I am not one of those people who thinks that there is no difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, but neither do I have any illusions that success in elections will translate easily into more progressive legislation. By the time Bill Clinton became President, many of the Democrats in Congress had become complacent, corrupt and devoid of purpose. In 1994, a large pile of ossified manure masquerading as Democrats was pushed out of Congress by a group of weasels masquerading as reformers. However, under the unethical leadership of Newt Gingrich and (later) Tom Delay, corruption in Congress worsened to the point that legalized bribery via political donations actually became the status quo. Despite a self-professed legacy of fiscal responsibility, the Republicans used the Federal Budget as a slush fund for themselves and their corporate cronies. For those who still hold out some hope for constitutional democracy, the elections in November 2006 seemed to offer some encouragement, but any optimism that existed in January 2007 had, for the most part, dissipated by January 2008.
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