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Here’s my list of the things sapping my once great enthusiasm for the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party:

  1. No prosecution of admitted torturers.  No torturer has been disbarred, kicked from their profession or locked up.
  1. No serious investigations of the financial collapse that laid blame and revealed names.  
  1. No investigation of how America was lied into the Iraq War.  
  1. No healthcare reform.  Forced to buy insurance from corporations with a proven track record of lying, denying coverage, and using every loophole and ambiguity to screw us over.  This is health INSURANCE reform.  Most Americans did not want that; they wanted a public option which they did not get.  Being forced to pay an insurance firm when you almost know they will screw you out of every penny makes those on the left and on the right infuriated (viz the vote in Missouri)

(and the list continues--and you are asked for your list positive or negative)  Do you think this list is unreasonable for a Democrat to want addressed by a Democratic President and Democratic controlled House and Senate?  List continues over the fold . .

  1. No closure of Guantanamo.  Continued special renditions.  Robot bombing across international borders.  International rule of law severely damaged and not repaired.  And how on earth can any American citizen be targeted for death without trial?
  1. No investigation of the politicization of the Justice Department and other federal hiring.  The Bushbots have burrowed deeply into the federal bureaucracy and no one has been held accountable for partisan hiring.
  1. No investigation into voter fraud by Republican state officials, systematic disenfranchisement and electronic vote manipulation.  Instead, ACORN dismantled with the complicity of Democratic leadership and members of Congress.
  1. No real action on the biggest threat facing the planet and the future of humanity:  anthropogenic climate change.  (Yes, more money for “green” energy and issues than ever, but in light of the magnitude of the threat, this is like equipping the police with cap guns and whistles.)
  1. No card check.  No defense of unions.  No push for unionization.  No realization that Republicans have targeted public sector unions and are in the middle of an all out assault on them in hopes of collapsing the public sector altogether.
  1. No immigration reform.
  1. No administration support for changing the filibuster roadblock in the Senate.
  1. No real strong stance for Net Neutrality.  
  1. No hard hitting investigation of BP.  Instead, the worst oil blowout in history has supposedly done little damage and investigation has been all but halted (scientists are struggling for funds to map and follow the damage).
  1. Appointment of a commission on deficit reduction that appears clearly biased toward still more and deeper cuts in the already tattered and inadequate social safety net rather than revenue enhancements.
  1. Inadequate financial reform that many experts state flatly will not prevent a recurrence of a financial collapse.  Worse, what was passed is now the Democrat’s to own.  And when it fails, Republicans will blame Democrats and regulation for the failure.
  1. Inadequate educational reform predicated on funding testing and other types of Republican “reforms” meant to undercut public schools and destroy teacher unions.  (See the excellent diaries on this by teacherken)
  1. A wildly inadequate stimulus bill, knowingly left inadequate (nearly half went to tax breaks, which are not stimulative in the present employment collapse).  Democrats appear willing to tolerate the highest level of unemployment since the Great Depression.  There should be screaming from Democrats about jobs and unemployment from every Hill and holler in America.  Instead, we hear echoes from Democrats of every Republican meme.  WE DID NOT VOTE FOR AND DO NOT WANT REPUBLICAN LITE.
  1. Putting or keeping Republicans in office and promoting and retaining officials who have manifestly failed to do their jobs well.  (Geithner, Summers, many others).  Not putting people like Elizabeth Warren, Volker, Stiglitz and Krugman in charge.
  1. Administration officials constantly attacking those on the left who worked hard for them and in the main, fleeing from or even legitimating right wing attacks.  Breitbart, putting Fox News in the front row of the White House press room, like it was a legitimate “fair and balanced” news source, for example.

Yes, I do appreciate all the things Obama and the Democrats have done, but many of their efforts have died in the Senate or been watered down nearly to pointlessness and certainly to inadequacy.  I read Blackwaterdog’s diaries and I try desperately to find sunshine when and where it breaks through the dark clouds over our future and our country.  Some really important things to me have not been attempted at all (torture investigations, for example).  The Obama Administration has spent  far too much time and effort courting Republicans who hate them and given far too many kicks in the teeth to progressives who desperately want Obama and the Democrats to succeed.  We want him to succeed but cannot for the life of us figure out why he doesn’t recognize who his friends and enemies really are.

