Where are the leaders of the Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi? Why are they out of sight and out of mind at what can only be described as a critical political juncture, with a new and erratic President who changes his mind every ten to fifteen minutes dropping 59 Tomahawks on Syria, the mother of all bombs on Afghanistan (why are we still there?) and sending a naval strike group to the Sea of Japan to deal with a crazy boy-man dictator who is threatening nuclear warfare on the Korean Peninsula and possibly beyond? Is a nuclear showdown with an unstable personality really a good idea?
Is there no longer an issue about the Constitutional mandate that only Congress shall have the power to make war? Shouldn’t somebody other than House Members Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters of California be making significant noise about this? Not to mention Trump’s “deportation force,” and unending news about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russians which continues to break almost daily.
Meantime our fearless leader is in Florida playing golf and presumably eating cake. Again. It’s what he does. He goes to Florida each and every weekend to play golf. He’s there even now, with a strike force sitting in the Sea of Japan, and a potential nuclear standoff in the works.
Does he understand the possible consequences of his actions?
This is insane and unacceptable as government jobs go unfilled and America’s credibility vanishes. Making it all the more frightening is the fact that the only positive feedback Trump gets is when he bombs somebody. In an almost childlike fashion he appears to feed off of approval, leading to the danger that he will resort to making war simply to get another pat on the head and maybe a bump in his approval rating.
Someone has got to start holding Trump to task for what is becoming a pattern of incompetent and irrational behavior. Following the Clinton/Waserman Schultz/Brazile debacle, I had hoped the Democratic party would hand the reigns of party power over to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom had a solid base skewing towards younger folks, which is what the party needed for the future. It needed to be energized.
Instead of moving forward the Party opted to basically run in place, going with the old guard. And even now, its leadership is doing what it did during the Obama Administration, remaining silent and out of sight, like little church mice, rather than doing their jobs as the loyal opposition while special interest groups on the far, far-left, threaten to tear the party to pieces, denying it any chance of picking up support from the massive political center which it so badly needs.
Where is the Democratic leadership? Where have they gone and what the hell are they doing? Activists should be congratulated for showing up to march and register their opinions at local meetings. The grass roots folks are getting it done. But where are Pelosi and Schumer? Are they even in this fight, or have they given up and gone home? They need to get loud, proud, angry and take the point with the media in this fight or get out of the way and let others take the lead focusing not on scattered splinter groups on the far-left but on the broad base of support they need from the middle. If not, they just might blow the whole show in 2018.
If folks in those far-left splinter groups want any representation at all they are going to have to step back, take a breath, and know they’ll be better represented in the future by Democrats than Republicans, regardless of their need to feel empowered in the moment. The choice is between a more centrist Democratic Party in power or no Democratic Party at all. Either way, somebody will have to take the lead.