Thursday, January 06, 2005


Eye Of The Beholder

On the surface, it may look as though the Democrats have lost yet another battle, but from this observers point of view it just might have been the party's most significant victory in almost a dozen years. For the first time in a long time, a handful of members from the Democratic party showed some backbone. And in the process they exposed, even if ever so briefly, the vile arrogance of the Republicans.

Today's objection was not about overturning the election. It was not about undermining the authority of the office of the president. It was simply the only way to shed light on what has become an all too common occurance; voting irregularities. However, despite repeated Democratic claims to the contrary, the Republicans would have you believe that this was simply a case of the Democrats being sore losers. The political equivalent of holding your breath and kicking your feet. You see, the only thing that Republicans understand is winning. They don't see a point to sticking your neck out for the average American if there's no election to be won. To them, today's actions by the Democrats were pointless.

But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what I witnessed today was indeed beautiful. Sure, we didn't win. We knew we wouldn't. Hell, we couldn't even get the majority of our own party to join the game. But that's the beauty of it all. Fighting hard even though there is no chance. Not giving up even though we know it's going to be hard. Today we saw Democrats that were willing to fight the good fight. We saw Democrats that weren't content to let the Republicans skate by. And we saw the hatred of the Republican party bared for all of America. The smugness. The arrogance. The self-righteous narcissism. It was all there. And it was beautiful.

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