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Why the Democrats Are Acting This Way


By Dennis Loo, http://dennisloo.blogspot.com

Many people say they wish the Democrats would "grow a spine" and "show some courage." They also say things like: "Don't the Democrats realize that they're throwing away the chance to stand with the majority of Americans? Don't they know that failing to do so is going to hurt them?" There are, of course, other variants on these themes, with some people saying: "Throw out the lot of them. Elect some people who will do the will of the people." All of these responses, while understandable, miss the point.

The Democrats HAVE been showing a REMARKABLE amount of spine - it's just that they are directing their strong backs AGAINST the will of the people.

Think about this: their approval ratings are even lower than those for Bush and Cheney (or at least Bush!) because they aren't doing what people elected them to do in the 2006 election. Yet they won't end the Iraq war, won't stand up against Bush and Cheney's plans to attack iran, and insist that impeachment is "off the table."

They know that a large majority of Americans want Bush and Cheney gone.

They know that they are shamelessly and transparently lying when they say that they haven't seen any impeachable offenses.

They know that they are violating the Constitution and international law through the bills they've passed (e.g., the Military Commissions Act and the John Warner Defense Authorization Act) and by allowing Bush's hundreds of signing statements and executive orders that violate their acts and the law.

They know that their failing to act according to the law, Constitution and the will of the people runs a huge risk that they will be punished by the people.

They know that if they were to impeach and were to hold hearings in the course of impeachment that this White House's crimes would come spilling out like an avalanche and that this would bury the GOP for a generation and the Democrats would thereby earn the gratitude of the vast majority of the people.

YET they are determined NOT to do these exceedingly popular things. They are showing tremendous fortitude in resisting doing the right thing and resisting the American people.

Why?

It's quite simple. They don't represent the people. The US is the biggest, strongest imperialist power to ever exist on this earth. Why would you expect that the two major political parties in the most powerful empire to ever exist would be ANYTHING ELSE but fundamentally representatives of the most wealthy elements and fundamentally representatives of the extraordinary power and wealth concentrated in a small number of transnational corporations?

What kind of leaders of corporations that make BILLIONS in QUARTERLY profits would you be if you allowed "the people," poor and rich alike, to have one vote each? Would you turn over your power and wealth to "the people?" You'd be crazy to do so. You'd make sure the system worked in your interest. You'd make sure that elections turned out the way you wanted them to and that the people who get elected do what you want them to do.

Someone made a button once that I really like. It went something like this, "If elections meant anything they'd make them illegal."

The truth is that elections don't decide public policy. Democrats and Republicans are part of the same system. They have more in common with each than what distinguishes them. Even independents and third parties, should their people get elected, have to operate in the same structure. The only way that we can take on and defeat Bush and Cheney and everything they stand for and the whole direction that they are leading us down (and the Democrats are cooperating and colluding in) is through the people's mass, independent actions in our millions.

The Declare It Now: Wear Orange campaign at http://worldcantwait.org offers a vehicle for the American people to act politically in our millions. Take part!

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Impeachment is just the beginning of the process. Impeachment is only a process in which we, as a nation, crack open the whole can of worms and expose it to the world. It's a thorough investigation done by the Senate in which nobody can claim executive privilege and nobody gets commuted or pardoned. Removal from office is just one of the possible outcomes. If convicted of the high crimes and misdemeanors which are charged in the impeachment proceedings any number of sentences could be imposed.

Impeachment is also good for the Nation as a whole. It's a sort of cleansing process in which we delve in to the bowels of the corruption exposing the rot behind the stench we've been smelling all these years. This is probably the main, real reason it isn't happening. The corruption runs so deep in our government, with a great many government officials (Democrat and Republican) hands dirty to their elbows and a system that rewards corrupt policies, individuals and corporations with influence money and power.

I believe, if impeachment was done right, at this time, with the depth of corruption involved, it could lead to a constitutional convention as the people would find out front and center how deep the rabbit hole of corruption goes and how far gone our country is from the freedom and democracy we deserve and demand it be restored (not that we ever really had it).

Impeachment is the right way to go. It would be a good thing if taken seriously. I just don't see it happening in a meaningful way. Nixon resigned before he was impeached to avoid just that kind of exposure. With Bush, our congress and courts are too corrupt to carry out impeachment. I think before it came to the point that they had no choice, Bush would probably have a mysterious mental breakdown and be committed to la la land somewhere, and Cheney would have a battery malfunction in his pacemaker and join Ken Lay (where ever he is right now). Then Impeachment WOULD be off the table and business as usual would be allowed to continue. What a mess!!!

