This should be required reading these days: Cindy Sheehan's letter to Congress hit the nail on the head. She accurately points out that the United States is operating underneath a broken "two-party" political system. Why did the Democrats cave-in on their vocal promises to swiftly end the occupation of Iraq? Senator Russ Feingold summed it up best:
Under the President’s Iraq policies, our military has been over-burdened, our national security has been jeopardized, and thousands of Americans have been killed or injured. Despite these realities, and the support of a majority of Americans for ending the President’s open-ended mission in Iraq, congressional leaders now propose a supplemental appropriations bill that does nothing to end this disastrous war. I cannot support a bill that contains nothing more than toothless benchmarks and that allows the President to continue what may be the greatest foreign policy blunder in our nation’s history. There has been a lot of tough talk from members of Congress about wanting to end this war, but it looks like the desire for political comfort won out over real action. Congress should have stood strong, acknowledged the will of the American people, and insisted on a bill requiring a real change of course in Iraq.And where does this land Sheehan? Apparently, there are those on the left who actually believe that the Democratic party represents their interests. I hate to break it to you people, but only the far Right-wing and the center Right-wing are acceptable in mainstream political discourse. Just turn on your TV if you doubt this.
I, for one, am sad to see another realize the immovable path that our country appears to be walking. Unless there is a total collapse of the existing system, there will never be true reform for a more progressive future.
This morning, a man on the elevator noticed my Sex Pistols shirt and started up a bit of chit-chat. God Save the Queen seems strangely appropriate right now, so I'll end with a piece of that.
God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
God save the queen
She ain't no human being
There is no future
In England's dreaming