Well, now that I have been quoted by Jack King ("The Demos are worried," Sept. 7), I guess I'm officially a crackpot that writes too many letters to the Times-Herald. No dignity to lose now.
Yes, the Democrats are scared. They got scared when the Supreme Court stopped the recount in Florida and handed the Presidency to George W. Bush. Can this happen in America? Apparently, it can. The GOP, hijacked by extreme, right-wing fanatics like Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, Dick Cheney and the like, were now running all three branches of the federal government. Well there are still safeguards in place - how much harm can they do?
They can slash revenue, spend and borrow like there's no tomorrow. Deregulate everything, put the foxes in charge of the hen house and loot the national coffers with both hands. Have lobbyists write their own laws and power them through a Republican-dominated legislature. Buy huge pieces of the media and establish their own propaganda network that attacks anyone who questions anything they do. Rewrite voting districts to corral Democrats and over-represent Republicans. Privatize every facet of government possible, especially the military. Huge no-bid contracts to Haliburton, CACI , Blackwater and God knows who else to perform military functions at unbelievable profits. Divide and inflame the American people while an enormous transfer of wealth is shifted to the top 1.5 percent of the population. Then, when the country is honest-to-God attacked on 9/11, exploit it like a pedophile with a child's trust. Take the worst national security mess in American history and use it to invade a sovereign country with the second largest oil deposits in the world. Instead of firing the national security advisor , promote her to Secretary of State! It goes on and on and on.
Yes, the Democrats are scared to death of people whose loyalty to the GOP, no matter who's in charge of it, is far stronger than any loyalty to America itself. People who belligerently and adamantly supported anything Bush did, no matter what it was, people who will cheer America being driven off a cliff as long as they get to kick a few hippie's on the way over. Yes, we believe there are people fully capable of putting a man in the Oval Office who was tortured for years and who whose main regret about the Vietnam war seems to be that he wasn't able to bomb Russian supply ships and start World War III.
Yes, we believe there are people capable of being galvanized by a really pretty, gutsy, good public speaker who also happens to be an evangelical nut ball who wants prayer in the schools, guns for everyone, no taxes and no obstacles to the oil companies.
Adrian Davis, Vallejo