The letter crystallizes the feelings of many Democratic backers from the entertainment world who are puzzled that President Bush appears to have encountered so little opposition to his aggressively right-wing agenda.
The letter to senior Democrats is entitled "Nice Guys Finish Last or Where Do We Go From Here: A Case for the Democrats." It chides the Democrats for not doing enough to attack Bush and his policies.
"What has happened to the Democrats since the November election? Some of you seem paralyzed, demoralized and depressed," writes the 58-year-old Oscar-winning singer, actor and director, who has been one of the Democrats' key fund-raisers in Hollywood.
She also attacks Bush for reneging on electoral commitments to end partisan politics. "Look at his ratings – how could such a destructive man be so popular with the American people? Not only is he poisoning our air and water by withdrawing his promise to enforce emissions standards and arsenic regulations, but he's poisoning our political system as well. Bipartisanship only works if you can trust the other side. As we have learned in the past weeks, we cannot trust George W. Bush."
The star of "Funny Girl" and "A Star Is Born" writes: "We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation. We have a Congress passing laws that benefit corporations and the privileged few at the expense of the working men and women of this country."
Many politically active members from the entertainment world share Streisand's dismay that Bush has moved the country to the right, in policy changes on the environment and abortion rights, with little obvious opposition.
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