Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Be A Strange Bedfellow!"

I knew someone would eventually (and how nice that it turned out to be Glenn Greenwald!) write an essay on "the central political dilemma in the US today." (Please click on the link and read the whole article published in Salon where he delineates the damage for which the Democratic-led Congress is responsible.)
The Bush-led Republican Party, marching in virtual lockstep, has been the author of the radicalism, extremism and lawlessness of the last seven years, presiding over an endlessly expanding Surveillance State and accompanying war-making machine, and the dismantling of numerous core Constitutional principles. While numerous individual elected Democrats have opposed many of these measures, the Democratic Party's leadership, and the Party collectively, has done nothing to stop it and much to support and enable all of it. As the 2006 election and these subsequent events conclusively demonstrate, mindlessly supporting and electing more Democrats for its own sake doesn't solve or even mitigate anything. But it's also true that actions which result in handing Republicans control over any branches of the Government -- including supporting third-party candidates or abstaining from the process altogether -- makes matters worse still. Nobody who finds the above-documented events objectionable can rationally embrace a course of action that directly or indirectly empowers those who are the prime forces behind these events: namely, the mainstream GOP in its current incarnation. All of that, in turn, leads to this pressing question: what is the best course for those who want to battle against these civil-liberties-destroying, rule-of-law-trampling, war-making policies that the GOP leadership pushes and the Democratic Party leadership supports, enables, and/or passively accepts? In a two-party system where blind support for either party will do nothing but perpetuate these policies, how can they be undermined?
Greenwald announced a campaign last March (emphasis marks are mine):
to target "Bad Democrats," which has now evolved into Accountability Now and the Strange Bedfellows coalition, is designed to develop strategies for addressing that dilemma (I first announced and detailed how that coalition works here) (campaign to stop warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty). Grounded in the premise that the Democrats are going to control both houses of Congress for the foreseeable future -- a premise virtually nobody disputes -- the primary objective has to be to alter the behavior of those who control the Congress. Increasing the Democrats' margin of control doesn't achieve that goal. It does the opposite. Conveying to Democrats that you will support all of them no matter what they do, no matter how egregiously they trample on your values, only ensures that they will ignore your political priorities and values even more. Working to expand the margin of control Steny Hoyer, Rahm Emmanuel and Harry Reid already enjoy -- further entrenching them in power -- only ensures that they will be less responsive and accountable. Only by attaching a serious price to their enabling of these extremist, destructive policies will their behavior change. If they are rewarded with greater control and greater comfort for doing what they've been doing, then it's just guaranteed that they'll continue to do the same thing. Only if they suffer losses and have their power threatened from this behavior will the behavior change. In the past few months, we've raised almost $350,000 with our old FISA-specific fund -- the vast bulk of that amount being raised in the last several weeks. And in just the last week alone, more than 2,000 people have already pledged to donate to the Strange Bedfellows' August 8 Money Bomb. And that's before most of the efforts on behalf of the Money Bomb campaign have begun. It is virtually certain that the August 8 Money Bomb will generate at least as much as the amount raised already for the prior fund, and it's very likely that it will produce far more than that amount. Thus, this Constitution-defending, civil-liberties campaign will be one of the most successful short-term political fund-raising campaigns on the Internet, demonstrating that there is a very real, intense, active and substantial constituency for these civil liberties, Constitutional rights and rule of law issues.
I know I'm looking forward to August 8, 2008, and the "Strangebedfellows Money Bomb on behalf of constitutional rights and civil liberties in America." I support this campaign and agree that we must:
remove from power the key enablers of the tyrannical and lawless FISA 'compromise;' we can end the Patriot Act—and so much more. Join with us by pledging now—right here at Become a part of our transpartisan alliance of freedom lovers! Be a Strangebedfellow!
Suzan ___________________


Juan Moment said...

Hi Suzan, thanx for providing some excellent links, the one to Glenn Greenwald being no exception.

And he is spot on, the rules of the game were made by those who profiteer from it. In order to for us, THE PEOPLE, the billions of people, to have a say on the table, to straighten out the crooked mugs, we have to beat them with their own weapons - money and the media.

The Republicrats might get $200 million in campaign funding, having to suck hard for it. Compare that with $1 billion, donated by 5 million disillusioned citizens, each giving $200 bucks. For every add they run, the PEOPLE run 5, dismantling bit by bit the League of Extraordinary Fuckwits.

The people, united, can never be defeated.

Suzan said...

I am so with you Juan.

This is the only way to win (and thus dismantle your aptly named League of Extraordinary Fuckwits)!!!

Now, to get started!

Love ya,


And he is spot on, the rules of the game were made by those who profiteer from it. In order to for us, THE PEOPLE, the billions of people, to have a say on the table, to straighten out the crooked mugs, we have to beat them with their own weapons - money and the media.