What’s wrong with the Democratic party? The leaders would have us believe it’s their inability to sucker Christian bigots into voting for them. I disagree. It’s their collective inability to stand up and fight for what they allegedly “value” – even when they’re a damned majority. Over 80 percent of Americans support comprehensive sex education in public schools. So, what do the Democrats in Minnesota do? They strip an education bill of a comprehensive sex education proposal per the demands of the minority Republicans.
In a last-minute piece of strong-arming that went almost unnoticed, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty forced DFL leaders of the Legislature to drop a comprehensive and moderate sex-education proposal from the $14 billion education bill that passed on the last day of the 2007 session. The sex-ed proposal — backed by educators and the public — was blocked by the extremist conservative forces that Pawlenty has pandered to in his quest for the national limelight. At their insistence, Pawlenty threatened to veto the entire education bill if the sex-ed provision wasn’t dropped. The DFL majority caved, removing the measure and clearing the way for the education bill to pass.
WTF? Can you imagine a Republican majority doing something like this? Can you imagine Republican supporters letting them get by with it? But, Democrats – oh brother – the frigging Democrats. I fully expect to be told in the coming months that the Democrats may be feckless jackasses, but they’re jackasses with a small ‘j’, not a big ‘j’ like the Republicans.