Oh, time was I would make the statement that the Democratic party best represents my position on major political issues. That time, I think, is no longer. In fact, in my file of Things I Wish I had Said there recently was a politician - one who is running for president right now, as I pointed out yesterday - who succinctly laid it on the line to the Democratic party after he had received a fundraising letter asking for a donation and support for helping Democrats to stand strong. And here, in Rocky Anderson's own words, was his reply:
Until the Democratic Party shows some spine and draws a line in the sand — that an end to the tax breaks for the wealthy needs to be part of any debt/budget bill — please take my name off your list...How dare you send an email with the subject line "Standing strong"... You didn’t do it on Iraq, you didn’t do it on torture, you didn’t do it on signing statements, you haven’t done it on Afghanistan, you haven’t done it on defense spending, you haven’t done it on real health care reform, you haven’t done it on energy policy and the climate crisis, you haven’t done it on the evisceration of our system of checks and balances through the invocation of the state secrets doctrine, and you haven’t done it on the debt ceiling fiasco. Those who have stood strong in Congress can be counted on one hand — and they have faced nothing but opposition by Nancy Pelosi and most of the rest of the so-called Democrats.Hear, hear!
Yes, my friends in Congress and in the White House: show some spine. I am a liberal and will no longer waste any votes on politicians who do not represent my convictions.