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