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Wake Up, Democratic Party!!!

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You are a Democrat. You are a Hillary supporter. How can you idly watch as Hillary Clinton echoes more and more themes from George W. Bush's regime and yet firmly continue supporting her? HOW CAN YOU?!?!?!?! WAKE UP!!!

The Democratic Party ought to have dropped her from the ticket after she proposed “obliterating Iran” as a foreign policy strategy! The Democratic Party ought to have turned its collective back on the woman after she used the right wing’s playbook to call Obama an elitist, or exploit voter fear and paranoia on the eve of the Texas and Ohio primaries, or appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s conservative talk show and chatted amiably with a man who so many Democrats supporting Clinton claim to abhor, or when she added fuel to the media manufactured furor over Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s comments, or when she claimed privately that she doesn’t agree with the activist base of the Democratic Party, or when she shrugged off Iran’s protests that her “obliteration” language was unproductive and subsequently dismissed the UN’s sympathy with Iran on this issue.

In the last several months we’ve seen Clinton accept advice from Rush Limbaugh: to continue the “blood-spilling" battle until the convention. We've seen signals she will bring the roof down upon all of our heads if she fails to win the nomination so she can try again in 2012--also a Rush talking point. We’ve seen Clinton take advice from Bill Kristol, who advised the politics of fear—within days she released the “3 AM” ad.

Is this who you Democratic old-timers want as a leader? Someone who wins votes by exploiting fear and hysteria? Is this what you party elders want? WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! WAKE UP, DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!!

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John McCain will be the same as Bush, we've heard. I don't know. I might vote for a man whom I think will second-guess himself once in a while, or change his opinion in the face of general public outrage. Clinton remains impassive even to HER OWN BASE when it comes to her Iraq War vote.

Are your heads so buried in loyalty to the Clintons, or in the excitement of having a female president that you are blotting out these warning signs as concessions for the ultimate prize of having the Clintons back in the White House?

Are you, like battered spouses, going to continue apologizing for Hillary and continue suffering the blunt trauma she is inflicting on you every time she adds another tenet of the Bush administration to her platform? You are supporting Bush’s policy, unilateralism and arrogance by supporting Hillary! YOU ARE!!! YOU ARE IN DENIAL, BUT YOU ARE!!!

Now is the time to hold Clinton supporters accountable. We literally need to shake them, slap them around and douse them with ice water—well, okay, not literally. They are our friends and our allies, but their support for this woman despite her comments, despite her actions, despite her seeming willingness to destroy every last fiber of the Democratic Party is a validation of her tactics! Where is the condemnation? Where are the party elders?

John Kerry, bless his soul, may have squandered the election in 2004, but he made many liberals proud when he took issue with MSNBC for rehashing the Wright controversy. “You people need to drop this,” Kerry told MSNBC drone Alex Witt, setting her in her place. We need more party elders, regardless of who they are endorsing, stepping forward and condemning the brazen media manipulation in this toxic primary.

Clinton should have condemned the media long ago over this controversy, and so should every party elder with access to the media microphone. Instead, Clinton haughtily declared in a manner that Karl Rove would approve, “He would not have been my pastor.” This despite the fact that the Clinton’s had an amiable relationship with Jeremiah Wright long before that “friendship” needed to be annulled on account of the recent negative press.

Clinton supporters need to realize that they are supporting the politics of duplicity, fear, aggression, unilateralism, arrogance and refusal to apologize or back down. Obama has the quality of Robert F. Kennedy that made the fallen Democratic Party hero so charismatic and important to liberal hopes and aspirations: the quality to reflect on something, study it, understand it, and be willing to admit he is wrong. Clinton shares with George W. Bush, the unflagging attitude of righteousness and superiority.

At the least, Clinton supporters ought to call for her apology on her Iran comments and her right wing tactics. If you are Democrats, if you are opposed to Bush's foreign policy, SPEAK NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE.

These supporters must be lucid enough to distinguish their support for Clinton because she is a woman, or because she is a Democrat, from their support of her policies. They must realize that they are currently validating and endorsing extensive aspects of George W. Bush’s legacy. There can be nothing worse for the country than another president who refuses to admit and correct their mistakes.

One last thing: as we watch Clinton gleefully descend to the absolute bottom of the gutter to win this nomination, we must remember that Obama has largely avoided a negative campaign against Clinton, despite evidence that such a campaign would be effective: it worked for Clinton in Texas and Ohio. Obama has taken more than one hit for the well-being of the Democratic Party, despite the fact that it is cutting into his lead. Obama is a team player; Clinton is happy to see her team finish dead last, as long as her personal fantasy points are on top, and Democratic leaders must award a more favorable disposition toward the nobler candidate.

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