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12 Hours Later, Democrats Already Corrupted

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In the last month, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and other Democratic leaders have made an outrageous concession to the hyper-vocal, hyper-minority block of neo-conservatives--they're not going to subpoena or investigate the most egregious criminals on Capitol Hill.

The hyper-vocal, hyper-minority never fails to get democrats running scared. I'm talking about the Republican company spokespeople like Sean Hannity, who warned his listeners that, "This is going to be the party of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid." Hannity and his fellow thugs terrorized democrats by chasing them around with the "Democrats are going to tie up Congress with investigations" card.

Fearing that Hannity's vindictive outrage over possible House Democratic investigations mirrored national sentiment, Democrats promised that they would play nicely in the sandbox if elected. Well it was a foolish mistake.

This morning, President "war criminal" Bush, has begun flattering Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Suddenly these frail-looking old school geeks, who were outcasts for six years, have been invited to the lunch table with the (once but no more) popular jock Bush. As if forgetting in 12 hours why they were elected, the Democrats now appear to be simply cashing in on their newfound celebrity status for glittery lunches, chats with the president and valet service in Washington.

Isn't it amazing how quickly the victorious party can become corrupted by power?

That's right, they promised you, and they promised you, and they promised you, and you shouldn't have, you didn't want to, but you reluctantly put your trust in them. You finally gave Democrats a chance and what do you get? They would rather have limousine rides around the Capitol with President "war criminal" Bush than work; than investigate; than execute justice in the name of God, liberty and our obligation to the world.

You voted AGAINST President Bush. You sent a signal to world that you want President Bush and his rubberstamp congress to be held accountable. You want answers. You want to bring the criminals on Capitol Hill to justice, and from there you want America to begin re-building our relationship with the world. If you could have ousted President Bush through a ballot initiative you would have sent him home to Texas.

And now these Democrats are telling you that they're going to sit on their hands. They're telling you, "Thanks for the vote, but I'm just here for the champagne and souvenir photos with George (soon-to-be) 'Iran War' Bush."

The Democrats are going to not investigate, and not subpoena, and not question, and not act, and not move, and not do anything that we voted for, or are paying for, them to do. Well this type of behavior will ensure a rout in 2008. The tide will reverse on them so quickly that they won't have time to snap off a picture of their new digs in Washington. This is what they think of the people?

Look at Eliot Spitzer. Here's a man who understands that executing justice pays dividends in political capital, but do the Democrats get it? The American people are practically begging the Democrats to take Bush down. This was a vote against Bush, and if the Democrats can slam Bush and his corporate conspirators with subpoenas and knock them around with investigations, then the people will get the beat down they have voted for.

We want to get out of Iraq. We don't give a damn about hurting Bush's "feelings" with investigations when he is possibly guilty of violating the constitution, lying to Americans on Iraq and other criminal behavior. We've logged through the swamp for these Democrats TOO HARD and TOO LONG for them to turn around and say, "We put on our dress clothes and so should you. We're going to be civil now."

Well forget that. We're here to scrap, and scrappers win elections; scrappers aren't afraid to nick their elbows and dirty up their knees; scrappers have a righteousness that governs their every action and radiates into every home across the country; that figures into every dinner table conversation; that wins converts by its unyielding march to the kingdom of justice. When justice runs its course and democracy is restored, from voting rights to eavesdropping to torture to K Street corruption, then and only then may Democrats begin to focus solely on renewable energy, minimum wage and other Democratic initiatives.

To let Bush off the hook sends a signal to future presidents that justice bends its knee to Presidents who act imperial; that politicians will forgo repaying the inequity of presidents with consequences if doing so buys them access to the caviar lifestyle. The majority of Americans will not be outraged when George Bush reaps the crop of injustice that he has sown with the blood of 3000 US soldiers.

Democrats can renege on their short-sighted promise not to open up shop on criminal investigations on George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and a host of other shady criminals on Capitol Hill. They can redeem themselves from what every early indication suggests is the fastest trip to corruption and buddy-buddy behavior with el Diablo ever.

Democrats can justify breaking earlier promises by saying that the will of the people takes precedent over anything they promised on the campaign trail. The people have thumped the gavel; they have tried the accused and sentenced the guilty to ignominy. They have called for a day of reckoning from which no man beneath God's blue heaven deserves exemption.

And investigations will, for two years, uncover the dark inglorious rot of corruption in Washington and whet the appetite of voters to elect a Democratic president in 2008. For two years, Democrats can have free advertising for their party by uncovering the nasty legacy of the Republican Party. It's their choice. Inaction or happy-go-lucky romps with the president buys them a one-way ticket out of Washington.
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