For the record, let me state that I am a liberal Democrat who is moderate in certain ways. I'm a loyal Democrat who has worked hard for many Democratic candidates. I cherish the memory of past associations such as my friend Pete Suazo and Wayne Owens. I've learned alot from people far smarter than me. I've even found wisdom from people less educated and gifted than I view myself.
But let me say, that the partisan discipline and loyalty shown by Republicans in the U.S. Congress and Senate is greatly disturbing to me. That all Republicans should be so like-minded on so many issues makes me seriously wonder, whether Republicans are devoted to our nation, or to the prerogatives of their party affiliation.
There was a time when principled Republicans dared differ from their party bosses. The Watergate impeachment could not have taken place if Republicans such as Sen. Howard Baker, Bill Cohen and others saw their devotion to the rule of law, above their partisan support for President Nixon. It is notable to me, that such figures as a young Congressman named Trent Lott saw the same evidence of obstruction of justice, that Bill Cohen did, and stood by his President and voted NO for impeachment.
Morally, the Republican party is an empty shell of what used to be a principled opposition to governmental intrusion into American citizen's lives. The degradation of the Republican party into a power hungry and amoral, corporately sponsored and inherently corrupt agent of tyranny is embarrassing to the traditions of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft I,II, and III, Barry Goldwater, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Republican party has put power over principle on every major issue of our day. The fact that Democrats haven't done more to counter this threat to our Republic is a shame all of us Democrats share. It is that shame, that causes me to speak out and blast people from both parties, when they fail to recognize the significance of what has happened, and display a lack of resolve to correct it.
It may make me as popular as a fart in a crowded elevator. But I'm not interested in popularity. I do this because I'm deeply concerned and I don't feel I have any other outlet. And the "blue-belly" democrats may continue to appease Republican authoritarian tyranny, I will not be party such an appeasement policy.
Sorry to preach.