The Party Really is Over
by Katherine Brengle, Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 08:25:43 AM EST
by darklywise, Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:22:40 PM EST
I sincerely hope that a review/analysis can be taken on the split within the Democratic Party about this whole Alito Filibuster mess. Personally, I don't think it is just the Democratic Leadership in the Senate refusing to take the hardline because of the political calculus. There is also an underlining issue that certain section of Democratic population are now taking a different view than the Democratic activists who are urging on the Filibuster. When you are so devoted to your ideals and causes, sometimes it is easy to forget there are people in your camp that may choose to voice their opinions a little differently. Nevertheless, if I learn anything from this Filibuster saga, it is that if you want to achieve anything in politics, your side has to be united. Indeed, "A house divided against itself can not stand". Hopefully people on the Left can figure out a way to work together instead of constantly ceding power to the Right, eventually.
Everyone's comments here are certainly valid. However, we are dealing with a problem that goes far beyond the Alito nomination.
Democrats are not just split on this issue, they are split on all of the issues.
The sad truth is that it may be time to start think about branching off and creating a new Democratic party--a Progressive Democratic party.
We've all grown up in a culture that only validates a two-party system. It's time to change that. The American people no longer find the Democratic Party appealing because it doesn't stand for anything. The foot soldiers on the ground (i.e., us) are not on the same page as the party we have been faithful to. We have a responsibility to this country to give the people a party worth fighting for.
However, if you examine polling data (this is just one recent example), it points to the fact that the majority of the American people tend to hold progressive values. These people need to be given a real choice.
The Democrats are not giving them anything to believe in. The Party continues to waffle and move to the right while we, the heart of that party, are steadfast. Why are we fighting for them? They are not fighting for us.
The grassroots and the netroots (personally, I believe that in this age of increasing technology they are one and the same) have accomplished more than anyone would have believed ten years ago--imagine what we could accomplish if we were truly organized. We have power, but we haven't been able to flex our muscles to their fullest potential because we are forced to work within the Democratic Party when it is working against us.
The world is becoming a dark and dangerous place, and our own country is falling apart. This is a time for revolution, not compromise. Soon, there will be nothing left on which to compromise. We have a duty to protect the promise of America, and despite our efforts thus far, we are failing that duty.
Let's really stand for something, before it's all destroyed.