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I Am Angry

Thursday, 11 March 2010 10:35
American flag behind barbed wire, and all that it implies, 06/15/09. (photo: Public domain)

American flag behind barbed wire, and all that implies, 06/15/09. (photo: Public domain)

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am angry.

I'm tired of pundits and know-nothing media gasbags. I'm tired of snarky "inside politics" programming. I am sick of the bigotry and hatred of "birthers" and faux patriotic cranks and their GOP puppet masters. And I'm really pissed at the Democratic Party that confuses having a plate of limp noodles with having a spine.

I'm going to vomit if I hear the word "bipartisanship" one more time.

It was "bipartisanship" that gave us this activist conservative Supreme Court. A Supreme Court that says money is free speech and corporations are persons except when real people try to hold them accountable for their greed and poisonous ways.

"Bipartisanship" gave us the Patriot Act and FISA and illegal wiretaps and two wars and "free speech zones" and "no fly" lists. God bless bipartisan America.

I get nauseated every time the Senate explains how it takes a super majority to do anything for the American people. Tell you what Senate Bozos, if it takes 60 votes to pass legislation then it should take 60% of the popular vote to get you elected.

When some Tea Party crank says, "I want my country back," I respond, "No madam, you want your country backward."

When a deficit-mongering politician says, "How do we pay for this?" Why not ask, "What did you Republicans do with the surplus we Democrats left you?"

When a compassionate conservative says, "Healthcare reform is socialism," why not answer, "No, sir it is the moral and American way to care for people."

Yes, I can hear it now: "You are naïve and simplistic. These are complicated matters and require sophisticated solutions. Democrats are a big tent and strive for balance. But Republicans block our path at every turn. We are thinking and considering new ways to work in harmony with everyone."

Bite me.

The only thing you get with "harmony" is a Barbershop Quartet.

Democrats stop being Republican Lite. Stop whining about that mean GOP and their nasty messaging. Grow a pair, get a message, get a bumper sticker and hang it out there. Get some strong vivid talking points.

G-O-P = Greed Over People.

Greed Kills - jobs, people and the economy.

Terrorism is Viagra for Republicans: The more fear - the more excited they get.

When a soldier dies for America, who dares ask if they were gay or straight?

Don't act so shocked, Democratic Party. Have you looked around lately?

You're losing the young vote that showed up to elect Obama. You're losing those old enough to remember real Democrats. Why? Because you don't talk to them any more than you talk to me. You talk at me. You talk around me. You talk down to me. You talk about me. You don't talk with me. And you don't inspire and you don't champion and without that you are nothing more than an arbitrator of compromise and abdication.

You are facing a bully. Deal with it!

Republicans want the country backwards. They champion superstition over science because it entrenches ignorance and bigotry and captures the easily frightened.

Republicans treat the Constitution the way they treat the Bible, with selective interpretation and selective application to others while exempting themselves from judgment and accountability.

Republicans preach the gospel of fear because fear is darkness and darkness covers their theft of civil liberties and Constitutional principles.

For thirty years the Republican Party has claimed the mantle of law and order but now quake in dread of the American judicial system when putting terrorists on trial. How criminal is that?

Torture is illegal. Period. John Wayne and Jack Bauer were not our Founding Fathers - only in the make-believe world of Republican drugstore-patriots.

DADT needs to be repealed. Now. It is unconscionable, immoral, and disgusting.

Empathy, compassion and equality are not pejoratives. They are American values proven again and again throughout our history.

Republicans believe that bake-sales and cookies for chemotherapy best determine the value of life and healthcare because life is a pre-existing condition and the "free market" should not have to take on such a high risk - after all, no one gets out alive, so why should the corporation be left holding the bag? Unless of course the price is right.

Republicans believe that government should keep its hands off healthcare but should put its hands inside a woman's body.

Republicans believe in small government - small enough to hold the "right" people and small enough to be owned and operated by the "right" people. And who are the "right" people? Them. Not you.

Democratic Party, DNC, DLCC, DSCC or whatever your acronym - I have only one question for you: Really?

You can't win against these guys? You can't get your message out against these guys? You can't give America leadership against these guys?


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+89 # Guest 2010-03-06 19:14
Thank you! Now I know I am not alone!
+47 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:12
Thank you thank you thank you!
+3 # 2010-03-10 05:45
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+23 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:37
At last! A brief, to-the-point, muscular post that should be studied by every living person in the US Congress (that lets out the Republicans, who now vote unanimously, like the former Soviet "lawmakers"). If there were a Congessional Emergency Room for Senators and Representatives who have had intellectual and moral surgery to remove independent thinking, the Republicans, with two exceptions, would all be on life-support now. If they ever had a life. Most of us who voted for the Democrats at the last election are now humming a sad tune: "I had a dream." When the Republicans ride their tidal wave of big-business Republican money into the Presidency and the Congress in the next few years, millions of us won't even be dreaming of real democracy. Nor voting for either Democrats or Republicans.
-1 # Guest 2010-03-07 11:42
What Rodney Patterson says is so true!!!!
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:09
But please still vote! It's what we need the most!
+3 # Guest 2010-03-09 14:01
Don't think for one minute that any individual's vote matters a damn anymore. Only the corporations' votes count, because they're made with $$$. Unless we dump our whole party system and reconstruct with independent, non-corporate-b acked organizations, the ones with the gold will continue to make the rules. And choose Presidents, Senators, Representatives , Supreme Court judges, Cabinet members, etc., etc.
-1 # Guest 2010-04-01 22:05
Thank You, Denise. It's amazing to read this. They are like rats in a maze...hopeless ly lost. Mike
+7 # Guest 2010-03-19 09:42
Rodney, I agree with your sentiment but I find it a bit misdirected. You are falling into a partisan trap with your "brain-dead Republican" spiel.

The problem is much larger than GOP and Democrat; it's a socio-economic divide that is supported by BOTH sides of the aisle.

Your statement: "When the Republicans ride their tidal wave of big-business Republican money into the Presidency and the Congress in the next few years..." is complete and utter baloney.

Look at current corporate sponsorship of our US Senate and you will find that corporations are good at hedging their bets. The system is broken and will remain so as long as we allow people to pursue politics as a "career".

Politics is NOT a career. It is a calling and it is public service. It should be taken up and then let go, not clung to for 40+ years.

We need to stand up against career politicians, even when their corruption benefits our communities.
0 # Patrick1960 2010-12-04 21:51
Quoting Guest:
If there were a Congessional Emergency Room for Senators and Representatives who have had intellectual and moral surgery to remove independent thinking, the Republicans, with two exceptions, would all be on life-support now.

I can't think of two exceptions.
+13 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:37
best thing i've read in quite a while. amen!
0 # Guest 2010-03-07 20:35
I agree with Jane Lowery. Vote all the Dems out that don't support the change we voted. As Cory says-'grow a pair"
+1 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:51
Right on. But so now how does this get shared with the "unususal suspects" and not the choir and how do they listen?
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 11:19
At least someone has used a word better suited than "disappointed". Usually someone says they are disappointed. I would prefer the word outraged.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:12
You've got it correct in spades. I am waiting for the final reckoning with these so-called "experts", and have come to regard almost anyone in "authority" with the utmost suspicion and outright hostility. If they believe that they will re-balance their corrupt "private/public " partnership
system, they are tragically mistaken. Soon, the "boots will wear out", and then this reckoning will come. The system is broken, and all the king's horses, and all the king's men, will not be able to put it back together again.There is no possibility of "bipartisanship ". Either this country will progress, or it will come to open struggle. As Lincoln said in reference to slavery; In the end, the country must be entirely one way, or another, but cannot survive as a house divided. We are back to this again, nearly a century and a half since he said it. Sounds familiar, no? It is good to hear such a clear, concise voice out here! Thanks.
-1 # Guest 2010-03-13 21:05
I totally agree, but until you can get the Kool-aid drinkers to watch something other than Fox or to turn off talk radio, the message is not going to get out. I know it is a little hard for some people to form their own opinions and like to regurgitate the conservative talking points, but we need to get to them and at least ask them to open their minds.
-6 # Guest 2010-03-19 07:14
Quoting Daniel Fletcher:
How wonderfully gratifying this article is!

I am and always will be progressive first and foremost and as fond as I am of Obama the person,

Yes, Obama, the head of the new Nazi Party
Quoting Jane Lenoir:
Thank you! Now I know I am not alone!

