Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Democrats Fail....Again

Well, my goodness! They've done it again, haven't they? For the who knows how manyth time, the Democrats in Congress have cheerfully provided to the American people the undeniable proof of their pathetic cowardice and timidity. Once again they have chosen political expediency over statesmanship. The amazing thing is the fact that after thoughtlessly giving this disgusting, murderous commander-in-chief a free ticket to send the servicemen and women of this country - not to mention the people of Iraq - on a hay ride straight into the pit of hell, they stupidly stood in front of the press, disingenuously consoling each other on how they tried to do the right thing for the country they profess to love so much. Huh???? MSNBC's Keith Obermann, on target as usual, called it their "Neville Chamberlain moment". How stupid do these people think we are?

I left the Democratic party almost eight years ago in utter, bitter frustration at their abandonment of the ideals of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. Every once in a while I would reflect back on that decision and wonder aloud whether I had done the right thing; that maybe I should come back into the fold. Yesterday, they merely reinforced that decision. The Democrats have proven themselves, yet again, irrelevant. Maybe Ralph Nader was right: they really are nothing more than Tweedle Dee to the GOP's Tweedle Dum. Oh! And speaking of Ralph Nader.....The party's "base" is as angry as they've been since their leadership nominated the pro war Hubert Humphrey over the vehemently anti-war Eugene McCarthy in the late summer of 1968. And yet it's not too late for the Dems to pull themselves out of the mess they have helped engender. It's now painfully obvious that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are not going to do the people's will. It's up to the Young Turks within the party apparatus to make damn good and sure that Pelosi and Reid are thrown onto history's ash heap and that new leadership is provided as soon as possible. Otherwise, a third party uprising next year is virtually assured.

Did these people understand the message we sent them in November? Apparently not. The reason we sent them to Washington was not to guarantee their re-election next time around; we sent them there to end this mind-fuckingly stupid war in Iraq. What part of that message didn't they get? Before this obscenity is over, an additional hundred thousand (or more) men, women and little children will end up getting slaughtered for no reason at all! (That's on top of the over half a million people who have been murdered to date). Don't they realize that doing everything humanly possible to end this war will benefit them in long run - not only at the polls in November of 2008 but in the pages of history?

Tuesday will mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of one of the icons of the Democratic party, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Have not one of these crybabies even read his Pulitzer Prize winning 1956 book, Profiles In Courage? Maybe they should. Perhaps we should all read it. The great senator from Wisconsin, Russ Feingold (a courageous senator if there ever was one) put it in perfect context yesterday when he said that, "the desire for political comfort won-out over real action"...."Action".... That was a word that Jack Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt were both prone to use. The Democratic party is in desperate need of people who are going to act. For that, new leadership is required - IMMEDIATELY.

George W. Bush does not need an enabler; he had that for six years with a sycophantic, rubber stamp Republican congress that bent itself backwards to his every stupid and reckless whim - and look where it's gotten us!. The American people sent that Congress, the 109th, packing last November. This president - this hideous, half-witted little thug - needs to be put in check - he has to be stopped. If the current Democratic leadership is not going to put a stop to this insanity, someone has to be found who will end it. And if that leadership is not to be found among the ranks of the party of FDR, I'm afraid that "the base" will once again be forced to seek the answers to the problems facing America from within a third party. We cannot afford to take that risk again.

It's hard not to be reminded of Robert F. Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy in times such as these. Although bitter rivals for the 1968 nomination, neither man was ambivalent as far as their opinions regarding another immoral and unpopular war. The stand they took against the Viet Nam war almost forty years ago - against the foolish ambitions of Lyndon B. Johnson, a president from their own party - was at great risk to their respective political careers - but they took that stand and never looked back - indeed, Kennedy's candidacy would cost him his life. Does that sort of courage even exist any longer?

