Friday, June 22, 2007

A Green Opportunity in Democratic Failures

In last years CA-11 Campaign against Richard Pombo, the Tracy Press was somewhat critical but still generally supported the home town boy. As representatives of hard working, middle class America, you could not find much better examples than The Matthews Family, publishers and editors of a very home town newspaper.

When ethical lapses from some in Congress (they found it hard to accept that they boy they knew in High School had really slipped that far) brought Democrats to power, the editors of the Tracy Press expressed some hope that things would be cleaned up. Today, they express disappointment that they have not.
It’s getting a lot easier to tag the Democrats in Congress as hypocrites. Remember the 100-hour plan to change public opinion about the governmental goings-on in Washington, D.C. It was unveiled that historic day in January when the Democrats retook control of the House and Senate with a promise to clean up Congress.

But Capitol Hill’s still dirty.
They just love to call the Democrats "hypocrites". The problem that Pelosi and crew has is that their rhetoric set a level of expectation that they had absolutely no intention of fulfilling. Again, the Tracy Press calls them on in it.
The Democrats sure are acting like their Republican predecessors in another way. They, too, are dipping into their campaign war chests to pay members of their families as they work on the campaigns. When former Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, had his wife and brother on his campaign payroll, Democrats denounced the practice as unethical, although it is legal, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

Sixty-four other members of Congress did the same thing during the 2006 campaign, and we haven’t heard a peep of criticism from the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee about Reps. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, and Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, among others.
We have gotten to the point where the only number in Washington lower that Bush's approval rating is that for Congress. Only 14% of Americans have faith in Congress. Now, if that is not symptom of our sickness and a call for change, I don't know what it is.

The failures of this Democratic Controlled Congress to do what they said they would do should be seen as an opportunity for Green to challenge them for right to lead this country. Instead, we seem to be silent on the big moral issues of government and invite ridicule by our search for a logo.

Ranked Choice Vote Details
Ranked Choice Vote ID 299
Ranked Choice VoteElection of a Green Party Animal Mascot
Type Open Ballot
Number of Seats 6
Ranked Choice Vote Administrator Holly Hart
Phase Discussion
Discussion 06/18/2007 - 07/09/2007
Voting 07/10/2007 - 07/16/2007
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Candidates: Bee, Dolphin, Dove, Frog, Otter, Owl, Polar bear, Turtle, Whale,
Wolf, NOTA

If we don't make news with the Congressional Poll numbers, I would suggest that this list be amended to include the Ostrich.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the Green Party should run an aggressive, unapologetic, independent, antiwar, anti-imperialist, anti-free trade, eco-political ticket in the 2008 presidential election. No 'safe state' strategy. No B.S.