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Pick Your Topic Tuesday: Who in The Democratic Party Needs to Borrow Nancy Pelosi’s Balls?

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The Pick Your Topic Tuesday shout out this week goes to Spinny Liberal, with her topic “Who in the Democratic Party needs to borrow Nancy Pelosi’s balls?” If you haven’t checked out Spinny Liberal yet, please do. Spinny comments on current events and the political scene with a zeal and biting sense of humor that makes my blog seem dry as a popcorn fart. She’s doing a great job in her corner of the blogosphere, and she’s a hell of a lot of fun to read!

Without further adieu, I give you:

Who in The Democratic Party Needs to Borrow Nancy Pelosi’s Balls?

When it comes to courage and determination in politics, it’s hard to top Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. She was first recognized as a mover and a shaker when she organized the House Democrats to push back against George W. Bush when he mandated the privatization of Social Security. Under Pelosi’s leadership, the Democratic minority formed a united front and managed to defeat the bill. She has shown to be a leader who stands behind her convictions; as the first woman speaker of the house, she stood against her party when her peers clamored for the impeachment of Bush. She has stood up to Republicans and Democrats, as well as two presidents and several world leaders. Over the years, she has proven to be a more than capable leader with cajones the size of Volkswagons. When it comes to Democrats, there are many of them who could stand to learn from Pelosi’s in your face never back down style.

Who in the Democratic Party could stand to borrow some of Pelosi’s balls? It would be easier to identify who doesn’t need to grow a pair. There is Gabrielle Giffords, who not only survived a shot to the head at point blank range, but has recovered enough to venture out into public to witness her husband’s shuttle launching. There is also the Wisconsin 14, the group of state legislators who went on the lamb to Chicago in response to Governor Scott Walker’s union busting bill. Despite Walker’s public rants and threats, the 14 remained strong, and forced Walker to conduct the vote in what was apparently an illegal manner. I suppose I should add Anthony Weiner to this list as well. He has not only called out Republican chicanery on the house floor; he has also physically proven he has a huge pair of gonads on Twitter.

So are these the only Democrats who have the ability to show some gumption? Well, yes. I have always believed that the Republicans have more balls than brains, and the Democrats have more brains than balls. In most cases, this has rung true, particularly after the 2008 elections.

After the 2008 elections, we had them. We had them right where we wanted them. The Democrats had the White House, the House, and the Senate. The country was a mess, and anti-conservatism was high. The wrongs of the Bush era could have been fixed, and our country could have been put on the right track again. They could have let the Patriot Act die. They could have restored our pre-Bush civil liberties. They could have removed our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. They could have closed Gitmo. They could have ended tax subsidies to big oil, and allowed the Bush tax cuts to the rich die on the vine. They could have repealed DOMA, and federally legalized same sex marriage. They could have done ANYTHING. They didn’t. Instead, there was tough talk from Obama and hand wringing from congress. Fear won out over conviction. The Democrats were so afraid of conservative reprisal, that instead of progress, we got stagnation. In the end, most of them were ousted anyway, thanks to the Tea Baggers. The majority went out with a whimper, and the conservatives came in with a bang. Now, we’re no better off than we were under Bush. In fact we’re worse. The 2010 edition of the conservative wave is more brash, more repressive, and more insane than ever. The Democratic Party including Obama, fucked up by allowing the big bad Republicans to smell fear. As a result, this country has become even more fascist and theocratic than ever before.

The Democratic voting base needs to grow a pair as well; we bitch about the Rethuglicans and Tea Bagger Terrorists, but when it comes time to talk with our votes, we perform a massive no show. We allow the conservatives to take charge, because we simply do not turn out to the polls the way they do. We need to mobilize, register correctly, and get our asses to the booths to make our voices be heard. We need to hold our elected leaders accountable. We need to make them understand that we put ourselves out on a limb to put them in a position to lead, and that they damn well better represent us, not their own selfish interests.

There’s a lot of criticism and ridicule of Nancy Pelosi, from Republicans and Democrats alike. The truth is, we need her. Right or wrong, she attacks an issue like no other Democrat is willing to do. She stands behind her convictions, and she lets the world know that she is not going to put up with anybody’s shit. She fought her way through the political men’s club to become second in line to the presidency behind the vice president, and though she may have been replaced as speaker of the house by Republican John Boehner, her voice is as strong as ever.

As the Republicans continue to shoot themselves in the foot leading up to the 2012 elections, the prospect of a new Democratic majority in the house seems to be very real. I can only hope that the new wave of liberal leaders that may come in will have the balls that Nancy Pelosi already has. Otherwise, it will be business as usual on Capitol Hill, and our country will continue to step into even deeper piles of shit.

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  1. June 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Very good! Great read.
    All the things that could’ve and should’ve been done…

    There was a short clip of BO at the daily show last night.. some mumbling about “headwinds” and then “hit by a truck” while he walks around factories making a fool of himself.

    Pwire had a story today about vetos. FDR vetoed once a week. Obama vetoes once every 435 days.
    He just isn’t an executive.
    Brilliant academic, brilliant reverend, very likeable and very good man.
    But no executive.

    One fear is this: that he’s re-elected, then GOP/TP get a term, and no end of the depression until 2020. When some young progressive democrat with will to power finally gets the calling. But a decade is a long time….

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    • June 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      It really is a shame that the Dems blew their chance. They were so worried about losing seats that they did nothing. As a result, a lot of them lost their seats anyway.

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  2. June 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The Democratic Party including Obama, fucked up by allowing the big bad Republicans to smell fear. As a result, this country has become even more fascist and theocratic than ever before.

    Thank you!! This is exactly what happened.

    Right or wrong, she attacks an issue like no other Democrat is willing to do. She stands behind her convictions, and she lets the world know that she is not going to put up with anybody’s shit.

    And that is why I am full on in love with the woman. If it was President Pelosi back in 2008, we’d have single payer health coverage. There would be no tax cut extension, and I think we’d already be withdrawing from Afghanistan by now. And the military budget would be slashed.

    Brains are great for the ideas, but balls are needed to get those ideas moving.

    Very nice response to my winning question/topic.

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    • June 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      I’m glad it’s what you were looking for. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone off on a good rant 😉

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  3. June 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Thanks for the link… I’ve added you to my Blogroll at http://underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com. Like your page a loy.
    – Bill

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  4. June 10, 2011 at 6:32 am

    By that I mean a LOT.

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