No question about it: the American poltical landscape is in dire need of new leaders. Franklin Roosevelt, Gene McCarthy, Jack and Bobby Kennedy are dead and they're not coming back.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,

I too share your anger and frustration. As a lifelong Democrat I was extremely disappointed when they announced after the election that impeachment is off the table. Now this budget fiasco has really set me off. I try to be sympathetic to their point of view that the fact is the GOP would stop anything in it's tracks and that the Democrats do not have the votes to push it through, but they have simply buckled under too quickly and easily. Unfortunately, come the next confrontation with the Jugeared Jackass, he will simply push them harder and demand more concessions. This f*&#@&$g war has already been lost and Bush will simply ask for more time to let "his plan" work. The idiot does not HAVE a plan and no one seems to realize that the majority of the American people want an end to this obscenity.

It is an extreme tragedy of justice that Clinton should have been put through hell for a god damned blowjob and these murderous bastards who have screwed the country and the world will go out of office richer and untouched.

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Bambic said...

I couldn't have said it better myself.
All hope was lost when I heard Pelosi say impeachment was "off the table". Why, for God's sake?
What kind of back-room deal went on there?
But what I keep telling myself, as awful as it is to see our young people getting killed every day, is that there is NO draft.
This is a choice they are making. Apparently they see no other way of serving their country except by joining up in the military.
But no one can tell me that We the People will ever be privy to what really goes on in D.C.
I still think that there's a curse on the Oath of Office, but that does sound a little far out, I admit.
So here's to you, Tom.
Don't stop now.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct.
So is Keith O.
Sadly,we have been betrayed.
Our votes have counted for nothing.
Previously, they were manipulated to install the fascist junta.
We no longer have a "democratic republic".
When people awaken to this fact, and also that the corporate interests that dictate the well being of their "freedoms", then, and only then will the revolution begin.
Sadly, there will be blood.
More and more citizens of this once great country are feeling the direct impact of the failed policies of those that govern us, both R's and D's, are having on their lives, their freedom, their well being.
Sadly, we are no longer a country of "WE THE PEOPLE".
That realization will bring untold consequences. I wish it was not so.
A violent revolution may be taking shape, though I am not invoved at this point in time. Others may be.
When it happened previously, it was called "resistance", "rebellion", or "abolition".
Unfortunately, given the current circumstances, those that object to the insanity that denies their liberty have few alternatives.

Today, I watched the president have his "news conference". How carefully scripted, how pathetic!
Did you count how many times he used the word "hard", "difficult", and "tough"?
Too many!
Imagine a leader that gets an erection because of every dead body that comes back to Dover.
"It's hard!" "Bring 'em on!"

Enough is enough.
Let the revolution begin!

At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have posted a link.
Here's one worth the time:

Sure, we all look to state our opinions and have others agree.
However, it seems to me that there are some that are seeking to bring theirs to define a Biblical outcome.
Do Hagee and G W Bush come to mind?
Now that Falwell is gone (may he rot forever for distorting the wisdom he pissed on), wo will pick up the torch? A Liberty U graduate?
Me thinks not.
A strong Democratic party leader?
Nope...they're "sell outs". They've proved such.
At this point, though I've never condoned violence, it seems that the only way to regain control within the United States and bring some semblance of sanity to the circumstances is through armed domestic insurrection from within.
The French Resistance were heroes.
So were the Minutemen.
So were so many others that took up arms to prevent further insanity.
History is filled with stories of their courage and sacrifice.
If now is not the time, when?

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom, I feel despondent, heartsick, helpless and betrayed.
What part of we the people have spoken doesn't these people understand?
Pelosi had the chance to make history by being the first woman Speaker as well as ridding us of the most corrupt administration in the history of our country and ranking right up there with the worst in the history of the world.
Bush has killed many times more people than Saddam ever thought of doing and is on his way to bringing about the inhumane slaughter of thousands more.
These people are living on perks paid for by we the people that we the people are denied, decent health care is only one.
I would bolt too but fear a 3rd party would be like Florida and other elections, pull more Democrats away while the Republicans march in lockstep to our own downfall.
Charles the polls are there to show both parties that the overwhelming majority want an end to this war and a return to sanity.
Alice, Peter Pan and the mad hatter need a dose of reality

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous John Harragin said...

I think its time to send some money to Dennis Kucinich.

