Where Have all the Democrats Gone?

By David Glenn Cox

If you live long enough you will see just about all that there is to

see, except maybe the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. I was reading

news stories and that’s how I felt when I ran across this one:


12 (Bloomberg) — U.S. lawmakers are set to approve a $106 billion

war-spending bill after President Barack Obama said he would use ‘every

legal and administrative remedy available’ to block the release of

photos of troops abusing detainees.

Negotiators from the House

and Senate yesterday agreed on the compromise legislation after Obama

intervened in a dispute over a Republican-backed proposal to add

provisions to the bill to bar release of the photos. He wrote a letter,

read aloud to negotiators considering the war bill, promising to make

every effort to thwart an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit

seeking to force the release of the pictures.”

Only the names

have been changed to defend to guilty; we keep running around the

mulberry bush and nothing changes. Our new President wants more money

for wars of conquest while promising to defend the Pentagon from the

American people by hiding evidence of war crimes from them. All is

still the same, yet this one calls himself a Democrat.


Republicans and Joe Lieberman, whatever he is, have proposed making the

photos exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. Not since Orwell

penned, “some animals are more equal than others” has there been such a

display of blatant hypocrisy. Those pictures belong to us! We paid for

them! They are ours! Trying to pass an amendment exempting them from

the law is just another example of a government in a vacuum.


Constitution, right and wrong, fair play and justice have become

nothing more than sock puppet theatre. The Employee Free Choice Act is

dead, killed not by Republicans but by Democrats. Arkansas Democratic

Senator Blanch Lincoln announced that she had changed her position and

now sided with the US Chamber of Commerce. Likewise Senator Ben Nelson

of Nebraska and without a full complement of Democrats on board the

bill is dead. Without help from the White House the bill is dead, and

so while the White House will intervene on your behalf to fight the

ACLU it will not intervene to support American workers, and so the bill

is dead.

Several weeks ago Nancy Pelosi found herself in hot

water by saying the CIA lied to her in briefings regarding enhanced

interrogation (torture). The Speaker of the United States House of

Representatives then began back peddling and making excuses. Did they

lie to you or not? Pelosi has since dropped from the radar, aware I’m

sure that those who say bad things about the CIA suddenly become

accident-prone, and just as suddenly files and information begin to

leak out. “Oh, I get it,” I hear you saying, “he’s a conspiracy


No, I’m a realist. The concept of no man is above the

law in the United States is as dead as religious freedom in Nazi

Germany. The executive branch is above the law, and the intelligence

branch is above the law per our new President, the Democrat. Without

legal constraints upon them what is left of democracy but to don the

purple and put on circuses for the people?

In 1948 Harry S.

Truman advocated and brought forth legislation for single payer health

care for the American people. In 2009 Democratic Senator Max Bauchus

had single payer advocates removed by force from the Senate Chamber.

In 1964 President Johnson proposed a war on poverty; in 2009 poverty is the winner.


1961 President Kennedy proposed putting men on the moon, the greatest

industrial and technological challenge of all time. In 2009 the

President wants more money to keep men in other countries, without

goals, without conditions and without end. Now 240,000 contractors

labor in Iraq and Afghanistan to supply a 30-million-dollar dining hall

that’s never been used and a US Forces headquarters building that is so

full of structural cracks, leaking pipes and sinking pavement that it

is questionable if it can ever be used.

All told, 32 billion

dollars have been paid to Kellogg Brown & Root alone since 2001,

and how many employees would you suspect oversee those billions of

dollars and thousands of contracts in both Iraq and Afghanistan?

Thirteen. The government has no central record of who the contractors

are or what they do nor how much they are to be paid. Try that line on

the IRS sometime, “I don’t know, I didn’t keep a record of that.”


1941 the Democratically controlled Senate created the Truman Committee

to investigate fraud and abuse under a Democratic President. The Truman

Committee was estimated to have saved $11 billion dollars during the

course of the war. The Democrats have controlled the House and Senate

for more than two years now; where is our Truman Committee?


response to the stock market crash in 1929, the Hoover administration

proposed low interest loans to banks and industries. Through the

Reconstruction Finance Corporation it lent out almost 2 billion

dollars. But In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt was elected President, and the

Reconstruction Finance Corporations budget was cut to 350 million

dollars in 1934. Instead the money was used to aid the people, not the

banks and corporations.

In 100 days Roosevelt’s new

administration passed fifteen individual pieces of legislation.

Congress authorized the creation of the Agricultural Adjustment

Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Farm Credit

Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal

Emergency Relief Administration, the National Recovery Administration,

the Public Works Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Also the Emergency Banking Bill, the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, the

Farm Credit Act, the National Industrial Recovery Act and the

Truth-in-Securities Act.

“Practices of the unscrupulous money

changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the

hearts and minds of men. True they have tried, but their efforts have

been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of

credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of

the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false

leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for

restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of

self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the

people perish.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

Where is our vision?

Show us the way home. As millions lose their homes and major cities are

laying off even police and firemen, where is our vision? The actual

unemployment rate is approaching 20%. American families have lost a

third of their net wealth since 2007. Tent cities are appearing across

the country and still there is no nationwide plan to do anything to

help the American worker. We have bailout plans for the big banks and

insurance companies and Chrysler and GM and those plans all have one

thing in common. Cut costs by eliminating workers, and in the case of

GM the President says, “We will not try to micro manage, will not tell

them where or when to open factories.”

These are our nation’s

leaders, a Democratic president fighting with the ACLU to keep from you

what rightfully belongs to you and the Republicans always trying to

pass yet another law to exempt the government from following the law.

They are a whipsaw that only takes us deeper and further from the

rightful purpose of government.

“The law was made for one

thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don’t understand it, or

are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.”
(Bertolt Brecht)

Where is our vision?

Where are our Democrats?

(photo by mr.frego)

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.