Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Take over the Leadership!

The Obama Administration has been arrogant, corrupt and ignorant.They do not care about bi-partisanship, it is just a cover for their corporate sell-outs.

Obama's goals are not yours. We need to do away with the "Dems need to be tougher" meme right this instant. Ever think that the Dem leadership didnt actually want/care about a public option or EFCA or DADT? Their stated policy is FOR MORE WAR AND BAILOUTS OF GIANT CORPORATIONS. And they are being very bold in their execution of these aims. WAKE UP. The entire DEM leadership is corrupt and needs to be destroyed. That's it.

The only people people who seem to respond and recognize this is, unfortunately the teabaggers. Republicans are busy doing nothing, and liberals are too busy making excuses. Teabagger ideas are, for the most part, extremely dangerous, but they are the only one willing to say, "the system is fucked-up. I'm mad as hell and im not going to take it anymore."


There are lots of reasons why Coakley lost, but the fact remains is that she was the attorney general in the bluest state in the union, campaigning on the slogan "obama's 60th vote." She lost to a no-name republican. People's biggest issues were the economy and health care. Do you like the Dem policies in regard to those issues? I dont. In general, people dont like it when you let the insurance and pharma write health care and wall street write the economic policy! Fucking DUH.

Obviously Obama will take all this as a sign that he now needs to further destroy American civil society by gutting Medicare and Social Security. Nothing liberal has passed this congress. No wonder everything is turning to shit. And the noise coming from the TV says its because the LEFT has too much power. Great.

After the 2008 election i thought we really would make all the changes that would set America on the right course. I thought Obama would be the new FDR. I envisioned joining something like the CCCP or some other public works program . I thought we would be the new greatest generation. How wrong i was. We will not fix our problems, with this president, nor with the next, (i bet he is a teabagger), but we can prepare for 2014 and beyond. Our only hope, short of leaving America is to try to purge the Democratic party of is corruption, or let it die and build anew. It will be painful but we need to cut the cancer out, or else the only ones left standing in America will be the teabaggers.

5 comments:

ShamRockNRoll said...

I don't mean to be harsh, but this post is nothing but an incoherent rant lacking a single policy prescription, organizing idea or anything constructive whatsoever. I rant at times. It's a healthy thing to do on occasion... though I have a hard time figuring out what exactly it is you are so enraged about... aside from simply, everything.

Your declaration that "the entire DEM leadership is corrupt and needs to be destroyed" makes me wonder if you have any grasp of reality. The entire Democratic leadership is corrupt? Really? And you're really going to use the word destroyed? I mean, come on.

I know you have held different opinions from other writers on this blog--regarding healthcare for example, which is perfectly fine, and encouraged--but you act as if because we have to deal with a few corrupt assholes in the caucus like Senators Lieberman and Baucus that there aren't Senators like Boxer, Feingold, Sanders and others who are truly progressive and fight for the liberal wing of the party. Guess what... there are parts of this country that aren't as liberal as other parts, and their representatives have a voice in Congress too. And yes, there are also many people in Congress who put special interests ahead of the public interest, and it's shameful, but your solution to all of this is to "destroy" the party leadership???

Harry Reid, it can be argued (and it has by me, and others on this blog) has been a rather ineffective Majority Leader, and I'd happily see someone else take the reigns (possibly Chuck Schumer). This is different from "destroying" the leadership... it would be changing the leadership. It's a suggestion, constructive criticism, whereas "destruction" means nothing--such a statement is nothing but hot air.

Nancy Pelosi on the other hand has been a very effective Speaker of the House. She has managed to push through her agenda, yet things have been stalled in the less liberal Senate. This, of course, is frustrating, but it is reality. And I'm really not trying to be rude, but it makes me wonder if you even understand the bicameral legislature? Not every Congressman is Henry Waxman, and not every Senator is Barbara Boxer. Sadly, we have to deal with the Bayhs, Nelsons, Liebermans, Conrads, Lincolns, Landrieus, etc. I wish we didn't, but we do. While you may rightly think that the healthcare bill in the house was not liberal enough, it barely passed. I was working for a blue dog Congressman at the time, and he did not announce how he would vote up until the actual vote because of how tough it was for him. He wanted to do the right thing, and did, by voting for it, but he had to walk a tightrope. And it wasn't because he was "corrupt," it was because this is freak'n Indiana and not Santa Monica and a lot of people out here were very angry about any healthcare reform whatsoever. I know this first hand, because I saw them coming into the office every day, and I took their calls. He took a huge risk by voting for the bill, and Speaker Pelosi worked very hard to deliver a bill that the blue dogs could vote for without causing riots in their districts. My point is that you seem to lack perspective in your criticism.

Furthermore, your statement that "nothing liberal has passed this congress" only shows that you do not follow the news very closely, or haven't bothered to even check what legislation has passed the 111th Congress. Cap & Trade, healthcare, funding for volunteerism, improvements in clean water, credit card holder's bill of rights... the list goes on.

