Letter From California

From the Left Coaster

Horror and despair will seem like hyperbole to many, but Californians just watched the Secretary of State call the vicious and brutal war upon Lebanon a “birth pang” before jetting off to a piano recital in Asia. Something very, very, very bad is coming, everyone knows it after that little stunt.

The likely scenario is an invasion of Iran, the Middle East becoming a war zone, and the price of oil becoming catastrophically high.

It is true, yes, that California has two senior Democratic Senators to possibly influence the course of events, but Feinstein and Boxer turned out to be two more useless, clueless 21st century politicians, failure and death their hallmarks to the new millennia.

Feinstein, of course, voted for the current mayhem in Iraq and has displayed absolutely no leadership at all in attempting to get us the hell out of there. For reasons no one can explain Feinstein is untouchable in the California and national press so she’s going to win another term this year in a total walk, even though she’s plainly one of the most stupid, evil turncoat Senators we’ve ever had, a voting record that to this day makes Dick Cheney cackle with glee.

Her husband is worth several hundred million. You think she will do anything to upset the established order?

Along with the piano recital Californians just watched a horrifying, vicious betrayal to the base when Barbara Boxer, our other august member of the world’s oldest deliberative body, jetted to Connecticut to defend Joe Liebermanâ┚¬â€along with our old very dear friend who used to visit us so much, Bill Clinton.

The stupidity and shortsightedness of this move is breathtaking in its Bushian scope. Boxer cannot be judged by one action in her career, but to staunchly defend and campaign for the greatest Democratic proponent of the Iraq war who has a voting record of Feinsteinian dimensions is going to be a gaping, eternally bleeding mark on her record.

It’s a class thing. Congress is composed primarily of the very wealthy. They defend their interests and the interests of their class against the rest of us. It’s not their children in Iraq, now is it? They vote for war and torture because they *want* to vote that way. Some say the Dems vote that way because they are gutless (which they certainly are) but in reality it’s because they agree with the Republicans and because war benefits them as a class.

When the Dems win back the House in November, little if anything will change. That’s when the radicalization will start to happen. Electing a different set of wealthy people to Congress will not change a thing. When the populace genuinely realizes this, and they will, then radical change becomes possible.

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