It's Time to Stand Up and Fight Back

George Bush is the least popular president in almost 60 years. Unfortunately, Congress is not doing much better. There are a number of reasons, but at the top of the list is the widespread belief that the Democratic leadership has not been aggressive enough in opposing Bush. "As an independent senator affiliated with the Democratic caucus, it's my view that in order to regain the confidence of the American people we should be changing our tactics as we enter the new session. If Republicans wa

George Bush is the least popular president in almost 60 years. Unfortunately, Congress is not doing much better. There are a number of reasons, but at the top of the list is the widespread belief that the Democratic leadership has not been aggressive enough in opposing Bush. "As an independent senator affiliated with the Democratic caucus, it's my view that in order to regain the confidence of the American people we should be changing our tactics as we enter the new session. If Republicans want to keep backing the president through obstructionism (they set a new record last year for filibusters), we should be prepared to keep the Senate open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Republicans should be given all of the time they need to explain to the American people why they want to continue spending $12 billion a month in Iraq, why they want more tax breaks for millionaires, and why they believe the U.S. should trail the rest of the world in addressing the crisis of global warming.

"The Senate Democratic caucus cannot control the actions of the White House or Republican senators," Sanders added. "What we can do is make it crystal clear to the American people which senators want to move this country in a different direction, and who wants to maintain the status quo. It is impossible to predict what kind of legislative success an aggressive approach like this will have. At the very least, it will clear the air and let Americans know that some of us are aware of reality outside the Beltway, and are prepared to stand up and fight," he concluded in a column for BuzzFlash.

To read Sanders' column on BuzzFlash, click here.