At 10:52 PM, Anonymous wilma lamb said...

John Harrigan, An excellent idea and in the same package send some backbone to the Democratic leadership in Washington and tell them to get to work doing what we hired them to do and had faith they would do.

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Dear Tom,

Speaking of courage, I'd like to share a comment I heard from a fellow listener after a lecture on impeachment: "I'm afraid to speak what I think. I don't want to be harassed by the IRS or the FBI!"
I told him, "This is a very bad sign about the state of our freedoms in this country!"

While I understand the fear, I also feel that freedom requires courage to safeguard it. Individuals need to network so that they lose the fear and can help each other in the face of persecution from the government, if it should occur.
Organization is crucial! That means willingness to work with people you may not agree with entirely. The destruction (erosion is too mild a word) of our constitutional rights and freedoms is a crisis that I believe will unite people of all political persuasions and religious beliefs.

Besides, it really is fun to stand up and protest for a good reason. It's a better rush than drugs or alcohol. And you never know what might just happen in the way of victory. No one on the committee to impeach Richard Nixon knew in the beginning they would have such success.

One other thing: the efforts everyone has been making to expose GWB and his gang and get them out of office will succeed. More Americans are seeing the light each day now and this presidency cannot hold out forever. I have so much respect for those who have been fighting this battle for years and years; you people are an example of courage!

At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Bambic said...

If I had money, you bet I'd send it to Kucinich. As it is, I'm disabled and living below the poverty level.
And the only kind of "coup" I support is a bloodless one. Too many people have died already...

At 2:45 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I agree with you, Bambic. "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died".
Tom Degan

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom and Bambic,Unless Bush's own life is threatened in some way by his mad adventure in the mideast will Bush think of changing course

At 3:09 AM, Anonymous larkrise said...

This bunch of yellow-bellied, spineless, pusillanimous polecats couldn't stand up to a blue bottle fly, much less Bush and his cabal of crooks. So what if they didnt have the votes?! THEY could have stood up and been counted. Let the Republicans hoist themselves upon their own blood-soaked petards. There is enough funding to last until Sept. By then, it will be more than obvious that Bushit's "Surge" is a reeking, raging disaster. No, AS USUAL, the damned Democrats have shot themselves in their foolhardy feet. They are wimps, wusses,and wackos. Evidently, they cannot read poll numbers. Instead, they quake and quiver at every ludicrous comment put out by the right wing and the corporate-owned media.Don't they know that people are deserting their local print rags and network news by the millions. Fox has become a bad joke. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have lost ALL credibility, though I never gave either one any credit, based on past behavior. They need to stop listening to PR Jackasses and start listening to the people of this country, WHO ELECTED THEM TO SERVE THE PEOPLE!!! If the U.S. field commanders in Iraq, really do revolt,(I am not holding my breath), it will be one of the finest hours this country has ever
seen. It will show that human life is more valued than the foul stench of hot air coming from Washington, D.C. The politicians will be shown to be the corrupt, incompetent, arrogant, greedy shells they truly are; and that they are destroying the United States of America by political gameplaying.

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom Check out todays Alternet Remembering The Fallen posted by Basenjis in which a mother relates a heartbreaking story of her Viet Nam veteran son and his fight to get the care and treatment he needs desperately and deserves

At 7:52 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...


Your right! They're doing not a FUCKING thing! They won't either! Why? Simple! They want the Presidency in 2008, and they don't care what they havre to do to get it!

Impeach Bush, and Ceney? HAH!!! That's a laugh! And what do we get in place of them? President Pelosi? Guess what? SHE DON'T WANT THE JOB!!!!

End the war? NOT going to happen! They want Bush and Company to have just eneough rope to hang themselves with! They don't wnat the headaches that will follow the pullout from Iraq happening on their watch! They want Bush to suffer ALL the slings and arrows they can throw, and then and ONLY then will they step in in 2008 and snatch the big prize!

In 2008 they will pull the troops home, end the "War on Terror"! After that I don't know what will happen, but we sure won't like it, because The Big Money owns them just like the Republicans!


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