Friday, February 18, 2005


An Opposition Party Would Be Nice

According to The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire (subscription only), as quoted in Political Wire, "American want Democrats to stand up to Bush."
Fully 60%, including one-fourth of Republicans, say Democrats in Congress should make sure Bush and his party "don't go too far." Just 34% want Democrats to "work in a bipartisan way" to help pass the president's priorities.
To this I feel compelled to say, only 60%?

Which brings me to another topic: President Boxer isn't awarding a Boxer Badge of Courage award this week, because nobody deserves one.

Sure there were the occasional flashes of Democrats doing their jobs:

* New York State Senator Chuck Schumer's Social Security radio address in response to Bush's on the same topic was rather good.

* House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released an excellent Statement on "Jeff Gannon's" Connection to the Valerie Plame Leak.

* And I was certainly happy to see Howard Dean demanding an apology from New York's state Republican chairman Minarik for smearing Democrats by linking them to a civil rights lawyer convicted of aiding terrorists. (Many question whether the civil rights lawyer (Lynne Stewart) was wrongfully convicted, but that's a different discussion.)

Nonetheless, these and other commendable actions by Democrats aren't, in my opinion anyway, Boxer Badge of Courage material. After all, doing what's right and commendable isn't necessarily courageous. Or, if it is, then this country is in even more trouble than I think.

In any event, I couldn't possibly give Senator Schumer a Boxer Badge Of Courage award this week, because he (along with 17 other Senate Democrats) is a not so proud Dem Weenie award winner. The following 18 Democrats betrayed their duty to Americans by voting for legislation that severely limits the ability to file and wage class action lawsuits.

Bayh (D-IN)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Schumer (D-NY)

Shame on every one of them!

Dean-Minarik. Minarik knows Deans message..."when you dont like the message attack the messanger".
I see Diane Feinstein is once again voting with the Republicans. It is getting late to find a real Democrat to oppose her in the primary, but it is essential to do so. I, for one, have decided not to vote for her again so I want a Democrat to vote for.
Many of us don't think Bush has gone too far. By "us" I mean Independents. Guantanamo Bay, torture allegations, and the Patriot Act are the reasons I'm glad we have Democrats and the ACLU. Somebody must keep a very sharp eye on those in power. My only concern is that some members of the loyal opposition are not loyal.
Don't get me wrong when I ask this, since I, myself, am a liberal blogger. But when the African American voters appeared in the Senate over four years ago clutching unsigned petitions and being frustrated, where was Barb Boxer when all these voters needed just one Democrat's signature? I don't suppose she earned a Badge of Courage that day.
No, Sen. Boxer didn't earn a badge of courage that day, and I've heard her express her regrets about it. On the other hand, my understanding is that Al Gore asked the Senators not to take any action that day, and she was complying with his request. Of course, that was a serious mistake on Gore's part, in my opinion.
Please pass this onto other people.

How can the people force a mean spirited conservative congress to pass a progressive agenda? Simple. I have picked some well known companies that appear related to issues that progressives find important. Boycott these companies and make them lobby congress and get what we want or they go bust. While I agree we need to elect a Democratic congress and a Democratic president, with a consumer boycott we the people can exert influence every single day and not just at election time and not just with letters or petitions but with petitions with the bite of a boycott.

Join the revolution for progressive legislation

Write this url on your one, five and ten dollar bills.

Call Eckerd Pharmacy Corporate Headquarters at 800 325 3737, Call CVS Pharmacy Corporate headquarters at 888 607 4287 and Call Walgreens Pharmacy Corporate headquarters at 800 289 2273 and tell them you will not purchase any products from their drug stores until they get the Republican congress to repeal the faulty prescription drug benefit and replace it with a simple 80 percent coverage benefit under Medicare Part B. Then sign the petition.

Call Walmart at 800 WALMART and tell them you will not buy from them until they get the Republican congress to stop social security privatization, increase the minimum wage to TEN dollars an hour, and extend unemployment insurance for people who lost jobs and sought work for more than 6 months. then sign the petition.

Sign the petition to stop social security privatization, increase the minimum wage,extend unemployment insurance for people who lost jobs and sought work for more than 6 months and repeal the faulty Republican prescription drug benefit and replace it with a simple 80 percent coverage of medication under Medicare Part B. Please get two other people to sign this petition.

Sign the petition to stop the War and Occupation in Iraq

Boycott Wendy's Restaurants and Outback Steakhouses.

Why you say? Wendy's Restaurants operate out of Dublin, OHIO and Outback Steakhouses operate out of FLORIDA. Now you see. I have picked two well known companies that operate out of the states that have brought us stolen elections by the immoral Republican Party. These companies operate restaurant chains that have restaurants around the United States.

Now why boycott them after the effort to overturn Bush's second stolen election has failed? Boycott them, call them, email them and tell them that we will not go to their restaurants until Ohio and Florida elects democrats to Governorships, Secretaries of state and majorities in their legislatures in Ohio and Florida. In other words we will punish them for allowing the stolen elections to happen in 2000 and 2004. Will it work? Well do it and see.

I had a petition to demand a revote in Ohio and Florida at

but now I use it to allow people to express their opinions on the 2004 and 2000 stolen elections and encourage them to boycott Wendy's and Outback Steakhouse, 2 famously Republican contributors.

Thank you.

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I'm certainly not surprised that Feinstein's in the list. If she's a Democrat, I'm from Saturn.

But I'm disappointed in Barack.
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