In comments to my post about the Bush administration’s noise regarding Iran, Dave from Chandler points out Bush has continued his conduct even given a Democratic majority in Congress. The Democratic majority is not able to stop President Bush because 1) the Republic minority is remaining loyal to the president in upholding his vetoes and 2) The Democratic majority is not willing to bring everything to a screeching halt by unfunding everything until the president discontinues his immoral ways.
I think if anti-war and anti-poverty advocates were as politically loyal as anti-gay and anti-abortion advocates the Democratic majority would have more confidence in taking bold action. But I don’t know what I think about political loyalty.
Question: How does one strike a balance between loyalty (“I know they shut down the government, but I believe Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi are doing what they need to do for the country and they have my support.”) versus integrity (“I’ve always been a Democrat, but if they can’t stop Bush from torturing people, I can’t vote for them.”)?