Sounds like you all want to be French, German or venezuala citizens. Get everything paid for and have no money left after all the taxes. Go there! Learn!
If Democratism (like communism, socialism, etc) works so well, why are the two TOP blue states, Illnois and California so badly off? Democratism!
Why were the last 2 years of Bush so bad? Pelosi! The democrats ran the house the last 2 years and she did not let ANYTHING go by that did not smear the other side. Ifyou don't understand that, time to go back and watch Schoolhouse Rock on the TV y'all love so much.
-5 # Guest 2010-03-19 07:39
Democratism works? Illinois and California - two of the BLUE states in so much financial trouble? The d's are doing the same thing nationally with the 'health care' bill. They to cut half a billion dollars from medicaid and medicare to pay for those who can't or don't, but also those who won't work, and don't want to.
Pelosi supports free health care for her 'artist' daughter, so she can persue 'her artistic talents'. Check her speech this week.
As the oldest of 8 kids with a bus driver for a dad,I worked MY buns off to get a decent education, worked 2-3 jobs to save for college, get job training and a decent job, now to pay for some 5th generation welfare queen's health care. While society SHOULD and MUST help those who are old or infirm - we don't owe the lazy squat. Both sides of the aisle cater to the scum of the country to get their votes to stay in power. Obama is charismatic. He pulled the wool over all our eyes, and is just a cheap Chicago political hack. Wake up.
+40 # Guest 2010-03-06 23:51
what happened between the time BUSH left us with a 29%
rating and disaster in very part of the nation - billions in bailouts and billions for wars that never should have happened,- and the present when all we hear from are the the republicans who keep saying "NO" to everything- why do we have to pay attention to them at all?- they were the losers for eight years- let 'em rant - ignore them and get the program going-
+26 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:04
Thank you, John Cory. Say it again. Louder, if possible.
+25 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:14
Thank you, I cried all the way through this. How lost I feel.
0 # Guest 2010-03-15 18:39
Why are you crying. You wanted hope and change. Well, here it is. This is what undefined hope and change look like.
+57 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:21
I agree with all your criticisms, Mr. Cory, and I share your anger. There are some decent progressives in the Democratic Party, but a very large percentage of both the House and Senate delegations are bought and paid for. They will occasionally do something for the 95% of Americans who are not wealthy, but only when they have to and never enough. The underlying problem is that we now live in a corporate oligarchy with democratic trimmings, and that oligarchy is divided into interest-based factions (represented by Senators) none of which has the foresight to give ground in order to save their system as a whole. We have to break their power before they take the nation and the world off a cliff.
-3 # 2010-03-10 05:56
Break their power with consumer boycotts of the products of the companies that fund conservatives in both parties and demand progressive legislation from their CEOs

www democratz org
+20 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:22
Glad to know you speak your mind and thank you for getting a healthy dose of reality into print. I only wish you would have saved an ounce of scorn for those so called moderates who continue to worship Obsma and the democrats like they have done anything of real value , that is other then open our eyes to how much we need someone like Dennis Kucinich or a third party candidate next time. If I hear(despite all evidence to the contrary) how much better the democrats are then the republicans one more time ,I just might write my own I am angry piece.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-08 13:45
Amen, John. If only the people would WAKE UP and realize that if the corp. media is telling you who your candidate is, you DO NOT WANT THAT CANDIDATE. Can you imagine what would have happened if, at midnight, they realized the people didn't fall for it and Cynthia McKinney was elected instead of Obama? The sham would have been OVER. If the media "whites out" or tries to make a candidate look foolish, THAT IS THE CANDIDATE WE WANT.
+29 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:52
Keep it up John Cory. You are not naive or simplistic. You are spot freakin on! Keep pushing
+19 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:53
Thank you John Cory for putting it all together---what an American should be!
+13 # Guest 2010-03-07 00:55
Jane, I second that and I'm sure there will be thousands to follow, and more importantly if this was broadcast on OUR public airwaves hundreds of millions would back us up. As it is, they are Madison Avenues airwaves and we must buy it or shut up.
+23 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:07
These days I keep thinking about "Network". What we should be doing is opening our windows and sticking our heads out while we yell, "I'm as mad as Hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"
-3 # Guest 2010-03-11 00:01
The movie Network came to my mind too. Bravo John for speaking up for the test of us.
+20 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:20
Excellent! You said so well what I've been thinking.
+46 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:28
The Democratic and Republican Parties are the two wings of the Corporatist Party. They both serve the interests of the plutocrats, not the people.
+16 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:29
And you know what, he's no Howard Beal (Albert Finchey) either!

"We have now sunk to a depth at which [merely] the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."
- George Orwell
+15 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:53
Absolutely spot on Mr. Cory! Time for a REVOLUTION. Time to restore our constitution, bill of rights & we the people truely rule our cratering country.
0 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:26
Time for Revolution?...y es but not a words revolution the pugs can't hear.
Time for a Liberal Dictator..yes.. .but we don't have it in our belly.
Time for a Civil war...YES...but we don't have it in our hearts..we are not Gun people.
Time to educate our young so as not to develop into psychotic tea baggers...yes.. .but we don't have the time or control.
Join up with the Coffee Party on Facebook
If there is any hope it will only be via a United Front.
+33 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:55
How wonderfully gratifying this article is! I am especially outraged over the Democratic Party seeming to always be poised at the brink of snatching failure from the jaws of victory.

There is a culture war fully engaged right now that is of epic proportions. It astonishes me that Democrats cling to bipartisanship, a concept that reminds me of Neville Chamberlaine negotiating with Nazi's and all the good that did.

Indeed, it is past time for Democrats to grow a pair, preferably brass, and just get the job done. It's like this titanic battle between darkness and light, good and evil, and Democrats are still wimping out?

I am and always will be progressive first and foremost and as fond as I am of Obama the person, if he can't pony up the nerve to call things as they are and act on the eloquent mandate that got him elected in the first place, he's going to end up looking every bit like the lying sack of manure that he replaced.
+5 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:30
You got it right--
"It astonishes me that Democrats cling to bipartisanship, a concept that reminds me of Neville Chamberlaine negotiating with Nazi's and all the good that did."
+13 # Guest 2010-03-07 01:57
Dead on, John. Give 'em hell.
+16 # Guest 2010-03-07 02:20
I once blogged a post titled "Why I Hate Them". It was quite well-written, if I do say so myself and I'm still proud of it. But, Cory, I bow before you!

As a life-long Dem, I hate the state of my party. It's been like watching a sister become a topless dancer and drug addict...
+13 # Guest 2010-03-07 02:22
John Cory speaks for me.
+14 # Guest 2010-03-07 02:25
Who is this John Cory and why have I not heard of him before? He is the most articulate man in America because he speaks for millions. He speaks for me.
+10 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:36
RE: "Who is this John Cory and why have I not heard of him before? He is the most articulate man in America because he speaks for millions. He speaks for me."

I'm a news junkie and I've not heard of John Cory before either.....but he does knows how to tell the tale!
A few years ago MSNBC's Keith Olbermann said it best: "There is little difference in our two political parties, it's just one party, The Money Party, and its symbol is the vulture!"
+27 # Guest 2010-03-07 02:25
Wimps! You Democrats have squandered your chance to make history. Instead you've shilly shallied wasting time.
Mr. President, why did you appoint all these do nothing Clintonistas? Instead of acting like Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, you're acting like Hoover! You know, Hoover lost! Do you want to be a one term President? Where's the audacity? Where's the hope? Let me remind you again, Mr. Predident. If you Democrats fail to at the very least pass a Health Care Bill which includes a Public Option, then I will NEVER vote Democratic again.
I'll vote Green, or Peace & Freedom, or Socialist, or Communist, or I just won't vote at all.
FYI: I'm a 72 year old veteran of 22 years active duty in the Air Force, plus 22 years with Tulare County, CA. I'm a triple dipper: Military, County, and Social Security. That's 50 years work.
Mr. President: don't further tax my retirements! Tax Bill Gates instead!
Thank you.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 05:39
Excellent, Mr. frank67! It is so good to see that there are adult people out there, with experience and knowledge! In comparison with your life long service to your country, today's so called leaders in politics - very many republicans and some democrats - have nothing of real life value to show for themselves, nothing! ZERO! The higher up they get, the more war mongering they are, at the same time having the less real life experience themselves. President Dubya had no battlefield duty, and one of the most repellent public figures ever, vice president Dead Eye Dick, never set a foot in the battlefield either, he fixed himself FIVE deferments. Why, oh why were these people and their minions ever given authority to "govern" the Am. people? Oh, I almost forgot, the activist judges of the SCOTUS put them there!
+25 # MoniqueF 2010-03-07 02:45
I have been angry for so long that I am considering leaving the country ! After 8 years of the Bush administration I had great hope, hope that kept me going. I keep on saying "tomorrow is another day", again hoping to see changes, but no. The Democrats keep on bending to the Republicans, Obama does not know how to use his pen (DADT), and our soldiers keep on dying at war! Thank you, we need to hear more from people like you !
+20 # Guest 2010-03-07 03:34
Hi MoniqueF
I left the country 25 years ago. I live in Germany where everybdy, and I mean EVERYBODY has affordable health insurance. I still vote, but after the last election am considering not wasting my time any more. If the Dems would read this article, which I doubt they will, and get some balls, whichI fear they won't, maybe I will vote for them again. In the meantime.. aufwiedersehen
+12 # MoniqueF 2010-03-07 09:37
ER444, I left France in 1969 to come to the US. In my country ( Ihave double citizenship), I have a disabled sister who gets the best health care. What I heasr from the rightwingers is "Go back, if you don't lile it here". This is their sole argument.
I am a fighter, but I am getting burned out.
Many people have left the country when Bush got re-(se)elected. I wish I had!
-1 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:09
Viens !!!!
-1 # MoniqueF 2010-03-07 14:13
ER44, you mean Germany? I never thought of it. If this what you mean and have good links for me, please contact me via my website! Thks!
-1 # Guest 2010-03-08 11:51
Monique, Actually I mean Europe. France, Germany England, Scandinavia. I don't know how you stand it there. A three week vacation with my racist father is all I can stand. He worships Rush and co. It is all too sick. I run screaming back to Europe where a much gentler society exists. Taxes are high, but I know what I am getting for my money. All the best.
-1 # MoniqueF 2010-03-09 21:11
ER444 and all, here is a story for you. when I told someone that I was considering moving to Mexico I got the following: "Are you crazy? Don't you know how corrupt the government is. the inequality among the people, the poverty and the lack of jobs?"
To which I answered, "you just described what's going on in our own country!"
One of my car bumper stickers "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention!"
+10 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:27
I too am considering leaving what used to be my country, but is now fully a corporate--mili tary-industrial -media complex. The democraps are just as sold out as the repulse-ilicans . Ralph Nader has been right all along.
0 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:08
But what are we going to do if all the good one live .
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:03
Moi aussie i left France in 1966 and have dual citizen and chose to serve in the U S but if you have a accent that is what your told if you do not like it go back were your came from ,so were is that country that claim to be the best home of the free i just wonder .
0 # Guest 2010-03-08 15:21
I went to Canada. Same story!
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 04:14
....yeah I`m sick of people that think it is a party difference..... so easily duped, they are...
+15 # Guest 2010-03-07 04:34
There is a simple solution to the problem of our one party GOPerDEM system - support the Green Party. Oh! but I'll throw my vote away! As if you already didn't! I dare you to go to the Green Party website and actually read the platform. You may be pleasantly surprised. Or just go ahead and support the GOPerDEM machine that's run our country into the ground. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Time for something different.
+18 # Guest 2010-03-07 06:49
Quoting Joel Mason:
There is a simple solution to the problem of our one party GOPerDEM system - support the Green Party.

