So we learn from the Denver Post's Washington Bureau chief that the Democrats own pollster is telling them what I and other Greens have been saying for several years now ... the Democrats just don't have "the guts to stand up for something." Well, we all know why. They're dependent upon the same corrupt campaign contributions system as the corporate Republicans. Which is why Greens will not take money from Political Action Committees and we limit the amount even an individual can give. Now, we know this puts us at a disadvantage, but look what 'going along to get along' has done to our nation ...
Furthermore, I am still perplexed at the Democrat's timidity and hesitancy to boldly oppose Bush and to boldly propose real reform for our tax system, health care system, energy resources, and deal forthrightly on a host of other critical issues. They seem so scared that someone on the radical right will call them a bad name that they are paralyzed into inaction; they're so frightened that they might offend a potential contributor that they won't make a declarative statement on anything controversial.
Voters deserve to have a choice, that's why I'm seeking the nomination from the Colorado Green Party for the 7th Congressional District. If Democrats will not bravely announce that they will support a Congressional resolution calling for a plan for withdrawal from Iraq, then what good are they? If they will not proclaim that they will repeal the Bush welfare-for-the-elite tax give-aways, then what good are they? If they will not present plans for private health care provided with universal health insurance, then what good are they?
My message to progressive Democrats: register Green and let the establishment Democratic Party know that you are serious about changing this country for the better.
Pollster Stan Greenberg spent much of his summer listening to voters from Colorado and other states who supported President Bush last year but are now disenchanted with his leadership. What he heard is a bunch of bad news for Democrats. Until Democrats have the guts to stand up for something, these voters will stick - against their own economic interests - with the Republican Party. ... "Republicans are overwhelmingly seen as a party that is unrepentant in its fealty to corporate interests and unconcerned with the growing economic uncertainty felt by most Americans facing employment concerns, stagnant wages, rising prices and the crushing cost of health care," the pollster concluded. Yet "Democrats are not making any gains, even as Republicans continue to lose ground," Greenberg said. "There is absolutely no sense that Democrats have a viable alternative vision that would promote broad economic growth or increased prosperity for working Americans," he said. Think about it. If the Democratic Party won't offer an economic program that boosts your take-home pay, helps you care for sick kids and old folks, or brings down the cost of gas at the pump, what good is it? ... But for now, far from being the party of reform, "we are not seen as the change," said Greenberg. "Democrats are seen as part of Washington."