Dennis Loo is right-on - and I mean RIGHT ON the nail - in his analysis. However, when he says (fascist) oligarchs would be "crazy to" allow democracy to function, he is ignoring one, crucial point: that such behavior - instituting their plutocratic, imperialistic system - is deeply, DEEPLY UNETHICAL. And the American People don't like others who are unethical.

Particularly people who STOLE OUR GOVERNMENT IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW.

Loo continues to be correct that independent mass action - outside "the envelope", if you will - is absolutely required. However I think it is also important from the outset to give every last chance to the legal remedy already designed into "the system". World Can't Wait is, once again, spot-on when they say "...Politics - as usual - cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this..". Still it is important our message of legitimate efforts WITHIN THE SYSTEM be universally heard and understood, for two reasons:

The first is that, assuming a mass movement is successful short of a revolution entirely abolishing this thoroughly corrupted government, then a focus on the legal means to PREVENT IT REPEATING IN THE FUTURE will be very useful and important, IMHO. And actually, just as important for a replacement government to focus on, as well.

And the second reason is that, when push comes to shove - and the establishment really ramps up the "spin" against all civil disobedience - the "Orange" Strikes which surely are coming - then it will be equally important that ALL AMERICANS know already that WE ADVOCATED IN GOOD FAITH AN ORDERLY ALTERNATIVE - INVOKING THE LAW - which they refused to do.

This is why Impeachment. And this is why I called John Conyers a "motherfucker" for refusing to do it. And no one misunderstood my reason for using that word, either. Because we have already won a significant victory in that HALF OF ALL AMERICANS SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT - and the other half are certainly aware of our efforts to obtain this LEGAL AND CIVILIZED REMEMDY.

So THANK You, Dennis Loo, for your illuminating words now. Don't be a stranger here; drop in often and tell us where and when we're going to stand together and Sit Down on this Monster Machine, OK buddy?

Semper Fi,

-Matty in Florida

Dennis Loo is right-on - and I mean RIGHT ON the nail - in his analysis. However, when he says (fascist) oligarchs would be "crazy to" allow democracy to function, he is ignoring one, crucial point: that such behavior - instituting their plutocratic, imperialistic system - is deeply, DEEPLY UNETHICAL. And the American People don't like others who are unethical.

Particularly people who STOLE OUR GOVERNMENT IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW.

Loo continues to be correct that independent mass action - outside "the envelope", if you will - is absolutely required. However I think it is also important from the outset to give every last chance to the legal remedy already designed into "the system". World Can't Wait is, once again, spot-on when they say "...Politics - as usual - cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this..". Still it is important our message of legitimate efforts WITHIN THE SYSTEM be universally heard and understood, for two reasons:

The first is that, assuming a mass movement is successful short of a revolution entirely abolishing this thoroughly corrupted government, then a focus on the legal means to PREVENT IT REPEATING IN THE FUTURE will be very useful and important, IMHO. And actually, just as important for a replacement government to focus on, as well.

And the second reason is that, when push comes to shove - and the establishment really ramps up the "spin" against all civil disobedience - the "Orange" Strikes which surely are coming - then it will be equally important that ALL AMERICANS know already that WE ADVOCATED IN GOOD FAITH AN ORDERLY ALTERNATIVE - INVOKING THE LAW - which they refused to do.

This is why Impeachment. And this is why I called John Conyers a "motherfucker" for refusing to do it. And no one misunderstood my reason for using that word, either. Because we have already won a significant victory in that HALF OF ALL AMERICANS SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT - and the other half are certainly aware of our efforts to obtain this LEGAL AND CIVILIZED REMEMDY.

So THANK You, Dennis Loo, for your illuminating words now. Don't be a stranger here; drop in often and tell us where and when we're going to stand together and Sit Down on this Monster Machine, OK buddy?

Semper Fi,

-Matty in Florida

I agree that elected Democrats and Republicans generally don't act in the interest of "the people," but I think 3rd parties are the solution. I am a Green Party candidate for U.S. House, and I am not accepting corporate money. My highest priority, should I get elected, is changing the electoral system to remove the influences of special interest money. That would be hughly beneficial to everyone except the owners of large corporations.

It would do a hell of a lot more for "the people" of our nation than putting on an orange ribbon. (which I have been doing, incidentally)

Things can change virtually overnight in the United States. We can replace the ENTIRE U.S. House and about 1/3 of the U.S. Senate every two years, and we can change the President every four years. Our nation will take a turn for the better when people drop the victim mentality and start voting for the real change they say they want.

Dave in the IL-10th
www.electdave.org

Then what? Millions of the truly pissed off are not ready to hit the streets, it seems. The anger is certainly there, but....

