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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Us far left liberals


Comandante Howard-no pasaran


The Internationale
Arise ye workers from your slumbers
Arise ye prisoners of want
For reason in revolt now thunders
And at last ends the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses arise, arise
We'll change henceforth the old tradition
And spurn the dust to win the prize.


So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.


No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we'll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They'll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

No saviour from on high delivers
No faith have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must shiver
Chains of hatred, greed and fear
E'er the thieves will out with their booty
And give to all a happier lot.
Each at the forge must do their duty
And we'll strike while the iron is hot.

From recent comments from everyone from Stu Rothenberg to some donated sperm in the Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal to Mark Salter they all blame us far left liberals for ruining any chance the Democratic party has of winning.

How dare we oppose the failed war, how dare we demand party loyalty from elected officials. How dare we campaign in all 50 states. That's the mark of a true radical. Doing the same things that groups like the Club for Growth have done for years.

We're angry, while the Minutemen are pefectly calm and rational sitting on the Mexican border with guns and cellphones hunting Mexicans.

Yes, we're angry college kids and we're going to hurt the Democratic Party for being so damn angry. We should support Joe Lieberman while he attacks other Dems and supports Bush and his war, even when the residents of his state don't.

The fact is that Lieberman is a Washington liberal who has repeatedly chosen to defend policies unpopular at home. He can't even get the support of the regulars. At every turn he has placed himself and his ideas above those of the party. But opposing him is some kind of attack on the party.The fact that he's one of the most ineffective members of the congressional party, constantly spouting Republican talking points isn't supposed to make anyone angry, ever.

The point is that people have moved to the center since 2000, not to the left.If you accept Ralph Nader as the hard left, his supported in 2000 included Michael Moore and Tim Robbins. By 2004, they were both supporting John Kerry. Nader, through a series of poorly timed alliances with right wingers like Grover Norquist, was largely abandoned by the left, his brand of ineffective politics seen as a luxury.

Howard Dean, in any other time, would be seen as a centrist, with his pro-gun, balanced budget stands. But his opposition to the war is being seen in a prism of the 1960's and that is far, far from the case.

The opposition to the Iraq war is based more on effectiveness than pacisfism. Jean Rohe's speech was no call for peace and unity, but an attack on the ineffectiveness in the campaign against Osama Bin Laden. There is wide spread support for the troops on the left, and those who attack them find little comfort in the left blogosphere. In fact the left's largest site is run by an Army veteran.

So SDS this is not.

The attacks on Dean for damaging the party are amusing. It isn't widely known, but Dean was hired as a reform candidate.Terry McAuliffe was hired to raise money, which he did. Howard Dean was hired to reform the way the DNC did business and one of his goals was to aid the state parties, which he has done.

The people complaining, like Paul Begala, are pissed for being out of the loop. The Clinton people are running around telling people Hillary has it locked, when all she has is money. They are fafr removed from the day in, day out combat waged in places like DailyKos and the Washington Post.

But when you look at the people in the left blogosphere, they are mostly middle-aged, professionally trained middle class adults. Not college students, not professional political people, but average, well-educated adults who are appaled at the actions of the Bush administration. Remember, Nader has largely been cast aside and groups like ANSWER are held in disdain. We're talking about the middle, many people new to political activism. To write them off as "the far left" is as silly as the art at the top of this post.

These folks were the volunteers and the small fundraisers of past campaigns, the election workers and the just plain, ordinary voter. And to now write them off because they don't like investing in failure, well, that's short sighted.

The problem is that the professional Democrats are not used to being told to piss up a rope. Joe Lieberman, had he taken care of home, would have eliminated any Ned Lamont challenge. The reason Chuck Schumer is still liked in New York State is that he comes home and his wife has been transportation commisioner for years. As much as you may oppose him on foreign policy and dislike the way he handles the DSCC, he delivers for New York. He's on TV all the time, local TV.

Lieberman's ego got ahead of his job and now he's paying for it.

It's like the Ghandi quote: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

They're fighting us now. The only problem is that they don't know what they're fighting. The blogosphere has supported Democrats with no litmus test, they have a straw man of Dean worshiping radicals, but that is all it is, straw men. The liberals I see are the same middle class liberals you see at soccer matches.

No one is worshiping Che or putting up pictures of Hugo Chavez. They just want a representative government which actually represents people over money.

posted by Steve @ 3:33:00 AM

3:33:00 AM

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