I will vote for progressive democrats in the primaries.  I will support progressive democrats with money and GOTV efforts.  But I will NOT be voting for so-called democrats like Blanche Lincoln or Ben Nelson.  I will not lift a finger for a blue dog democrat.  I will not support ANY Democratic Party organ that distributes its funds to blue dog democrats.  I will vote for but not provide money or effort to a Democratic Party candidate in my district or state who is heavily supported by corporate interests and who does not actively seek union support and endorsement, but I will seek any and every opportunity to encourage a progressive primary challenger to them at every opportunity.  I will not vote for a blue dog democrat.  Not now.  Not ever.  I will support a challenge to Obama in the primaries if a credible progressive candidate like Al Franken stands.  If Obama stands again and survives a primary challenge from the left, I will vote for him, but the 3 tee-shirts I have with his portrait on them are in the drawer and there they will stay until I see some of the REAL CHANGE I worked and paid and voted for.  (See the list above.  Window dressing will not do.  Half measures will not do.)

Call me a leftist if you want but you will be wrong.  My first vote was for Richard Nixon; a vote I regret now.  But my family origins are in the Republican Party before Lincoln was a Republican.  I was proud to describe myself once as a Mark Hatfield or Eisenhower Republican.  But I never voted Republican once Reagan and his partisans took over the party and began to attack government, undermine governance and defraud the treasury.  I never will vote Republican again because these people who call themselves Republican today are Dixiecrats and racists, not Lincoln or Eisenhower Republicans.  They are theocrats not democrats or constitutionalists.  Their attack on the 14th amendment to the Constitution ripped the mask off their face, and it is the face of the KKK.  I know who my enemy is whatever they call themselves.  But please, will the Democrats figure out just who are their friends?

Please don’t give me happy talk about how any Democrat is better than a Republican (that is true prima facie) or attack me as naive and a dirty hippy.  I remember Lyndon Johnson well.  I teach public policy at a graduate level.  I grew up a yankee in the south during the civil rights struggles.  I have been a union member and blue collar worker, but I am not now poor, even close to it.  I understand finance, investment, and have been on the sharp edge of fighting for democracy in China and lived there over 20 years.  I couldn’t give a damn about pandering to someone.  I am no troll for either left or right or any other direction.  But I feel Gibbs and this Administration and far too many Democratic members of House and Senate are either intimidated by or deceived by or in cahoots with those who do not have the best interests of the people of the United States in the forefront of their concerns.  And I have a long list of very real and very serious issues that this Democratic dominated House, Senate and Presidency have just not addressed or addressed very inadequately.  I believe that my grievances are great and the satisfaction given so far has been much less than promised or possible.

So if you agree with the general thrust of this diary, please list your concerns that have not been addressed.  If you disagree, list and detail those Democratic accomplishments you believe outweigh my unaddressed or inadequately addressed concerns.  Make an argument and a case, don’t just sling insults and call names.  

Thanks for participation and I'm looking forward to being either corrected or corroborated.  Do you think this list is unreasonable for a Democrat to want addressed by a Democratic President and Democratic controlled House and Senate?  

Originally posted to monkeybrainpolitics on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 05:15 PM PDT.


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    •  McGovern?!? (1+ / 0-)
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      McGovern drove me out of politics for three decades! The purity progressives who backed him made me crazy and I focused on music and photography until 2000.  His name is mud to e.

      Here's my choice, "I'm pretty enthusiastic about most of our ticket, even though I'm still irritated with our state party for some poor, disrespectful choices it made earlier this year."

      Being upset by Robert Gibbs, and your loaded, cherry-picked list of everything wrong and nothing right have nada to do with it. I can think of way more things I approve of but I'm focusing on state elections right now.

      Go, Justin Coussoule. Make Boehner sweat!

      De-orangify Congress: Justin Coussoule for Oh-08

      by anastasia p on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 05:18:40 PM PDT

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    •  Mine too (12+ / 0-)

      And I have something to add. I have gone from a committed progressive political junkie to near total disengagement. It became unbearable to watch everything I believed in sold down the river. (And I use that figure of speech advisedly.) I don't even watch Olbermann or read the paper any more. This website, which used to be my online home, gets a glancing visit maybe a couple of times a week. I have little hope for my country. I have hunkered down to take care of myself and my family. We are engaged in survival now, like so many. These so-called leaders of the Democratic Party give us no reason to care. If they are so uninterested in fighting for us, why should we lift a finger for them? I will vote; that's about it.