We need a constitutional amendment instituting the instant runoff voting process:
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 06:52
Quoting Joel Mason:
There is a simple solution to the problem of our one party GOPerDEM system - support the Green Party.

I would support a constitutional amendment instituting an instant runoff election process.
-9 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:35
Constitutional amendments are extremely difficult to get passed and take too much time just making the rounds. Not a way to go.
+18 # Guest 2010-03-07 04:40
It has been said, that a society gets the society it deserves. Congress will do nothing substantive,unt il we the people force them to do it. The Tea Party represents people who spew the Republican (corporate) line. They are loud, and the vast majority of Americans who get their political direction from sound bites think there must be some validity when people talk so loudly. If you don't like the fact that the Republican agenda continues to dominate our political landscape,you need to continue to speak up. As the author says, when they say a public option is socialism, tell them that it is compassion and it is what we need. Ask all the Republicans who say we are now so deep in debt why they put us there with unfunded tax cuts and unnecessary wars? Use your vote. Let your representatives in Congress know they will be out of a job if they don't serve our interests instead of the interests of Wall Street, the Insurance and Pharma lobbies, and the Military Industrial Complex.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:29
We are speaking up! All the time! But we get no coverage. We are screaming into a vacuum.
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 15:10
I'm tired of the excuse that our government is powerless to do anything without us forcing them to do it. It's not true. We did our part by electing them, and they need to do their part now by accomplishing what they promised. Bush got tons of things (virtually all bad) done without anyone forcing him to do it. Why can't the Democrats do the same with their larger majorities in both houses? Because they really don't want to, because they are controlled by the corporations just like the Republicans. We must reject both parties and either join the Green party, or form a better alternative. That is how to really use your vote. That will make them listen.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 05:19
Bravo! Please wake up Obama. Please. So many people gave ass much as they could to elect our President. Now he must, absolutely MUST GET TOUGH. What happened to the spine of the Democrats? No. Don 't answer that. Just keep hoping that they, and our President, will get tough in the face of all the low level abuse and dangerous politicking in Wash. DC.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 05:28
Being angry isn't enough. Action is required. If everyone who feels this way would simply write a letter to their representatives we would change the country and the world. If everyone who feels this way wrote a letter to their local newspaper we woud change the country and the world. It would take so little, but we too seemed to be to scared to do anything. We are to blame also.
+10 # Guest 2010-03-07 15:13
I wish this were true, but it isn't. They don't care about letters, emails, or phone calls. Even protests don't matter because the biased media only reports on teabagger protests, not on protests for liberal causes. Don't waste your time talking to people who don't listen. It's true that action is required, but it must be something much more drastic than writing letters or even protesting.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-07 06:27
Mr. Cory: Your indignation is well-placed, but how can someone as erudite as you be so surprised at the Democrats? Surely you took the time to research Barack Obama's history and background before you jumped on his bandwagon. The broken promises, the deals, the corruption: all of this was predictable. That's why I voted for Nader.
+10 # Guest 2010-03-07 06:31
This says it all for me! What are we to do, the DNC and President Obama's organization just keeps on asking for more donations to continue this insanity. It is maddening!
+9 # blah blah blah 2010-03-07 07:05
I just registered with RSN to say THANK YOU JOHN CORY! I no longer feel inspired that we will have a government that will represent its citizens, but at least this article helps to remind me that I am not alone.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:09
Hallelujah!!! I wish Democrats would stop rulling by opinion polls created by right wing-nuts...pre tending they mean something. Scott Brown means that people are pissed nothing is getting done and will vote you out for it...government for the people not Corporations! Hallelujah!
+12 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:11
MY GOD. Yes. Who is John Cory??? Is there a way to coalesce around this point of view? I am on my last legs, and I don't give up easily. PLEASE FIND A WAY TO UNITE THOSE WHO AGREE WITH YOU, JOHN. Our entire future is at stake@
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 13:02
I'm right with you, Shirley!!!
Let's coalesce around a way of speaking out with the same powerful voice together, one voice (& blessed John Cory's voice)and stop the madness!!!!
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:15
Thank you! Good one! Say it again and say it louder and louder and louder!

And they try and say that Democrats don't know what they stand for... NOT!
+5 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:15
My God, yes! Is there a way for us to coalesce around this point of view? Our future is at stake. PLEASE take the next step and show those of us who see this reality how to get together! I am to the point of desperation, and I'm not one who gives up easily.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:27
What he said.

Thank you, Mr Cory!
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:29
Thank you, John Cory. You've articulated my own outrage perfectly. One of the root cause problems is the mainstream media, who constantly validates these "movements" and their psycho spokes people. We've always had extremists. The difference now is that they've been legitimized.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:40
Obama and the cretinous Dems are simply and solely house niggahs for vested interests -- the banks, Big Pharma, even bigger Agric. And the Repubs are traitorous, treasonous Witness Shrub, Rove, Cheney alive and well after serious crimes.

Americans: Rise up! Throw off your chains. Vote
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:45
Brilliant. Republicans in Congress have no ideas, no plans and no principles except this one: "Make Obama Fail". Their minions on FOX "News" and on Fright Wing Radio have one message, drummed incessantly into the mush-like brains of their audience: "Be afraid. Be very afraid. Of this Fascist/Sociali st/Communist/Mu slim/ Black Man From Kenya Who Has Stolen Your Country.
I'm sending Cory's rant to everyone I know.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 07:49
But will the White House hear this? I'm afraid that they are not listening.
+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 15:15
No, they won't hear this. Obama will never read it, and any of his advisors that did would never tell him. They don't care about us. They always take our positions, like single payer, like prosecuting war criminals, "off the table". We will just have to replace the table.
+14 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:17
Spot on! I have felt confusion for months as I watch one of the brightest, most eloquent and historically grounded presidents in our history stand so passively. What the heck is up? Where is his voice? What about the audacity of "change you can believe in"? He has the capacity, as he displayed when he so confidently swatted down the Repugs in their House retreat. He can do it, so why doesn't he? I think of the throngs on the DC Mall for the inauguration and where we are now. In my darker moments I think we have been completely had. Other times I think the forces pulling the chains in this country are bigger than we - or Obama - ever realized. People flinch from the word but we are dealing with a corporate & religous mash-up of government - otherwise known as facism. I am growing increasingly cynical and angry. Bush squandered our wealth and national reputation. Unless he pulls it together, and quick, Obama will have squandered one of the greatest opportunities in American history,
+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:45
"When a deficit-mongeri ng politician says, "How do we pay for this?" Why not ask, "What did you Republicans do with the surplus we Democrats left you?""

While I applaud and appreciate the expression of anger and share it, if we accept that the above is wholly true, and that Dems don't share equally the responsibility for our current predicament, then we continue to swirl down the toilet of our legitimacy as the carriers anything that resembles an ethical and equality-based Democratic system of government that can effectively identify and remedy the speed and velocity of its descent down the porcelain bowl
+5 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:45
Clinton’s crew, if you'll recall, was responsible for delivering the banking institutions completely into the era of legalized large scale gambling with real estate and pensions, and unbalanced free trade agreements. Nothing, no reasonably presented rationale or early warning financial crises that flushed the pensions, earnings, and whole economies of the affected countries would dissuade him from Free Trade agreements that were designed to consistently bestow benefit only on the rich: A badly masked extension of the bizarrely reasoned and enacted “trickle down” theory of the actor poobah that preceded him (after a short reign of the first Bush that was derailed when he fell out of a chair and puked in Japan. Better watch that Sushi George!). An economics based purely on what SHOULD happen that was rubbing its filthy rich hands together and drooling so badly it ignored what DID happen.
+12 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:46
These are the people still in charge of the Democrat party. That should have been obvious to everyone once they regained the House and refused to act on any of the outrage they were hearing and pretended they shared during the first six years of Bush II.

