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No Blue Dogs in 2010

Over the last few weeks, an amazing thing has happened within the Democratic Party. Democratic elected officials are beginning to take the Mask of Unity off and speak the truth about what’s going on within their own party: The right wing Blue Dog Democrats are trying to kick progressives out of the party, and recreate it as a Republican-lite organization. For years, progressive Democrats have been told that they have to put up with anti-choice, pro-war, Religious Right, corrupt corporate Democratic candidates because it was so important to take back power from the Republicans. Progressives who complained about these nasty Blue Dog candidates were called “bomb throwers” and a “liberal fringe”.

Now the Democrats have both houses of Congress, as well as the White House, and we see what the growing strength of the Blue Dogs has brought us – though the Republicans are out of power in name, they’re still calling the shots in Congress. Right wing Blue Dogs are handing the reins of power over to the Republicans, and allowing the GOP to block the progressive legislation that we were promised in 2008 – health care reform, climate legislation, LGBT equality and a restoration of our constitutional rights.

For years and years, fear of Republicans kept most Democrats from criticizing the growing right wing presence within their own party. Now, the consequences are clear: The right wing’s political agenda is still dominating Washington D.C., and it’s the Democratic Party leadership that’s to blame. This week, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters spoke with rare honesty when she acknowledged that party leaders like Rahm Emanuel are now unable to reign in the Blue Dogs, because they gave the Blue Dogs permission to swerve to the right in the first place. Even the usually partisan Air America has stopped making excuses, and is openly criticizing Democrats who are taking part in the Blue Dog insurrection.

No Blue Dogs TshirtIt’s time for progressive Democratic voters to get back up on their feet and join the fight for control over their political party. America needs every voter who sincerely believed in the promises of 2008 to push to make sure that those promises are fulfilled. If Rahm Emanuel won’t do anything about the Blue Dogs, then the Democratic rank and file should. All those Blue Dogs in the House of Representatives, and some in the Senate as well, are up for re-election in 2010 – with primary elections in just a few months. It’s time for Democrats to stand up and shout, No Blue Dogs in 2010!

4 comments to No Blue Dogs in 2010

  • Jim

    You know, the thing I’ve been thinking lately is that the behavior of the Blue Dogs shows that we don’t have a two party system because we don’t really have a Democratic Party. It’s not unified and it doesn’t act in solidarity; why call it a party?

  • Nijma

    Did you see this? It’s the health care bill we really need: medicare for all.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2009/12/read_along_with_senate_clerk_o.html
    Why require people to buy health insurance and then fine them if they can’t? The law they want to pass instead is just like the mandatory car insurance laws, only you can’t opt out by riding the bus.

  • Tom

    “Why require people to buy health insurance and then fine them if they can’t?”

    Because that’s what the legislature DOES – creates laws to benefit corporations at the expense of the citizenry. We’ve been fleeced so badly over the last 10 years that i’m not sure we’ll ever return to our former standard of living. Our jobs are gone, our wages (for those of us still working “regular” jobs) have been frozen (for years), 401k’s and stocks are devalued significantly, health care is unaffordable, our dollar doesn’t go very far any longer (and is headed for “worthless” according to some), and our government has been totally corrupted by ccrporate influence to the extent that we no longer live in a democracy, voting is essentially meaningless as an avenue of change (just look at the last election), and no matter what party or people we elect the corruption continues.

  • Tomas

    We are screwed folks if this Bill passes for the sake of “having something done before Christmas…”

    We will be required by law to pay for something that many will still not be able to use.

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