Earlier this week Jim Washburn from the OC Weekly posted a web article titled Dem Bones.
We need to pay attention, speak up and make sure our representatives represent us. And I apologize to my Green pals, but that means investing some effort into the Democratic Party. Good friends think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m deluded to not see that the Dems are only another head of the same monster. Even if thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the case, the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been home to enough grand exceptionsÃ¢â‚¬â€Feingold, Dennis Kucinich and the late Paul Wellstone among themÃ¢â‚¬â€that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not hopeless. Many others in the party are an admixture of decency and cynical pragmatism, and a couple of those, notably Joe Biden, might even make good presidents.
But even if Dick CheneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s caught hunting human babies for their meat, the Republicans might prevail in the fall elections, because Democrats are so very good at losing.
With a history of losing elections, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d think Democrats would at least want the satisfaction of being right when they lose. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time they tackled previously unassailable issues, like the military budget. If we cut it in half, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d still have by far the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most expensive military; we could use the money to start fixing problems at home, and we might be less inclined to go to war. When your only toolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. If we invested more in diplomacy and the common good, war might be able to stay in the toolbox.