August 29, 2008

A More Liberal Party and a More Liberal Country

Avedon @ The Sideshow alerted me to this very interesting piece published last Friday by McClatchy which finds the center of the Democratic party (and the country) is moving left. After discussing the number of people believing that government has a role in creating a safety net (an increase that registered across all political persuasions including those who define themselves as Republicans), the piece reports that it is communities like dailykos.com and moveon.org that are helping push this move. Governor Bill Richardson certainly credits the bloggers for much of this change.

Ever more vocal and influential heading into this year's election, that base fed the sense that the party should "return to its core values," Richardson said. "The rise of the Internet and bloggers have made the party more progressive."

Boy, ain't that the truth.

The internet and blogtopia(TM) have been critical in moving the party to the left. I remember when I first started to frequent the political blogs in late 2002, I was thrilled to find that I was not alone and I was not the only one who was appalled at where our country was heading.

For much of my life I had always been the political junkie and I would talk the ears off my friends who were never as passionate as I. But on the blogs, I found many people who were just as passionate and just as obsessive as me.

And back then, it felt like the country was heading off a cliff as the drums of war and the lies of the administration were being used to create a country too fearful and too irrational to understand what a terrible mistake we were were about to make.

At dailykos.com I met many new friends who believed as I that we could do better than what we were being sold. And we found that even though the national mainstream media had taken stupid pills from the Rove-sters, they and the right-wing noise machine had not succeeded in isolating us so effectively that we would feel we were simply solitary, powerless voices without much hope of changing things.

Obviously another reason people are repudiating the Republicans is because they now must run on their record. As the Big Dog said:

And it is, to be fair to all the Americans who aren't as hard-core Democrats as we, it's a philosophy the American people never actually had a chance to see in action fully until 2001, when the Republicans finally gained control of both the White House and the Congress.

Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades actually were implemented. And look what happened.

Blogs have been important in exposing the bankruptcy of the conservative movement and what happens when you allow greed and selfishness to run our country. Today as we see the results of 8 years of George W Bush and his cronies, it is not hard to make the case to people that perhaps it's time to try something new.

It's good to see that the American public are starting to listen and agree.

Now our work will be in making sure the blighters can not steal the next election and thereby drag us into their Hobbesian future.

After all, we can do better. Yes, we can!

Posted by Mary at August 29, 2008 08:17 PM | Philosophy | Technorati links |
Comments

Stealing the election? They don't have to. The Democratic leadership will do just what the Republicans would have anyway. Worse, they'll do stuff that the Republicans wouldn't dare.

At least, that's what they'll do if the last two years are any guide, and I think they will be. There's no better guide to how people will act in a given situation than how they've acted in similar situations in the past.

So I'm more worried about the Democratic politicians stealing the election from us. As in, we'll put them in office and they won't do what they we sent them there to do. Again.

Posted by: Cujo359 at August 30, 2008 01:41 AM

I hope your optimism is justified.

Posted by: gail at August 30, 2008 10:20 AM

To clarify. I agree that the populace is receptive to the message from the 'left' (which is really just a message of social justice, fairness, humanity). But I don't think the politicians we have believe the message. Again, I hope your optimism wins over my skepticism.

Posted by: gail at August 30, 2008 10:25 AM

Has anyone asked the good soldier about gays in the military? Since he is still fighting a war that ended in 1975, it's probably irrelevant to him.

For McCain, it seems, every war is a righteous war, whether it's an illegal war or one that we started under false pretenses. What's $10,000,000,000 a month got to do with it? This is a man who believes that one honors dead soldiers by adding more of their contemporaries to the list.

"It's always the old who lead us to the war, always the young who die..." Phil Ochs

I bought a tee shirt that says:

"John McCain
Is Not
My Drug of Choice"

google it for the site.

Posted by: boblowe at September 3, 2008 12:12 PM