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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-05-08 03:40 PM
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213. they represent us
The Democratic party politicians represent us, as all politicians do in a representative democracy. Starting the 70's, left wing activists began selling out and buying into the "personal responsibility" and "ownership society" myths, and now liberalism is aristocratic and hierarchical, uses corporate models for organizational structure and corporate marketing and sales methodologies for promotion and outreach, and embraces free market and privatized solutions to social problems, and rewards and praises the exact same notions of "winners" and the exact same ideas about "success" that the right wing does.

The Democratic party politicians do a credible job of trying to represent the mish mash that the grass roots activists give them - the modern liberal version of Reaganism: "self-actualization" rather than individualism; privatized "organic choices" as a replacement for the public agricultural infrastructure; "socially responsible investing;" rewards to corporations for "doing the right thing;" and all sorts of privatized and individual solutions.

Then we are surprised by the symptoms of this approach - the loss of jobs, increasing poverty and homelessness, unlawful foreign adventures - and expect the representatives to somehow treat these symptoms without going to the root causes. We are asking the impossible of them.

Liberalism and the "progressive" movement has been based for the last 30 years on the illusion that social justice could be achieved painlessly and easily - without fighting for it. Those chickens have come home to roost now.
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