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February 11, 2006
And Getting Mad

With apologies to Howard Dean, who seems to mean well but is in the unfortunate position of having shown up too late, this process of rebuilding, of finding the vision, has to happen independently of the Democratic Party.

Because if the so-called "leaders of the party are just starting to wonder in 2006, if there might not have been opportunities in torture, secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, bombing civilians, body counts in the tens of thousands, manipulating intelligence to drag the country to war, illegally spying on USofA citizens, secret arrests and detentions on USofA soil, wide-spread corruption, political and financial nepotism, dismantling social safety nets, and nearly wholesale indifference to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, if the so-called Democratic "leaders" are just now starting to wonder if, somewhere in all of that, there might have been an opportunity to hold the Bush Administration and the Radical Right's feet to the fire? Then I don't think we really have anything left to say to them except, "good-bye," do we?

The Democratic "leadership" has finally failed so spectacularly that I think we're sensible to turn our backs on it.

The "vision" that all of these things are bad, that the political process doesn't have to be a sink of corruption, that civil rights continue to matter, even in the 21st century, and that corporate profits are not the be-all and end-all of our future, has to come from us.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This, I think is where blogs can really have a long-term impact. We have to stop waiting on some unidentified "other" to take the first step. We are the people. It's both our right and our duty to define the words, identify the issues, and hammer out compromise solutions.

I firmly believe that bloggers count among their ranks either the people, or the people who know the people, who have the gifts we need.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:05 AM