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Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Platform for Democrats 2006

As much as it pains me to do so, I got to get serious for a few minutes. It is time for Democrats to come together and hold our fellow Democratic leaders' feet to the fire; some sacred cows need to be killed. I'm not talking about the Dems basic traditional values, like minority rights and social safety nets. I'm talking about such cancers such as corporate cash, and Republican Lite policies. This country was never meant to be a place where only the ultra-rich had a place at the table, and such tumors as K Street needed to be surgically removed. All of our national leaders, and quite a few of our local ones, are egregiously addicted to moola. I agree with Molly Ivins -- we need real campaign finance reform now, and we'll need to reform it again and again. There's a Long War worth fighting -- getting the money out.

I have some more clear ideas for our national platform this year, which I will list below, with my brief personal argument for each.

* A clear timely exit strategy from Iraq to begin immediately.
We're damned if we stay and we're damned if we go. I say we go. Americans have shed enough blood.

* Outlawing no-bid contracting of federal spending, including review to assure sensible purchasing and spending.
Halliburton, $400 hammers, substandard military equipment at premium cost. Nuff said.

* A domestic program to rebuild America's infrastructure.
As Katrina showed, many basic structures in America ain't what they ought to be. If you know any bridge you take on your way to work that's falling down, or your kid goes to a school with more portable buildings than permanent, you know this is way overdue. And a simple way to create jobs for Americans.

* Rebuild our basic safety nets in social spending.
FEMA needs rescuing. Take it back out of Homeland Security, and return it to a cabinet level agency. Federal response to emergencies has historically been knotty with red tape, but under Clinton, FEMA actually became an agency that was the exception to that rule. HUD, Labor, Interior, USDA, Health and Human Services, etc., have been all but gutted by underfunding and appointment cronyism. Congress needs more Democrats who will reverse these trends and mandate sensible funding for programs that work for the people that work, and their kids, and their grandparents.

* Enforcement of corporate responsibility.
Corporations have been granted the same rights as human beings. Should they not be held to the same responsibilities? We are living in Robber Baron times again, only the child labor is going on overseas. The working conditions of Americans are also affected. 13 miners in West Virginia are trapped, only one survives. 72 miners in Canada are trapped, and all are recovered alive, and thankful for the day and a half off to catch up on sleep. Duh.

* The environment and global warming.
This issue is so huge, I can't possible cover it here. But when polar bears are drowning trying to swim to the next ice floe and it ain't there, something is WRONG.

* The Constitution of the United States of America.
Democrats need to challenge EVERY member of our government sworn into their position to protect and defend to do so, and how. We'll only secure our country when we start using common sense, and wasting time abridging civil rights of citizens is as foolish as destroying Iraq to combat Osama. We are in a Constitutional Crisis in this country, people, and I miss Barbara Jordan.

These are my ideas, my hopes. Now blast away if you don't agree...and if you do, let's use our passion to make the real changes to get our country back.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


Blogger enigma4ever said...

No Blasting here good woman- those are many fine good commonsense questions and solutions, now the bigger question is how to get the Government to listen , or even Journalists, because many of the thoughts that you just raised are indeed on everyone's minds, at the coffee counter and at the Bustop. The Democratic leadership better start listening to the people...and people like you.....

The Die has indeed been cast.

Good on you for picking up the pieces of this shattered adminstration.

11:57 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Hell, as soon as I posted it I remembered so many things I missed. You gotta start somewhere...

Freedom of the press is a separate issue, and just as damn important. We just got to raise a new set of journalists, once again divorced from money. Many of us exist in the blogosphere, but how many of us are on cable?

Just keep reminding your Rush friends at work the man who advocated the death penalty for addicts is a JUNKIE.

Gotta get the good ideas off the screen and into the greasy spoon restaurants...Common Sense ain't just an old pamphlet.

12:19 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I Added you to my weekly Round Up- I guess I should have asked first ? ooops

Oh, and I see you added Condi's Picture up in the Corner- when is gonna get her damn teeth fixed?

3:39 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Now, e, aren't you being a little hard...

...on the donkey?

I'm not too worried about her teeth; it's her soul that desperately needs an overhaul.


10:16 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said... said she has a soul ?!!! oh, plez.

My kitty Litter box has more soul than her...and yes, that is with a full load of crap....

12:29 AM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

Nice conversation ladies! Baja/ Meldonna, you've put your finger on one of the major problems for the Dem's and Indy's: We talk ourselves to death on TOO MANY talking points. Agreed, all of your points need addressing, and addressing quickly before we lose our country's "soul." I like what TLR over on Crawford's List had to say recently when he identified just three words to sum up a Dem platform.

I hope you can dry out up there in the Northwest sometime soon.

6:58 AM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

Hi again:

I went back and found TLR's three points:

"Strength, Integrity and Prosperity" is much more clear. Education and Healthcare come under "prosperity" Strength is both national security and economic strength. "Integrity" is a backhanded way of bringing up GOP ethics flaws.

It made a lot of sense to me and would make a great bumper sticker, which is where a lot of voters get their information.

7:04 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I would say INTEGRITY alone would be a good start Prof...thanks...

3:53 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Thanks for the thoughts Professor; it is a crying shame but the ugly truth that voter attention in this country doesn't even seem to last to the end of a 10-second soundbite. On our side of the aisle, we have such a tendency to react instead of act! I like your idea to compact down our the risk of sounding like a shameless pol, let me "noggin' it" around a little bit. I haven't got it completely thought out yet, but there has to be a commonsense bumpersticker that encompasses the whole idea of fair play our country is founded on without sounding "preachy".

'Preciate you dropping by...e has her Cafe, I got a Front Porch. Stop by for a brew or a tall glass of ice tea anytime!

6:23 PM  
Blogger eProf2 said...

Thank you, Mel, I will. And, when you get that bumper sticker down pat give me a jingle at my blog.

7:31 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

something about making a car...nixon..

no, no, no.


every good boy does, too gay, too negative...

Home is where the Start is

hmmm, not bad, but not quite it.

Still working on it, in a smoke-filled room, the old fashioned way.

8:59 PM  

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