January 30, 2005
Capitulation is no cure for division
Another aspect of this issue that has worried the Left is that each camp seems to talk only amongst themselves. There does not seem to be much of any kind of communication between the Right and the Left. I would again suggest that this is not necessarily the end of the world. The more we are confronted by invective and irrationality from the Right, the more convinced should we become that we are on the side of truth and justice. The fact that they hate us so much is proof positive that we have been effective, and confirms that we should continue and intensify our activities. And talking amongst ourselves is the best way to build coalitions and reinforce each other's efforts. Just consider the fact that, four years ago, there was a clear distinction between "left" and "liberal" in American political discourse. Today, that distinction has, for all practical purposes, disappeared.
I think a great case can be made, though, that the Bush administration's policies are distinctly unChristian, especially concerning care for the poor, the environment, and war. The two red-button issues that set people apart are abortion and gay marriage; Democrats can make a stronger, more appealing case for reducing abortions through economic programs that empower women in poverty and also through education (though preferably fact-based, unlike the Bush Administration's flawed abstinence-only curricula, which are full of inaccuracies and lies). And gay marriage just isn't really that big a deal; God has yet to smite Massachusetts or Canada or Belgium or Denmark.
By couching traditional Democratic positions in the language of faith, I think those barriers can be breached; and if they'll just be more aggressive about exposing the Bush administration's appalling treachery and mendacity, his Christian base will desert him. They just haven't made the case yet.
want to believe it is true
can not see it for what it is - viz propaganda of the most insidious kind
swallow the whole lie hook line and sinker.
The more we are confronted by invective and irrationality from the Right, the more convinced should we become that we are on the side of truth and justice...
I look at that sentence and I realize real political progress in Canada and the US, won't happen for a long time. The side of truth and justice? Are we super heroes now? What kind of rheotoric is that?
In my mind, there's too much "championing" of one philosophy over another and so little discussion or energy over anything else.
In fact, I don't think the left or the right are interested in pragmatic solutions at all, I think they are far more interested in disparaging the other side of the spectrum and then dragging them into the mud.
I am so tired of this game of "prove the other side wrong".
Isn't it possible that one political philosophy alone is incapable of solving every single problem? Isn't it possible, that the left is just as fallible as the right?
Where, oh where, has sober political thinking gone to? Every politcal blog I read, seems to be a digital cheerleader for one and only one political philosophy.
It has become, (for me personally), so very, very tiresome.
And I will bet that if I put that same comment of mine to a "right whinger" he would reply with the mirror image of your comment.
I rest my case as proven - both ways.
As for myself, I think of NZ politics and the 35 years I have been involved/aware and in that time I can think of only one and perhaps three national (parliamentary) representatives whom I could consider "honest".
The one certainty is a gent by the name of Mike Minogue who represented an electorate in Hamilton for the centre-right National Party. He lasted one term and was ousted by his party for just that - being too honest for his (and the party's) own good.
One of the doubtful two is Mike Moore - he who went on to be Head of WTO. There are question marks about the time he was leader of the Labour Party but in his early days he would surely qualify.
Apart from that, there is one thing that is a truism for every politician.
Honest they are not. The game that they play is even less honest.
Do you think that the politic real of America in the past 15 years is what most Americans really want? Ignore the players, disregard the individuals, it is the system that is the point here. Is the reality of American politics as the game is played now, a true reflection of the electorate's desires?
Yeah, two questions but both reflect the same idea as I see it...
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