I will leave the party over this
Mon May 14, 2007 at 07:22:37 AM PDT
(House Democrats need to know we are watching them on this. They serve us, not lobbyists. They better get their priorities straight. To add -- the solution isn't to leave the party, it's to get rid of the dead weight with better Democrats -- kos)
There are a host of issues I'm sure a diary titles like this could apply to. If the Democratic party capitulates on our core principles, then what's the point, right? Well, right now, this strikes me as even worse than swinging to the middle on abortion rights or free trade or global warming:
After a midterm campaign cycle in which the GOP's "culture of corruption" played a major role, lobbying reform was slated to be a key legislative issue in the 110th Congress.
Interest in changing the way the system operates, however, appears to be waning.
Why is this worse?
* VirginiaDem's diary :: ::
Well, they freakin' promised us -- not more than seven months ago -- that our party was going to be tough on ethics. That it was the other party that was too cozy with lobbyists. And, as a result, we worked out butts off to fight against "culture of corruption" to give our party a new ethical congressional majority.
And then this?
House Democrats are suddenly balking at the tough lobbying reforms they touted to voters last fall as a reason for putting them in charge of Congress.
Now that they are running things, many Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish parties that lobbyists put together for them. They're also having second thoughts about having to wait an extra year before they can become high-paid lobbyists themselves should they retire or be defeated at the polls.
The growing resistance to several proposed reforms now threatens passage of a bill that once seemed on track to fulfill Democrats' campaign promise of cleaner fundraising and lobbying practices.
This isn't just waffling on an issue to me. Sure, being wishy-washy on our core progressive principles to pander to some mythical middle is bad enough, but to be wishy-washy on ethics to pander for free drinks or a cushy job just a few months after promising to be different is a deal breaker. If my party pounded the table about these critical lobbying restrictions neglected by the corrupt GOP for years, and then turned around and embraced the same damn corrupt revolving door and tossed out those promised restrictions like yesterday's rubbish, how could I support this party? Is "VirginiaIndy" taken as a Kos handle yet?
So, it's true what they say. Power corrupts. And boy, does is do so quickly. And this is where we -- the netroots -- really have to speak out. The congressional Democrats will hear us on Iraq and our core issues because, not only are the American people are behind us on those issues already, but these issues dominate the headlines and the kitchen table discussions. And almost all of those issues have their powerful special interest groups as well. But when it comes to the under-the-radar cocktail party circuit, the issue is too "inside baseball" for everyday Americans to exert real pressure on lawmakers. And ethics never had the most powerful special interest groups behind it, unfortunately. Indeed, the lack of pressure on the GOP regarding its ethical behavior is exactly what brought them to their grave -- years of calcified greed caked on top of itself until the DeLay machine brought itself down by its own weight.
Grab your closest Democratic congress-person by the lapels. Shake him or her really hard, right now. And tell them: we put you in the majority to be different. Vote for the lobbying reform that you promised us. Because if they're willing to let the lobbying snakes in the door now, this party is over already.