Now we have houseboy presidential politics in a rapidly eroding advertising campaign labeled hope and change.

While they denude our public education systems in the hope of enriching those who can't imagine not making millions of dollars in profits off of every single aspect of American culture, and talk about protecting children, they blankly refuse a simple act that would show the world that we give a minimal hoot for the children in the rest of the world by denying a ban on land mines.

Let’s not even start on Health Care. I might fall off my chair in gales of laughter and bump my head on the coffee table.
+10 # marmie 2010-03-07 08:52
At last! You've captured EXACTLY what so many Democrats are thinking but are too cowardly to say. Your article should be posted on the front page of every newspaper in the country, and read on every street corner. Thank you for your outburst- it's very reassuring to know that someone isn't afraid to speak the truth
+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:55
Hope you don't mind, I am using your bumper sticker suggestions as my facebook status for a while. 100% behind your commentary here.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:57
Very good John. Clearly, we have to go to work, and keep working. We have to elect people of principle. We need to determine who the "boughts" are, and replace them. It's hard work, but let's roll the sleeves up and hope for the best.

And I hope those working on prosecuting war criminals really keep it up.
+5 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:57

This pretty well sums up how I feel...

+3 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:58

This pretty well sums up how I feel...

+2 # Guest 2010-03-07 08:58
Ghost Dog:

This pretty well sums up how I feel.

Painted Stick
+2 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:01
Hi Susie:

Well here's a small dose of how I feel about the current state of affairs...

Please let me know when and where the next trivia is.

+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:01
Well, John, well said. However, you are writing as though the Democratic Party of the day is the Democratic Party of FDR, JFK, LBJ, Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton - not that they weren't full of fallible humanity, bad judgment and/or corporate connections. But today's DP is owned lock, stock and barrel by those with whom they make backroom deals.

Here're 5 things we need for starters:

1) An intelligent and pro-active electorate.
2) A Constitutional Convention.
3) Elimination of the "Commission" for Presidential Debates.
4) Along with the Electoral College.
5) All corporate political contributions and corporate paid lobbyists.
I fully realize the futility of the above because We, the People, have been effectively neutered, brainwashed, marginalized and cowered by the Golden Calf, the American Myth and our own myopic focus of the world.
However, the end result as someone once sang:
"A hard rain's a gonna fall."
0 # Guest 2010-03-08 01:49
Finally, someone who agrees with me that nothing will change for the better without a Constitutional Convention! The Senate and Electoral College must change. Representation must be by region, not state, because State governments are not connected to Federal; if State and Federal are too close, there are too many opportunities for pork or payola.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:01
Hope you don't mind if the bumper sticker suggestions become facebook status. You are speaking my language. My son [15 year old bur politically informed] wants to start his own political party - and frankly, I hope he succeeds, I need an alternative, the Democratic Party seems to be ashamed of me, and no longer wants to represent me, they just want my vote. Progressive and proud of it - wish my reps were too./
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:02
Terrific piece, message on target, wish I had written it myself. Question: how does Cory's message get out to a public that's glued to its televison set, day and night?
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:06
Quoting Jane Lenoir:
Thank you! Now I know I am not alone!

Your not alone and reading this reminds me who needs to know we are all out here.
The power broker,ie Administration, DLC, etc.should receive a flood of this message via fwd from us to them.Please send.
javascript:addSender("\"Mitch Stewart, \" ")
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:11
The Republicans (corporatists) know the value of anger, how to hone it and target it on the clueless. The Democrats are a confused lot on the whole. They do not understand that weakness is not the same as reasonableness. Republicans run their organization using fear as a tool. Democrats run their organization in fear.
+15 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:11
Definitely a little over the top. But that's what angry rants are about. And I definitely share that anger.

Bipartisanship would be wonderful. People trying to pull together for the good of the country would be beautiful. But we live in polarized times. And that polarization is preventing the country from dealing with the problems that have accumulated under two decades when the only changes that occurred were conservative.

Circumstances determine the kind of action required. Polarized times mean polarized responses. If our countrymen and women chose to no longer be a people anymore, so be it. But in the meantime people are dying for lack of health care, soldiers are being discharged for institutionaliz ed homophobia and the planet is mustering to rid itself of its human infestation that simply cannot live with the rest of the biosphere in peace.

That is the reality we face. Time to respond to reality.
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:13
In a country where half of the population is half mad and the other half couldn't care less, is it any surprise?

Everytime the Democratic Party is given the chance to prove themselves, they blow it big time! The entire world, much less the nation knows by now republicans politicians are vicious hypocrites with immoral values hiding behind stack of bibles, yet don't quit simply because they know most democrats are basically scared of them. The problem with the Democratic Party is not the GOP, but themselves. The DNC should single and throw out those corporate bought conservative democrats out and get some real thinking talent in there.


As for Obama, I'm beginning to feel sorry for him. He acting more like a house boy than anything else. He is doing just what the republicans want him to do. I rather have Michele Obama as president than him! She's the one with the pants in the family!
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:21
You eloquently put into words what the majority of American citizens feel! Thank you.

Can we use the energy of that anger for positive action? What will it take to be heard? Maybe two million people marching on DC and standing on the Capitol lawn demanding the return of the government to the people would get their attention!

+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:21
Hear, hear!
+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:22
I agree: we should immediately boycott further support of the Democrat party and side wholly with the Greens. The Dems are already going to get their heads handed to them in the next 2 elections--it will make the point all that much clearer
+15 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:23
"Bite me." . . ? Bloody brilliant and altogether priceless. About the only thing you neglected was Corporate ownership of the media which ensures the right-wing/reli gious loons a reliable distribution service for their destructive drivel, and perhaps the devaluation of public education to the point of meaningless job training . . . for jobs, surprize!, that no longer exist. Well done! Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann really really need to read this. Cheers!
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 09:48
Thank You! Totally Brilliant and long over due.
+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:04
OMG.. What JCorey wrote is straight out of my head & heart & what I have been voicing for a while. I can't fight anymore. I'm leaving this country.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:07
Thank you John. To the rest of us, JUST STAND UP!
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:11
I couldn't agree more. I am so frustrated with the government right now. I am ready to join a grassroots effort to vote those out of office who are solely focused on preserving their own jobs and care nothing about working for the American people who gave them these jobs.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:20
Thank you! I've felt isolated. I voted for President Obama and I too want to vomit when I hear bipartisanship. It will not exist until we change the cost of being elected and throw them all out and get politicians who have brains and a conscience. Do what is right. Remove the cap from the contribution to social security and medicare and pay for a public option, reduce the massive amounts of money spent on war and then I'll feel like the government works like it shoulg, for the people.
+7 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:31
When I first saw this last night, about 9 hrs ago, there was just ONE comment posted. I thought about adding my 2¢, but I rarely do this. Having awakened still sick and thinking about it, I dragged this piece up to read again. WOW! Why is it that so many who want things to be better (as I believe our forefathers intended -- I am convinced that Lincoln (father of the GOP) is tossing in his grave) just WON'T be heard ... not even when we (legitimately and overwhelmingly) elect somebody who appeared to be champion of change. We need a second American revolution. Chris Hedges explains a lot of what is going on in Empire of Illusion, but his 'solution' stinks. I want it right and I am tired of waiting for the political establishment to deliver. We can do this and I hope that our political process is not so stuffed structurally that we can't do it through sensible and rationale progress that includes and benefits all law-abiding Americans.
+5 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:54
Thanks for the blast of fresh air!
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 10:57
Please read my article "It's not all about us" in an ezine called CommonSense2...
It gets to the conversation we're having in my little town. Have the same conversation in yours!
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 11:01
Amen! Amen! Amen! What will it take for the Democrats to get some spine??? Obama has abandoned ALL of his electoral platform. A lot of us need to break away from the Dems and form our own party. Move ON probably has the infrastructure to so it. Michael Moore for President!
+5 # Suzy T. Kane 2010-03-07 11:03
Thanks for the blast of fresh air!
-11 # Guest 2010-03-07 11:15
The only thing I would question is your brain. You really believe the Democrats want change? Do you really think they don't use the term bipartisan so they don't have to do what the people want? Do you really think 0bama is any different that Bush? Do you really think the dems are stupid...or are they as corrupt as the GOP? I am afraid you have the Democrat Party confused with a party that gives a damn. Grow up. They have a spine....when they want one. They just pretend to be what you think they are!!! They cheated to give the primary to 0bama. Has a party ever cheated to have somebody "good" elected? When they lied and cheated to make sure a fool and corporatist was elected you should have known. But you were blinded by racism. If he were black...or half black...he had to be good. What a fool...the two of you! And don't be so quick to dismiss the birthers. It would be pretty easy to prove them wrong. So why won't they?
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 11:17
Well done. One proof of the state of the Democratic Party: Rangel takes a "leave of absence" as chairman of the House Ways and Means COmmittee and the next in line in senority for the position is one of the few people in Congress who has consistently shown a spine: Pete Stark D-CA. The Dem leadership regard him as "too controversial" because he refused to "compromise" on an energy bill that gave huge concenssions to Big Coal so they go against decades of precedent and bypass Pete as chairman. I have had enough of this &*%^(#@!
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 11:42
Amen! I am angry, too, but I will always be a Democrat. As for the Tea Party, this is the same group that used to have bumper stickers that said, "America, love it or leave it." In other words, shut up or get out. Why don't they shut up and play nice today?
+2 # Guest 2010-03-08 02:02
I would love it if the TeaPartiers would leave it, but I would feel sorry for any country that got them. They are here only because we have low taxes and they can pay for their healthcare, gated communities, etc., out of their pockets from their overseas tax shelters. Actually, I think the Tea Party are all on the payroll of insurance companies.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:13
John Cory has it exactly right and frankly, I do not understand the timidity of the Dems and of Obama. We will never have such a large majority in Congress again and the presidency. What are they all waiting for? Most of us have already told them what we want them to do in phone calls and emails. Still, they disappoint.
Read Frank Rich's column in the NYTimes today. He also gets it.
+10 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:22
Thank you for expressing our frustration! After eight depressing years of the Bush administration, I was hoping for a little progress. But the Dems are blowing it because they're so afraid of offending someone and not getting re-elected. Stand for something or you don't stand for me, and you certainly won't get my vote!
+6 # Leeskyblue 2010-03-07 12:23
"Somebody" should lead us? If you have the energy to write impassioned or clever letters to blog sites perhaps you have the energy and wit to lead, because stomping on "teabaggers" is mean minded and worse, decadent. At least they are trying to organize and do something, however misguided. Nobody here is superior to them.
Tom Hayden is an old man, probably and deservedly a little tired, and so am I. However, if anyone has the motivation to get off his or her behind and take the spit that you throw at teabaggers, and actually try to start something, then I will be happy to stuff envelopes for you. Any takers?
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:34
I agree completely. I have been ranting about this myself. The Republicans are in lock-step, they are ruthless, they have no honor or conscience, and most of all they have an agenda that they do not reveal to their constituents. In other words, they are narrowly focused on a single goal - help the wealthy and big business. They are practicing deception and elitism.

