The roll of shame:
I endorse and agree with David Niewert and his
My Letter to Cantwell
"I'll vote for you, but not enthusiastically. In the meantime,
I have limited dollars to spend on politics. I pick and choose where I
donate carefully. And you just crossed yourself off my list."
sums it up for me too, David.
Your letter is well written and more than anything I could
write. I sent the Senator a note referring to and endorsing your
I don't think most of us who've been aroused into politics by
Republican dishonesty the past 3-4 years realize the implication of that
72-25 vote on Alito today and what it really means.
If you're stranded in a strange place and have lost your
sense of political identity and citizen power, the Democratic Party with
it's currently elected national representation is not the answer to your
problems. Nor is most of the leadership structure.
The implication also is that we have seen today the ultimate
disappointing revelation of the mirage constructed by the Demcratic Party,
DLC and most Demo insiders who are considered trustworthy, loyal and
able to function at the center of Non-Republican political opposition.
The mirage dissipated quickly today and just as the
Republicans have demonstrated openly that they are not going to come to the
aid of those victims of Katrina, it was openly revealed to us today that we
are abandoned and stranded by our own party - that we've been let down by
those folks we elected and upon whom we've placed our highest hopes
and given our deepest trust.
They haven't got what it takes and I'm embarrassed for those
19 who have pretended to be leaders and fighters for their constituents but
who in the end, could not see nor sense an opportunity to shore up and
strengthen support even as it literally danced in their faces.
Taking a strong stand contrary to Alito would not have cost
one Democrat any significant loss of votes anywhere in this country. We
remain mystified by this surprising and astonishing lack of backbone,
courage and plain old fortitude on the part of those 19 Democrats who voted
with the Repuglicans.
There is not rationale any of these can offer that could
generate agreement that what they willfully refused to do today was truly a
choice in the best interest of the American people.
The agony of today's moment is that it's way too late to find
or found another party with backbone.
These 19 collaborators today have thrown the current
two-party system into perilous disarray and forced all of those who disagree
with and oppose Republican policies into a tragic loss of time for
We are too close to November to build a legitimate 3rd party.
We are now forced to vote unenthusiastically for candidates
unworthy of our loyalty in order to try to avoid the election of Republicans
unworthy of our respect.
We are now forced to look out on a horizon 3 years away under
an ignorant and untrammeled president and party during which time we are
forced to build from the ground up a new party with backbone, courage and
All because 19 Democrats failed to see their entire
consituency hoping and praying that they would finally act with
Who will run for president in 2008?
A Supreme Christian Republican Evangelical American
A Subservient and Indecisive Democratic Panderer
and perhaps a real candidate of courage and honesty dedicated
to the proposition that government is of the people, by the people and for
the people ... if we can find one.
I know where I won't be looking.
© Arthur Ruger