Sunday, January 24, 2010

Democrats: Much to learn, you still have

America has turned into quite a country in the last couple of months.

According to the current media narrative, if you're a Democrat, the end is near. If you're a Republican, you're on the move.

Winning a couple of races for governor hardly portrays the totality of the national mood, regardless of whatever track Michael Steele is laying down. People are pissed, to be sure. But it's a misreading of the tea bag leaves to aver this anger is targeted to the Dems.

Massachusetts says more about the fecklessness of leadership than it does the beginning of political change of epic magnitude. Starting with the concept that it was Teddy Kennedy's seat, the establishment committed one unforced error after another.

Newsflash - it's the people's seat.

Here's to hoping the era of familial representation posing as democracy has come to a close.

There's significant angst among the populace that things aren't getting better. Jobs are still hard to come by. Obtaining credit is like squeezing blood from a stone, a slap in the face of taxpayers who funded trillions to the financial services industry, only to see those dollars funneled to insanely inappropriate bonus payments that are completely tone deaf when it comes to the voices of the citizenry and bereft of any linkage to the FSIs actually correcting the practices that brought us all to the abyss and left many of us still teetering on the brink of disaster.

Neither side has demonstrated the fortitude, much less the ability, to roll up their sleeves and attack the problems we face honestly and with transparency. At least the GOP is consistent: If it's good for business, further enriches the wealthy, and keeps the damned illegals and gays from gaining ground, it's good for America.

Democrats pay lip service to the people, but when it comes time for action, ineffective doesn't even begin to describe their performance at enacting solutions that cure the disease. If anything, Democrats are quickly becoming parasites, latching on for the ride, leeching money and support and hope from their base while providing little of benefit in return.

This was supposed to be a symbiotic relationship, dog.

Progressive bloggers warned the powers that be of the pending shift in loyalty, should leadership ignore the rumblings emanating from deep within the population that dropped Barack Obama into the oval office and provided Democrats with the comfortable margins in Congress that they now enjoy.

All we asked in return was for these leaders to do what they told us they would do.

In the words of a small, oddly-featured man (not Robert Reich), "Do or do not. There is no try."

Image via niallkennedy's photostream on flickr

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