My ability to continue to tolerate what is happening politically in this country is close to snapping. I feel like an overstretched elastic band, and I am losing hope that any of those in congress will do anything that is *right* but only what is *safe* in the face of an angry president. What kind of power does he wield-this LAME DUCK-over people who were given a MANDATE to get us out of Iraq?
A friend of mine, on her blog, seems somewhat discouraged. She’s been working her tail off as a peace activist in the Quaker tradition, giving up enormous amounts of personal time to protest war, torture and lobby for peace. She asks if the failure to find an end to war is because she and her fellow activists haven’t sacrificed enough. Well, the failure is not with her or her fellow activists. But, we as citizens have made mistakes, and our recent but short-lived victory at the polls is proof of this. Our most recent mistake is believing that we have a two-party system and that by voting for representatives of one or the other of those parties, those we vote for will represent our views. Our mistake is thinking our voice/vote counts.
The reality of it is that these people we vote for are all of the same cloth and what we think are political/philosophical differences are nothing more than rhetorical babble–lies. They turn only for money and power and that money and power is firmly held by corporate interests. They have no principles and they are cowards in the face of power. The will of the people is a red herring.
So, the dems betrayed us and broke to the will of the president and those of power that *he* represents and they call this a “first step.”
Keith Olbermann expresses my anger and frustration well.