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Gutless, Spineless and Clueless


Bush is Falling, But the Democrats are Sinking Faster
By RALPH NADER
CounterPunch.org

You would think that with all the troubles surrounding George W. Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress ­ from the life-costing bungling of Hurricane responses to the deepening quagmire in Iraq to the front page stories of corruption, self-dealing and national security leaks ­ you would think th Democrats would be in the ascendancy.

Not so. The polls are plummeting for George W. Bush on a whole variety of questions, including the key approval rating being at a record low for him. But the Democrats seem to be sinking right along with the besieged Republicans. Stan Greenberg, a leading Democratic Party pollster, declares that "feelings about Democrats are at a 54 month low." Another pollster, John Zogby, reports that the Democrats are floundering because people do not perceive them as having any credible national leaders.

Instead of drawing bright and bold lines with the Republicans about the nation's future directions, leaders in the Democratic Party have persuaded themselves to just stand by and let the Republicans sink themselves. By standing by, the Democrats are feeding the "pox on both your houses" mindset of many citizens.

Apart from protecting social security, what do the Democrats fight for these days? As a Party they are headless regarding the Iraq war-occupation. Their leaders cannot even follow some of their own members in Congress and propose a responsible but definitive exit strategy. This is the passive case even though there are former leading retired military, diplomatic and intelligence officials who have done just that.

I and others have called on the Democrats to raise the roof on Bush's grotesque dereliction in still not providing adequate protective armor for the military vehicles in Iraq. Billions for the Halliburtons; lethal excuses for the soldiers.

Also, deliberately undercounting US casualties in Iraq because thousands of serious injuries and sicknesses were not incurred directly in combat is a monumental display of disrespect by Bush for these soldiers and their families. Lowballing the human casualties keeps the public's political opposition lower than putting out the truth about the injury and sickness toll being double the official false figures coming from the Bush regime.

To this day, in criticizing Mr. Bush, even the anti-war Democrats like Rep. Dennis Kucinich use the false lowball figure of injuries.

To this day, Democratic House Leader, Nancy Pelosi, with arguably the most anti-war constituents in the nation residing in her California district, is not leading the Democrats with even comparable statements that some Republicans are making.

Consider the following:

From Vietnam war veteran, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who, after returning from one of several trips to Iraq, said: "We should start figuring out how we get out of thereour involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur."

From Rep. John Duncan, Jr., conservative Republican from Tennessee, who urges conservatives to oppose the "undeclared and unnecessary war" not only because of the deaths but because "there is nothing conservative about this war;itmean[s] massive foreign aid, [and] huge deficit spending."

From CIA Director Porter Goss, who told the Senate in February that the war in Iraq has become a recruitment and training ground for more and more terrorists who will go back to other countries.

From Walter B. Jones, Jr., Republican Congressman from North Carolina, comes the declaration that he wants out of Iraq ­ a war he once prominently supported but does no longer because the President did not tell him the truth when invading that country.

These legislators come from regions where a much larger percentage of the people support the war than in Nancy Pelosi's District. There is a growing majority of Americans who believe that war was a costly mistake and want out.

On other major matters affecting and afflicting the American people, the Democrats, dominated by their corporate connectors, are not up front.

On defending our civil justice system from the corporate attack on injured or defrauded people's right to their full day in court, the Democratic Party is gutless.

On moving serious corporate reforms to stop corporate crimes that have drained trillions from workers, investors and pensioneers, the Democrats are spineless.

On challenging the huge waste, fraud and corruption in government contracts and programs under the Republicans, the Democrats are hapless.

On raising the impoverished minimum wage to give working Americans a living wage, the way Senator Ted Kennedy has been calling for, the Democratic Party is clueless.

The Democratic Party will continue sliding into serial haplessness until a new breed of "jolters" comes to take over.

Ralph Nader is the author of The Good Fight.

For more information, see DemocracyRising.US.

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It's unfair to comment on all Democrats. While Nader's attack is partially true, the main stream press refuses to cover the heros of the Democratic party, making them look like less. I'm writiing about Conyers, McKinney, Slaughter and others have been outspoken critics who never make the front pages of any newspaper.

Dems are worse. Kerry, Clinton, Pelosi etc are Bush enablers who have tried to convince us Bush is right... What is that? Conyers, Waters, McKinney are the only ones doing their job....Donate to John Conyers campaign fund...maybe the others in Congress will get the message. If they do the work of the people we will support them no matter what district we live in. The lobbyists can have their congressman and maybe we can have a few of our own as well.

Look at the voting record of Kerry, Clinton, and Pelosi INDIVIDUALLY and you will see that they're votes on record are "NO". (Clinton and Pelosi tend to switch around, but Kerry's vote has been a steady "no!")

