March 25, 2005
GOP must go in '06
The religious right and conservative Republicans again have demonstrated their blatant hypocrisy in taking up the cause of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-dead woman in Florida. The religious right, while paying lip service to the sanctity of marriage, intruded on a marriage merely because it didn’t agree with a spouse's legal and morally right decision. And the Republicans, who have made it their mantra that they want to get government out of people's lives, inserted themselves into what should have been a private moment of death with dignity.
Because conservative Republicans have become so entwined with the religious right and because there will be no let up of either group’s intrusions on people’s private lives and freedoms, thinking Americans have no recourse but to throw the bums out in Nonmember 2006.
That’s when midterm elections occur and voters who have become disillusioned with the conduct of people in office. Voters must halt the Republicans’ march toward a stranglehold on government by denying them control of the Senate or the House or both because if they gain a supermajority in the Senate, 50 years of social policies that have proved effective will be tossed by the wayside, the judiciary would become a bastion of conservative judges who will root the Constitution in 18th century society and will enact legislation that enshrines into law the moral precepts of the few.
They have already been trying to do these with their attempts to "reform" Social Security, with their proclaimed wishes to have an amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage and their threatened action to overturn 200 years of Senate tradition on judicial nominees.
Americans who value their freedoms, their independence, their rights to live their own lives need to fight every effort to reshape society into the image of narrow-minded demogogues (in some cases, sell-annointed demigods). Skirmishes will continue unabated, but the true battle will come in November 2006. The sacred cow that is the right politically and religiously must be grilled unrelentlessly.
Well, you do know how to name call!
But, seriously if the LEFT had a political agenda besides obstruction and blame they might be able to at least put up a fight in November 2006.
Look for Democrat gains in 2006 but really can they sink any further down in minority status?
For a party that controls everything, Republicans whine a lot.
They can't talk about Social Security, because their plan - which would have destroyed a program that is responsible for ending senior poverty in this country - is dead on arrival in Congress.
They can't talk about fiscal responsibility, because their historic deficits are being underwritten by Saudi Arabia and China.
They can't talk about ethics, led as they are by Tom "Show Me The Money" DeLay.
They can't talk about Iraq, because it's chaos there.
So what do they talk about? The "obstructionist left!"
If Republicans would listen, they'd know that Democrats have a lengthy agenda. But that's the whole problem - they don't listen to anything but the sound of their own voices.
And that agenda is?
You still have not stated one.
Sounds like you are whining sour grapes about past electoral losses to me.
Well, since Democrats are in the minorty, the current agenda is to stop the destructive policies of the Republican majority:
* Halt Republican giveaways to corporations
* Get the Republican and their American Taliban backers out of women's uteri, stop them from obstructing consenting adults from making a public committment of love to each other, and prevent them from meddling in the private medical decisions of families.
* Stop the Republican assault on the social safety net, including the attempts to destroy Social Security through privatization and to hobble Medicare by handing out corporate welfare to HMOs and Big Pharma.
* Make them accountable for idiotic wars started for no damn good reason.
By the way, Republicans who accuse Democrats of "sour grapes" for merely speaking out are tipping their hand to the fact that they have nothing else to talk about.
In 1994 the Democrats were out of control and could not balance the budget. Waste was everywhere. Corruption among the leadership was ongoing.
Flash forward to 2005. Bush has yet to veto a single bill. Not one. And the budget grows and grows.
Tom Delay is as corrupt as they come and yet he is the true power for now, not Dennis Hastert. If the Republicans stick with Delay they deserve the same thing that happened to the Democrats in 1994.
And flap...the Democratic program? How about not taking corporate cash and laundering it illegally while taking trips paid for by foreign agents? That could be a good contrast wtih Delay.