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Democratic Party Excuses In A Bumper Sticker

The quick shift in the political identity of the Democratic Party over the last couple months came into focus for me as I was sorting through an old collection of our Irregular Times bumper stickers tonight.

question authority stickerI pondered for a minute over a bumper sticker we made about five years ago, as the struggle to unseat George W. Bush in the 2004 election was really heating up. The message was simple and classic: Question Authority.

Back then, that slogan fit the attitude of most Democrats, in the rank and file if not in the rather compliant Democratic Party leadership. I can’t say that the same is true nowadays.

give authority more time bumper stickerThese days, whenever I discuss some of the grave problems that are passing over from the Bush White House into the Obama White House, the reaction I hear comes in a begging voice: Please, do not raise these concerns right now.

Democrats no longer seem to believe in the value of questioning authority. If I were inclined to design a bumper sticker to appeal to today’s Democrat, I’d make something with another slogan: In the place of Question Authority the sticker would read, Give Authority More Time.

No, we’re not selling that bumper sticker.

2 comments to Democratic Party Excuses In A Bumper Sticker

  • Tom

    Now you’re doing what i did with Bush – everything has to be corrected RIGHT NOW! i know how you feel – Obama’s policies with respect to FISA, torture and failure to prosecute Bush’s unconstitutional power grab and misuse, abuse and complete disregard of the Constitution (not to mention the wrong-headedness of the bailouts), is disconcerting to say the least. But he’s been in office less than 100 days, and already we’re throwing him overboard! C’mon, give the man a chance to try some policies and if they don’t work, he can correct them in time. i’m not happy about the direction we’re going either, but we really have no choice but to keep the pressure on by continually writing him (at least he’s listening) and suggesting other progressive alternatives.

    • Tom, ask yourself why you have one standard for Bush and another standard for Obama.

      Yes, Obama’s use of government money to pay for religious discrimination needs to be corrected right now. It’s not hard to do.
      Yes, Obama’s support for the “clean coal” fraud needs to end right now. That’s not difficult to accomplish either.
      Yes, Obama needs to stop asserting that he is above the law, has the right to arbitrarily imprison people, ignoring habeas corpus, and spying on Americans using the fully armed and operational Total Information Awareness system. All he has to do is send the order to turn it off. It should be long done by now.

      These kinds of things are not hard to do, so why isn’t President Obama doing them? More importantly, why are so many Democrats now arguing that the very things they hated about Bush are okay when Obama does them?

      During the campaign, Barack Obama quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The time is always right to do what is right.” Now it looks like Obama was just using the memory of Dr. King as a campaign tactic. He didn’t mean it at all. The Obama mantra now is that the time to do what is right will come later.

      Obama promised us Yes We Can. What we’ve gotten is Gee, It’s Hard, So We’ll Try Later.

      Question authority, Tom. Stop making excuses for it.

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