our House in Order
September 8, 2001
It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that the Greens
may be correct. Here, apparently, is what MY party believes:
1. We need do nothing to (choose one: appease, shore up,
listen to the correct advice) of the progressive wing of the
2. The progressive wing of the party will blindly support
Dems no matter what they do.
3. To win elections, we must have moderate and conservative
votes, which means:
drilling everywhere for oil
approving liars, idiots, fascists, murderers, buggerers,
thieves (ooops - that's from Blazing Saddles) appointed
by the Repugs to seats on the federal courts, federal agencies,
you name it.
4. AND MOST OF ALL, NO MATTER WHAT ISSUES SHRUB HANDS US
ON A SILVER PLATTER, DO NOT DISCUSS THEM OR HIM AT ALL!
I certainly agree that the Democratic Party needs to have
a broad base. That wins elections. It defines a liberal party,
one that takes account of all views (even Zell Miller's).
A political party (other than, apparently, the GOP) needs
to make compromises. That is something we all agree with.
It sure looks now like the Dems are not compromising, but
Clearly, the GOP set out nearly 3 decades ago to drive people
from the voting booths. From a republic where healthy (and
universal) political discussion was the rule for centuries
(even before the revolutionary war), many people now hate
politics. They don't vote, or "vote small" (Greens, Libertarian,
etc.). There is no doubt in my mind this was a well thought
out and successful strategy. The only folks who want to listen
to political opinion are right-wingers. Do we hear most of
the public saying "Say, I'd prefer to listen to a well balanced
cross section of points of view"? No! Anti-repugs cannot STAND
to listen to Faux, CNN, MSNBC, because they dislike the hatred
We can bring these people back to the voting booth for Dems,
if we simply address their issues (which by the way, WE ARE
ALSO RIGHT ABOUT!):
capitalists (no, real capitalists, the kind
who actually compete with others, unlike major corporations
who often have no relationship to this country other than
removing money from it.
To us, our party says, "we can take you for granted." There
are apparently no issues which we progressives can convince
our own party are important:
Not the environment
Not the fed judiciary
Not helping our fellow people, at home and abroad
Not millions in prison
Not ending a failed War On Black-haired people (oops - Drugs)
I think we need to forget about letter writing campaigns
to the mass media, and conservatives of all stripes. We need
to start writing to Dems, saying simply:
Pick three issues that are important to progressives, and
push them, and tell us you are pushing them. We understand
you have to appeal to a broad spectrum of people - that is
why we are Dems.
BUT - if you don't, then piss off. If we want people raping
the environment, getting rid of the 1st, 5th, 6th (and yes
the real 2nd) amendments, helping the rich, screwing the poor,
WE HAVE THE REPUGS. Why do we need you?
Your party's base
I feel great visiting DU and other sites. It is sad to realize
that the collection of info we receive is really scattered
very thinly across the "view screens" of most folks. We see
an editorial here, a letter there, a disagreement elsewhere,
all from widely scattered sources. But Mary & Joe Six-pack
do not. Only our elected officials have the access to the
media to bring our views home. So, let's get our own house
in order first!