My Party Affiliation

Let's get one subject perfectly clear, once and for all.

I have been repeatedly accused of trashing the Republicans and either ignoring the Democrats or quietly supporting them by omission. I will agree that the vast majority of my writings center on the conservatives and their actions but demand one proviso; the Republican far right and religious right provides such perfect material to unmask and truthfully explain for the public and/or especially to lampoon, as is its due. They propose such insane, self-centered and self-serving legislation, while pretending to care about anyone with an income less than $100,000 a year, that they make the easiest of all targets; the bloated hypocrites. I do not unmask the stupidity of the Democrats simply because their party is in such disarray and confusion that they are unable to espouse a national policy worth even discussing, let alone ridiculing.

Seriously, gentle readers, when your liberal party elects a President who follows the conservatives in lock step, even when he admits to the damage he is causing, you have monumental problems. Only a couple of the Democrats in either house still even bother suggesting legislation since their "leader" will either sell them out for a song (or campaign contribution) or try to claim credit for any decent legislation that appears out of his party.

I am of the firm opinion that all parties, by their very insistence that there be a mandated platform, are harmful to any democracy. The Republicans maul any of their brethren who dares to express an opinion not in keeping with the inane but nasty "Contract with America". The Democrats can't find two people with the courage to step up and assert a vision for any future but the next election. The United We Stand America party is a delusion centered on a dysfunctional personality and none of the other small parties can find a voice that matters or is important.

What this nation cries out for is an independent articulation of the reconstruction needed to bring this country near to what is its potential has always been. Someone who owes nothing to the wealthy or to Corporate America or to the lobbyists that make our government reek of greed and corruption. Someone with the strength and fortitude to stand up to the reptilian power brokers and force a return of that power to the American voter. Someone who desires to change America not for their own place in history but for America's honor, today. Someone with the courage to guarantee that all taxpayers share in the burden of government equally and that all share in this nation's fortunes just as equally. Finally, someone who simply wishes to make this nation one which again cares about all of its citizens and governs as the Constitution demanded in its preamble, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, 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."

I don't know if you noticed a glaring difference between the above and the current political philosophy of all parties, but you might note that nowhere does Corporate America rate even a passing mention in the preamble to this nearly perfect document. Our founding fathers did not feel that business deserved the protections that they bestowed upon the American citizens. They believed, as I do, that government is here to serve its citizens and business is here to serve us, as well. We were not intended to be slaves and warm bodies for the fiscal pleasure and abuse of commerce. We are not, as the prevailing political sensibility goes, all created equal, but some more equal than others.

We are America! We, the men and women and children in this nation, with differences of color and creed and religion and sex and sexual orientation cast far aside, are the American people. It is the vast sea of differing humanity in this nation that makes us great, not Wall Street or General Motors or Dow Chemical or even the religiously worshipped Dow-Jones Average. It is the people of America who must have their birthrights returned from those who have stolen them, lied about the existence of them and then sold them to the highest bidder. It is we who must wrest the reins of power from those who only want to grow richer at the expense of the common man. It is we, gentle readers, who must begin reforming the United States in the image our founding fathers desired but which has been reduced to the rubble of 1990's capitalism. It is we who our own last hope. Is this the America that you want to bequeath to your children? I most assuredly hope it is not.

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