1498Molly Ivins Gives 'Em Hell! A MUST READ!!!!!!!!
- Mar 8, 2006By Molly Ivins
March 2006 Issue
Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women
to come to the aid of the party. I don't know about you, but I have
had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it
with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-
splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham
I will not be supporting Senator Clinton because: a) she has no clear
stand on the war and b) Terri Schiavo and flag-burning are not issues
where you reach out to the other side and try to split the
difference. You want to talk about lowering abortion rates through
cooperation on sex education and contraception, fine, but don't jack
with stuff that is pure rightwing firewater.
I can't see a damn soul in D.C. except Russ Feingold who is even
worth considering for President. The rest of them seem to me so
poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery they can't
even see straight.
Look at their reaction to this Abramoff scandal. They're talking
about "a lobby reform package." We don't need a lobby reform package,
you dimwits, we need full public financing of campaigns, and every
single one of you who spends half your time whoring after special
interest contributions knows it. The Abramoff scandal is a once in a
lifetime gift-a perfect lesson on what's wrong with the system being
laid out for people to see. Run with it, don't mess around with
little patches, and fix the system.
As usual, the Democrats have forty good issues on their side and want
to run on thirty-nine of them. Here are three they should stick to:
1) Iraq is making terrorism worse; it's a breeding ground. We need to
extricate ourselves as soon as possible. We are not helping the
Iraqis by staying.
2) Full public financing of campaigns so as to drive the moneylenders
from the halls of Washington.
3) Single-payer health insurance.
Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and
spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still
cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, "unpatriotic" by a
bunch of rightwingers.
Take "unpatriotic" and shove it. How dare they do this to our
country? "Unpatriotic"? These people have ruined the American
military! Not to mention the economy, the middle class, and our
reputation in the world. Everything they touch turns to dirt,
including Medicare prescription drugs and hurricane relief.
This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time
for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.
Who are these idiots talking about Warner of Virginia? Being anodyne
is not sufficient qualification for being President. And if there's
nobody in Washington and we can't find a Democratic governor, let's
run Bill Moyers, or Oprah, or some university president with ethics
What happens now is not up to the has-beens in Washington who run
this party. It is up to us. So let's get off our butts and start
building a progressive movement that can block the nomination of
Hillary Clinton or any other candidate who supposedly has "all the
money sewed up."
I am tired of having the party nomination decided before the first
primary vote is cast, tired of having the party beholden to the same
old Establishment money.
We can raise our own money on the Internet, and we know it. Howard
Dean raised $42 million, largely on the web, with a late start when
he was running for President, and that ain't chicken feed. If we
double it, it gives us the lock on the nomination. So let's go find a
good candidate early and organize the shit out of our side.
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