I figure it’s even money that one or more of the Democratic Party organizations who has my email will see this. And even money they’ll read it and give a crap. But it will make me feel better, so I’m going to post it any damn way.
Attention Democrats: You will not get a single dime of my money donated to the party. Ever again. I may choose to donate to individual candidates from your party. But never again to the party apparatus. You have let me down for the last time with my money.
I am unsubscribing from your lists as fast as I get new emails. It may take years for me to disentangle. But I will escape your clutches.
Over the past eight years, you — through your President and to a lesser degree through your Congressional leadership — have too often fallen short of the Democratic Party ideals as I understand them. You have compromised in advance with some of the worst people ever to hold public office, taking legitimate positions off the table before negotiations even began. (Can you say “single payer,” Mr. President?)
Worse, you have not only refused to criticize anti-American policies of the two preceding administrations, you have perpetuated — and in some cases extended — them. Not one torturer went to jail. Not one banker went to jail. Guantanamo didn’t close. Drones are epidemic and out of control; soon, they will blossom into the airspace around us, disrupting and destroying American life in ways the Republicans could only imagine in their wildest dreams.
You have, in short, been so hell-bent on out-Republicaning the Republicans that you are no longer recognizable as the Party of the People. There is no room in your shrinking camo tent for real progressive thought or action.
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I’m outta here. Next stop: the Green Party. I just voted for every Green on the ballot in the June 3 elections. And even though I’m on Social Security and Medicare, unable to bring in any extra money thanks to the economy you helped tank, I’m donating small amounts to my newly adopted party. I don’t expect them to win many elections. Maybe none. But I do expect they’ll influence the debate, shift you ever so slightly left, and at least stand for something.
As a party, you revolt me. Goodbye.