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urgk Donating Member (982 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-29-09 04:24 PM
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142. Honestly, I think it's a matter of tone.
There is an enormous difference between posts which criticize the President's actions based on rational, thoughtful discourse (even those tinged with anger) and posts which denounce the President as a traitor, a corporatist, a coward, a homophobe, a Bush-lite, etc.

Of course DUers can be angry. Even at members of their own party. And they should act on that anger with political savvy -- by calling our Senators, writing our representatives, organizing protests designed to change public opinion. But the moment they begin to undermine the integrity of the administration, to declare the elections pointless, to dismiss our party in its entirety, they are doing more to hurt the cause than to help.

We need everyone we can to push forward -- toward prosecutions of the Bush administration, toward greater economic regulation, toward more affordable health care, toward care for returning veterans, toward greater social equality, toward decreased spending on military pet projects, toward better public education, toward higher national goals in terms of morality and the advancement of science, toward, in short, traditional Democratic ideals. The divisive tantrums, the Chicken Little "sky is falling" tirades, the Survivor-like attempts at alliance building through emotional extortion, have all got to stop.

As I see it, no one gets a free pass in this. Everyone is deeply angry and fundamentally connected to some political or social injustice. Some of us have seen family and friends economically and spiritually destroyed. Some of us have seen communities devastated and entire socio-economic strata left for dead. All of us have seen the erosion of our basic constitutional rights on behalf of people whose wealth and power override ther basic humanity. If we all allow ourselves to wallow in it, to degrade the level of discourse, to fling angry sound bites that are easily dismissed by those in charge, we will, collectively, go nowhere, screaming our damn fool heads off the whole way.
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