Now, don't get me wrong: I am still a Progressive, I still abhor the Bush/Cheney neocon oil-nazis and the republican corporate plutocrats, fascists, xenophobe dupes, and perverted christopaths who support their criminal regime.
But I also hold a special kind of low opinion for those on the left who pretend to represent us, yet engage in the same vile hypocrisy and villainy as Republicans.
I mean, I expect republicans to do all the horrible things they do, so I don't lose any respect for them when they inevitably do them. Not anymore, anyway. How could I? They're so far beneath contempt as it is, they've plumbed depths of depravity that haven't been realized since antiquity. That's conservatism for you.
But, I hold liberals and, yes, Democrats, to a higher standard. I expect them to learn from their past mistakes and improve their behavior, not engage in the conservative ideal of repeating their mistakes over and over again until people accept them as the norm. In short, Democrats need to do more than proclaim their values, they need to live them.
Which leads us to things like this:
1. Nancy Pelosi would rather prolong the war in Iraq than impeach Bush/Cheney.
2. Diane Feinstein is a war profiteer.
Their is no room for hypocrisy in my progressive left. I expect my political representation to be above reproach, period. Lawmakers expect us to toe the line, so we have every reason to expect them to do the same.
Now, just so you know I have not given on the the Dems, dig this, truthseekers:
Cynthia McKinney's Speech at the March 17th Anti-War rally at the Pentagon
Guess who I would like to see run for president?
Remarks in front of the Pentagon
March 17, 2007
Well, it seems that George Bush and Democratic Leaders were right.
They confidently told us that not only would Democrats fund the surge, but that the Democrats would not stop action in Iran, too.
Now, we are not surprised when the unelected, illegitimate Administration of George Bush ignores us, but we are shocked that the Democratic majority in Congress chose war over us as we say Bring our troops home now!
The answer is clear: Our country has been hijacked.
What about a livable wage for America's workers?
What about the right of return for Katrina survivors?
What about repealing the Patriot Act, the Secret Evidence Act, and the Military Tribunals Act?
Why is impeachment "off the table"?
Our country is bankrupt yet this institution has "lost" 2.3 trillion dollars!
I want that money back . . .
For jobs . . . for health care . . . for education . . . for our veterans!
The Democrats have become so timid they won't even repeal the Bush tax cuts as a strategy to deal with a bankrupt nation.
Seems the story is the same: more money for war, but we can't feed the poor.
It's hard to believe, but now the Democrats are full partners in George Bush's wars.
And by funding his wars, the Democratic Congress is explicitly complicit.
Complicit in war crimes! Complicit in torture! Complicit in crimes against humanity! Complicit in crimes against peace!
The FBI spied on us; Condoleezza, Dick, and George lied to us.
In 1957, Dr. King observed that "Both political parties have betrayed the cause of justice."
And so it must be repeated today.
Our beloved America is dividing again into two Americas. Our struggle is for nothing less than the soul of our country.
We want an America that is respected in the commonwealth of man; we want our values to shine like a beacon throughout the world.
As an American of conscience, I hereby declare my independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed, every veteran maimed, every man tortured.
And I sadly declare my independence from the leaders who let it happen.
We will not stop. We will win. We will get our country back!