Also, before everyone bashes all dems in general, I want to add that at the Rainbow Push Convention, Maxine Waters came out with the COMPLETE truth about Bush and NOT ONE MEDIA CENTER SHOWED IT! NOT ONE!

AND so if the media is the way we have to find out how they're fighting, then you just won't hear it. They are our censors and they, by their own admission, know "how to make us think by what they show us".

So, I agree with so many people who keep repeating the mantra, "Stop the Dem bashing; it only splits up the party even further!"

Watch what they do with Bush's misfortunes. I guarantee they will do whatever they can to stay out of the way. They are not an opposition party but a sham opposition. Their sole purpose is to fool the public especially the so-called liberal/left factions. The American people have been extremely foolish in the political sphere. For too long they have allowed thier political power to be siphoned off by the two phony parties. Unless the people stop being so stupid as to allow the continued existence of reps who serve other interests at the peoples expense, our phony politics will continue down the road to total tyranny.

When the supposedly "liberal media" is in reality BIG CORPORATE MEDIA, and Tim Russert follows their orders, then why should I be surprised that he does not ask a General the obvious question: "Could it be , General Abizaid , that only one battalion of Iraqui security forces are ready after two and a half years of "training" because you are instead following the orders of a secret agenda> building permanent American bases? "

The problem is not just that the Republicans and Democrats work in a "Cronyism Culture", the problem is the people who supposedly watchdog them work in a "Cronyism Culture" as well. There is no such thing as Walter Cronkite today , who was known as the most trusted man in America in his time.

Ralph, You are wasting your time with the left/right spin because we know they are all in bed together and this is a divide and concur strategy. All productive jobs are gone from this country, the national debt is so high it is unconceivable, the standard of living for every American is in decline, we are in a illegal war, our freedoms are under attack by the leaders of this country so instead of going on how about we call it the death of America as we know it is compliments of both the Democrats and Republicans. Neither party have a leg to stand on so they are just lying low until they can get the next terrorist attack on this country planned to divert attention in another direction.

If you would have put what little clout you have as a career politician behind Gore our great country would still have a surplus, and about 2,000 young kids would be planning their future right now instead of pushing up daisys. Lets not forget about the the 10,000+ injured we as a nation are obligated to provide EVERYTHING they need for their sacrifice.
In my opinion your incompetence enabled the NeoCon misery machine to get started and only a unforseen power knows where it will all end, and you sir are partly to blame.

I also lament the lame ass democratic "leadership" but there's something even worse. The polls have only recently turned against the war and its not because it is illeagl or immoral or that we have killed thousands of civilians. It is because its not going well. One year ago those Democrats that opposed the war were a minority of a minority. The republicans that have switched want it both ways, I'm for a strong america but I'm outa here. Notice that they did not totally reject the current foreign "policy".

The war is a disaster and will get worse whether we pull out today or in 50 years. Whoever calls for a pull out will be blamed for losing the war (see Vietnam). Third parties have nothing to lose, they have no power. Democrats have everything to lose and little to gain. Remember Max Cleland? He stood up to Bush on one issue in 2002 and was crucified, his opponent's slogan was: he opposed the president. The voters' reward for political courage is death. Certainly Mr. Nader can relate to that. Now let's find the real villians.

The american people are more concerned about the price of gas than the cost of the lives required to get it. They still believe our foreign policy is just and that we are the good guys. Yes, I know the corporate "news" is undeserving of Constitutional protection but the information is there. The average american is a Jaywalk Allstar of knowledge. They can neither recognize nor handle the Truth. Try selling this:

Our foreign policy has been a self serving, deceitful disaster for 50 years. It resulted in the deaths of millions of people and the terrorists simply responded to it.
Your comfortable lifestyle is partly based on debt, military might and underpaid wage slaves in foreign countries.
Hauling your fat asses around in 4 ton SUVs is destroying the Planet.
Changing all of this will not be pleasant.

Never in American politics has there been anyone more selfserving than Ralph Nader. Not once, but twice - when EVERYONE begged him to stay out of the race - he just couldn't resist the siren song of his own ego. Now that he has caused this mess - yes, I know, Ralph, that you can site all the OTHER things that woulda, shoulda, coulda changed the election results, but the real fact is that yours alonge WOULD have made a difference in and of itself........and you STILL can't shut up and stop seeking the limelight with your brilliant chastizing of something, anything, everything. Sure the Democrats need some improvement.......that is obvious. But all this bashing of Democrats just gives the Republicans more amunition - as if they need more - to avoid the subjects and their own failures and pile on along with the new Democrat bashers. Why don't you try, Ralph, for once in your political life, to play WITH the team, so that we can actually succeed in getting rid of the common foe - no, not the terrorists, the Bush administration......and God only knows what ugly, nasty, even more corrupt and imperial leaders they will present next time around to pound the Democrats into impotence. Remember - the popular vote WAS for Gore, not Bush. It was CLOSE. The 2004 election, with limp support for Kerry all around, was CLOSE! In fact, still questioned by plenty of people still trying to figure out what happened about 8:00 that night when what seemed to be going Kerry's way suddenly before the eyes of the nation and the world started falling into Bush's hands - ONCE AGAIN. Nader........you do not have the right to continue to chastize the democrats. Your voice means nothing to anyone any more. Your arguments are entirely selfserving and inaccurate, and EVERYONE wants you to stop jamming your negativism down our throats.....to SHUT up and go away.