But, the movement leadership hasn't come upon the formulary to make it happen. People don't want to hit the streets, feel good, and then go home with NO RESIDUAL EFFECT FOR THEIR EFFORTS. The government and media make as if a million is a hundred thousand and toss the event off as if it was an aberration. (Think of the immigration marches a year ago.)

I wish I knew what is stopping us here. It's not ignorance. It's not indifference. Maybe we need to...what?

We have been "stabilized" and it feels very uncomfortable.

THANK GOODNESS ADS IS A NON-PARTISAN EFFORT...

Millions marched last year for immigration rights. One day's story and that was pretty much it. The government and the media paid attention for maybe a week and moved on. "Hitting the streets" has not had a stellar history of lasting success lately.

Until the leaders of this movement come upon the formulary that will result in regular news stories about the need for impeachment, simply hitting the streets is at best just one more action among many actions.

Loo makes short shrift of third parties in his call to march. Cindy Sheehan would not do so. She has awakened to the smell of third party coffee. Others will too. More Greens, more Libertarians and true independents will step up. Unless things change in Washington soon, I will join them.

Ralph Nader says, "More voices, more choices." I agree.

After Downing Street is a nonpartisan effort, we say. If, in the final analysis, the Democrats turn their backs on what we and the Constitution stand for, we have to move in another direction.

Dear dlkyrzr:

If you read my posting carefully, I never use the words "hitting the streets" nor did I put out a "call to march." Both of these are good things and both of them must happen, but I didn't say them. What I did say was that the political engagement of the people must be the center of a strategy for impeachment. That political engagement can and must take a multitude of forms. The Declare It Now: Wear Orange campaign is unconventional as a strategy in that it calls for people everywhere to wear orange and decorate their world with orange. It's designed in part to make visible what's been invisible: the majority sentiment for impeachment. It's also designed to heighten the contrast between the utterly immoral, despicable things that this government is doing (including the Democratic Party leadership who have ALREADY turned "their backs on what we and the Constitution stand for" - that is what the Military Commissions Act is all about, and the Warner Act and the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, and so on are all about ) and what IS moral and just. When people wear orange they are declaring themselves in the latter camp and against the former.

I love Cindy and think she's doing incredible things. I am fully in agreement with her in her statements that it's up to the people now. The reason why I gave what you call short shrift to third parties is precisely because political parties and politicians individually cannot trump the power of vested economic interests on the scale that we have in this country and world right now.

People who proclaim the virtues of "democracy" often confuse representative Republics with democracy. There is nothing more thoroughly democratic than the people in their hundreds, thousands and millions, taking history into their own hands and acting politically. Those people who are supposed to represent us in government (with few exceptions such as Kucinich, Waters, Lee, Woolsey, etc.) obviously are representing someone else than us. It's time to wake up to what we are really facing and doing what must be done. The hour is growing late.

Dennis Loo

Or at least, you can't be restricted solely to the existing rules, "Dkyzr". Go back and review carefully the World Can't Wait statement, and you will see they are not in the least bit partisan - in fact, they advocate against playing the game at all - and their words of 3 years ago are chillingly prescient of exactly the current situation, especially The Democrats.

One can technically nitpick Loo's "only way" statement - and I did, above. However I do think it's accurate to say that going into the street is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED for success. Your example of Cindy Sheehan couldn't prove my point better - she spent over TWO YEARS CONTINUOUSLY in the streets before accessing "the system". And she would have very little credibility today if she hadn't. Moreover, it will only be with the continued help of people in the street that Cindy is going to go over the top to defeat Pelosi.

I intend to (continue to) be one of them.

And when I go out, with my "Peach Flag" sign, I hear a helluva lot of horns honking, and see a helluva lot of people getting behind impeachment. This is no fractious, "divide-and-conquer" argument - like immigration was (designed to be, from the start, IMHO). The "Bush Must Go" action is a street demonstration that is gaining TRACTION, with SERIOUS LEGS.

All the more so on FRIDAYS wearing ORANGE, I expect.

Semper Fi,

-Matty

I too believe in the need to hit the streets. Where I live, there seems little stomach for doing that now - very disappointing!

I don't think Loo was being partisan; but, he was dismissive of third parties by my reading. The "other" parties have an important role to play, if we truly believe in a robust representative democracy.

My overriding point is ADS says it is nonpartisan and needs to keep its focus on impeachment and ending the illegal occupation. If the Dems won't embrace and act on the two most important things facing us now, then I am more than ready to "move on" to "other" parties.

For better times and much less empire,
dikyzr

I was reading some articles from Clinton's impeachment a few nights ago, and was struck by the number of comments from Members who were just traumatized by the whole thing. I think they don't want to put themselves through it again.

Avoiding the "trauma" is no longer an option.

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