Friday, November 05, 2004

What the Democrats better do

Now that the elections are over, and the Dems lost, they need to live up to their responsibilities as the counter-balance to the Republicans. With all 3 branches of government controlled by one party, the Dems absolutely must stand firm, and use the filibuster when necessary. They completely let us down after 9/11, rolling over on just about everything the Bush camp introduced. Doing so also put them in a weak position during the elections, trying to explain why Iraq, the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, etc. were bad ideas and wrong, and at the same time, explain why they voted for them.

The Dems must find their backbone now. No trying to be moderate, no trying to appeal to the swing voters for the mid-terms. Bush is going to appoint at least one Supreme Court Justice, and the Dems need to insure that he is not a neocon, far-right ideologue. Those choices are ones that effect the country for years, and the Dems have to vet the candidates well. They also need to really scrutinize what the Bushies try and do with the War on Terror, and in Iraq. I think they completely let us down and abdicated their responsibility. They need to return to the idea of being the loyal opposition, or our country is in trouble.

One more thing- this should be recognized by Republicans as well. One party government is never a good thing. A democracy needs checks and balances to work. If Republicans think it's grand to have won everything, just remember, you might not recognize your own country in a few years.


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