This 3D Interactive Visualization of US Senators' Voting Records shows, kinda scientifically, how far apart the Republicans are from the Democrats.
Yes, the Dems often sell out or wimp out -- but where's the best place to apply your energies? Especially at the local and state level, the Democratic Party is amenable to change. Kick out the moderates! When was the last time a third party succeeded in America? 150 years ago?
Why is it that angry conservatives take over the GOP while angry progressives flee the Democratic Party?
At a meeting in Seattle, I asked Dennis Kucinich about Obama (source). Here's what happened:
I shouted out "What should we do about Obama and his sellouts?" Kucinich smiled and shot back, "Next question." (I'm sure he doesn't want to go on record as being too critical of Obama.) A bit later he said that the national policies are being dictated by Wall Street and Obama isn't really in control. (Wow, what are the mechanics of that?) So don't overdo the blame on Obama, he said. Rep. Jim McDermott [another progressive], who spoke afterwards, echoed Kucinich's sentiments and said he thinks the country may be headed for even worse economic conditions.
So, go ahead, criticize Obama and the Dems. But don't pretend that they're as bad as the GOP.
And don't pretend that there aren't a lot of Dems trying their darndest to save the country.
Expect angry, ugly comments below.