It would be very easy to succumb to complacency after the recent election. The Republican Party betrayed and raped this nation — leaving many of us sick to our stomachs and embarrassed to be Americans.
But thanks to a slim majority of a minority of Americans who bothered to vote on November 7, the Democrats have taken control of Congress and the Governorships.
The taste of celebration and self-congratulation in the air has been exceedingly and deliciously palpable. It was as if you could hear a nationwide sigh of relief, accompanied by some sort of collective mass pat on the back.
But the painful and brutal truth is that we are still responsible for the terrible and abominable mistakes, misdeeds, and lies of the past six years, and simply firing a bunch of politicians does not make it all go away. The November 7 Democratic victory does not miraculously excuse this nation from the terrible, terrible mess we've made.
Rumsfeld may soon be indicted by a German court for crimes against humanity, while the White House is discussing a possible medal. And Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are all f"orgive and forget". No impeachment. No investigations. No accountability for constitutional crimes, crimes against humanity and wide scale violations of international law and international treaties. I suppose it's the Christian thing to do to turn the other cheek.
Unfortunately, a rightfully outraged Islamic world sees this differently and will continue to clamor for justice. They will understandably expect more than some bland chatter about an end to bipartisanship. The horrors of 9/11 did not make George W. Bush less of an idiot. The elections of 11/7 did not make him less of a criminal, and for us to pretend otherwise is a betrayal of law and even our national soul.
I am full of hope that Nancy Pelosi and a Democratic Congress can do great things, but it will take inspiration, leadership, courage, risk-taking, and uncompromising integrity.
And that's where things get scary.
Democrats won because a sufficient number of people voted to fire the Republican party. As a result, many good leaders were cast aside because of their Republican affiliation and many mediocre and even some moronic politicians are now in Congress simply because of their Democratic affiliation.
The very big question is whether or not the Democrats will deliver the responsible and visionary government so critically vital to our survival, or will we see a Democratic party pandering to the lowest common denominator in order to win the White House in 2008.
Hillary Clinton is a competent professional bureaucrat who gets non-controversial things done. Her 2008 candidacy is based solely on her gender and her husband. Look beyond her "celebrity" and you'll find a competent but boring professional lacking the vision, courage, and leadership this nation so desperately needs.
On the other hand, a fiery, courageous visionary, Russ Feingold, has withdrawn this past weekend from the presidential race because he doesn't want to waste his time on a "long shot."
And that is the point in a proverbial nutshell. Politicians with vision and courage are long shots. Politicians who challenge the fewest number of people and, apparently, stand for very little are the front-runners.
Feingold stands firmly for his beliefs. Clinton shuffles between maybe and could be.
In the meantime, American troops are dying almost daily, and hundreds more are being mutilated for life while our politicians do lunch and exchange endless pleasantries as if nothing is wrong.
In the meantime, dozens of Iraqi lives are daily swept away by an American-made chaos.
In the meantime, every few seconds, a new Islamic suicide bomber is born because the United States lives in a world where we believe ourselves to be above the law, above morality, and above justice.
The other day, some Al Qaeda crazy said he won't stop until the White House is in flames. Figuratively speaking, isn't that what the Democrats should be saying? Instead, they're looking forward to working with the President and his administration because, on November 8, George W. Bush woke up a Constitution-loving, compassionate, and humane man.
Our government is broken and our national soul is in grave peril. Hugging and kissing the men and women who brought us to this point is not going to fix anything. Oh, it might win a popularity contest, but contrary to the conventional wisdom, this isn't about making friends. And this surely isn't about healing wounds between Democrats and Republicans. This is about saving a critically ill patient: America. When a patient is rushed to the ER with a flesh-eating bacteria, what doctor immediately invites the bacteria to lunch?
Rumsfeld, Delay, Foley, Frist, Allen, Sherwood, Hastert, Ney, this nation has had enough of politicians who smile and shake hands by day and screw us by night. Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership must understand that while nice is nice, it's time for scowling and brutal honesty. Bigots are bigots, not Christians. Thieves are thieves, not lobbyists. Liars are liars, not Presidents.
And leaders are visionaries with courage, not the lowest common celebrity denominator.
Russ Feingolds should be our front runners and Hillary Clintons should be the long shots.Powered by Sidelines