It's a cliche, it's a hymn. But most of all it accurately describes what I think about, when I watch the Democrats and hear them speak right now. In the midst of their obvious incompetence and numerous cases of malfeasance, this public beating of the proverbial dead horse is getting old, and quick.
For the people of Illinois, it's going to be getting real old -- real fast.
Already, so soon after yesterday's primary election, the winner on the Democratic side has begun his campaign by campaigning against George Bush. In fact, the Democrats who are now in office are still campaigning against him.
I would say to political junkies like myself (and people who just generally care about the state of the country), this will be the only viable strategy any Democrat will be able to mount in the 2010 Midterms on a national level. They have nothing else. They are in charge and they still are doing business for their own benefit.
Adult children tend to blame their parents for how they turned out as human beings, and for some it's justifiable. But for the most part, it is an overused excuse that is not valid after the age of 19. I say this because it takes a year to learn to be good at anything.
Likewise, politicians tend to blame the man/woman before him/her. He/she will do this as long as people will permit it and especially when they want to divert attention away from any valid criticism sent their way.
It's time to stop.
It's time for the politicians to stop. It's time for the people say, it's time to stop. Some of them have and the pols have not listened. And since the politicians aren't listening, it's time for the people to act by using the ballot box to make them stop.
It's time to stop blaming Bush, Reagan, Carter, and Clinton. It's been a year now and none of them are still in the picture. It's time to look at the present and the future, not the past. It's time to fix the problems, not assign blame. And if they cannot do the job, we have to find people who can.
But to the Scott Browns, the hopefully Mark Kirks, and others who will be seeking to unseat the current Democratic control, I must issue one caveat to all of this populist groundswell:
The same forces that brought you into it, can take you out of it.
So, you had better do what you say you are going to do, or you will lose big the next time you must face the voters.