems keep giving the GOP chances to snatch victory from defeat–while they snatch defeat from victory. For instance: Are we really going to nominate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton? Despite recent gains in Iowa and NH for Obama, Hillary still has a commanding lead in the polls. But the Zogby poll shows her to have the highest negatives of any candidate in either party–with 50% of Americans saying they would never vote for her under any circumstances. In generic “Dem vs. GOP” match-ups for president polls, the Dems are winning 2-1 (as Steve Beshear did for real in his Tues. victory over Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher[R-KY]). But if one makes the match-up Clinton vs. Giuliani, she has only a 1 point lead–within the margin of error and down from her 7 point lead in August! Hello!
I could almost forgive us for nominating a candidate who is unelectable (or electable only by the narrowest margins–thus keeping us polarized) in a general election if that candidate stood for all that is best in the party and nation. But Clinton does NOT. More defense contractors have donated to her campaign than any other–Republican or Democrat! She will continue the “Free Trade” policies given us by her husband (which G.W. has used to wreak economic havoc!) and the militarism of Bush! She won’t get us universal healthcare (just more handouts for insurance companies and Big Pharma), save Social Security, curb poverty, or fight global warming! Sure, we are long overdue for a woman president–but this one!!! Why would we nominate a candidate that fails to excite our base, but unites the GOP in an “anyone but Hillary” fight??
Why would we want to encourage another dynasty: If she wins 2 terms, then a Bush or Clinton will have been in the White House for 3 decades! What’s next–Jeb? C’mon! We need fresh blood, folks!
Thankfully, since the last Democratic debate, she is beginning to lose ground in several polls and Obama and Edwards are moving up–but enough to catch her in time? I wonder. If the youth voted in their numbers, it would be an entirely different situation: The 18-30 crowd are behind folks like Obama, Edwards, and Kucinich–but these are the citizens who vote the least–and almost never in primaries. Turn out, young folks! You want change? Then you have to reject the “politics as usual, but in feminine form” establishment candidate BEFORE she becomes the nominee!
Meanwhile Congressional Democrats keep caving to a president with the lowest approval ratings in a century. I understand pragmatism. I understand that the perfect must not become the enemy of the good–but allowing the nomination of Mukasey as AG? Didn’t we learn anything from Ashcroft and Gonzalez? This guy won’t say that waterboarding is torture, but 2 Dems on the Judiciary Committee, Schumer and Feinstein, vote with the GOP to confirm his nomination!! WHAT??
The Dems in Congress won’t cut off funds for the Iraq war, won’t impeach Bush and Cheney, won’t restore Habeas Corpus, are thinking of giving ATT and other communications companies immunity from prosecution when they aid the CIA and NSA in spying on us? When does “pragmatism” simply become an excuse for spinelessness and a refusal to defend the Constitution?
At times like this, moving to Canada looks very attractive. Heck, if the U.S. keeps dragging its feet on climate change, soon a former Floridian like me will feel right at home in Ontario, anyway!
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