(10 am – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Give me Liberty, or give me Death!
I have not yet begun to fight!
Impeachment is off the table.
Anti-Impeachers argued that impeaching would get in the way of governing.
They argued that “we didn’t have the votes.”
They argued that “it would be seen as political” (Gee we wouldn’t want to be “political”)
And they told us: just wait. The Democrats will be investigating. The Democrats will be ending the war. The Democrats will be passing legislation. The Democrats will be governing.
If fact, what has happened is that the appeasement tactics toward the Bush Administration regarding impeachment, instead of freeing up Democrats to govern, have morphed into standard operating procedure for Democrats.
Talk big in the build-up to the election about putting a stop to the Bush Administration. Convince independents to believe you and vote for you while holding their noses because they don’t trust you. Then, after the election fail to deliver.
Now that methodology holds for legislation. Promise not to give the President a blank check. Talk tough and publicize it. Then, when it actually comes time to deliver: capitulate and give President Bush everything he wants to prolong the war, with no strings attached. Repeat as needed. (Some even contend that Dems are losing on purpose because they want an angry electorate)
It’s my opinion that the Democrats have had to capitulate to the Bush administration because they have, from the very outset, given up one of their most effective tools: using the rule of law to put Republicans on the defensive for their misdeeds by drafting articles of impeachment.
The Republicans have been given a free pass. The Democrats could’ve used their powers to put Republicans on the ropes, put them on the defensive, and forced them to compromise. (Real compromise, not the fakey kind we have now.)
Instead, Republicans are feeling emboldened in their role of not just obstruction, but in their very successful role of continuing to prosecute foreign wars and occupations, seeming without end.
The Democrats are lacking fight. They signaled as much on day one (and even before day 1) by declaring that impeachment was off the table. They’ve compounded the problem by their tough talk and promises that have no follow-through. This has led to the Democrats being seen as capitulators.
This sent a clear message to George Bush, Dick Cheney and the Republicans: the Democrats are afraid to fight them.
It pains me to write this diary. Because like many of you, I had great hope that the Democrats would fight for what’s right. Instead, they have chosen to confuse the current anti-Republican mood in the country for a declaration that Democrats can do no wrong.
The Democrats are resting on the laurels of their 2006 electoral victory when they should be out fighting for the American people and proving to the people that voted for them that they are up for a fight – win or lose – to right the country, save the constitution and stop the evil being perpetrated by what I’m afraid we can only now call a war government.
Yes, we need fewer Republicans. Yes we need to re-defeat them in the coming elections.
But we also need better Democrats. We have some. We need more. Not more appeasement Democrats. More fighting Democrats.