by Mr Chuckles, Unknown News
April 4, 2006
Noam Chomsky recently referred to a "democracy
deficit" in the United States, a significant
difference between public policies effected by the
elected representatives and the opinions held by the
Which is to say that politicians are not accountable
to the people. Even if Tweedle Dum is thrown out of
office, he is simply replaced by Tweedle Dee -- Or
worse, Tweedle Dumber.
Our elected representatives respond primarily to
money, and nearly always in their own self-interest.
Re-election means retirement perks so that even a
lowly Democratic Senator is guaranteed to one day
live like a King.
But even if vast piles of new money were amassed for
the sole purpose of electing a new face in politics,
the party machine determines who is allowed to run
It is simply not possible to fight the two party
system that controls the elections. They decide who
runs, and we the people are left to choose the
lesser evil, time
It is simply not possible to fight the two party system that controls the elections.|
They decide who runs, and we the people are left to choose the lesser evil, time after time.
There's much more than this at Unknown News.
The Democratic Party is now
waiting for the Republicans to finish screwing up
the country. They have bided their time, waiting
patiently for the day when the voters will repudiate
Republican politicians and vote in unhackable
majorities for the clear choice -- the new lesser
They bided their time in 2002 and voted for war with
Iraq, hoping to get the issue out of the way before
the November elections. Remember Tom Daschle's
photo-op with President Bush?
And they were swept out of office, losing control of
They continued to bide their time in 2004 and now in
2006 by renewing the USA PATRIOT Act and refusing to
even publicly censure President Bush.
Even as the Treasury is bankrupted and the Iraq
killing spree continues, the Democrats bided their
And now, here we are in 2006, with still no action
by the Democratic Party to restore the Constitution,
to end the illegal war in Iraq, to balance the
budget, or to stop the destruction of jobs in
America. The only party position seems to be "We Can
Do Better!", as if a competent dictator is what
America craves, instead of freedom, justice and
I know we need to get rid of the Republicans, but
will we improve things by rubber stamping a new set
of masters to rule over us? Do we really want to
efficiently fight and win wars we started? Do we
really want to continue Bush's policies, but this
time with intelligence and know-how instead of
corruption and butt-stupid ignorance?
So I ask you -- Where do you stand?
Do you want to be Free, or do you want efficient
government that carries out policies you do not
Phone your local congresscritter, next time they
spam you with snail mail or a pre-recorded phone
message and give them the acid test:
1) Did you vote for the PATRIOT Act?
2) Did you vote for the Iraq War resolution?
3) Do you believe that citizens have a right of self-defense against criminals and that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of everyone, including women and senior citizens to keep and bear arms?
4) Do you believe that citizens have a right to be free inside their own homes from warrantless searches -- or in fact to do as they please as long
as it doesn't harm anyone else?
Based on the answers you'll know what to do, I
Me? I don't consider anyone who voted for the Iraq
War or the PATRIOT Act to be fit for office. Just as
a matter of pragmatism, forgetting principles for a
moment, shouldn't someone who voted for the greatest
strategic blunder and the worst rescission of
liberties in history be held accountable?
The truly scary thing, to me anyway, is that
the original PATRIOT Act was not read by most in
Congress before they voted for it. They voted for a
law hundreds of pages in length without knowing
specifically what it said!
Wouldn't it have been a
hoot if an intern had slipped an extra page or two
in there, maybe calling for the Democrats to be
arrested en masse -- or for Bush's resignation! Ha.
That would be even funnier because we know Bush is
not a reader :) He'll sign anything put before
him, and hasn't vetoed a thing!
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