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Amanda Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-03 09:52 PM
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8. Note to self: Don't try to be ironic on 5 hours sleep.
I honestly can't remember the last time I voluntarily watched "regular" (i.e. non-BBC or IFC-related) television. But thank you all for your concern that my brain will rot out of my head nonetheless.

I merely wanted to vent a little frustration at the apparent lack of any action on the part of the party I love so dearly to do anything about the terrible state of this country. I DO protest, I HAVE marched against our attack of Iraq and Afghanistan, I HAVE written long, drawn-out, pleading letters to Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein asking them to motivate our Dem leaders in office to take a stand against the actions of this administration, as well as letters to local publications. I've signed up to volunteer on Kerry's campaign, I'm active in online political forums and movements and I've taken every effort to educate my friends, family and neighbors as to why Bush's policies are BAD for this country and why voting, regardless of how messed up our system, is SO very important. I have no guilty qualms as to whether or not I'm pulling my weight in bringing about a change for the better. I know I'm not the only Democrat singularly speaking out against the actions of this administration.

My concern is this: Many people, especially some younger Dems, mistakenly believe the current administration have only been in power for the last 3 or so years. The truth of the matter is that many of the same people who controlled our country (not "governed" but controlled) during Reagan's administration continue to be in power today. Bush I's people didn't stop working behind and in front of the scenes during the Clinton era. And there is nothing to indicate that this grip - this control - is going to fade away, even if a Dem comes out on top in the next election. Corporations like Halliburton, Harken and UNICAL dictate our foreign policy over any one person in our government, as have "think tanks" like this friendly group. Clear Channel and Murdoch own the airwaves to the point where spin-free, unbiased news is nearly impossible to find. (Thank Bob for NPR!) For fuck's sake - they even ADMITTED to a "shadow government" existing and millions of Americans, Dem and Repugnant alike, merely yawned and flipped to the latest episode of 'American Idol'.

None of this happened overnight. This has been "happening" for the last 20+ years. We have sit by and LET it happen. Individual outcries of rage over the sordid state of this nation's affairs are NOT going to change anything, as much as I would like for them to. Any progressive individual who speaks up against this administration continues to be labeled an anti-American "whiny liberal" and not taken seriously - even ignored by fellow so-called Democrats for being too extreme or aggressive. Larger demonstrations of outrage, such as the millions of letters and protests against Bush's actions overseas, have had no effect whatsoever on those who bastardize democracy in this country.

Waiting for a Democrat to win the next election is not going to solve our problems. And we've seen how little our elected officials are willing to do to salvage 20+ years of this party's mismanagement for the sake of professional security at the expense of our best interests. "Chilling out" and "chatting" makes me feel guilty and useless. Less talk, more action and definite impeachment needs to take place. And NOTHING is going to make a dent unless it happens en masse. So I ask again...

What are WE going to do to make things right?

(And some like-minded individuals say...)
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