Thursday, June 16, 2011

So, yeah. I sent this to Obama. We'll see what happens.

Dear Mr. President:

I am a lifelong Democrat who has admired and supported you since your appearance at the DNC in 2006. I waited in line for six hours to see you in St. Louis in October of 2008, and have remained an advocate of your policies ever since, even when I didn't agree with them completely. However, I am beyond disgusted with the fact that you encouraged Rep. Weiner to resign, and I feel obliged to tell you why.

Anthony Weiner embodies everything that is sorely lacking from the Democratic Party: power, conviction, integrity, and a refusal to compromise. He was the fiercest and most courageous House Democrat this side of Dennis Kucinich, and his volatile and incendiary nature was a blessed relief from the timid acquiescence exhibited by practically every other Democrat on Capitol Hill. Of course, this is why he was disliked by members of both parties: he was one of the few U.S. legislators who refused to abide the corruption that has poisoned our political system. We need more representatives like Rep. Weiner, not fewer, and the fact that his own party turned on him is an absolute travesty.

Rep. Weiner's sexual misconduct was an entirely personal issue, one which bore no relation to his work performance, and which was by no means grounds for resignation. That he admitted his mistakes of his own accord, without committing perjury (unlike another still-lauded Democrat who shall remain nameless), speaks extremely well to his character. This scandal only served as a distraction from more pressing matters because the House Democrats didn’t have the courage to speak up in Rep. Weiner’s defense. His public humiliation was atonement enough, and had his fellow party members not jumped onto the sanctimonious and hypocritical moralistic bandwagon set forth by the extreme right fringe of the GOP, Mr. Weiner would still be in office. The fact that you assisted in pressuring him to resign is the most crushing blow of all.

I am ashamed of you, Mr. President. In Rep. Weiner's time of need, you betrayed him, and you betrayed the American people who needed his representation the most. To suggest that he will simply "bounce back" from the witch hunt in which you participated is an egregious insult.

There needs to be a serious change in the political agenda of the Democratic Party. Even when said party controlled both the House and the Senate from January 2009 to January 2011, too much emphasis was placed on compromise with and placation of the GOP; e.g., if you had simply pushed through the health care reform bill as it had initially been drafted, instead of trying to find common ground with the corporate spokespersons throughout Congress, we would finally have a public option. Instead, as in so many other instances, you sought a solution that satisfied everyone, and wound up with a solution that satisfied no one.

Rep. Weiner’s resignation is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the Democrats today. Instead of banding together like the Republicans do, you work against one another, and in doing so aid and abet the sinister motives of the GOP. We elected you on a platform of change, but too often we see politics as usual. Please abandon this insistence to compromise with people who have no interest in compromising with you. Make these next nineteen months count. We need you as our champion. I want to be proud of you again.

Thank you very much for your time.