The Senate, freshly under Democratic control, passed with much hoopla a few weeks ago an Iraq war supplemental funding bill containing benchmarks that were promptly vetoed by Bush. Then I watched the Democrats spinelessly capitulate on C-SPAN. They voted 85-14 in favor of a bill containing no timelines or benchmarks, shamefully caving in and showing their true colors.
What happened? If I understand civics correctly, those in Washington are representing us, and they are supposed to be responsive to our collective will. And yet, even with the mandate of last November, and even with 70 percent of the American public behind them, the Democrats put their tails between their legs and whimpered away.
The two leading presidential candidates in the Senate, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, both voted no, but they only did so after the vote had already been decided, when it was safe.
I don't know what the answer is, frankly. Third parties don't work. And neither do the two we have.
We simply have to get out in force next time and vote for candidates who really share our beliefs.
— Bruce Marshall, Santa Paula