Democrats are practicing Democracy. This puts them at a disadvantage because they are not in lock-step, and have many goals (this is how Democracy is supposed to work). At the very least however, they should realize that trying to practice bi-partisanship with the Republicans is like trying to practice diplomacy in a war with the bullets are flying by your ears! Make no mistake, this IS war.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:54
The people that need to read this are Obama, Reid, and Polisi alonmg with the reps and sens. I am snding this whole thing to them by email and snail mail.
Lists of names don't count, they won't accept them.
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 12:57
turn your anger into action. join 100000 other Americans and check out the Coffee Party movement on Facebook or on their national site

i personally got tired of being pissed all the time, just raised my blood pressure and didn't accomplish anything. i want government to start working for the people again.
-8 # Guest 2010-03-07 13:37
The graphic I like is the mastercard logo
of shared space. That is what the Tea Party folks and Grassroots Progressives should embrace. It means an all-inclusive America, with all other sovereign nations tied for SECOND.
0 # Guest 2010-03-10 19:44
Charles, I'm sorry. The readers are voting down your post, but I'm not going to vote on it until I ask you to explain yourself. What exactly are you trying to say? Be explicit. Thanks.
0 # Guest 2010-03-08 02:06
I don't trust Facebook, but applaud your efforts. Is there a non-Facebook Coffee Party to join?
+2 # Guest 2010-03-10 19:48
I like both tea and coffee, but I wonder if it's such a good idea to use third world cash crops as symbols to rally around. How about a Goat Milk Party. Goats are great symbols of self-reliance and independence, and they can turn old car tires into wholesome milk. There's some good metaphors there.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 13:49
I was a kennedy (JFK) Democrat, then over the years I realized that I had morphed in to an Independent, Now I am just bewildered.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:00
I am a DSemocrat. I am an angry Democrat. I am glad to hear someone else is as angry as I am. Intercourse the Republicans- pass laws that Help Americans. Go it alone, rather than dragging along reluctant and ugly spirited Republicans. Grow a spine and a set of gonads, and pass some legislation that matters.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:03
The Democratic party has had to tread carefully because so many people didn't understand what the Republicans have been doing. The GOP wants to break our system of government. The Patriot Acts and the recent economic crash are evidence of that, among many heinous moves. But they have done this all the while trying to make their constituency believe they are noble. The reconciliation process wasn't designed to be overused any more than the filibuster. But since the GOP has jumped in there recklessly, the Dems are also required to wade in. They have done that rightfully with reservation. They needed to bring the public understanding along with them. So it's up to us to support our reps. That requires everyone turns off their ridiculous Fox programming, Limbaugh and all the other liars, and find out the real facts. Fact about health care reform - when people are explained what is actually in the current bill proposal, they are overwhelmingly in favor of it.
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:15
I'm torn between laughing and crying. I fear there is no hope for this country. Thank you John, for expressing what so many of us are feeling I too feel boundless anger at the politicians who simply have no regard for the American people.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:17
The previous comment is my point exactly in my earlier post. These people are why the Democrats have had to go carefully. It's a battle over the hearts and minds of independents. And many will follow this line, instead of seeing reason. And politicians don't commit political suicide if they can help it. Write to Congress today! Show support, stop whining.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 15:15
So the guy before me took his nasty comment down. Beth, I agree with you. But reference Tomw below.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:20
And by the way folks, they are going it alone and using reconciliation to pass HCR. It's last weeks news. this is also my point. It takes forever for people to catch up with what's actually going on. Turn off Fox. Read the newspapers.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 14:26
Well, Mr. Fedup, Congratulations to you. You must be part of the 1% of America that owns 50% of the wealth here. That is the only group the Republicans care about (everyone else is scum). If I were you, I'd vote for them too.
-25 # Guest 2010-03-07 15:03
To paraphrase Dennis Miller -= you people make as much sense as singing "Louie Louie" in Farsi while on amyl nitrate.
What's the matter with you alimentary canal exit holes?
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 15:36
If the Democratic Party doesn't grow a pair damn soon, and start looking after the interests of average people (over corporations), I, and thousands like me, will be looking for another Party to support "somewhere to the left of the Democrats". I have been a registered Dem for the last 40+ years, and just this year, after watching the Obama administration' s spineless and inattentive pursuit of a Public Option...after giving big Pharma and Big Insurance the "goodies" they wanted...but nothing for the "little people", I have chosen not to renew my Party membership. If this administration doesn't to a course correction damn fast, I won't be voting Democratic again.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-08 02:13
There is an old song for this:
"Sy and I went to the circus. Sy got hit with a rolling pin. We got even with the circus. We bought tickets but didn't go in."
We need a Constitutional Convention, and throw out the Electoral College, not take away all the good people.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-07 16:25
I love this essay by John Cory. But,I don't know why people are badmouthing Clinton. The country was in good shape with a surplus when Clinton left office. Isn't some of our financial difficulties a result of bills coming due on what Bush borrowed from China to finance the wars?
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 17:03
Mr. Cory, you've got my vote. What are you running for?
+11 # Guest 2010-03-07 17:39
My adult children are in language training in preparation for leaving the country. They have given up on the US. They have families to raise and take care of and it is simply impossible for them to obtain decent wages, health care and anything resembling a decent education for their children. To them, the U.S. has invested nothing in them or theirs and they feel they owe no loyalty since all they see for their childrens future here is ignorance, neglect, poverty and an early death. THE FACT THAT THEY ARE PROBABLY RIGHT SHOULD SCARE THE SNOT OUT OF ALL OF US! My boys are neither delusional, ignorant, lazy or looking for freebees. They just want to live in a place where their contributions matter and their lives are valued. IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR?

If you are a Republican, the answer is yes. If you're a Democrat, do your answers really matter? Will they?

People, it is time to fight or give up. Fight because you have arrived now at nothing to lose.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-08 12:34
Leaving is one answer, not a wrong one either. But staying and fighting is called 'fighting for your country.' You don't have to be sent to Afghanistan to fight for your country.
+5 # Guest 2010-03-07 17:42
Whatever you are running for or whatever group you're forming, I will join the effort.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-07 17:59
This rings too many truthful bells. But, I'm uncomfortable putting all of them in one caste as they do to progressives.
They just see things through a different prism. We must oppose them because they know not what they do. Try to forgive, but, use the force of which you speak to fight their ignorance.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-07 17:59
Amen. The last year or so has really taught me to hate the Democratic party, which I am a registered member of. I am considering voting Green or similar as it becomes evident that the Evan Bayh's, Ben Nelsons and Rahm Emanuels run the Democratic party, and real progressives/li berals/whatever you want to call them are viewed as pawns to be taken for granted -- useful in winning elections, but never to be given a place at the table.

Unless Howard Dean runs, I'm very likely voting in the Democratic primary here and then voting Green in the general.
+9 # Guest 2010-03-07 18:57
Couldn't have said it better...thanks

We can't give up, we just can't. There is no compromise with the right nor with corporate America. Their positions favor so few with so much.
-20 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:30
OMG I have never sees such whining and sniveling in my life. This article, and every post I've read denies two simple facts which are required for communal living within a society. Self Reliance, and Personal Responsibility.