      •  i am sooo much on your page (8+ / 0-)

        the problem being that i still click on this web site.

        i will say that it is helping me keep up with the astounding pace of climate change which is part of my complete reversal concerning what i am trying to decide as goals for the rest of my life.

        saving my family, such as it is, must be my primary goal even though we are not likely to survive what is coming.

        saving a record of what went wrong here and now and the valuable stuff humanity accomplished seems to be the best that can be done at this point.

        ironically, dkos was instrumental in my coming to this conclusion.

        if people here had actually been willingly to band together to fight the administration's tendencies, than i would have had hope to keep fighting.

        those who push back against 'us' have convinced me that americans simply will not stand up for what is right.

        Gaia is heartbroken.

        by BlueDragon on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 07:59:04 AM PDT

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      •  agree with most everything (0+ / 0-)

        except maybe the part about voting. it only encourages them.

        "the Blanche Lincolns of the world are the heart, soul and face of the national Democratic Party" - Glenn Greenwald

        by output on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 03:09:37 PM PDT

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  •  Great diary (11+ / 0-)

    As a Democrat, I'm disgusted with my party. There are times I flirt with the possibility of joining the Green Party. And things like Sestak kicking his Green opponent off the ballot makes matters worse. Even Specter could be classer than that.

  •  The National Sales Tax (9+ / 0-)

    I can't understand why the Dems, purportedly the party that champions the Working and Middle-Class, would propose such a regressive tax.

    First it was Pelosi, about one year ago, on Charlie Rose's show...

    Pelosi says new tax is 'on the table'
    By Michael O'Brien - 10/06/09 10:59 AM ET

    A new value-added tax (VAT) is "on the table" to help the U.S. address its fiscal liabilities, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday night.

    Pelosi, appearing on PBS's "The Charlie Rose Show" asserted that "it's fair to look at" the VAT as part of an overhaul of the nation's tax code.

    "I would say, Put everything on the table and subject it to the scrutiny that it deserves," Pelosi told Rose when asked if the VAT has any appeal to her.

    Then it was E. Emanuel.  Then Podesta and Robert Altman.  Then, a few months ago, President Obama refused to take a national sales tax off the table.

    If the Dems believe that that the nation's coffers need more tax receipts, and if they believe that concentration of wealth is a huge problem, why won't they champion an amendment that would allow for a national wealth tax.

    Why do they instead target the working and middle-class.

    That's at the federal level.

    At the state and city level, I"m VERY disappointed with how Dems are targeting the middle-class.  In NJ, Corzine increased the sales tax by 16% (did he lose the subsequent election?  I forget).  In IL, the Dem governor has promised to increase the income tax on every household by 66%, to make sure no teachers are laid off.  He's trailing a GOPer in President Obama's home state.

    U asked for my concerns.  

    There they are.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

    by PatriciaVa on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 05:27:00 PM PDT

  •  Backs 'equality' but doesn't want to recognize my (11+ / 0-)


    Instead I'm supposed to be happy with a patchwork of separate but equal 'civil unions' across the country, while at the same time paying significantly more in taxes than my heterosexual co-workers for my husband's health insurance.

    •  I should have included the delay in ending (9+ / 0-)

      DADT and standing up for marriage equality.  The idea that a majority should have a vote on whether a group of people deserve equal treatment is just wrong and this administration needs to say it in no uncertain terms.  I believe homosexuality is a genetic trait no different from gender or skin color, and people who have that genetic disposition should not be discriminated against in a constitution that enshrines the principle of equality under the law.

    •  Putting him to the right of a Reagan-nominated... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...judge appointed by George HW Bush. Pretty appalling.

      Even more appalling from a Constitutional scholar. Judge Walker's decision is very well argued.

