Monday, May 28, 2007

Wanted: Democrats with the Courage to Change

On Thursday of this week, Democrats of the House and Senate essentially turned tail and allowed a vote on a $120 billion war funding measure containing weak benchmarks and little in the way of consequences should the Iraqi government fall short. Millions of progressives across America received this news with feelings of disgust, anger, and betrayal. We expected our representatives to represent us. We expected our representatives to stop the madness of George Bush’s killing machine.

So the question is, where do we go from here? Do we continue to support what appears to be a lame, shortsighted, gutless party? Or do we move in the direction of a third party?

This latest capitulation by the Democrats validates the feelings of many, that the Democrats are just a different version of the same thing. We had fooled ourselves into believing that by just changing the players we could change the system.

This cave-in by the Democrats is a wake up call for all Americans. The label “Democrat” is not good enough anymore. We need Democrats who will fight to fix our broken government. We need Democrats with the courage to change, the very system, that got them elected. We need Democrats who understand that they govern with the consent of the people, not by the divine right of King George Bush.

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