Birds of a feather flock together. Perhaps it's time Democrats woke up to realize who the true opponent is.
Bil's absolutely right. It's time we Democrats focus on who and what the real enemy is. Personally, I've known who the true opponent is since 1980...
I've been eligible to vote since 1980 and the first election I was able to participate in was the Carter-Reagan presidential contest. I was already pissed about Reagan starting his presidential run in Philadelphia, MS and uttering the words in his kickoff speech 'I believe in state's rights".
I was one of those African-American kids in my idealistic college days who naively proclaimed that my vote was beholden to nobody. I was going to vote for the best candidate regardless of party.
I watched as Reagan took office and governed in a manner hostile to African-Americans and working class people in general. Meanwhile, in Texas our first Republican governor in a century was jacking up the state. So I was begining to realize that my bold pronouncement of voter independence wasn't going to neatly line up with the reality I deal with as an African-American.
I received a harsh wake up call in 1984 and gave up any pretense of being an independent voter on November 6, 1984. That was the day a white GOP poll watcher came into my predominately BIack polling place and tried to deny my right to vote on a technicality. The Harris County GOP had been sounding their usual pre-election propaganda about being "concerned about voter irregularities." (Translation: my home precinct was one that voted 90% Democratic.)
Earlier that summer I watched a then little-known state legislator named Tom Delay in what's become known in Texas political lore as the 'Dallas Massacre,' help orchestrate the takeover of the Texas Republican party by tossing out all the liberal and moderates peeps in leadership postions and replace then with Religious right acolytes and conservative ideologues. The blueprint they crafted in Dallas was used over the ensuing ten years to take over other Republican parties in various states. Just a few days ago the Reichers tried to take over the Jefferson County (Louisville) and Kentucky Republican parties but thankfully failed.
Fast forward to the first decade of the 21st century. Republicans have ruined my home state after 10 plus years of GOP rule. They've also ruined New Orleans, Iraq, and this country and our economy. They have stolen two presidential elections. They have poisoned race relations. They have promoted economic policies that benefit corporations and the wealthy at the expense of working class Americans. They have trashed the constitution and turned political discourse and policy making from a reason and logic based model to a diss-fest. They have ruined our country's good name that took two centuries to build by getting us involved in a war we didn't have to fight, lied to do so and has been arrogant bullies on the world stage.
Yet there are some GLBT people, who are the targets of homophobia and negative policy initiatives designed to turn them into permanent second class citizens and political punching bags, who are so obtuse as to what's happening that they would try to say with a straight face that the GLBT community should take a second look at voting for Republicans.
What hallucinogenic drugs are these people on?
You're trying to tell me that Sen. John McCain, a man with 'F's on every NAACP congressional report card since the NAACP started tracking Congress in 1994, (to compare, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both score 'A's', but none are ranked on the first one for the 110th Congress since they are all presidential candidates.) who's kissing up to the same Reichers he called "dangerous and divisive" in 2000, and who deemed political debates sponsored by the African-American and Latino communities last summer not important enough for him to show up is a viable alternative to Sen Barack Obama or Sen Hillary Clinton?
That's why when I get the opportunity to vote on November 4, just 227 days from now, I'm voting a straight Democratic ticket. I hope and pray that Sen. Barack Obama will be heading that ticket, but if for some reason he isn't, I'm not gonna sit this election out.
The cold, hard facts are that if you want progressive political change in this country, you have to elect Democrats. It's that simple. It should be obvious to anyone who's observed the last seven years that there is a major difference in the political life, persona, amount of money in your wallets and direction of this country when Democrats are running things as opposed to Republicans. The GOP has done so much damage to the country that we don't have time to waste waiting for you Greens or other third party advocates to get your act together and become a viable party.
If we want the political entity known as the United States to survive to its tricentennial and beyond and be true to the progressive values that our Founding Fathers set forth when they crafted our Constitution, we must have a Democrat sitting in the White House with 60 Democratic senators or more to clean up the mess of the last seven years.
We need change, and we ain't gonna get it with John McCain sitting in the Oval Office or a Senate with a large enough bloc of GOP votes to frustrate whatever positve legislation the Democrats come up with.