Saturday, January 21, 2006

The problem with the democrats

Molly Ivans does a superb job of shaming the Democratic party for lacking the courage to take principled stands that are backed by the majority of the US population. As Chomsky noted the other day, Bush would really be in trouble if there were an opposition party in the US. Now here's Molly:
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.

What kind of courage does it take, for mercy's sake? The majority of the American people (55 percent) think the war in Iraq is a mistake and that we should get out. The majority (65 percent) of the American people want single-payer health care and are willing to pay more taxes to get it. The majority (86 percent) of the American people favor raising the minimum wage. The majority of the American people (60 percent) favor repealing Bush's tax cuts, or at least those that go only to the rich. The majority (66 percent) wants to reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending, but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.

The majority (77 percent) thinks we should do "whatever it takes" to protect the environment. The majority (87 percent) thinks big oil companies are gouging consumers and would support a windfall profits tax. That is the center, you fools. WHO ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
She goes on to quote a DLC apparatchik named Barry Casselman, on how the Democratic Party leadership views the situation. "There is an invisible civil war in the Democratic Party, and it is between those who are attempting to satisfy the defeatist and pacifist left base of the party and those who are attempting to prepare the party for successful elections in 2006 and 2008."

This is in a nutshell exactly what is wrong with the Democratic party. No principles. Pandering, not even to the public but to Fox News, and Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. And the rot extends far beyond the DLC into the allegedly progressive activist base over at Daily Kos.


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