Give me back my old time Democrats
Jon Faulkner at OpEd News reminds us of the difference between conservatives and liberals.
For those who believe there's not a dime's worth of difference in the two parties consider. Social Security, The G.I. Bill, Labor Laws, Environmental Laws, Civil Rights, Bank Deposit Insurance, The Rural Electrification Program, Product Labeling, Truth in Advertising, Woman's Right to Vote and the Earned Income Tax Credit were all the work of liberals as conservative republicans howled their opposition.That's true enough but it was a long time ago. Faulkner goes on to list the conservative's "accomplishments."
In contrast the republicans initiated cuts in veteran's benefits, they eviscerated education and health care, passed endless tax cuts for the rich, slashed Head Start, and eliminated the Fairness Doctrine. Given more time, elderly Americans would have watched their Social Security checks get turned over to Wall Street investors, for a fee of course. All of these conservative "contributions" have the same thread of commonality - they were passed in the early A.M., on Saturdays, after news deadlines. Like cockroaches, conservatives like to operate in the dark. Turn on the lights and they scatter for the cracks.And therein lies the problem for today's progressives who would like to claim the Democratic Party as their own again. The GOP were allowed to accomplish this destruction of our formerly humane system of govenment by a meek and compliant Democratic Party that was so busy redefining its image as "centrist" in order to win elections, they forgot that in order to lead you have to stand on principles, not respond to polling. The people want leaders and innovators, not wishy-washy politicians who are afraid to make a move until their focus groups tell them which way the wind blows.