What a useless collection of stuffed shirts and pompous windbags. Even the moniker "Democratic leadership " is an oxymoron. Their solitary interest is perpetuating their own miserable careers and reveling in the childish vanity of their office. They 'd rather see the nation bullied and plundered by autocrats and sadists than jeopardize their precious tenure in Congress and their lofty aspirations for higher-office. After all, standing on principle might torpedo their chances for a lucrative job as lobbyist with the defense industry when retirement rolls around.
Where 's Hillary Clinton when her loyal supporters need her?
Working on a strategy to send even more young Americans into the Iraqi meat-grinder or currying favor with the pro-settlement crowd for another 37 years of occupation?
And where 's horse-face Kerry and the mad-doctor Dean; champion of the antiwar throngs?
Kerry was more than eager to lead the charge in Iraq. He even claimed he had a "winning strategy " for the conflict. Now that the Massachusetts Senator is safely ensconced in the bastions of the ruling-elite, he is only too pleased to send other mother 's sons "to be the last man to die for a mistake ".
As for Dean, his role as party chairman has further divorced him from the grass-roots movement that bolstered his candidacy. His failure to show up at the antiwar marches is a public disgrace. He owes his whole putrid career to the antiwar movement and now he spits in their face.
The conventional channels for transforming the political organism have all shut down; the system is broken. No amount of effort will alter the outcome within the present paradigm.
The only avenue for political change is massive popular movements that disrupt "business as usual " and send tremors into the corporate towers. Democracy won 't reappear in the form of Hilary Clinton or Howard Dean. Forget-about-it. We 're looking at a decades-long struggle to reestablish fundamental human rights and stop the incessant whirring of the war-machine.
We need foot-soldiers not politicians.