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No, it's a bunch of spineless parasites with their hands firmly in the corporate cookie jar. Sadly, there are almost no real politicians left. Our government has been hijacked by corporations and their endless pots of money. Look at the miserable performance of this so-called Democratic congress:


  • Nancy refuses to allow any talk of impeachment - it's off the table.
  • They fail to halt Bush's spending on the war, despite the fact that 70% of the country supports them doing just that. And despite the fact that other Congresses did just that to end other unjust wars.

  • They won't do anything about the Attorney General, or the many witnesses now defying Congress on the orders of a corrupt Whitehouse. Yet they have the power to hear contempt charges in the house, without the cooperation of the Justice Dept.


And then on gay issues:

Hilary isn't sure if being gay is moral or not. Her minders finally figured out an answer for her.

All the Democratic candidates oppose equal access to marriage (not, that is NOT 'gay marriage' - that term is Republican framing. The issue is equal access to marriage, not some bizarre state called 'gay marriage"). Instead they propose a 'separate but equal' status.

Even Obama (who couldn't actually respond to the question "do you think being gay is immoral?" back in March) thinks 'separate but equal' is acceptable - you'd think a black man in this country would know something about the history of the civil rights movement.

Yes, the candidates would like to scrap Don't Ask, Don't Tell - even though it was Bill Clinton who signed it in to law. It's convenient to allow gay men and lesbians to die for the country openly - just so long as they don't have equal access to marriage, dammit!

DOMA on the other hand - well, that's too hot to touch for most of them (yes, Bill Clinton signed that one too).

It would be nice to have some choice in the upcoming primary, but sadly, no practical option exists. Certainly, it can't be Clinton or Obama. Edwards gets a little closer to being a reasonable candidate, partly because he isn't in the Senate; so at least he can't be blamed for a year of inaction on the war. Amazingly, the person I will most likely vote for has the least chance of winning the primary, because he just doesn't have the good looks - Dennis.

Maybe there's another option - let me consult my civics primer that I used when I became a citizen.  Ah yes, there is indeed a provision the founders mentioned to deal with this type of runaway administration and incompetent opposition:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. 

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

Yes, that seems to cover it.

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