      Barack Obama: Ignores his legal obligation to prosecute people who tortured prisoners to death. Good at photo ops, though.

      by expatjourno on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 11:30:29 AM PDT

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  •  I seem to recall an OFA promise (7+ / 0-)

    Which became a transition team promise, about posting key legislative proposals online for citizen review and input. Never happened. Who really wants the people involved? Just want to keep 'em busy, distracted, and deluded.

    they sentenced me to 20 years of boredom
    for trying to change the system from within

    by wanderindiana on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 05:28:42 PM PDT

  •  It's the Factuality Gap (10+ / 0-)

    The country's in such serious condition that a long litany of facts about it are politically extreme.

    Other than gay rights and immigration, almost all the tension between the left and the party are over matters of pretty stark factuality. Facts that are solidly with the left.

    And it's further aggravating that we have the embarrassing history of our own party having solved many of issues we're facing at this time, other than health care and climate change (and health care has been handled much better by dozens of democracies before us) so there was very little analysis and innovation required.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 05:37:06 PM PDT

    •  You make a good point (12+ / 0-)

      The US is now 37th in healthcare (measured by various metrics by the WHO), 12th in percentage of the population graduating with a college degree, and down across the board in measure after measure of performance.  But you are right, if we point this out, WE are the ones attacking the US and "hating America"!  Well, I have to admit, I hate the America the Republicans want.  I hate what they have done to the America we were and could be.  I hate their use of delusions and lies to manipulate and deceive.  The Chinese reformed their Maoist delusions by insisting on "truth from facts" and they have stuck with that as a measure (be sure, whatever they say to us the cadres manage by spreadsheet and statistics on unrest).  We are in our own state of madness to which the Republicans and Fox News and Limbaugh have driven us.  It is past time to face facts and that is also why the Obama Administration making happy talk in the teeth of facts about unemployment and incomes is really upsetting.

      •  Even people on this site argue about education... (4+ / 0-)

        they consistently tell me that it is not that bad...that we are measuring apples and oranges.  Our best can compete against their best... having met some of their best, I doubt it.  Our kids no longer have any sort of toughness.  Our kids that do well, live privileged lives and Mommy and Daddy take care of everything for them.  They live in bubbles of coaches, tutors and AP classes.  We see how that sort of preparation works in the business world they are entering.

        "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

        by lakehillsliberal on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 06:37:08 AM PDT

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  •  How long did the Dems actually have 60 seats? (1+ / 0-)
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    4-5 months tops.

    Also you have a lot of stuff that didn't happen on your list but seem to fail to realize it's been 18 months.  If you want investigations you don't get bills passed.

    You want prosecutions, well then it would be a lot more than Bush and Cheney frogmarched.  Clinton, Carter, Gore, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, would all be prosecuted.  

    •  And they lost it (5+ / 0-)
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      Dallasdoc, ej25, output, miss SPED, Kall

      By ignoring jobs and pursuing 'American Empire' objectives in war.

      To put the finest point on this party's problems, the loss of a fillibuster-proof senate (that is if you could actually trust a blue dog 'democrat') was when Coakley lost Massachusetts.

      How did she do that? She turned off 840,000 former Obama voters, while Brown found 64,000 more votes than McCain got in 2008. (and 23 thousand of his votes were folks who voted for right-wing third parties).

      Where were those missing votes Coakley lost? Poor people, working class people, people of color and progressives that won't vote for 'Republican lite' politicians like Coakley. Whole cities stayed home in an angry protest against this corporate welfare/pro-war, neoliberal bullshit.

      People want fucking jobs. Where's my WPA program, Obama?!?!?

      Oh, you said '1930's solutions do not apply to economic crises in the 21st century.'  

      No, neoliberal solutions to the economic problems they helped create have bankrupted this party with their corruption and false promises. They were rejected by the voters last year, in every state that had a chance to say something about it. Get a fucking clue, assholes.

      •  they stayed at home because the "change" (2+ / 0-)
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        Where were those missing votes Coakley lost? Poor people, working class people, people of color and progressives

        that they were promised, the change that had so many of them voting for the first time, or at least for the first time in a long time, never materialized. and they know that it never will.

        this, to me is the worst thing that our snake-oil salesman president- w/ the help of his friends on the right-wing fringe of the dem party - has done. by promising things that he had no intention of delivering, he has demoralized a natural liberal constituency for many election cycles to come. he has validated the cynicism of the ones who had stopped voting, and shattered the illusions of those starry-eyed newbies who mistook the president's relatively dark skin for liberalism. and he has given party activists like me an excuse to spend more time with my family.

