America has been sharply divided for years. And with that division, comes always a cost to the democratic party: time and again, an atmosphere of propaganda and partisanship has only acted to serve the vested interests behind the republican party.
These interests have metastatized throughout the entire system. When people die in the streets, slowly starving to death or going mad from lack of FEMA resources that were standing no less than 10 miles away - when Hurricane relief bills contain provisions to increase the mercury output in Pennsylvania coal fired power plants - When America invades an innocent country and ruthlessly murders 50,000 people who had never taken a single shot against us - when our president invades the privacy of our own homes, to ferret out those he would consider dangerous - and finally -
When our country tolerates rallies and meetings in which individuals attending are not allowed to speak their mind.
Go down the list, which of your constitutional rights would you like to do away with? The first? The fourth? With the supreme court now tilting to the radical right - is there anything you can do to stop the United States of America from its course?
Don't tell me its partisanship and catering to the special interest groups. They got us here. American corporations have paid Democrats and Republicans enormous sums of money to keep things the way they are.
In the Congress of the United States, the absolute poster child of these interests, a man Named Boehner (pronounced Bay-ner) now leads the Majority party.
As if to thumb their very nose, at the Idea that Democrats can champion reform - and also to quietly attempt to reinforce a McCain presidency in 2008 - the lobbyists have used all their power to make certain that their man has proposed the one key piece of legislation that could unite us all.
And in so doing, has issued the greatest challenge to the Democratic party in half a century: Can America unite under the idea that the people of America are in charge, not corporations and special interest groups?
I say yes.
There are three great reasons for supporting the legislation to eliminate riders.
1. People like me who are desparate to stay in the party - people who would support an impeachment of the president during an election year. Like the Alito filibuster, we need something to focus our energies on. This bill that attempts to ban riders by simply asking members of congress to attempt to stand up and identify themselves as having put them on (the riders that turn each piece of legislation in the house into 10,000 pages of slathering pork because everyone is hiding right now about their involvement) - would have radical implications for my set. We read bills, we participate in local, county, and state elections as well as federal actions against corruption. We are watchdogs, activists, and desperate to find a comfortable home in, as Howard Dean says - "the very big tent" that the democrats seem to want to build. We have not ignored people like Cokie Roberts - whose husband is a K-Street Lobbyist - attempting to use the media to quash this bill.
- Defuse the McCain Run: John McCain has this as a signature issue. His veneer of a reformer, against the likes of Biden, Bayh, Warner and Feingold are paled in comparison to his connections with his campaign finance reform efforts of 2000 where he was flown all over America in someones corporate Jet. In 2004, that Jet was George W. Bush's AF1. If you want to stand for reform, swallow your pride and stand for the bill. With it being Passed, there will be a clear identity in the Democratic party for change. And that will rip the fuses right out of the GOP for 2008 because it already sounds like they're willing to take a beating in 2006 - why rope a dope them when you can deliver a knockout blow?
- Because it is the right thing to do. Boehner, not more than six years ago, proudly boasted of his ties to Abramoff, and KStreet. He flashed pictures of his "fundraising effeciencies" up in spreadsheet form over Congressional monitors during session. The movement to have Tom Delay answer for his crimes was based on the potential for having real reform. Standing up and continuing that battle, means standing up against him - in this case by standing for him.
Not megachurches, not some kind of ideological warfare - but simple christian ethics are the greatest threat to the cancer that has destroyed the union. It turns back its metastasis - the horrid tendrils reaching into everyday life now, with emminent domain, Wal Mart, and TV Monitors at your local amusement park 3 every six feet, feeding you advertising and making sure you are in your place.
The real enemy of the united states is desperately gambling that the Democrats will fail; they are afraid. They will pay off those voices that Democrats trust - as long as those voices are centrally broadcast.
But if we rise up against them, remembering all the while, that they are attempting to shore up their own person with a brilliant maneuver -
And if you are willing to stand up for your own country and create a machine that can impeach George W. Bush.
Then you are the one who can truly say - The Republican and the Union forever.
I still can't remember the name of the guy in Arizona, not McCain but the other one, who started this ball rolling. Does anyone remember?