Mon Aug 11, 2008
I find myself, on some level, torn between my highly strained faith in American democracy and a perception that it no longer exists. I applaud and encourage political activism and cherish the activists that I know, but for all their heroism, commitment and hard work, I see us sliding steadily backwards. This has been my observation for the past 40 years. We progressives have faced unremitting defeat at the hands of the ultra-conservative 'system', which clearly serves our super-wealthy overlords - not us.
Only over the past 8 years has it become so shockingly obvious just how blatant is the case against the existence of American democracy. It came to a head, in my view, with "Impeachment is off the table." That betrayal was the ultimate selling out of the American people - and this at the hands of the democratic leadership. That has to shake one's faith.
Pelosi has made it clear, the American people and the values they hold (such as justice and government of, by and for the people) no longer matter.
It is a mistake to underestimate the damage that has been done over the past 8 years. I've heard many people state that our long national nightmare is approaching an end. I believe it unwise to think so. The Bush years have left us in a weakened condition and facing a monstrous confluence of catastrophes that will not go away when Bush does. Chief among these is an intractable and corrupted government intent on the repression and exploitation of American citizens - which does not lend itself to real solutions to our very real problems. We are headed in exactly the wrong direction.