Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
6 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Farewell to the Democratic Party

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

The leadership of the Democratic Party never tires of their role as doormat to their Republican overlords. Fresh off their stunning defeat in the John Roberts appointment to the Supreme Court, the main players, Clinton, Dodd, Kennedy, Biden, Kerry and Feingold announced they won 't attend the massive antiwar rallies in New York or Washington. Even now, when the public perception of Iraq has shifted as dramatically as two plates in the San Andreas Fault; the foremost sentinels of the party are too timid to budge.

What a useless collection of stuffed shirts and pompous windbags. Even the moniker "Democratic leadership " is an oxymoron. Their solitary interest is perpetuating their own miserable careers and reveling in the childish vanity of their office. They 'd rather see the nation bullied and plundered by autocrats and sadists than jeopardize their precious tenure in Congress and their lofty aspirations for higher-office. After all, standing on principle might torpedo their chances for a lucrative job as lobbyist with the defense industry when retirement rolls around.

Where 's Hillary Clinton when her loyal supporters need her?

Working on a strategy to send even more young Americans into the Iraqi meat-grinder or currying favor with the pro-settlement crowd for another 37 years of occupation?

Clinton is the face of the Democratic Party; the standard-bearer for compromise and capitulation; another free-market, neoliberal, war-mongering sock-puppet for big industry and finance. She 's pro-war, pro-NAFTA, pro-Patriot Act, pro-Israel and pro-anything else that greases the path to the swivel chair in the Oval Office. She has never once railed against the horrors at Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, never criticized the abusive round-up of aliens in the war on terror, never challenged a system that starves its enemies and sluices billions into the pockets of corrupt corporations. Perhaps, she thinks she can grovel her way into the White House, but that 's doubtful. The present occupants seized that piece of real estate by force and won 't be surrendering it anytime soon.
And where 's horse-face Kerry and the mad-doctor Dean; champion of the antiwar throngs?

Kerry was more than eager to lead the charge in Iraq. He even claimed he had a "winning strategy " for the conflict. Now that the Massachusetts Senator is safely ensconced in the bastions of the ruling-elite, he is only too pleased to send other mother 's sons "to be the last man to die for a mistake ".


As for Dean, his role as party chairman has further divorced him from the grass-roots movement that bolstered his candidacy. His failure to show up at the antiwar marches is a public disgrace. He owes his whole putrid career to the antiwar movement and now he spits in their face.

I know the Democratic Party; I worked in the party for 3 years as program chairman. The people at the grassroots level are as fine as anyone you 'll ever meet. They are overwhelmingly against the Patriot Act, the Iraq war, the unlimited incarceration of terror suspects, NAFTA, and the abuse of detainees. But the goals and aspirations of these people will not be realized through the vehicle of the Democratic Party. The party system is as clogged, arthritic and unresponsive to change as their mirror-image, the Republicans. The party has been co-opted by elites who set the agenda and subvert any effort to upset the status quo. They endorse the same imperial mayhem as their rivals, albeit with greater eloquence and diplomacy.

The conventional channels for transforming the political organism have all shut down; the system is broken. No amount of effort will alter the outcome within the present paradigm.

The only avenue for political change is massive popular movements that disrupt "business as usual " and send tremors into the corporate towers. Democracy won 't reappear in the form of Hilary Clinton or Howard Dean. Forget-about-it. We 're looking at a decades-long struggle to reestablish fundamental human rights and stop the incessant whirring of the war-machine.

We need foot-soldiers not politicians.

 

Mike is a freelance writer living in Washington state.
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Newt's Victory: Was it a "Surge" of popularity or faulty voting machines?

Class Warfare Scoreboard -- Guess Who's Winning?

Is Fukushima's Doomsday Machine About to Blow?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was trying to torpedo the dollar

Troublemaking Washington: Pushing Ukraine to the Brink

Unraveling the Welfare Safety Net - Europe Moves Closer to Banktatorship

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
4 people are discussing this page, with 6 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I have, since the aftermath of 9/11 showed plainly... by ardee D. on Sunday, Sep 25, 2005 at 6:08:38 PM
An alternative to the Democratic Party already exi... by John Wages on Monday, Sep 26, 2005 at 8:15:52 AM
http://www.opednews.com/maxcomments/showarticle.ph... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Sep 26, 2005 at 9:48:58 AM
The politicians you mention above are also among t... by ardee D. on Monday, Sep 26, 2005 at 7:55:04 PM
It was Charles De- Gaulle, who said about ' lucid... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2005 at 8:00:47 AM
I have long said the system is a broke and irrespo... by Dom Jermano on Wednesday, Sep 28, 2005 at 7:18:14 PM