Democrats have wasted an historic moment. A mandate that is given by the people once every couple of generations. The people spoke and said bring change and restore our country. Democrats of course talked a good game saying we will work for the people and against the plutocracy wrought by previous administrations and congresses.
The President rode into office on a wave of hope that he would be that agent of change and he was given a congress tailor made to do just that. While he has been steadfast in his rhetoric he has been weak in his application. We needed someone who would hammer congress until they acted in the manner that people expected them to. Instead we got the extended hand of compromise that was swatted away with and anger and open hatred. Over and over and over again. In spite of it all there was still a publicly displayed hope that bipartisan action could be taken to face down the problems of the nation. That hope was misplaced in a group of ruthless men and women who crave only power and money and were willing to make the nation suffer to obtain it, keep it or increase it.
Now as the mid-term elections approach these Democrats face potentially devastating losses. The people have once again turned from the party of the weak willing to gamble their future on the politicians who desire to enslave, abuse and starve them.
So what happens between November 3rd and the end of 2010? During that period called the Lame Duck Session when new representatives and senators have been chosen and the outgoing bide their time until they are officially swept out of office?
We work and we hope! We work for and hope that this democratic majority will stand tall for the people and do what they couldn’t do when in a positon of power: make massive and long lasting changes that will benefit this nation for decades to come. What can they do? They can pass the Fair Elections Now and DISCLOSE Acts to limit the damage corporate person-hood has inflicted on our democracy. They can improve health care with a public option. They can pass infrastructure investment bills. They can repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. They can do many things that will allow them to leave their mark on this nation.
That is why on November 3rd I will be on the phone, writing letters, blog posts, what ever I can do to Flog this Lame Duck into action.