If you feel the need for sympathy, you can find it in the dictionary. Its right between shit and syphilis.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-08 12:39
How self reliant are you? Do you drive on the roads? Do you drink the clean water that comes out of your tap? Do you keep a fire hose in your garage in case your house burns? Good luck to you the first time you need major medical care.
0 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:46
This article strikes the hearts and minds of thinking people, but does not, unfortunately, give us a direction. As far as our ever growing debt is concerned, let me remind you that it was Obama who decided to keep up an unwinnable fruitless war in Afghanistan, which is bleeding us of money and young men and women.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:48
I have been saying these very things for months and writing to my Senators telling them and to anyone who would listen, but no one is listening. If they are, they aren't responding. I worked long hard hours for Obama and Democrats to get them elected. I donated money that I really needed for other things, but this election meant a new hope for America. I am destroyed by what has NOT happened. I'm copying this letter and posting it on Facebook and sending it to everyone I know. I will NOT vote Democrat again after this, but I sure can't vote Republican. I will vote for a third party and the Green Party will probably be my choice.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:49
I agree with the article, which unfortunately does not give us direction. I'd like to remind everyone that it was Obama who extended the unwinnable War in Afghanistan, which is costing us money, young men and women.
+8 # Guest 2010-03-07 19:51
Dear # MoniqueF, # Pikewitch and # Daniel Fletcher
I came to the same conclusion to consider emigrating out of the USA when on August 18th I saw uTube of the "Health Insurance" CEOs testify that they would continue killing people for profit by denial of care and rescission of contracts.
And they did not leave the building in handcuffs!

The purpose of civilization is to protect its members from predators.
The predators are now being aided by our government !
Thus the US is failing in its most basic test of a civilization.

We are now killing off our innovators (sole proprietors and small business founders/employees).

So I think we should seriously consider taking our innovative energies to countries that treat us like persons (unlike Just-Us Rob(b)er(s)ts.!/pages/Emigrate-For-Health/143040990828?ref=ts

And # ER444
Please do tell us how we can move to Germany.
-4 # Guest 2010-03-07 20:54
Yes, I can see you are quite angry, but I am sorry; anger and criticism is a long way from a solution. Maybe a more constructive approach to all that angers you would be to identify several initiatives that are important to you. You might try to do a good job of explaining how your idea could address these issues. Take time to clearly communicate what is wrong and most importantly specifics actions to be taken to correct these issues. Bitching and moaning is not the answer so stop the whining. It's easy to call the plays from the bleachers - how about move to the side line and coach a little. Solution are what's important and it will require PEOPLE to work together and take off those DAMN labels that DIVIDE US.
-1 # Guest 2010-03-11 22:59
A. Lincoln, you are completely off base. You write as if specific answers have not been provided time and time again and your critique is just so much crap. The point is that when progressives and the army of intellectuals, scientists, experts, scholars, etc, etc, etc parade their reems and reems of answers, the collective response of the powers that be is to simply ignore them. We bitch and moan because we have answers and too few listen.
One extraordinary example is the proven reality that for profit health care does not even come close to single payer, nationalized health care provided elsewhere. When we have child survival rates worse than Jamaice and other third world countries, don't even try to blame progressives for a lack of answers.
Your shoddy and woefully inadequate message is sophomoric and dishonest at best and the worst drivel I have ever seen on RSN.
You can take your whining drivel and, in now famous words, "bite me".
-1 # Guest 2010-03-07 20:57
Now, if Pres. Obama would grow a pair and go toe to toe with this gang of nuts, we micht have a country like it once was.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-08 01:26
I'm impressed with all the responses...
The Dems don't listen to us "left-wing" people. Why don't they know that we ARE the center that elected them? One reason: the Senate (two votes for every state, no matter how unpopulated) and the Electoral College (winner take all, together with two extra votes for those Senators). If the Senate represented region, not state, and by population, then the liberals would far outvote those conservatives. The Federal government is not involved in State policies anyway; region would make much more sense. Those rural Sarah Palin states are truly "landed aristocracy." We need another Constitutional Convention, unfortunately (which might take less time than healthcare reform). My bumper sticker? "Give me healthcare or give me death, oh that's right, that's what you already want for me."
+2 # Guest 2010-03-08 08:29
i'm tired of the so-called polls that are meant to sway voters and politicians to believe the reasons we elected obama are somehow tainted and out of fashion. the losses in november and beyond will be caused by INACTION rather than the vomit spewed by the the republican dictates that somehow become results of 'opinion polls'. i've written enough survey questions to remind people that those questions are almost always skewed AND interpreted by the financial backers of the polls.

democratic representatives : what was true when the dems swept the last elections is even more true now! you swore and promised change. if you can't stand up to the party of teabaggers and palin, get out and let reps who can fulfill the promises made!

as Mo'Nique said after winning the oscar last night, "Thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forgo what's popular to do what's right. ...."
+3 # Guest 2010-03-08 10:30
I've been a democrat since 1991 and i still plan on voting for them but only this time it's the progressive dem grassroot route for me.

And as far as Rahm's bad boys centrist establishment group goes the DLC & Blue Dogs they can kiss my ass if they want my vote again.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-08 11:11
Why not send your article and every single comment posted here to each and every Democratic Senator and Congressperson.

Actually why not wrap them around a rock and throw it through their windows. Maybe then they'll finally catch on!
+3 # Guest 2010-03-08 12:47
Thank you! Thank you! Keep calling your representatives and telling them what you want. Keep writing letters! We cannot give up fighting for what is right. Liberty requires liberals.
+5 # Guest 2010-03-08 13:00
I sent a copy to my Dem Senator, asking him if he could not be the one to stand up and speak the truth about the Repug version of bipartisanship.

I urge all of you to do the same.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-08 13:11
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You couldn't have said it better. I was looking for words to say it, but only vulgarity and hate was coming to mind. But I am glad you jumped in and said it out loud. Now will the Democratic Party Committees and such like, and the Democratic Senators and Congressmen and the White House, please read this article of truth that so well represents the voice of millions of Democrats and Independents and I'm sure even some republicans who voted for this President for change.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-08 13:31
+2 # Guest 2010-03-08 18:13
This is great, at least Americans are ‘Waking Up” albeit a bit late to save what’s left of our democracy. I had visions of our future 6 years ago & published “Wake up… 097531310X, Amazon” predicting our future through 2037 based on our “staying the course”, which was the mantra back then and up to now we’re still on course except for the “blip” when presidents Bush/Obama ‘postponed a classic depression’ leaving us with what we are experiencing now, a “slow melt down” that gives the rich time to prevent getting hurt.

Predictions about Housing took over 3 years to develop and SOME READERS avoided getting caught with a mortgage, which is good but that problem pales in comparison to the really bad stuff coming up. There’s a solutions offered in the book on how to cleanup our democracy and it specifically points out the Rogues too but most important it peeks into our future up to 2037 so individuals can make life sustaining decisions.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-08 21:38
Huzzah! I'm sending this to everyone on my list. It's past due for the Dems to get some cojones.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-08 23:04
Sad to say, the Democrats, except for a few true progressives, will not "grow a pair" because their agenda is the same as the Republicans.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-08 23:09
Yes. Yes. Yes. But you neglected the two biggest symbolic examples of the blatant hypocrisy of our chosen elites.
1) These senators and representatives won't support even a flimsy public option plan for us poor, non-elected slobs in the country, though these sleazy elected ones all accept and enjoy the full benefits of single payer, taxpayer funded health care, complete with a 24-hour clinic for their use at the Capitol and Walter Reed for R&R when they feel they need it. 2) In case that is not enough, they also have arranged for themselves to get regular salary increases AUTOMATICALLY, unless some rep or sen calls for a vote NOT to increase their salaries. (Uhhh--Don't hold your breath.)Pretty slick hombres, these Ds and Rs we elect every year.
+5 # Guest 2010-03-09 00:24

The entire system is corrupt, including the Dems, & democracy is breathing its last. In its place, a new form of fascism (insidiously American-style) rears its ugly head. The extraordinary gift of freedom we have enjoyed for more than 2 centuries is spent, tragically wasted, as more folks are disenfranchised in body & spirit. We have buried minds/hearts in meaningless frippery while our government has gambled away justice & our future. Ken K pointed out, succinctly, the deeper truth -- one that many are still in denial of -- "the Democrats ... agenda is the same as the Republicans." If ENOUGH of us vacated & joined the Green Party -- getting behind Nader & others of his courageous ilk, rather than villifying him for hurting the Dems --maybe something new could happen. Instead, I fear too many angry people on BOTH sides will take to the streets with extremism & violence, when what we need is more (of Ghandi's) potent satyagraha.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-09 08:32
Hooray. At last a voice of reason, truth and dare!!! Let's dare the Dems to start acting and stop blathering. We elected them for a purpose. They have no purpose at this point. But be watchful, people, that while pointing to the Dems' failures, and there are many, we do not elect opposition members who are out to take us backwards. Better to tread water than give up what we agree should be our continuing struggle.
0 # Guest 2010-03-09 13:14
0 # Guest 2010-03-09 13:41
Great essay, gets right to the truth.
0 # Guest 2010-03-09 14:50
+1 # jayne.richardson 2010-03-09 15:02
Thank you! So spot on! You have eloquently communicated the thoughts, feelings, frustration and anger of the young Democratic party! Hear! Hear!
+2 # Guest 2010-03-09 16:00
I have saved this essay and the next time the DCCC asks for money, I am sending a copy of this essay instead of cash. Perhaps if enough of us do this, the DCCC will get the message. 45,000 of us each year die for the insurance companies. I don't even know how many are injured or incapacitated because of insurance company policies. The time for real action is now. I think I'll send this along to my representatives and perhaps a copy to old Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson. I'd send one to Stupak but I'm not sure he's a 'reader'.
+2 # MoniqueF 2010-03-09 21:22
Sharrie, this is a wonderful suggestion! I am printing the article and will send it to the Dem. party! And on the envelope I will write: Contribution !
PS: All of us must sign the petition and forward it !
+1 # Guest 2010-03-09 17:11
The "anger" expressed by Cory sums it up.

