The elders gather. There's too much hyper partisanship in Washington. So upon threat of backing a third party bid for president, The Self Appointed Wise Ones will gather to discuss how to remake the country so compromise is possible. I'm not frightened of a third party, especially under the banner of "unity." But it seems to me that Franklin, Adams, Jefferson and the others, even though they weren't crazy about political parties, certainly believed in their ideas enough not to compromise them on the altar of can't we all just get along, coming to an agreement out of half measures because bickering was just too unseemly. Some things are worth fighting for and debating and holding out until you win. Hey, but maybe the 21st century is all about making beige the new red, white and blue. If some guy can buy his way into the race like everybody else why not? Isn't it fitting that this news comes compliments of David Broder? Seriously, if you don't have the stomach anymore for the modern day revolution just say so. You don't have to gather a bunch of people from yesteryear to have a pout-fest to ponder Oh dear, what shall we do with the children?
It makes me want to channel the French.
So be it resolved this last Sunday of 2007...
I will not make peace with people like Bill Kristol, who get loud megaphones like the New York Times, applying his legendary Dan Quayle of political pontificating for ever more cash in hopes conservatives can maybe save the Grey Lady from more losses.
I will not make peace with wingnut radio hosts who roasted Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s, then when they got bored went after his wife, which they've been doing for 15 years.
I will not make peace with the Republicans who don't believe in the Constitution, and look the other way as they sell off part of that Great Document just so we can all roast weenies together; with Democrats ending up supplying the frickin' weenies, the wood, as well as missing out on dessert because the Republicans didn't bring any.
I will never accept the sacrifice of our soldiers for the causes of another country's people, if American national security interests aren't the biggest reasons why we're fighting.
I will not ignore unjust targeting of the first viable female candidate to run for president in order to make everyone more comfortable because some of the guys are getting a pass so they can keep their halos.
I will not stop laughing at Chris Matthews' craven Hillary hatred, all because he's mad that Keith Olbermann got access and he didn't. Seriously, it's just too delicious.
I will not stop believing that fighting for justice is more important than listening to The Self Appointed Wise Ones who think it's just too unseemly to throw down on people like Kristol, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and other bozos who believe God put them on the planet to set us all straight, figuratively and literally.
I will not ever accept Slick Mitt as our president, not ever.
I will not join hands with the Mike Huckabee crowd who disrespect our founders by blatantly trying to out Christ other Americans (including this Christian), especially since my sweet husband is a committed agnostic who hates religious proselytizing of all types. He counts too.
I will never ignore when a Democrat believes in Robert Novak over one of our own. Bad omen.
I will always remember the lessons of Florida in 2000, and so should you.
I will always remember what happened in 2004, when a decorated Democratic veteran running for president was swiftboated.
I will always remember that in that same year Democrats chose to stay above the fray at our convention, talking up the positives, which left an open playing field for the Republicans to come in and slit our throats that fall.
I will remember Ohio, and that lawyers and tactics are part of any political strategy in today's climate.
I will always remember that winning is why we fight.
I won't be seduced into believing that compromise can happen with Republicans who don't believe we are our brothers and sisters keepers, and preach that if you can't do it yourself it's just your tough luck or laziness.
I will never surrender the notion that even an insider female running for president can be a revolutionary idea in a country where in the 21st century women have not had the chance to run the free world.
I will continue to remind all who will listen that an insider female running for president can only get to that place by being an insider, and that men had to start out that way and still have to run that way, and we do too.
I will always respect the ideological differences of fellow Democrats who don't think the insider female running for president is the correct choice, but never respect an alternative that has no ideological compass at all.
So be it resolved this last Sunday of 2007 that Mr. Broder's peace tour is not welcome around here because it will accomplish only one thing: To serve Democrats and all we stand for up on a political platter to Republicans who will quickly take us out because these guys always come packing.
You can't offer the world revolutionary change from what's just passed if you aren't the last one standing.