Democratic party delenda est

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 10:03 By: Tom Swiss

So Russ Feingold has introduced a modest resolution to censure Bush for his egregious violation of the Bill of Rights in the form of domestic spying. Not to impeach, not to criminally prosecute, not to publicly horsewhip and tar and feather, but merely to censure, to say "naughty boy!"

And not a single other Democratic senator has stepped forward to co-sponsor it, and only one has said he'll vote for it if it comes up. Everyone else is hemming and hawing as if Feingold's proposal for the Senate to actually do its goddamn job and act as a check on presidential power was more of a challenge to them than, say, authorizing Bush to go kill 100,000 people in an illegal, immoral, and stupid war.

The conclusion is clear: the Democratic party is no longer of any use. This is not an organization that's going to save our politics from the whack-jobs who want to turn the U.S. into the Holy American Empire; they've become nothing but a watered-down version of the Republicans.

They should simply dissolve and make room for a progressive party with some guts - the Green Party.

Any Democratic office-holders who give a damn should switch their party affiliation to the Greens. Or hell, become independent; having no party at all can't be worse than being associated with the spineless, lily-livered, craven excuse for a political party that is all that remains of the Democratic party.