My only question is what happened to enforcing "treason and perjury"? The Republicans lied us into wars, cooperate bailouts and subsidies and you know the list.
Cheney, Limbaugh, Rove, Republican bible-thumping gun-toting congress-people (etc) give false statements OPENLY and not get punished

We need lawyers to tell us "how to enforce" treason/perjury in the Senate, WH, USSC - any public official who lies= commits treason.

If we cannot have accountability -- we are dead -- we we don't vote for the best of the worst (the dems) then we can hand over our freedoms willingly to the Republicans (corporate thieves) --
+1 # Guest 2010-03-19 07:47
Quoting aarennels:
The "anger" expressed by Cory sums it up.

My only question is what happened to enforcing "treason and perjury"? The Republicans lied us into wars, cooperate bailouts and subsidies and you know the list.
Cheney, Limbaugh, Rove, Republican bible-thumping gun-toting congress-people (etc) give false statements OPENLY and not get punished

We need lawyers to tell us "how to enforce" treason/perjury in the Senate, WH, USSC - any public official who lies= commits treason.

If we cannot have accountability -- we are dead -- we don't vote for the best of the worst (the dems) then we can hand over our freedoms willingly to the Republicans (corporate thieves) --

You hit it on the head, for the democrats as well. They OVERWHELMINGLY signed on to the IRAQ war - go back and read the votes!
+3 # Guest 2010-03-09 17:58
I am so angry, that for once, and believe me it doesn't happen often, I find myself speechless. Yes, yes, yes. Our country has been hijacked by a bunch of lying, hate filled, semi-educated so-called 'authorities." And the party of John F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, and Adlai Stevenson is just rolling over and taking it.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-09 19:08
Amen!!! Way to go dear friend.....more power to you.
+1 # Marinski 2010-03-09 19:40
It's hard for me to say this because I have often voted Independent, but I don't really believe a 3rd party will ever prevail in this system, so it's critical to reclaim the Democratic Party ala Jeff Cohen's entirely cogent analysis on Real News interviewed by Paul Jay.

These are four 10 minute clips that explain the history of how the Democratic Party got turned into an instrument of the Corporate, reoriented not really in opposition to the Republican Party but another arm of the Corporatists. It explains why Obama is doing what he is doing and why we need to do a mighty work of change on our own. Progressive Dems of America (PDA) are fearlessly heading in that direction and they speak the same kind of truth that John Cory does here.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-09 19:57
I agree, amen!
+2 # Guest 2010-03-09 21:06
I agree... People aren't asleep anymore so there is still hope for US after all.
0 # Guest 2010-03-09 21:36
Wow, I couldn't have said it better! But I can say it differently check out my video!!!
+1 # Guest 2010-03-09 21:43
I'm tired of politicians playing mind games with the people to avoid actually discussing the issues. Sounds a lot like "Health Care is Socialism". You haven't even said why it will hurt us. You just labeled it and called it a day.
-7 # Guest 2010-03-09 21:48
What a load of ignorant tripe. When you figure out what it is that other people actually believe, then write an article that isn't full ofsh*t. I want the time you stole from me back.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-19 07:14
Quoting John Helander:
What a load of ignorant tripe. When you figure out what it is that other people actually believe, then write an article that isn't full ofsh*t. I want the time you stole from me back.

hear hear! This guy is just stereotyping people and everyone loves it... sickening.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-09 21:55
Thank you. We are done as a great country if something is not done in short order. The first place to start is voting out all incumbent politicians, and begin passing legislation that enforces the precept that it is a government for the people and run by the people, NOT a government for corporations run by those who line their pockets while the people are further economically subjugated to corporations and big government.
+3 # graigrsn 2010-03-10 01:25
Way too much right-left paradigm.

The bozos in Congress and Government in general, are bozos regardless of what they call themselves.

Democrat-Republican just keeps us fighting against one another while avoiding the real issues.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-10 06:57
Thank you for the release of your frustration, however, has anyone taken the time to read the entire so-called legislation. I am under the understanding that it has quite a few (I believe they are called riders) that are detrimental to all of our freedoms.

Yes, I intend to read it for myself. Do not go along just because so-called Progressives make it sounds so good. Have they read it yet? I bet they haven't! Let's take a survey to see if all of these writers have read it for themselves! Then we can call it honest investigative reporting. Not a feel good sound good issue.

Read it for yourself. That is the problem with this so-called representative form of government, we really think that those that we elect really represent our interest. I call it the best government that money can buy (sarcastically speaking).
+1 # Guest 2010-03-10 08:58
I 100 percent agree.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-10 13:17
I agree
0 # Guest 2010-03-10 13:27
Hell yeah! Agree with every single sentence.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-10 13:59
Like I have said all along. We should not allow any media coverage of campaigns and we should only elect those who don't advertise. We should all be mailed a concise description of their platform and maybe watch televised debates... and that's all!
0 # Guest 2010-03-10 20:44
"Supreme Court that says money is free speech"
unless it's the media, they were exempt. What about equal protection, did you READ the ruling?

"Republicans treat the Constitution with selective interpretation and selective application to others while exempting themselves from judgment and accountability."
Like Al Gore "it's a living document" or the liberals voting in the New London case that Changed a word in the Constitution so now the Gov. can take your house for public Benefit (like tax revenue) instead of public USE (like a road). You mean that kind of selective interpretation?

"Republican Party ....but now quake in dread of the American judicial system when putting terrorists on trial."
If we are at war, they don't have a right to it. Worse though, because of Obama, and Holder, they already said they'll be found guilty and punished. Nice way to taint the jury pool, and now they MUST be found not guilty because of these two geniuses.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-11 09:30
While I appreciate the pathos of the essay in general, I agree with Dan if what he's trying to say is that the Democrats are no better. The Demublican/Repu blicrat party would be better described as the Corporate/Fasci st party anyway. They play a good cop/bad cop game with the people so that the simpleminded think there's a difference. But the actual policies are nearly indistinguishab le. There is substantial continuity between administrations . So substantial in fact that we cannot realistically expect to accomplish real regime change without a wholesale defection to parties in better alignment with popular ideals. The Greens, for example, have a platform which, if you actually read it, I expect you'd agree with. This is not a left-right issue. This is a class war. It's the honest working people versus the kleptocrat oligarachs. The left-right spectacle is just to keep our minds clouded and our ranks divided. Massive overall of the electoral system is an essential ingredient in forging a solution.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-11 12:20
I agree that both parties vary less than most think.. I disagree with most on this board who seem to want a socialist gov. I want LESS gov in all areas of life. More gov = less liberty
+1 # Guest 2010-03-13 01:50
I like the idea of voluntary federations of smaller governments. One problem with our current arrangement is that a centralized state is exerting control over too large an area. States should have rational borders. I think a good unit would be the bioregion, and within that could be subdivided into smaller watersheds. The individuals should have complete sovereignty in matters which do not adversely affect the commonwealth or infringe on the sovereignty of others. The communities should, likewise, be locally autonomous to the degree they're not adversely affecting the commonwealth (i.e. spewing noxious gases from their factories that fall on neighboring communities as acid rain or whatever). Federations could be formed among communities for security and economic purposes. Anyway, my main point is that the U.S. is too big, and no central government will ever allow people liberty when operating on the scale of the U.S. We need to evolve new forms of association from the familial on up to the global.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-12 22:01 Amending the Constitution will take, perhaps generations as did civil rights, as did women's rights etc. So, let's get started! State by lousy state.
+3 # Guest 2010-03-11 11:46
Yup! We're angry and disappointed. We complain to and commiserate with each other while the other guys wave flags on street corners and shout down congressmen in townhall meetings. We want to be rational and reasonable while the other guys circle their wagons, stay on message, and vote as a block. We have the power and we simply don't know how to use it.
+6 # Guest 2010-03-11 15:00
I see this is a long list of comments and I know I will get buried quickly, but my voice is raised with you, in community and in outrage for the manner in which BOTH political parties conduct themselves; because neither one is representing U.S.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-11 15:34
Shout this message on a megaphone. It couldn't be said any clearer. John Cory stated it perfectly on all points.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-11 15:55
I'm sorry and very angry it has come to this. I have always believed in bipartisanship but not as a one way street! Enough is enough. We do not need republicanized democrats. Get rid of elected democrats who work for lobbyists and owe their souls to special interest groups.
+7 # Guest 2010-03-11 19:18
I only support progressive Democrats, otherwise I vote Green, because I support real democracy, a caring society, a sustainable world, a civilization worth its name.
0 # Guest 2010-03-11 22:04
I respectfully disagree with everything you say.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-12 00:21
I find that most Republicans and Blue-Dog Democrats are PLIFs*

* People Living In Fear, a reference to conservative or fundamentalist followers of any religion that leads them to be fearful of any questioning of their religious doctrine or to be open to creative, new ideas. Because psychologically fear is such a crippling emotion, psychologically healthy people tend to try and control and recognize this in themselves. Those who don't tend to rely on more dictatorial or authoritarian leaders whether they be in the form of a political leader or their own chosen God.

