The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

That's a relief. I was afraid we'd have to do something.

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

I suppose I can still see why Congressional Dems are still acting like battered spouses. The DLC's star might be fading (and none too soon), but it's no secret that their "do whatever the GOP says" strategy to winning elections still has plenty of adherents.

Still, there's a point where you hope that our elected representatives will look at the money-grubbing pissants across the aisle and their latest attempt to transform America's legacy into diamond stickpins & private jets and say "No. This is not only the empirically sound course of action-- it is the undeniably moral course, and the universally acknowledged responsible course for our economy, and indeed the future of our very planet."

Most of us reached it on behalf of congressional Dems.... what, five years ago? Of course, we're perfectly aware that, whether Democrats are principled or gutless, the 21st century Republican party will use us like a passed-out prom date whenever possible.

"If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices," said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.

See? It reminds me of a gruesome story I heard about faith healers. The huckster in question would shout hallelujahs while claiming to cure an elderly person's cataracts. They would actually pierce the eye, letting fluid drain out temporarily-- "curing" the afflicted and emptying wallets at the same time. When the con artist was safely out of town with his money, the healed individual's eyes would cloud over worse than ever, depriving them of what little sight had remained.

It's far, far past time for Democrats to stop being the timid neighbors who do nothing in order to preserve the town's good name, and start being the ones to hunt the bastard down and beat him within an inch of his life.

(P.S.- I know it's tied to a key spending bill that the GOP was going to make a show of vetoing. And they gave Dems the usual choice of "obstructionist America-hater or total wuss." The thing is, the Democrats are right. Again. And it's getting to the point where the MSM and the public are finally paying some attention.)