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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-15-06 03:51 PM
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11. That "Bush Cult" blogger actually explains this DU stuff pretty well to me
Edited on Wed Feb-15-06 04:02 PM by emulatorloo
That Glen Greenwald piece, although he is writing about how Bush supporters wildly decide that anyone who criticizes Bush, no matter their political persuasion, is a liberal.

Gonna go get snip and link,

LInk: http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/2006/02/do-bush-foll...

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I want to leave the personal issues to the side and examine a few of the substantive issues raised (unintentionally) by Alexandras post. It used to be the case that in order to be considered a "liberal" or someone "of the Left," one had to actually ascribe to liberal views on the important policy issues of the day social spending, abortion, the death penalty, affirmative action, immigration, "judicial activism," hate speech laws, gay rights, utopian foreign policies, etc. etc. These days, to be a "liberal," such views are no longer necessary.

Now, in order to be considered a "liberal," only one thing is required a failure to pledge blind loyalty to George W. Bush. The minute one criticizes him is the minute that one becomes a "liberal," regardless of the ground on which the criticism is based. And the more one criticizes him, by definition, the more "liberal" one is. Whether one is a "liberal" -- or, for that matter, a "conservative" -- is now no longer a function of ones actual political views, but is a function purely of ones personal loyalty to George Bush.

<snip>

Seems kinda the same here -- if somebody talks loud against Bush (and the media picks it up, because as we know, some Dems are doing a lot and not getting covered), then on DU you are a 'progressive' no matter what your actual positions on issues might be

DISCLAIMER - I like Paul Hackett and all the other Democrats who are giving Bush hell.
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