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Dear Dems: You had me at hello…You lost me at “we will not seek impeachment"

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I 've watched as most of you participated in shredding the constitution by voting for the patriot act. I 've watched as most of you voted to give Bush the authority to attack Iraq. I watched as Senator Rockefeller shook Senator Pat Roberts hand on a pre-election agreement by Roberts to hold a real investigation into the specific misuse and abuse of Iraq intelligence after the elections, and I 've waited now for two and a half years for those promised hearings to convene. I have heard absolutely nothing from Senator Rockefeller in the way of a public demand for the man to keep his word.

I watched John Kerry's politically suicidal refusal to say he regretted his war vote after the WMD claims turned out to be lies, right in the middle of a supposed bid to be the next President. I 've watched as John Kerry failed to answer his "Swift Boat " attackers week after week and now, two and a half years later, I listen to him whine about how "unfair " it all was. I 've watched as John Kerry promised not to concede to Bush in a highly questionable election, only to watch him immediately concede.

I watched as you exposed Roberto Gonzalez as a liar under oath and an advocate of giving the executive branch the powers of a king, and then watched in disbelief as you voted to confirm him in anyway.

I watched as Dick Durbin cried like a little girl and apologized after being scolded for daring to compare US torture camps to Russian torture camps.

I 've watched as you voted to approve two ultra right wing fascist Supreme Court judges who touted a "Unitary executive " theory and then go on to whine about 750 "signing statements " by Bush.

I watched as you approved John Negroponte, a criminal involved in running police death squads in Latin America, and now watch as you now decry the daily murders in Iraq by ....police death squads.

I watched as you voted to approve General Hayden as head of the CIA after five and a half years of domestic spying violating the Constitution. I watch this as Howard Dean, the man who once dared to tell the truth when no one else would, now sits behind a desk silent, fund raising for the very people who wanted him out of national politics as a candidate. They succeeded.

I have watched all of this, and through it all, I was still committed to voting for Democrats in six months, if for no other reason than to do my part to punish Republicans for their endless assaults on the rule of law, our freedoms, and indeed on our very way of life.
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Now though, a veritable last straw has been placed upon the camel 's back, which I can not, and will not endure; Our so-called "leadership ", Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, have come out and declared that the Democratic Party "will not seek the impeachment of the President if they [sic] gain a majority in congress ".

How much is enough? With this, it is enough: I am not going to vote for you.

I have realized some things I believe are very important; First, why, after all of this, could I possibly expect you to represent me if I actually reward your five years of gutless complicity and moral bankruptcy? What kind of fool, would reward this appalling display and expect it not only to end, but not to actually get worse?

In this world, there are people without conscience who commit unconscionable crimes, and then there are people with consciences who actually stand by and do nothing as the crimes are committed. Which is really worse? I 've concluded it 's the latter.

Secondly, I 've considered the real alternative and it 's likely effect; let the Republicans continue to run the country and their party into the ground. This may in fact be the only chance for a cure for this otherwise terminal condition: Let America truly hit bottom. Yes, it 's hard to believe, but it can always get worse. Just maybe it needs to before it can get better. Maybe the American people need another six years of this hell before they will finally do something to end the two-party nightmare which has finally exposed it's true lethality to the Republic. I know one thing; the evidence against the Democratic party has accumulated now beyond any further rationalization. And in the even bigger picture, it 's been accumulating for forty years as the so-called "centrists " in the Democratic Party have run the party over a cliff again and again, failing the better half of this nation. Vietnam actually taught no lessons whatsoever. From the DLC 's resistance to their own base in 1968 which got us Richard Nixon, until today, it 's been forty years of idiots like Bob Shrum putting their political robots into tanks or Harley Davidsons for photo ops in times of national crisis. The so-called "center " is nothing but a stinking, hollowed rot.
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In my State, I am confronted with one of these diseased incumbents; Maria Cantwell. A Democrat who has voted lock step with the GOP on every assault, conceded to every lie, approved of every usurpation of our freedoms, and who has most recently voted for the "IRAN Freedom Support Act "; certainly a vote for another war based on more lies and even less "evidence " (NONE), than the Iraq war was.

I can either stay home in 06, or vote for a Green Party candidate who 's a communist and member of the Back Panther Party. I 'll have to decide how vindictive I really feel, but the communist radical is actually starting to look like a viable possibility if for no other reason than to send my message. Am I supposed to go to the polls for the benefit of the spotted owl after all of this?

Finally, at the end of the day, this comes down to what now appears to be the sickening reality; watch the country continue to descend into hell for two more years under Democrats, only to be inevitably returned to the GOP in 2008, or to let the damage continue under the GOP until something finally breaks for good. I want the GOP broken for good.

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Jay Esbe is a writer with a background in cultural anthropology and comparative religion and lives in Seattle Washington.

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