What does it take?
What kind of courage does it take, for mercy’s sake? The majority of the American people (55 percent) think the war in Iraq is a mistake and that we should get out. The majority (65 percent) of the American people want single-payer health care and are willing to pay more taxes to get it. The majority (86 percent) of the American people favor raising the minimum wage. The majority of the American people (60 percent) favor repealing Bush’s tax cuts, or at least those that go only to the rich. The majority (66 percent) wants to reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending, but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes.
The majority (77 percent) thinks we should do “whatever it takes” to protect the environment. The majority (87 percent) thinks big oil companies are gouging consumers and would support a windfall profits tax. That is the center, you fools. WHO ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
What does it take to get the Democratic party to speak, no, shout, with one voice on these issues? They don’t need to be afraid of the Republicans or the media — the voters already want what a large part of the Democratic party wants. Grow a spine, already, and go for something at least approaching reform. At this point, it can’t hurt. Maybe then, when one of you appears on The Daily Show, you can answer the question “What would you do if you were in charge?” without hedging so much.