        "the Blanche Lincolns of the world are the heart, soul and face of the national Democratic Party" - Glenn Greenwald

        by output on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 03:22:32 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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          That's something his rabid defenders can't get through their thick skulls. Those of us who charge 'sell out' on DK and elsewhere are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the greater mass of alienated voters.

          At least we're trying to let them know they are in trouble and why. If they'd just get a clue and pay more attention to bread and butter issues, they might even woo a few of those voters back.

          But instead they seem intent on driving off everyone who isn't a 'true believer.' You will know this party has lost the election, when we all disappear from DK.

  •  While I agree with your list, I find your (2+ / 0-)
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    analysis deeply discouraging. Feel good platitudes accomplish nothing, small step corrections seem inadequate.....You teach public policy. How can this administration govern more effectively? I am worried the discouragement I, and so many others feel will return the Republicans to power.....and that is simply unacceptable.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts...and reading mine.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 06:01:05 PM PDT

    •  If the bills passed by the House (10+ / 0-)

      had made it through the Senate largely unscathed, things would be much different.  The Senate has been the major roadblock but Obama has been acting like a Senator and not a President.  That is, he emphasizes comity and the "old boys" club atmosphere of the Senate.  We need a Truman and Johnson willingness to twist arms and play hardball when needed.  We certainly have a 'do nothing' Republican party that not only wants to fiddle while Rome burns, it wants to set more fires.  This administration has decided to get what it can as best as it can by narrowing the differences as much as it can.  Instead, it would have been better to throw down the gauntlet and force the Republicans and blue dog democrats to vote down what really needed to be done while clearly making the case that if they did all disaster would be their fault.  True, things would be worse, but they may turn worse anyway and Republicans might take over.  It would have better to investigate the Republican party conduct up and down the line and clearly lay blame where it belongs, and force the Republicans onto the defensive for tax cuts, deregulation, and misfeasance and malfeasance in office.  But that is not who Obama is, though he surely has surrogates who can do this, and he wanted to heal by reconciling instead of heal by excising the cancer.

      •  I feel torn as think about this...... (2+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD, Oh Mary Oh

        I am 65, and agree completely with your analysis re the Senate. But my kids are just hanging on in this economic mess, and my grandchildren's education is being severely compromised.....they need help now, even if it seems inadequate. So regardless of the discouragement I feel I will keep doing what  can  to elect Democratic candidates. In Wa. State, this means Sen. Murray needs support.

        Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

        by princesspat on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 06:39:47 PM PDT

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        •  I'll be voting for Murray (4+ / 0-)

          too since I vote in WA state.  However, I'll be voting in the primary for Larry Kalb (a progressive democrat) who is primarying Rick Larsen in the House.  I'll vote for Larsen if he wins in the primary but I don't like his stance on net neutrality.  Murray has been progressive in a number of her votes and she's much better than any Republican and most of the other democrats in the Senate.  But I would like to see her commit to filibuster reform.  I think she has indicated she would consider it.

          •  Kalb but not Larsen and an addition to the list (1+ / 0-)
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            Thank you for your excellent diary.  I am dismayed that it garnered so few comments.  My addition to your list is the secret Pharma deal culminating in the defeat of the Dorgan amendment to allow importation of mediations.  The substance of the Dorgan Amendment was endorsed by the Democratic Party platform and by candidate Obama in speeches.  Not only did the Obama administration oppose it, it got the Obama-appointed head of the FDA to falsely claim that imported medications might be unsafe.  This kind of dismissal and distortion of science for political ends was characteristic of the Bush administration.

            The secret deal and the noted disrespect for the rule of law are two aspects of the same problem, and they are at the heart of my dismay with the Democratic Party and President Obama.  I have very strong opinions on foreign policy, environmental policy, health policy, tax policy, etc. etc.  Nevertheless, I recognize that these areas are complicated and that there is no action or inaction that will not have some negative aspects or consequences.    Compromise in these areas can be justified, and perfection can never be obtained.  But the issues of transparency in government and freedom from government oppression are not so much a matter of the adequacy of what you do as they are a matter of who you are.  100 Republican senators could not force Mr. Obama make secret deals or to endorse indefinite detention or assassination without trial.  It is impossible to excuse President Obama's actions in these areas.

