We Are A Sleeping
In response to "A
Lonewolf Democrat in Republican Hell"
There has been a lot of talk lately about the complacency
of Democrats after the last election. While the selection
of his mighty-whitey-ness George the II has been something
of a sore spot the last few weeks, we also need to focus in
on the good fortunes that we have forgotten during all the
The truth is that the Democrats are a much more powerful
force than even we ourselves realize. If anything we're a
sleeping giant. The DNC itself pointed out that the election
was an otherwise good night for us. We actually won some hard-fought
battles and got some breaks when they were badly needed. My
congressional district is an example of one of many Republican
seats turned over to an upstart Democrat (hooray-yippee!).
The positions of the Republican leaders in the House and
Senate have been compromised much more considerably than most
people realize. Remember, it was the Democrats who looked
at this situation squarely and tried to make a compromise
through power sharing with Republicans who promptly rejected
any such plans. John McCain still hasn't forgotten his agenda
from the Republican primaries, and as a senator he is doing
a fine job of making conservatives everywhere gnash their
The Republicans also still haven't learned from the reign
of Newt Gingrich's term as House Speaker and continue to try
persecute Bill Clinton, now just a private citizen like you
and me. So much for Bush's hopes that both parties would work
together so that he may bask in a bipartisan glow that would
anoint him re-election.
But while the Republicans wallow in their own foolishness
many within our ranks are concerned about Capitol Hill Democrats
rolling over and playing dead. The confirmation of Attorney
General John Ashcroft was indeed the wrong message to send
to the nation. Barney Frank sent another one not too long
ago that notions of ceding to Bush were "purely journalistic
While the news outlets for the most part biased towards Republicans,
it is largely ineffective in shaping public opinion against
Democrats these days, unlike the era of the Reagan/Bush years.
The reason for this is simply that TV's, radios, and newspapers
only broadcast content. The very technology within such devices
doesn't allow for communication such as intelligent discourses
or forums fostering differences of opinion or opportunities
for public debate-which develop the type of critical thinking
that leads to keeping political leadership in check.
We don't have to put up with Fox, MSNBC, or CNN telling us
what to think or stomach the marathon propaganda sessions
characteristic of the pre-Clinton era. Oh no we don't. We
can now say what's on our minds and literally be part of a
national conscience. How? By the efforts of none other than
our very own unsung hero, Al Gore, whose foresight led to
legislation that founded the modern version of the Internet.
The Internet gives us the opportunity to be free from the
bonds of media slavery. Our minds are no longer confined within
such technological limitations now that we have the ability
to communicate and dissent and do so like never before thanks
to Mr. Gore. The access to information is unprecedented in
such a way that we can tell the networks to go kiss our donkey
while we exercise our First Amendment Rights in forums
involving people all over the country who think like us.
Such technology can bridge the chasm brought about by the
media the way that the printing press did when it helped provide
abundant copies of Thomas Payne's Common Sense - which led
to popular dissent and pointed out that the British had no
real power over American settlers.
In both cases we have nothing less than liberty itself wrapped
within a technological miracle. But unlike the settlers we
do have people who represent us within the most powerful chamber
of government. Democrats have stood their ground and even
made gains within the House and Senate because of their willingness
to listen to us. And now we must give them direction by making
We have the means to do so, and we can speak loudly enough
so that the giant within us all will finally awaken and assert
itself in 2002 and 2004.