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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 12:01 PM
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7. I have linked to many many liberal sites
and have never been told not too. What sites did you link to? What is their agenda? Do you place their comments - if extreme - in context or do the simply spread their message?

There are some far far left sites that I have seen links to that are completely counter productive as they seem to hat most Democrats as much - or more - than the Republicans. (Maybe from Nader's idea that to get real change - it has to become bad enough - which gave us Bush instead of Gore.) In some cases, it may be that they have a long history of Democrats rejecting their ideas. (One that has been linked to often that fits this category is Counterpunch - which virulently trashed both Dean and Kerry in 2004 with sheer unadulterated garbage. Who did they think could be elected who was more liberal or progressive than these two? To my knowledge, they didn't say.)

There are also magazines, like New Republic, that had a progressive, liberal history, but are now adamant neo-cons. It may be that older definitions of "progressive" or "liberal" miss the most important issue of the day,foreign policy. Before, most people could be defined by how they were placed on each of 2 axis, social and economic. Think of Joe Lieberman - on these 2 axis, he would fall well within the region defined by where other Democrats fell. I'm not sure what metric could be used to define an axis for foreign policy, but it would have to reflect the acceptance or rejection of the neo-con "spreading democracy" POV.

This hypothetical axis explains why people, such as Pat Buchanan, often say things we agreed with in the run up to Iraq and why Senator Lieberman, who on other dimensions is the "loyal Democrat" he claims to be is very very out of step with Democrats.

I think it is important to see what is out there, because it sometimes explains strange positions that some hold. This then allows you to counter the root cause of those believes. I have even seen Free Republic linked here - with no problem - as it is put in the context of look what they are saying.
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