For voters in Colorado's 7th Congressional District, here is short article (below) I found this morning at The Huffington Post.
Here in the 7th CD what we have in effect are two incumbents running against each other. O'Donnell postures as the heir apparent to 'Both Ways' Bob Beauprez -- and Perlmutter takes a slight edge in Democrat voter registration to imply that his election is a done deal.
We need things to change in this country ... many, many folks agree with that sentiment. Voting for the nominees of the two big, establishment, "incumbent" parties is going to only result in the same old tired rhetoric and same old tired 'solutions'.
Voters in this district have an opportunity to send to the U.S. House of Representatives a delegate that will offer new ideas, be free from special interests, and take a new perspective to Washington, D.C. You don't have to agree with everything I propose, I would be just one of 435 representatives ... but just think of the the message it would send that Coloradoans really do support genuine reform and making government more representative of the people.
I agree with this fellow, Greg Saunders. Don't vote Democrat. But don't vote Republican, either. Vote with courage to renew our Republic.
Vote for Dave Chandler.
I'm not kidding. If the last week is any indicator of what we've got to look forward to in a Democratic Congress, then don't bother. The last time they were in charge we got the Patriot Act, the Iraq War resolution, and the Medicare drug bill. Now with every poll supporting the Democrats and the Republicans on the ropes, these cowards are still afraid to throw the first punch.
Instead, we see the torture issue (yeah, that's how far we've sunk) being co-opted by a group the media have dubbed the Republican "Rebels" whose grand act of rebellion consisted of giving the President the right to do whatever he wants. Charles Peirce has it exactly right :And the Democratic Party was nowhere in this debate. It contributed nothing. On the question of whether or not the United States will reconfigure itself as a nation which tortures its purported enemies and then grants itself absolution through adjectives -- "Aggressive interrogation techniques" -- the Democratic Party had...no opinion. On the issue of allowing a demonstrably incompetent president as many of the de facto powers of a despot that you could wedge into a bill without having the Constitution spontaneously combust in the Archives, well, the Democratic Party was more pissed off at Hugo Chavez.Since the Democrats don't seem to be interested in convincing the public to vote for them, then here's a better idea: This November vote against every incumbent on the ballot. Whether they're part of the Republican, Democrat, or Connecticut for Lieberman parties, throw out the whole damn lot of them. If the choice is between a party that openly supports the destruction of habeas corpus or a party that's too timid to take a stand in favor of basic human decency, then I'd rather just roll the dice and try to start over with a clean slate.
This was as tactically idiotic as it was morally blind. On the subject of what kind of a nation we are, and to what extent we will live up to the best of our ideals, the Democratic Party was as mute and neutral as a stone. Human rights no longer have a viable political constituency in the United States of America.