Saturday, March 18, 2006


So I'm sure you've all heard about Senator Russell Feingold's censure of President Bush for his breaking of the law. And I'm sure you've heard of all the other Democrats who have run away and hid from fear of the Republican guard. The Associated Press reports:

"Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold accused fellow Democrats on Tuesday of cowering rather than joining him on trying to censure President Bush over domestic spying.

"Democrats run and hide" when the administration invokes the war on terrorism, Feingold told reporters.

Feingold introduced censure legislation Monday in the Senate but not a single Democrat has embraced it. Several have said they want to see the results of a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation before supporting any punitive legislation.

Republicans dismissed the proposal Tuesday as being more about Feingold's 2008 presidential aspirations than Bush's actions. On and off the Senate floor, they have dared Democrats to vote for the resolution.

"I'm amazed at Democrats ... cowering with this president's numbers so low," Feingold said.

The latest AP-Ipsos poll on Bush, conducted last week, found just 37 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed approving his overall performance, the lowest of his presidency."

What is going on here? Let me put it to you this way...

If this was a football game, the Republicans have fumbled the ball and the Republican players are all running around looking for the ball. The Democrats have found the fumbled ball, and have circled around it, staring at it. The goal line is 5 yards away but the Democrats begin arguing about who should pick up the ball and run with it.

Of course, there seemed to be glimmers of hope such as when Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) went to the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon and displayed an enormous sign that read “Dangerously Incompetent” while giving a speech attacking the Bush administration over first responder and Homeland Security funding.

Stabenow was on the Senate floor selling an amendment she has offered to increase funding for first responders by $5 billion. “God forbid that there is another terrorist attack or a natural disaster,” Stabenow warned.

But still, no one on the left is strongly attacking the Bush Administration the way it should be attacked. I mean, the time is NOW. Even Super Duper Democrat Puppet Lady Hillary Clinton is saying, "Hey, it might be a good idea if someone picked up the fumbled ball and ran in for goal..."

And now there's even a poll that says that 46% of Americans polled support the censure against President Bush. So even the American People are begging, "Pick Up The Ball!!!! Run with it! Move! Now!" The Republicans themselves will admit that they are weak and vunerable. But all this is to no avail. There is an overwhelming sound of silence and a sense of pathetic inaction.

Seriously, what does it take to get this party moving? I'm sick and tired of watching these guys sit around and complain and not do anything. If I don't see any improvement or motivation come elections this November, I swear I'm ditching my Democratic Affiliation. If Republican John McCain runs in 2008, I'm tempted...I swear to God...I'm tempted.


Wendy said...

I'm sick and frustrated as well. I can't help but wish McCain would have gotten the GOP nomination for the 2000 election. Things could have been so different.

Jenni said...

I gave up on the dems a few years ago -- there aren't many of them willing to do the right thing anymore.

I joined the Greens which have the best values by far, but they need to work through their in-fighting issues. As a party they are still in their infancy, so I'm hopeful that they will outgrow that at some point.

I think the dems are getting weaker every year -- it's time to help build up some 3rd party alternative.

Bryan said...

I love the ideas behind the greens, but it seems that the ones I know never seem to know what they're talking about and come off as windbags. (Or hippies with over-inflated senses of self-worth and moral superiority, or guys that think the system is broken (maybe it is) but don't want to work inside its parameters to fic it) I'm registered as a green... So, I guess it is about the ideas, but a lot of the people affiliated with the greens turn people (even me) off.

Green Jenni said...

The best solution for your concerns is to get involved. Right now most of the Greens are a little more fringe -- I don't think it's totally due to the platform, just that people who are more mainstream have been reluctant to leave the "lesser of two evils" strategy.

The party is small enough right now that it's easy to join and easy to run for office, both within the party and for the election. As the party grows, that may change. (original Green Party of Utah, affiliated with the national) (split off group)

The split that occured in 2004 is one of the reasons I'm not currently involved. I'll probably work my way back in a year or two from now.

ShadowFalls said...

Once the country realizes that two party system just isn't working, perhaps the governement will be able to acomplish something.

How often is it that Republicans and Democrats sit there and fight over important issues, and waste time and money that could help the American people out. The political system is a disgrace, not to mention completely inadequate.

We need a government that will act in the best interest of the people. Not a government that could give a damn and would rather have mindless drones as citizens.