Besides the other political actions we must constantly fight the Fear!

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
0 # Guest 2010-03-12 00:29
I believe in The Republic Of The United States Of America
+2 # Guest 2010-03-12 14:55
The politicians that try and help and protect the middle class don't seem to last long anymore. We have been totally scammed by the political community. They had a good thing going but as usual got greedy and screwed us to the point where the system is falling apart.
+4 # Guest 2010-03-12 16:16
Anybody with a brain and a conscience should be angry at a system that's so broken it ceases to respond to the citizenry.
-1 # Guest 2010-03-12 21:53
Oh Boy! Another petition!
+1 # Guest 2010-03-13 21:06
This is EXACTLY what I've wanted to scream in the face of the DNC for about a year......I AM ANGRY AS HELL!!! We CAN do MUCH better!!!!
0 # Guest 2010-03-13 21:25
This is why i want to move to Canada. Thanks for putting it so perfectly.
0 # Granny Mari 2010-03-14 01:22
Ok I am not waiting for BO to grow a pair I am sending a pair to the White House in a clear plastic food bag so everyone can see them on their USPS journey. One will be labeled PUBLIC OPTION the other will be labeled JOBS NOT WAR. Guess they will have to be a little bigger than ping pong balls but I will find some the right size. Wish me luck on finding some made in the USA. I will also be patronizing USPS since they are running out of funds.
0 # Guest 2010-03-14 05:57
Why should i move to Canada. Anyway, "When some Tea Party crank says, "I want my country back," I respond, "No madam, you want your country backward."...."
suits me just fine.
-1 # Guest 2010-03-14 12:38
The most important thing is counting the vote. We have the votes to beat back the Republicans, but, if you have noticed or not, the Republicans are counting the vote with their machines and their programmers.
+1 # Guest 2010-03-14 14:41
One can just as easily state this about Democrats. Both parties are guilty.

“Republicans treat the Constitution the way they treat the Bible, with selective interpretation and selective application to others while exempting themselves from judgment and accountability.
+2 # Guest 2010-03-15 16:21
One thing missing here is the outrageous abdication of the mainstream for-profit media. The MSM is always a year behind the public, but its had plenty of time to recognize the consistent lying and fear mongering from the right and call them on it.

The Liz and Dick Cheney torture revival show is setting us up for a totalitarian takeover after the next major terrorist attack, and these idiots in New York are just letting them do it.
0 # Guest 2010-03-15 20:01
If, like me, you identify with John Cory's anger, I assure you that you will REALLY enjoy an article which I published last week at OpEdNews. Seeing the great response that John's article has received here, I wish that I had done likewise. But how does get an article published here?
In any event, I had to cut out some good stuff to get my article published at OEN; so I highly recommend that you all go to my, where it's the impssible to miss "Exclusive insight of the week".
Whereas John rightlyfully complains about many of the symptoms of the illness affecting the Democratic Party, what I have done is expose what I believe to be the CAUSE of many of those symptoms, a cause that we can address and fairly easily once we recognize it for the terrible problem that it is.
-1 # Rayosun 2010-03-15 20:27
Once I had registered as a member, following the post above, I got the answer to my question as to how to post an article here. So no need for anyone to answer that.
0 # Guest 2010-03-16 00:58
This post hits the mark, but doesn't ask the key question:

Are we in this predicament because the dems don't know how to lead (fight the republicans) due to ignorance and an innately spineless constitution, or because they DO know exactly what they are doing and are very skillful about doing it? Which is to play to the gallery while representing their true constituents. (Now, who could they be? Hmmm, a real puzzler.)

So, a petition to your representative or the party leaders will have no impact if it is to demand they get a spine or do the right thing. It may have an impact, however, if it is to say (at the top or as the concluding line): WE ARE ON TO YOU. With a list of immediate demands re the wars, healthcare, financial regulations, global warming, etc...

Set up an org to follow-through.

+1 # Guest 2010-03-16 21:12
We have a two party system--that's two, not one bipartisan party. Democrats do your job
0 # Guest 2010-03-17 03:11
+3 # Guest 2010-03-17 03:49
These are all excellent points and I agree.
BUT, we ALL are to blame too. How many of us want "something for nothing?" How many of us shop at the lowest cost places, which drive economic choices (i.e. jobs) to low cost locations and the living conditions that then drive people to? How many of us, by our actions, are supporting the very things we're whining about in this post? We have to walk the talk, team!
+1 # Guest 2010-03-17 10:07
Cool story, bro!
0 # Guest 2010-03-17 15:28
This is disgusting

can anyone tell me? where are we going to get the money for your healthcare overhaul?

and you are so worried about keeping jobs for americans... If a public option becomes available, it will put a lot of Healthcare businesses out of business.

the above stated fact is just a minor problem to a much bigger one being that we are already trillions of dollars in debt, how are we going to pay for it???

annoy a liberal, use fact and logic
+2 # Guest 2010-03-17 15:43
for having the balls to say what those of us left with brains think
0 # Guest 2010-03-17 16:53
Nobody who provides health care will be put out of work by a public option. Only the middle man who profits from death would lose their job!

Doctors, nurses, and true medical professionals would not be effected, the insurance industry provides nothing but an Enron style profit racket would lose their monopoly!
0 # Guest 2010-03-17 18:43
This is disgusting? Really? How about perverting the bible and constitution to make it say whatever you want, that's disgusting. Oh yeah, and where did we get all that money for that pesky little war? No Republican was worried about the cost of war, but Healthcare?!! They'll pay for their own agendas but they won't pay for the health of their own citizens
+1 # Guest 2010-03-19 00:46
well put. agreed
+1 # Guest 2010-03-19 02:10
I signed all the petitions! Well written and rightly said! I'm tired of feeling like I don't matter in this world and yet am still forced to watch it be destroyed. People need to come together for the survival and growth of our wonderful race.
0 # Guest 2010-03-19 15:23
Well said.
0 # Guest 2010-03-19 21:42
0 # Guest 2010-03-19 21:44
I am not only angry, but feeling hopeless. What happened to democracy? And what happened to intelligence?
0 # TheCEAVProject 2010-03-20 14:04
The CEAV Project Couldn't agree more. Who was that mayor (Denver, DeMoines, I can't recall) who also spoke truth to power during the Bush invasion? What happened to him?

In any case, do look at our last two blog articles at - "To Restore Our Planet..." and "The Saddest Blog I ever wrote...". Just reminders that, in the midst of our justifiable anger, we do need to attend the joy or our original visions - the reasons we are fighting so hard to bring sanity into the world. Thanks to all, red slider and The CEAV Project (
0 # Guest 2010-03-26 10:32
Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are Fear mongering, plain and simple. They make up all these lies so you so that you will think with your butt, and not with your brain.
0 # Guest 2010-03-29 12:10
This is so spot on. Our country is just not what it was, things have gotten so bad, one of the best options is just to leave.
0 # Guest 2010-04-01 22:09
I did. I'm writing you from Mexico! Nice place here. Mike P
0 # Guest 2010-03-29 20:05
0 # Guest 2010-03-30 22:59
ok so the solutions is....become an anarchist
0 # Guest 2010-03-31 22:06
Bravo, send this to Obama. We need to knock on the door of congress real load. We need to wake-up those silly jokesters by slamming on their door with the force of an angry fearless mob, carrying shamefully worded signs of vulgar ugly threats -- at night with torches. Let then know who they are dealing with.
0 # Guest 2010-04-01 22:01
I'm not going to sign this. And it's not because I disagree with it. NO ONE IS LISTENING...DEM OCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. YOUR VOTE IS MEANINGLESS. I'm not being a smart-ass, but it's at the point of civil disobedience now. You flip-flop between democrat and republican - crazy, neurotic behavior. Politicians have nothing but disdain for the citizenry. Haven't they shown that enough times? They are robbing you blind. When you lose your country, then maybe you'll TRY to fight, but by then it will be too late. This road has been traveled by other nations before the USA. Did you not learn from them? It's obvious that some of you think that this is Iceland, where your vote means something. The Constitution of America is only as good as the people who protect and respect it. Unfortunately the Am. people have allowed the corrupt to use it to their advantage. Go back and read your history books cuz if you don't know where we've been, you won't know where you need to go and how to get there. Signed, Experienced!

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