We created our own media outlets, blogs, radio programs and stations to counter the right-wing's domination of the mainstream information industry. We did all of this out of our passion to change this country for the better.
And then we used all of it to keep on supporting a party that no longer supports us. The Democrats take our help, and our money, and our passion, and use it for their own ends. They make token gestures of appreciation, like yesterday's doomed-from-the-start Alito filibuster, and never really get anything done that the base wants done. Again and again, they give us just enough to keep us hanging on, waiting for the day when they will stop simply calling themselves Democrats and start actually being Democrats.
When will we stop taking the bait?
We are the base of the Democratic Party. We could be the base of a party based on true democratic ideals. Instead of urging voters to oust ineffective Democrats, let's give them a better option. Let's give them a party that will fight for clean and open government, free of corruption and corporate influence. Let's give them a party that will fight for the rights of the American people to earn a living wage for their work. Let's give them a party that will fight to clean up our nation's polluted rivers and lakes and skies. Let's give them a party that will balance the budget and cut wasteful government spending. Let's give them a party that will uphold the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Let's give them something to believe in again.
We can give them all of this. We just have to be willing to try. We have to cut ourselves loose from the coattails of the Democrats, and stop accepting their table scraps like dogs.
We have the chance to make a difference. We have the netroots, and the grassroots, and a thriving alternative media. Let's use them to brighten America's future.