Twice the race was fixed (and Republicans don't have a chance either as long as they are the host for the Neocon parasites> that just means everyone loses except the elite):

http://www.iwilltryit.com/fixed1.htm

The thing that will save us is paper ballots:

http://www.velvetrevolution.us/mailing.php?Mailing=05FC507D500021102290C

Never in American politics has there been anyone more selfserving than Ralph Nader. Not once, but twice - when EVERYONE begged him to stay out of the race - he just couldn't resist the siren song of his own ego. Now that he has caused this mess - yes, I know, Ralph, that you can site all the OTHER things that woulda, shoulda, coulda changed the election results, but the real fact is that yours alonge WOULD have made a difference in and of itself........and you STILL can't shut up and stop seeking the limelight with your brilliant chastizing of something, anything, everything. Sure the Democrats need some improvement.......that is obvious. But all this bashing of Democrats just gives the Republicans more amunition - as if they need more - to avoid the subjects and their own failures and pile on along with the new Democrat bashers. Why don't you try, Ralph, for once in your political life, to play WITH the team, so that we can actually succeed in getting rid of the common foe - no, not the terrorists, the Bush administration......and God only knows what ugly, nasty, even more corrupt and imperial leaders they will present next time around to pound the Democrats into impotence. Remember - the popular vote WAS for Gore, not Bush. It was CLOSE. The 2004 election, with limp support for Kerry all around, was CLOSE! In fact, still questioned by plenty of people still trying to figure out what happened about 8:00 that night when what seemed to be going Kerry's way suddenly before the eyes of the nation and the world started falling into Bush's hands - ONCE AGAIN. Nader........you do not have the right to continue to chastize the democrats. Your voice means nothing to anyone any more. Your arguments are entirely selfserving and inaccurate, and EVERYONE wants you to stop jamming your negativism down our throats.....to SHUT up and go away.

When about 90% of the Democrats, along with Republicans, are purchased by the contributions of AIPAC:

http://www.wrmea.com/archives/July_Aug_2004/0407027.html

This is the real reason there is no movement at all from the leadership. They will lose their funding, they have been corrupted by the same AEI bastards the president was. I'm sick to say this. We have to replace nearly every Democrat period, and I mean that literally.

Now you notice how not one member of Congress on that entire list, EVEN SHOWED UP AT THE ANTI-WAR RALLY. Because they can't, if they did AIPAC would villify and destroy them publically and cut their funding. The whole thing is stacked.

Doug E.

Do you think that any of these Jewish senators or representatives would support ending the proxy war for Israel in Iraq and possibly soon in Iran?????

Jewish senators by state are: 1. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif). 2. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif). 3. Norm Coleman (R.Minn). 4. Russel Feingold (D.Wisc). 5. Herb Kohl (D Wisc.) 6. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J). 7. Carl Levin (D-Mich). 8. Joseph Lieberman (D Con.) 9. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) 10. Alsen Spector (R-Pa) 11. Ron Wyden (D-Ore).

Jewish Congressmen by state are: 1. Gary Akerman (D- N.Y.) 2. Eliot Engle (D- N.Y.) 3. Steve Israel (D- N.Y.) 4. Nita Lowey (D- N.Y.) 5. Jerry Nadler (D- N.Y.) 6. Anthony Weiner (D- N.Y.) 7. Shelley Berkley (D- Nev.) 8. Howard Berman (D- Calif.) 9. Susan Davis (D- Calif.) 10. Bob Filner (D- Calif.) 11. Jane Harman (D- Calif.) 12. Tomas Lantos (D-Calif.) 13. Adam Schiff (D- Calif.) 14. Brad Sherman (D- Calif.) 15. Howard Waxman (D- Calif.) 16. Eric Cantor (R- Va.) 17. Ben Cardin (D- Md.) 18. Peter Deutsch (D- Fla.) 19. Robert Wexler (D- Fla.) 20. Rahm Emanuel (D- Ill.) 21. Jan Schakowsky (D- Ill.) 22. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) 23. Martin Frost (D-Texas) 24. Sander Levin (D- Mich.) 25. Steve Rothman (D- N.J.) 26. Steve Sanders (Ind- Vt.)

And their allies in the media won’t help end the proxy war either.

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