Friday, October 27, 2006

Why vote for the Democrats? Here's why

Friday's Express Times contains a very well-written letter to the editor by Jon Apple in Bethlehem. I've neve met Jon. I tried calling him, but his number is unpublished. His is one of the best political essays I've ever read.

The question has been asked, "Why vote for the Democrats?" So I thought about it. Well, as a 30-year registered Independent, it isn't about fixed and dilated party loyalties. And since I have no allegiance toward corporate America's apotheosis of the illegals, it certainly isn't their position on immigration.

The economy? Both parties have always received too much credit and/or blame for this so that's a push. Gas prices? The last time I looked it was called OPEC, not GOPec. Although I definitely see the resemblance.

Why then? Why vote for the Democrats? It's simple, really. You vote for them, if for no other reason, than to wrest the reins of absolute power from the messianic prom kings and cottontail gunslingers from Planet PlayStation who have exploited the bravery and patriotism of their fellow countrymen and women, willing to sacrifice their lives for a noble cause, and thrown them into a ginned up cockfight that doesn't possess the strategic sophistication of a sandlot football game.

You vote for them to clear the air of the beige miasma called "family values" being pumped into our living rooms by the legions of patrician pols and Cheshire martinets that would choke us with this hot air while ignoring the heavy breathing that is steaming up the windows in their own glass houses.

You vote for them to show the power pimps and the rest of the world that, despite recent evidence to the contrary, this is still a country of the people, by the people and for the people.

That's why.

Jon Apple



Ryan said...

Whew! Yeah! Speak it. I felt myself letting out a few huzzahs there. Great letter.

Bernie O'Hare said...

One of the best LTEs I've ever read.

LVDem said...

Planet Playstation... wow... that's funny

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm an indy, so why can't I write like that? What a great letter!

Bernie O'Hare said...

DG, I wish I could thank the dude, but his phone is unlisted. Next week I'll track down his addy and send him a printout of this post.

Richard Cranium said...

Bernie, I picked this up at All Spin Zone - I'd love to see it get national exposure. Thanks for the find and posting it.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Richard, So far we have three blogs, including yours, featuring this LTE. I'd like to see commondreams put it up. I'll send it to them. They might have to get permission to publish from The Express-Times, who originally published this terrific LTE.