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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Corrupt to the Core .... Is more than a Partisan Issue

This is not a novel concept, but one that some of the oppressed find unnecessary in order to right the ship.

We cannot hold accountable the extreme corrupt who are in control of the Bush Administration and have taken over the Republican party and trashed our country and its reputation UNLESS we also hold accountable Independents and Democrats who also have engaged in corruption. Why? Because there is always the extortion element to deal with when we look to Dems and Independents to do their job and hold corrupt Republicans to account when they have their own corrupt practices to hide.

Without "clean hands" it is hard to point the accusatory finger at those who have to go.

Partisanship is definitely an issue here and as a party the Republicans must be dislodged from the levers of power. But if Dems want to RETAIN power once we retake it, we had better be prepared to hold our own candidates and representatives to a higher level of responsibility and demand that the corruption cycle end or they are out as well.

As a thirty year Democrat my political allegiance is unquestioned. However, people of both parties have been corrupted by the influence of corporate money, and we will never get our country back until we live out our commitment to root out corruption wherever it is found, and not just in a partisan way in the Republican party.

Speak truth to power, hold the corrupt accountable, ensure fair and transparent elections, and stop the unfettered flow of corporate money campaign contributions to our congressional representatives, and we will be well on the way back to returning this country to the people.

One more comment ...........when the Democrats retake the WH and Congress, the first action that should be taken is to completely open ALL of government records and documents to the public which Republicans have classified as secret, except for those legitimately tied to national security.

The sunshine of open and transparent government is kryptonite to corruption.

It just might revive the last surviving vestiges of a free press in this country as the evidence of such pervasive corruption is laid bare for public perusal.

You can be sure that history will not treat Bush kindly when the truth comes out, and it just might result in a public vaccination against reelection of such corrupt leaders again for quite a while.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Quick Quiz #1 - What Do They Have In Common?

Today's quick quiz: What do Abramoff, Delay, Ney, Coushatta Indian Tribe, Noe of Ohio, Cheney, and Rove and ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

Answer: All are directly involved in raising and/or receiving and/or redistributing massive illegal campaign contributions to Republicans.

Bonus Question: In which State has a sitting Governor pled NO CONTEST to criminal charges earlier this year and still in office?

Answer: Ohio

When Democrats Take Back Power .....

When Democrats take back power in 2006, I think it would be a monumental mistake to publicly announce how Democrats are going to reach out to Republicans and work with them in a "spirit of bipartisanship" to address the problems facing our country.

An alternative approach that is well deserved and likely to be much more effective would be similar to the following:

"Democrats have been completely shut out of power in both houses of government, and the White House, since 2000, and in that time irreparable damage has been visited upon this country and its people, by corrupt influences and corrupt leaders in the Republican Party. There has been so much damage done to our country that it cannot be repaired all at once. However, the one thing we can do today is begin to restore the power of government to the people and deny that power to those corrupt corporate interests who have looted our treasury, and deny that power to those corrupt ideologues who have squandered the goodwill of our country and damaged our nation's reputation in the world by leading us into an unnecessary war in Iraq.
In the coming days be prepared to hear the cries of abuse and partisanship from out-of-power Republicans as we set about repairing the damage they have done to our country. Do not be misled, we are prepared to stand firm and not be swayed by empty platitudes when there is so much that needs to be done to return America once again to the service of her people. Once we rid the houses of government and the White House of the corrupt interests that have seized control during the reign of Republicans, we will be glad to work in a bipartisan way for the good of our country. Until that time, Democrats will be about addressing the needs and interests of the people and of this great country, and those who have caused the damage need not expect there to be a sharing of power with them just because they have now rediscovered the word "bipartisanship." The tide has turned, there is a new day in
America, once again the people have control of their government and as their duly elected representatives we are committed to "cleaning house" and putting our country back on course. America belongs to its people, and we will not stop until its Government has been returned to her rightful owners."