The political center of America has been moving decidedly to the right for decades now. Liberals have been all-but banished from the Democratic Party. We can’t seem to get our shit together on issues like marriage equality and we’ve caved on pretty much every economic issue there is, the death penalty, the war on crime, the war on drugs, and more or less every other aspect of both our foreign and domestic policy. Gains are small and usually immediately taken away. Resistance is met with either scorn, or muscle. We caught a great deal of grief from the Democratic Party when we dare to refuse to support someone like Gore or Lieberman who might as well be Republicans. I’m sorry, but you can’t move that far to the right and then complain that the left has abandoned you. And anyone who has spoken out in the last eight years, from Ward Churchill to Bill Maher to the Dixie Chicks can tell you what it’s like be responded to with simple, brutal, unmoving force. And now, we are at a crossroads. Did we really mean what we said when we voted for change, or are we just jerking off? Are we pissed off enough about this recession to demand that the people we just put into office reverse the past 28 years of systematic deregulation that led to this whole mess? The hubris of the last eight years, the prioritizing of power over party, and party over country has imploded the Republican Party and we have been given a magnificent opportunity. It would be a crime to waste it. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!