            As it happens, I also am a voter in WA-2.  I have voted for the Democrat in congressional races 18 times, including the last three times for Rick Larsen.  I have cast my primary ballot for Larry Kalb.  It will be my last vote for the year in that race.   Mr. Gibbs says Progressives will vote in 2010 because they know what's at stake.  He is saying is that we have to vote for whatever the Democratic Party is dishing out because the opposition is vicious, mendacious, racist, and willfully ignorant.  True, but this attitude  has caused the Democratic Party to drift ever farther rightward, to the point that now we have one party that's to the right of Nixon and one party that's  to the right of  Reagan.  When it comes to the presidential elections, Gibbs is correct, of course. I, an Obama delegate coming out of the 2008 caucuses, will hold my nose in 2012 and vote for Obama again. The President has the red phone and the right to make Supreme Court nominations.  I'm very depressed--but I'm not suicidal.  
            I will also vote for Senator Murray again this year.  Contrary to Mr. Gibbs' assertions, I'm pretty easy to get.  Senator Murray was one of just 18 Senators asking for a timeline on Afghanistan, and pulling the party to the left in just ONE area is enough to get my vote.
            You say you draw the line at voting for a blue dog, and I'll agree that Rick Larsen, while not good, is not a true blue dog.  But at some point when I'm told that I can't abandon a Democratic incumbent because otherwise the Tea Party will get me, I just have to say:  Watch me.  I don't want Koster to trounce Larsen.  I don't want Larsen to win.  I want Larsen to lose by a very narrow margin.  I want the DNC, OFA, Obama, Gibbs, and Emanuel to to know that the effing retards, the drug abusing professional leftists, are in play and we're not on their team.

            •  Thanks very much for your reply (0+ / 0-)

              Very good points, very well made.  My only concern about Larsen losing is that it might be taken that he was defeated by his vote for healthcare reform (health insurance reform in reality).  I am very much afraid that a Democratic defeat at the polls of significant proportions will push both parties even further to the right.  We are heading so close to Nazi like policies and, as you point out, government secrecy and abuse of powers so substantial that a dictator could step in and do so, as Hitler did, by using existing legislation.  I am very troubled by the state of the US right now, and very troubled by the state of the world about 30 years out.  (Living in China and traveling in Asia, I see the pollution levels first hand and having lived there over 20 years, I've seen them worsen considerably in that time.)

      •  I drop to my knees and pray (0+ / 0-)

        For Harry Reid's defeat. That Abramoff crony and water-carrier should be in a jail cell for his corruption.

    •  with unemployment, and hopefully more cobra (0+ / 0-)

      extensions and expansions hanging in the balance, i have to reluctantly agree with you. a republican congress would never pass such legislation. heck, the dems just barely did. all bets - and i do mean all - are off, however, in 2012.

      "the Blanche Lincolns of the world are the heart, soul and face of the national Democratic Party" - Glenn Greenwald

      by output on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 03:35:18 PM PDT

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  •  ...wiretapping... (7+ / 0-)

    ....not just looking the other way on past torture, what about ongoing torture? You know, that special place in Bagram? about weaseling out on the timeline to get out of Afghanistan? As a pacifist, that one has me especially worried...

    ...prosecuting whistleblowers...

    ...No housecleaning at Interior - to divide it up into three divisions does not change a Department owned by industry...

    ...and of course, DADT and DOMA is every day a slap in the face to a big chunk of the base...

    as you can see, I worry a lot...

  •  And (7+ / 0-)

    queer rights - god is in the mix and separate but equal, defending DOMA and DADT, executive orders instead of actual laws

    bodily autonomy - an executive order restricting abortion, putting even stronger restrictions on abortion than were passed in the insurance reform

    the environment - has to be my favorite. Mocks off-shore drilling during the primary and then okays it days before the BP spill, the timing was priceless

    I wasn't that angry or even surprised by today, reading between the lines, this attitude has been there since day one. I'm actually a bit relieved it's out in the open now, so we can maybe start doing something about it.

