The War Within
There is much in the news today about the discord within the Democratic party. It is clear
that the Democrats are as divided as the country. Many attribute this conflict to politics; the desire to be returned to Washington. There
is much more to it than that. Many Democrats are confused. When they voted for Barack Obama, they were not voting for his
Socialism, they were voting against President Bush, and rightfully so. President Bush's greatest
flaw was his desire to "go along to get along." Unfortunately for President Bush, he didn't recognize that the Progressive
Socialists had infiltrated and taken control of the Democratic party and its agenda. Perhaps President Bush's
greatest accomplishment will be having planted Representative Democracy in the Middle East; accomplished only by
not caving-in to the Progressive political and media pressure. Had he done something about Fannie
Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Community Reinvestment Act, we would not be in the mess we are today.
Most Democrats are not Socialists. A Rasmussen poll taken in April of 2009 pegs avowed
Socialists at somewhere between 15 and 20%, 53% of us are avowed Capitalists, and 27% don't know
or care to know what they are. In a House of Representatives consisting of 255 Democrats, 78 are members of the Progressive
Caucus. That means that in a country with a Socialist population of less than 20%, they are over-represented
in the House (31% of House members are Progressive Socialists). Only 3 Senators belong to the Congressional
Progressive Caucus: Roland Burris, who was appointed to Barack Obama's seat, Tom Udall of New Mexico,
and the only self-avowed Socialist in Congress, Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The List of Socialists
in Congress consists of the worst hate mongers, the most inept, and the most arrogant and unresponsive
members of either body: Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX), Dennis Kucinich (OH), Alan Grayson (FL), John Conyers (MI), Elijah Cummings
(MD), Chaka Fattah (PA), Barney Frank (MA), Luis Gutierrez (IL), Jesse Jackson Jr. (IL), Carolyn Maloney (NY), Ed Markey (MA),
James McGovern (MA), Charles Rangle (NY), Louise Slaughter (NY), Pete Stark (CA), Nydia Velazquez (NY), Maxine Waters (CA),
and Henry Waxman (CA). Strikingly absent are Nancy Peolsi (CA), and Senators John Kerry (MA) and Harry Reid
(NV). This leads to the conclusion that there are even more Progressive Socialists in the Democratic
party -- and maybe some in the Senate -- but they are unwilling to expose their philosophies to their constituents
at this time.
So why NOW the War Within? There are two
critical reasons for the internal fracture of the Democratic party today. First and foremost, we are NOT All
Socialists Now, as so famously claimed on Barack Obama's inauguration. Secondly, the hate- and guilt-based political power wielded
by the Progressivesso effectively for so long is now moot and their constituents are beginning to
defect. To understand what has happened, we have to go all the way back to the founding of our nation and the history of the
key constituency of Democratic power; African-Americans.
The struggle for independence
from England took dominance in the discussions between the 13 independent colonies as the founders knew that the colonies could
only stand if united. During the discussions preceding our declaration of independence from England, the moral issue of slavery
was debated vigorously. The issue was muddled by the practice of indentured servitude and a widespread practice of slavery
across the world by every ethnicity. Driven by the expedience required of the situation, the founders compromised on the issue
of slavery by replacing the "inalienable right" of property with that of "the pursuit of happiness." This
simple change in the Declaration of Independence left the contradiction of equality and slavery (a slave was property) open
to future resolution. In the ensuing 250 years, the battle to ensure equality for ALL Americans, regardless
of race, creed, or color has relied on the Federal Government for resolution. It took nearly 200 years to put an end to the
ownership of men by other men. It took another 100 years to ensure that ALL Americans had the same rights
and would be -- institutionally -- treated equally. And, while individual bigotry still exists, the institutional obstacles
to equality and opportunity are no longer race-based: today, our future depends on what we will make of it with hard work
and luck. Most Americans, regardless of race, creed, or color, now know this. To the African-American, it was the Federal
Government that achieved this for them; the same Federal Government that had failed them at the very start of our country.
Today, many successful African-Americans know that the future of all citizens
depends on their individual industry. They see the Federal programs, necessary as they were when institutional bigotry successfully
limited their status and opportunity, as an impediment to those who rely on them, the vast majority of dependents the very
people who longed to be free to make their own way through life unencumbered by institutional bigotry. In short, now that
the Federal Government has finally done its job, it is time for the oppressed to take ownership of their lives, their successes,
and their failures and to build their futures.
The loss of the African-American
dependence and the lack of guilt of a white America that has no connection with the bigotry and oppression of the past has
forced the Progressive Socialists to ratchet the rhetoric up and recruit
a new ethnic group to their program of race-baiting and divisiveness: the illegal alien (aka Hispanics). The Democrats, the
real Democrats, are not comfortable with this old formula of divide and conquer. The real Democrats know that the jig is up.
They know that the survival of their party requires that they now focus on the job at hand: security, fiscal responsibility,
individual freedom, and the promotion and support of personal initiative.
War Within is on. The Democrats know that the future of their party is in jeopardy unless they purge the Progressive
Socialists and put as much distance as possible between them. The Tea Party will be there to help this November.
We're not the government and we're here to help. Go to http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov and see if your Representative or Senator needs to become acquainted with the unemployment line in November.