With the Republican Party being bought, sold, and moving to the far-far right wing, one would think that the Democats would be taking advantage of that extremism in the GOP. Not so. The Dems themselves have been taking hand-outs from special interest groups --some of the same ones that have purchased the Republican Party. Of course the Democrats and the offices they seek do not get nearly the astronomical amounts that are showered on the conservative candidates. But there are many Dems who have been bought by money and unethical practices. In short, the Democrats have abandoned the poor, minorities, women, etc. Ethics, morals, and principles have left the room.
Before I go any further, I can hear the Democrats yelling that they have to take this route in order to survive. Not so. There is still room for an honest, principled candidate from the liberal wing. I only have to point to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Consider her candidacy in the last election for U.S. Senator in the Badger State. She is gay, and now the only openly gay member of the Senate. Senator Baldwin is a woman, hardly giving her any gender advantage. But very importantly she is definitely a liberal. Running in a state that just previously had elected a Republican to the Senate, she had plenty of excuses to hide behind ...and lose. She held fast to her beliefs. Senator Tammy Baldwin! Courage!
It is interesting to note that a few moderate Republicans have chastised and condemned the tea party and the extreme right-wing. In some cases, more than any Democrat. Where in the heck are the Dems who have principles, convictions, morals, ethics? Are they too wimpy to stand up and announce their opinions? The Democrats have a silence that is deafening.
The people elected to national office who are sitting in Washington, DC, waiting for the next check to come in from war corporations, from Big Pharma, from greedy individuals, etc., unfortunately sit on both sides of the aisle in Congress. Principled bravery has vanished, and money/greed principles have replaced it. Don't put all the blame on Republicans. The Dems have abandoned their principles, too.
How and when can we return to principles in the U.S. Senate and Congress? U.S. Senator Baldwin sets a very good example. Wisconsin has produced some of the most ground-breaking politicians for good, for progressive thought, for forward-looking thinking. Senator Baldwin, after voters had a long wait in Wisconsin, has done something rare: she has acted on serving the underserved, on principled legislation advocacy, on intelligent decision-making. We are fortunate to have her as our U.S. Senator ...and so is the nation.