In Bushco's first term, we protested the War of Lies -- to no effect.
In Bushco's second term, we protested the continued slaughter as well as torture and the trashing of the Bill of Rights. And we also elected (in 2006) an opposition majority to both houses of Congress-- all to no effect but continuation of the treachery.
In 2008, promised peace and decent governance, we elected a Democrat president to lead a now all-Democrat political powerhouse. We got an escalation of slaughter in Afghanistan, advice to ignore the evidence of torture, silence on issues of constitutional abuse, and an ever more erosive debate on national healthcare.
What is the problem here? In our republic form of government the citizens elect and well pay persons to enact good laws and treaties, to authorize expenditures of our government as appropriate, and to generally represent the will of the citizens and their best interests. We've had none of this of late. What we've gotten is gross misrepresentation of our best interests.
A dramatic case in point is the recent majority-Democrat Senate vote on the so-called "supplemental" to fund the war, a war increasingly disapproved by a large segment of the electorate. The Senate vote was 93 to 1 in favor, that is 99 percent of the senators attending voted in favor of funding continuation of a war we now know to be based on lies and for which no clear beneficial objective for the citizens has been established. This 99 percent approval is an insulting smack to the face of the sizeable portion of the electorate that opposes the war, and is also a refutation that our elected representation in Congress can be said to honestly represent the will and the best interests of the citizens of the republic. Our Congress has sold themselves and has sold us out.