Friday, August 20, 2004

Friday I ranted about how republicans piss me off. Now the worst group of all. Us. Yeah that's right, us mealy mouthed, pasty facedLiberals. We can't seem to agree on anything. Should Sandy Berger go to jail? Yes, No, Maybe So. It's in our nature to explore the nuance of every issue, so we will, of course, argue about legislation until it's too late and little gets done. We squandered Democratic control in Washington by arguing about the nuance of various laws for so long that we only got a few good changes through, and all of a sudden we had raygun the oblivious in the White House. What a shame.The republicans, on the other hand, take control ofCongress and the White House and the legislation starts flying. Of course there are two reasons for why the gop gets laws passed so fast - the first is the propensity for recycled JohnWayne lines like, "You're either with us or agin' us". We Liberals wouldn't dare say things like this to each other, we might hurt each other's feelings. The second is more basic. If you press a political scientist for the simplest definitions possible, a Liberal is someone who recognizes the possibility that there is a better way to do something, while a conservative is someone who believes that things should either remain the same or revert to an earlier form. When you go for the status quo it's easy to agree; when you explore possible alternate solutions to problems consensus is far more difficult to achieve. What pisses me off more than anything is that when we have power we squander it. Shame on us. This abuse of power is, in a different way, as bad as what the republicans have wrought. Except of course that we will still have water to drink and air to breathe while we're arguing. Still pisses me off, though, that us namby-pamby Liberals can't agree on anything beyond the obvious - that bush and his crew are all scum and there is a special place in hell for them. If we do assume power in January we once again won't know what to do with it. There have been some glaring exceptions to this, such as Roosevelt, but keep in mind that he was elected as a conservative. So what to do? The conservatives have been stealing our ideas for years. It's time for us to steal two of theirs. First of all, let's speak with one voice. You need to do more than vote for Kerry, you need tobelieve in him so you can convince other voters to do the same. The alternative is too depressing to consider. Maybe you like Holden, well we've gotClaire. Unless you want Blunt, who will rubber stamp everything that comes out of our medieval state house, you better start believing in Claire. Unless of course you want to be living in a state which will teach creationism, ban all abortions, and institute mandatory gun ownership. Homosexuals in stockades in the town square can't be far behind. Which brings me to the final point. Seems like I hate everyone, doesn't it? Well I don't. I am an AngryLiberal (throw your TV out the window and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!"). I'm not cute about it like Al Franken or brilliant about it like Jim Hightower. What we angry Liberals should do is be pissed about it. Be assertive. I like Angry Liberals. I'm just pissed enough where, if someone calls me a Liberal, I will get in their face and say, "DAMN RIGHT, and DAMN PROUD OFIT!" Just because Rove and Bakker vilified the word inthe eighties doesn't mean we can't bring it back to the glory Liberalism represented when it had teeth;when Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were the leading Liberals of their day.
lib.er.al adj. 1. a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
con.ser.va.tive adj. 1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.2. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit. But you knew that already, didn't you.
Peace, gsquared

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