    Or not, considering some of the comments and diaries I've read.

  •  GREAT diary. I hope it gets more traffic. (6+ / 0-)

    I linked to it in mine.

    Barack Obama: Ignores his legal obligation to prosecute people who tortured prisoners to death. Good at photo ops, though.

    by expatjourno on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 06:21:26 AM PDT

  •  Prosecute wiretapping! (7+ / 0-)

    I would so like to see Bush and Cheney and the rest prosecuted for clear violation of the constitution that was warrantless surveilance of communications between Americans.  Since I live outside the US (Canada) it was the policy that my personal and professional communications are open game for the US government.  I don't recall reading that in the 4th amendment.  Also I don't doubt that if the truth was known, all of you state-siders were surveiled and data-mined as much as I.

  •  You state my concerns. (6+ / 0-)

    8 and 14 (climate change and the Cat Food Commission) are at the top of my list, along with the general disregard for the Constitution of which several of the other items are symptomatic.

  •  Excellent diary (5+ / 0-)

    I saw it just now because expatjourno linked to it from his/her also excellent diary.  I'm 61 and have worked for Democratic candidates (not all, though) since I was 14.  What strikes me most about the journey is how political discourse has become dumber year by year.

    And thank you for including my beloved George McGovern in the poll, even if you did it ironically.

    •  McGovern (4+ / 0-)
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      Democrats learned the wrong message from his loss.  His defeat became the model for how to defeat real Democrats, with lies, lies and more lies, to the point Democrats don't even try, by and large, except for a few folks like Franken and Sanders (and several in the House).  But McGovern had class and truth, and Democrats should have stuck with their principles (no triangulation!) until the country came to its senses.

      •  I canvassed for McGovern when I was 13. (1+ / 0-)
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        My introduction to politics. In North Carolina. My introduction to hopeless causes.

        Also my introduction to strange bedfellows. W had a flyer that said:

        North Carolina needs a Democrat like:

        Harry Truman
        Lyndon Johnson
        George Wallace

        I kid you not.

        Barack Obama: Ignores his legal obligation to prosecute people who tortured prisoners to death. Good at photo ops, though.

        by expatjourno on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 11:37:05 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I can believe it (3+ / 0-)
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          Of course, Truman supported universal healthcare and passed the full employment act.  Johnson the Great Society.  But I'm sure Bush meant Democrats willing to drop the bomb and fight in Vietnam when he mentioned Truman and Johnson.  Wallace is obvious.  But Wallace Democrats are now Teabaggers.  I'd recognize them blindfolded because I grew up fighting Wallace supporters and Dixiecrats.  These guys just left the Democratic Party and took over the Republicans, at the invitation of Nixon and Reagan (a former Democrat himself) and GW Bush.  So I'm now a "Democrat" though I never changed stance from being an old fashioned New England/Pacific NW liberal Republican--pro-integration, pro-choice, and pro-union.

  •  Doesn't fire incompetents, #18 (3+ / 0-)
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    That's one of my bigger beefs with this president.  It was also one of my major complaints with the last president (Sean O'Keefe being one of the fucktards that Dubya kept around.)  It's unfortunate that I'm being forced to make the same comparision now, but objectivity requires it.

    Note to Democratic leadership: I'm all out of carrots, but I still have my stick.

    by Celtic Pugilist on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 08:04:22 AM PDT

  •  Well done! (6+ / 0-)

    So many of these issues are just critical to any success in this ongoing political experiment. Rule of law is fundamental; without that there really is nothing else to talk about.

    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

    by nippersdad on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 08:22:36 AM PDT

  •  Am with you and I am a party leader..... (6+ / 0-)

    just saying

    I was pissed that the DNC got envolved and spent money in a DEM primary in CO-Sen race.

    I get the President should suppor the encumbent because better or worse they had supported his programs.  but that does not mean that the DNC should spend money in that support.

    Takin it to the streets....Doobie Brothers

    by totallynext on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 08:39:43 AM PDT

  •  Excellent list! Now if only (1+ / 0-)
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    this list could get the attention from those who govern...

    if we could get some answers to those issues in the list...

    if only they would listen...

  •  And some respect wouldn't hurt. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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