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The Week the Gloves Came Off

Below is a fiction piece, based on sentiments from the community about what it would really mean to "take the gloves off." Just fiction, but that doesn't mean it can't become reality.
The Week the Gloves Came Off
by georgia10
Thu Apr 06, 2006 at 07:22:40 AM PST

Below is a fiction piece, based on sentiments from the community about what it would really mean to "take the gloves off." Just fiction, but that doesn't mean it can't become reality.

On Monday, April 10th, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered her twelfth privileged resolution to hold the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress accountable for its abuse of power. For the twelfth time, Republicans voted to shut down debate on these issues. The House erupted into chants of "Shame!, Shame!, Shame!". Minority Leader Pelosi called for quiet, and a hush fell over the Chamber. She leaned into the podium, and in unwaivering voice, declared "This Republican Congress can continue its rubber-stamping of failed policies, but Democrats aren't going to provide the ink anymore. Enough is enough."

And thus the gloves came off.

After that vote, she led a stream of Democrats out of the chamber, down the hallway, through the doors and onto the Capitol steps. The media gallery scrambled, cell phones buzzed. The cable shows interrupted their coverage of whatever frivolity they were engrossed in at the moment to report: BREAKING NEWS: DEMOCRATS WALK OUT IN PROTEST.

And soon, Americans see. They see amassed on the Capitol steps the Democratic Party, a beautiful sea of diversity, radiating that palpable strength of spirit that comes from knowing that the time has come to do the right thing.

Nancy Pelosi goes first. She declares that it is time to give America its Congress back. "The Congress belongs to you, America, and not Republican lobbyists like Jack Abramoff. The Congress belongs to you, America, and not the oil companies and drug industries that have posted record profits. The Congress belongs to you, America, it should work for you, and the Democratic Party is going to get it back on track."

And thus the gloves came off.

* That Monday, a complaint was filed against Tom Delay for his shocking abuse of power.

* That Tuesday, House Democrats walked to the gates of the White House, holding banners reading "Where's Osama?" and "Bring Our Troops Home". They presented to the guard (since of course, the President wouldn't meet with them) a letter, signed by all House Democrats and some Republicans, demanding the President present a plan for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by the end of 2006.

* That Wednesday, they again stood resolute at the gates of the White House, joined now by Senator Landrieu, demanding that the President call for full funding of the Katrina recovery. "Bodies are still being found in New Orleans as another disastrous hurricane season is upon us. Enough is enough. We can't afford to wait," Democrats said to reporters and the supporters who gathered to cheer them on.

* That Thursday, Rep. Slaughter's GOP corruption report appeared on EVERY House Democrat's webpage. "We will do everything in our power to ensure Republican corruption isn't swept under the rug," Pelosi stated.

* That Friday, in the morning, with the sun beaming down upon them, the House Democrats gathered on the steps once more. Before them were hundreds of supporters, cheering, raising brooms into the air, holding signs reading "CLEAN UP THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS!" Pelosi looked into the sea of cameras before her, and declared that the very first bill to be passed be a Democratic Congress will be the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act. The very. first. bill. "Because America needs its Congress back," Pelosi said, "and we're going to give it back to them."

And thus the gloves came off.

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The Week the Gloves Came Off
by georgia10
Thu Apr 06, 2006 at 07:22:40 AM PST
 http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/4/6/112240/4754
Don't hold your breath 06.Apr.2006 17:04

EI

You'll be purple in the face before such a division in congress takes place and cause that chain of events. By now it should be evident to you that it's a case of two sides to the same coin, slowly tarnishing. Change will come from the people, if ever the majority can see through the smokescreens used to divide our will.