I just got an email from my friendly Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They seem to be spying on me; at least they've compiled a dossier. I suppose one exists for every citizen in this country, somewhere. I actually have a "supporter record #"! Impressive! Here's what they've determined is appropriate "suggested support" from me: "$5."
I guess they know how inadequate my paycheck is to cover medical and dental bills, property taxes, inflation, needed but long postponed home repairs, etc., etc., etc.
I advised them to go drone themselves:
The Democrats don't deserve the backing of the poor and vulnerable of this country. The two parties both serve corporate interests and there is no one who represents me or other struggling members of the Educated Poor (new class in this country, now that the middle class has been decimated!)
Since Obama showed his true colors as a repackaged Bush early in 2009, I will certainly not be supporting him or the Democrats. I'm not even sure I'll vote--the "lesser of two evils" argument is really not all that compelling. Waiting for a strong third party as the only way to resuscitate a democracy on life supports.
Please do remove me from your mailing list and while you're at it, you can also delete me from your records. I find it very disturbing that there is a dossier compiled on me, but it is entirely in keeping with the legislation and policies supported by Barack Obama.
I can't think of any other way to express my displeasure with the lack of representation I feel that I receive from the supposed party of the working class. They have completely caved to corporate interests, they have continued and expanded the worst civil liberties abuses from the Bush Years, they've extended the Unitary Executive theory which does away with inherent checks and balances, they refuse to prosecute the banksters* who caused the financial meltdown of 2008, they've supported the idea the the President gets to murder anyone he wants worldwide, including US citizens, without consequence, they've continued and expanded government secrecy, they've furthered the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, and the War on Whistleblowers. All this, from the party of the Most Transparent Presidency ever! Everything the Democrats criticized in the Bush Years, they've embraced under the presidency of Barack Obama, and that hypocrisy sickens me.
What can patriots who want a real, functioning democracy and not this sham currently in place do? If the Democrats have caved, what is left?
There's probably more that I left out of my litany. Feel free to add other flagrant transgressions in comments.
And yes, I know the Republicans are worse. If that's why you continue to support the Democrats, you're lame. That's like voting for Lizzie Borden over Jeffrey Dahmer because she didn't kill as many people.
* Tom Cordle's posts have used this term. He may not have originated the word "banksters" but I did learn it from him.