Posted: 09/21/07 16:13, Edited: 09/26/07 14:29
by Roxanne Mindeman
It is a genuine outrage and embarrassment that a United States Senate that can't pull itself together to deal with war funding, adequate leave for repeatedly redeployed soldiers, and health care for children living in poverty, chooses to spend it's time passing judgment on the content of a political ad. Never mind that it's an ad not a fraction as offensive as ads routinely run against Democratic candidates is the last 2 election cycles.
A whole new crop of Democrats has been sent to Washington to address shameful and previously unimaginable administrative incompetence, interminable institutional lethargy, indifference, elitism, not to mention a total disregard for the opinions of the American electorate.
Democrats, I am one of the last people I know to still be defending you - but even I am about to give up. You are failing miserably in the critically important task you have been sent to accomplish. I am having a very hard time seeing how the "work product" - if one can call it that - of this Democratically controlled Congress is in any significant way, different from that of the Republican controlled Congresses of the past 13 years. You're giving away your power to bullies who make their way by sacrificing truth to "spin". And you just let them keep doing it. Why would they ever stop? It works beautifully - and for reasons incomprehensible to the American electorate - almost always with your acquiescence, if not outright assistance.
How many Republicans have you seen running from the shamefully dishonest and dishonorable Swift Boat and "Cleland is Bin Laden" ads? Quite likely, not a single one. But here you are running from MoveOn, like it was some kind of cancer - even though many of you owe no small part of your electoral success to the grassroots energy and activism MoveOn has created in this country over the past 2 election cycles. Has it occurred to any of you that you are being played by amoral opportunistic opponents who regard every moment that government focuses on totally insignificant minutia, as a success of sorts, in that it makes government less productive? You have become the willing puppets of the neocon philosophy of starving and shrinking government until it is small enough to "drown in the bathtub".
Many activists who devoted not inconsiderable resources of skill, time and money, to your most recent campaigns, are starting to wonder if you were worth the effort. Sadly, it's getting harder and harder to argue with them. Have you no memory of the commitments you made, and the reasons you were sent to Washington? Well, we remember. We will continue to remember, and we will not be told to sit quietly and let you hide from the commitments you made to all of us. And frankly, I hope that MoveOn is, even as I write this, working on another ad that is just as confrontational and unrelenting toward Bush Administration neocons, as the ad you chose to try to hide from today. I for one, will gladly contribute to the cost of running it.