ShamRockNRoll said...

...The final paragraph of your post is where you really go off the reservation. Your statement that you thought Obama was going to be the next FDR, and your recent disappointment, only demonstrates that you don't have a clear understanding of the Roosevelt administration, the circumstances surrounding it, and the time it took for Roosevelt to accomplish much of what he did. Were you really so naive to believe that one year into a Democratic administration we would suddenly have reversed a generation of conservatism, and the public sentiment that has become comfortable with such conservatism?

This I really don't get: you really think a teabagger will be the next president?--followed by "Our only hope, short of leaving America..." Fuck man, get a grip! I understand your frustration, I really do, but this is melodramatic and not constructive in the least. You seem to possess grand ideals, yet zero pragmatism. Change in America comes in excruciatingly small increments, and if you ever want to see your vision for America come to fruition, you are going to have to come to grips with that. If you want to leave America, so be it... but why wouldn't you rather work within the system to see your goals pushed forward, whether it's working for a candidate you admire (or running yourself one day), or developing a strong knowledge of policy and procedure regarding an issue you care about and devoting yourself to actually doing something about it? Something other than setting your own house on fire in some sort of grand, masochistic, purification ritual.

blakey said...

I realize that what I said is hard for you to hear, and intrusive to the way you think about solving problems, but lets review your statements:

“I don't mean to be harsh, but this post is nothing but an incoherent rant lacking a single policy prescription, organizing idea or anything constructive whatsoever.”

So you demand of me a positive alternative huh. Here’s the problem, before we can make a plan, we need to clear the path of the obstacles. That is the first thing that must happen. Your demand of a positive alternative from me is in essence a defense of the status quo. I don’t know what the game plan is, but I know that what we have now is unacceptable, and that’s enough for me.

“Your declaration that "the entire DEM leadership is corrupt and needs to be destroyed" makes me wonder if you have any grasp of reality. The entire Democratic leadership is corrupt? Really? And you're really going to use the word destroyed? I mean, come on.”

You think its just a few bad apples right. The system is essentially workable and legitimate at the end of the day? Just some troublemakers, but competent clear heads can prevail if we continue to push? No. Our government is anti-democratic and operates under a system of legalized bribery, (just today the SC said that Corporations can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates). I don’t care if you say there are some good pols; they are part of a system that is fundamentally messed up. You wouldn’t try to “reform” slavery, would you? Some things just need to be burned. Oh and the fact that you think Chuck Schumer (D-Wall Street) would be good for America, says a lot about YOUR understanding of contemporary politics.

“It's a suggestion, constructive criticism, whereas "destruction" means nothing--such a statement is nothing but hot air. 
”

AHH yes, your “constructive criticism.” God I love that, whoever came up with it is a fucking genius. Suggestions are allowed but fundamental change is not. You stay inside that box SHAM, it fits you.

“only shows that you do not follow the news very closely, or haven't bothered to even check what legislation has passed the 111th Congress. Cap & Trade, healthcare, funding for volunteerism, improvements in clean water, credit card holder's bill of rights... the list goes on.”

Firstly, i follow way too much news. You listed a bunch of stuff, but didn’t go into detail with any. All of those items have been corrupted and compromised. IF you bothered to look into and bill in depth you would know that. They are hardly liberal, for the governing majority in congress is conservative if not reactionary.

“You seem to possess grand ideals, yet zero pragmatism.”

Yes! More Pragmatism! Where has your pragmatism got us? IT hasn’t solved health care, it hasn’t ended the empire, and it hasn’t dealt with climate change. Now you will tell me that theses things take time and that we are doing our best in a difficult situation, right? I don’t care, its not going to cut it. It doesn’t matter if you tried your best, because your best wasn’t good enough. There nothing pragmatic at all about your pragmatism, because it is not doing what needs to be done. And we don’t have “time,” not when people die for no reason and we are destroying out planet.

ShamRockNRoll said...

***NOTE*** The comment deleted by a blog administrator (me) was a duplicate, and not deleted because of content***

Your rebuttal is riddled with logical fallacies... Further more, you continue to advocate... nothing. So the system sucks. Wow, that's a huge revelation. No one's ever though of that before. What exactly is it you prescribe to change it?

On another note, today's Supreme Court decision was crap. I don't think you'll find any argument about that from any of the other writers, but you still fail to come up with any proposed solution? I mean seriously, are you going to go all Guy Fawkes on the Capitol??? What do you propose to do?

You also criticize me for advocating pragmatism, because it hasn't solved all these grand problems. Again, that shows that you just don't understand how to solve problems on a grand scale. They are never, and never have been, solved with one swift motion of a magic wand. Pragmatism means assessing the truth of the situation at hand, and working within that reality to accomplish your goals, however idealistic they may be. But it happens in steps. Sorry if you don't like that, but show me a point in history--in a republic--when a major problem hasn't taken a series of steps and processes to be solved.

blakey said...

http://prorev.com/jumpstart.htm

heres something resembling a plan....