My Last Year as a Democrat

I've been a registered Democrat for 36 years, but this is the year I will change to Independent. I simply no longer want to be associated with the mendacious, ignorant, self-involved, politically incoherent, power drunk, third-rate clowns who run the party. Take a look: Here, Congressional Democrats have decided to fund the opposition -- not just any old opposition but the real hard-right wacko abstinence-only opposition. Really, you have to read it to believe it. And then there is putative Democrat Joseph Lieberman, who apparently gets to call himself a Democrat when it is convenient, but under other circumstances is an Independent. You could put a bad wig on a turnip & it could go on Face the Nation & make more sense that Joseph Lieberman, the senator from Self Regard, who now thinks the US ought to Bomb Iran. The turnip would be better looking, too. (See Max Sawicky's inimitable run-down of the details & implications of Democratic "leadership" at TPM Cafe.)

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “My Last Year as a Democrat”

  1. That’s funny (but not), but I’ve also about had it with the Democratic party.

    I’ve never seen such a bunch of sell outs as the Democrats in Congress. All it has been is jockey for election, and cater to the conservative element.

    The only person I like is Kucinich.

  2. you should like Ron Paul, sort of. But remember the rules of the game: veto, 2/3 of House and Senate to override—not feasible. Senate has filibuster requiring 60 votes to vote on an issue–not feasible. Best Democrats can do is hold hearings, investigate, report back to the media that doesn’t know Bush is at 29 percent. So you will vote democratic or die politically. Which you might do anyway.

    In Texas one is only a registered voter, not of any party. So I vote in the Republican primary so I can get phone calls and solicitations and pictures of George and Laura.

    Remember, the Democrats have been barely the majority for 6 months since 1995. And the republicans learned to play scorched earth politics; the democrats are grazing on very little; their strength needs to grow.

    Don’t despair, YET.

    thelrd in TEXAS

  3. Yeah, Larry, I know all that. But I just don’t feel like any of the political establishment — political parties, the official press — have a fucking clue about the reality I live inside. I’ll register as an independent, but of course will continue to whore my vote to the Democrats most of the time. As for Mr. Paul, I’d just note that I am a left libertarian (small l). I’m a capital L Liberal though.

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