molly ivins says it better than i can

I read Molly Ivins’ column in The Progressive today: Enough of the D.C. Dems, where she expresses her utter disgust for the current crop of Democrats vying for the 08 run for the prez, including Hillary Clinton. She articulates what I’ve been thinking. There’s nobody, and I mean nobody, in DC that I would even consider supporting for president (Ivins says Feingold is ok, but I don’t know enough about him to know if I agree). I, too, am so sick of the gutless wonders and the bullshit artists and I keep waiting for one of these natterers to take a Democrat stand and stick to it.

Ivins wrote:

As usual, the Democrats have forty good issues on their side and want to run on thirty-nine of them. Here are three they should stick to:

1) Iraq is making terrorism worse; it’s a breeding ground. We need to extricate ourselves as soon as possible. We are not helping the Iraqis by staying.

2) Full public financing of campaigns so as to drive the moneylenders from the halls of Washington.

3) Single-payer health insurance.

Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, “unpatriotic” by a bunch of rightwingers.

Take “unpatriotic” and shove it. How dare they do this to our country? “Unpatriotic”? These people have ruined the American military! Not to mention the economy, the middle class, and our reputation in the world. Everything they touch turns to dirt, including Medicare prescription drugs and hurricane relief.

This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.

Yeah. Because I would like to vote FOR someone for prez, like I am for the US Senator from CT (Ned Lamont), rather than against the greater of two assholes, like the last election. And while I will continue contributing to individual candidates I support, I will never pay a dime to the Democratic National Committee or the CT Dems as long as the current bunch of so-called powerbrokers (more like powerlosers) are calling the shots. I think it’s time to seriously consider pushing for term limits for the US Congress. Twelve years is long enough for the Senate, and 10 years is probably too long for a Representative, but hey, gotta give them some incentive to do right ...

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