When the Democrats -- who I thought were the good (or at least the anti-Bush, and pro-Constitution) guys -- took back Congress in the last election, I was overjoyed. I thought we'd see an end -- finally -- to the Bush administration's recklessness and lawlessness that's made me feel ashamed to be American. Of course, the Democratic leadership has been a pathetic, embarrassing, contemptible, miserable failure, and now we see that not only have they enabled Bush's insanity, they've been willing participants, helping him and Dick Cheney feed our constitution into the shredder. Yesterday, for the first time in ages, I felt my faith in our government begin to return, and I have Chris Dodd to thank for it.
It's been depressing to watch our Democratic congressmen -- the very ones we all worked so hard to put into the majority -- do nothing to slow Bush's destruction of what it means to be American.
I still don't understand why Harry Reid will honor Republican holds and do back flips to make Mr. 24% happy while he extends a hearty "F you" to Senate Democrats, the Democratic party, and now the vast majority of Americans who are begging congress to do something -- to do anything -- to stop this tyrannical lunatic before it's too late to save our country.
It is outrageous that Senators Clinton, Obama and Biden are asking for our votes, but are unwilling to provide leadership now. If they won't stand up for the principles we all hold dear when they're trying to earn our votes, how can we expect them to do it once they're in the White House? Leadership is doing the right thing when it's risky and when it's unpopular. (And how depressing is it that upholding your oath of office is risky and unpopular? How doubly depressing is it that the only people who think that -- and the only people being listened to -- are Joe Klein, the DLC consultants, and the rest of the pundit class?)
Well, as a complete idiot once said: Fool me once, can't get fooled again.
John Edwards has inspired the hell out of me with his message of hope for America, but Chris Dodd has shown real leadership on one of the most serious issues we've faced lately with telco immunity. While the other Senators have talked a good game, Senator Dodd actually did something when his country needed him.
I wanted to share my letter to him here, in the hopes that somehow it will find its way into his hands.
Dear Senator Dodd,
I doubt you'll get to see this personally, as you're very busy campaigning and defending our constitution from, well, everyone in government, it seems.
I hope a staffer will convey my immense gratitude -- not only as a Democrat but as an American -- to you for respecting your oath of office, and standing up to defend the very values that have made America great.
I sent e-mails and I made phone calls yesterday, but you stood up on the floor of the Senate and did something no other Democratic candidate for president seems to be willing to do: you were a leader. You stood not only with the base of our party, but with the vast majority of Americans who want the recklessness of this lawless president brought to a halt.
Your real leadership has inspired me and many others I know who have lost faith in our government, but especially in the Democratic party.
Best of luck to you in the primaries, and thank you for restoring a little bit of my faith in America.