I received a solicitation from the DNC today urging me to contribute to the party, to show President Bush that he did not receive a blank check or a huge mandate in the last election. Much has been written about the lack of definition in the Democratic Party, but this email message drove it home for me. The key paragraph was:
When President Bush tries to dismantle Social Security, the Democratic Party will be there to stop him. When he tries to make his disastrous tax cuts permanent, we'll be there to stop him. When he tries to stack the Supreme Court with right-wing judges who don't share our values, we'll be there to stop him.
Hey, I'm with ya on all of these. But I don't really need to give money just so Democratic senators can filibuster Republican legislation right and left. How about asking me to contribute in order to sway public opinion toward the legislation we want to PASS? What do we want the Supreme Court to support? What is our plan for Social Security? What is OUR agenda, that we need money to help push forward?
The way this reads, Democrats have apparently given up actually getting anything done. Our guys are just there holding the line until we can get some more seats someday. That's pretty cynical if you ask me. I have no love or great respect for the Republican Party generally, but I expect there are at least a few elected Republicans who know a good idea when they hear one, and could be persuaded to vote for it. Heck, at least try it, and then you can finger point when everything goes to shit, right?
Come on, Terrry, let's stand FOR something.