I got a call on my cell phone from the DCCC this morning, asking for money. The caller clumsily read a script, saying that the dems were working on ending the war and giving more money for children's health.
I stopped her from continuing with the script. "I'm a very active Democrat," I told her, "and I'm not giving the Democratic Congressionial Campaign Committee a nickel until they stop the war, which they can do now, immediately, but not voting to approve any more funding."
I listened to her response. She was gone. I'm sure she's been instructed to hang up.
Okay, there's no doubt she works at some outcall company hired by the DCCC. Her job is to make as many successful calls as possible. But still, her response seems to perfectly represent the Democratic congress's attitude towards we who elected them-- "Send us money, support us, but don't ask anything of us, don't EXPECT anything from us."
When I write things like this, criticizing the Democrats, I usually get one or two cancellations from Dems who think I am too hard on Nancy Pelosi and her ineffective, non-responsive crew. All I can say is that the Dems will keep screwing us, their constituents, if we don't make it totally clear to them that we are wise to them and their bullshit-- that we know they could stop the war by ending funding by NOT voting on legislation.
Then, there's the latest democrat shame. The senate Dem invertebrates, led by Harry Reid (examples of invertebrates: slugs, jellyfish, bacteria, dung beetles, tapeworms) are going to give immunity to the telecoms that helped the Bush amdin spy on Americans. I'd say that makes them part of the problem.
What's the solution to Invertebrate Congress?
The solution is to dump a whole lot of incumbents. TO do that, we need to push for laws that make it easier to do. Ideally, we get rid of incumbents altogether, by banning candidates from running for the same job twice in a row. That would get rid of politicians as career people. What a novel idea. Running for office to serve for a limited time, just once, knowing you won't be able to run again.
Failing the elimination of repeated terms of office, we need to make it harder for incumbents to run again and easier for new competition to enter races. And we need to make a level playing field for third party candidates. That means federal legislation requiring equal treatment for third party candidates. Here in PA, an obscenity exists. A third party candidate must get about 30 or 40 times more signatures on petitions to get on the ballot.
Today, it looks like the Dems will fail to over-ride the Bush SCHIP veto. They'll give immunity to to Telecoms who aided and abetted domestic spying. Who are these politicians? Did we really elect them?
Next spring, a whole lot of them should be facing primary fights. Hopefully, a few of them... hell, maybe even a lot of them... will lose. We need to take them on and dump them.
Now, the right wingers are much worse. We need to clear out more of them from congress. A lot have already announced they are not running again. That's good. But this is a bi-partisan thing. We need to get rid of a lot of incumbents on both sides.
If your congressional rep or senator is a "Bush Democrat" who sides with Bush too often, it's time to dump him or her. What are you doing to make that happen. Write an article or blog to report on the status of the efforts for your representative. If nothing's happening yet, then report that and see if you can find others who will work with you. check other sites that are working on this, like dailykos.com, mydd.com, actblue... and don't wait. And if you're not happy with your rep, be sure you're letting him or her know one a regular basis. I check in every week or two with mine. I post to local listserves.
The dems in congress are not doing enough and are too often doing the wrong thing, making the wrong choices. What are you doing, every day, every week, to make a difference? If you are doing something, leave a comment to share your ideas and strategies. IF you aren't doing anything, or as much as you could, what are you waiting for... blackwater knocking at your door... or mine?