by Erin Alecto
Yes, the Saturday night vote on the FISA bill was disappointing. Yes, it was incomprehensible why the vote couldn't wait for September. Yes, the Democrats can't seem to get their act together.
So what are you going to do about it? Quit voting Democrat? Seems to me that would prove the wingnuts right when they call us "Surrender Monkeys." Start a third party? Noble idea, but how quickly will you be able to collect donations, build a constituency, and field a candidate? Sit back and join the Republicans in calling the Democrats nasty names? Sure, it's cathartic, but it won't do a damn thing to take our country back.
So, how do we change things? By being the change. Here's a good start. Notice that almost every one of the Dems who voted aye on the FISA bill are Blue Dog Democrats. Notice that almost all are in "red" states. Looks like a pretty clear road map to me and where change is needed immediately. It took 30 years for the GOP to become the overwhelming power they are today - progressive change won't happen overnight and it won't happen at all if everyone quits at the first sign of trouble or even the fifth stupid vote. It's up to you, folks. Flame away.