Democrats vs. Republicans: A Call to Arms

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-Davis Fleetwood

Watching George Bush do his publicity talk show tour to publicize his memoir, DECISION POINTS, I could not help think- how impotent does one have to become, Matt Lauer, before you hand picked among the impotent members of the fawning corporate media to pitch soft balls to a living former president who will ride his blithe and arrogant admissions of war crimes all the way to the top of New York Times Best seller list?

But then I immediately think the following: George Bush and Republicans all, every last one of them, are shit stains on the sweat drenched panties of a 2 dollar street walker who is suffering from rectal bleeding in the aftermath of a Taco Bell binge on humid night on mean streets of Memphis.

Is that clear?

I know that Jon Stewart is riding his wave of lets all be nice nice and meet in the middle for polite, sane hyperbole free conversation, grabbing enough moderate slacktivist with him to overtake, for the first time ever, Letterman and Leno in the late night ratings game.

But Stewart, whose heart was in the right place, never the less made a few boneheaded, narrow-minded errors while contorting himself to give equal criticism of the left and the right in the lead up to his million moderate meh fest.

Bill Mahr recently pointed out that Stewart was critical of both sides using overheated rhetoric in that the right was equating Obama with Hitler and the left was calling George Bush a war criminal. Except, thinking Obama is like Hitler is utterly unfounded, but thinking Bush is a war criminal? That’s the opinion of General Anthony Tugabu, who headed the Army’s investigation of Abu Ghraib.

One bit of stigma that liberals and progressives need to get past is the idea that we are elitist snobs. In trying to accommodate all points of view and invite debate, we progressives have been to accommodating and ignored one simple fact: we are right. Republicans, Conservative, Tea baggers are regressive. They are wrong.

I know at times it is difficult to see the forest through the trees, but think:

When conservative forces in the south were arguing for separate but equal facilities for blacks during the civil rights struggle, does any version of history look back and exonerate the apes that held onto the conservative position?

With the benefit of hindsight, is there anyone who can say that the toll, in human lives was worth out involvement in the Vietnam War? It was progressives who wanted us out of that war based on lies sold to us by men like Robert McNamara.

Twenty years from now, when you are trying to explain to children why there was so much debate over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Gay Marriage, whose side will you be on? The Fred Phelps hate mongers and Military macho dick wavers who want to keep gays in the closet?

No. Twenty years from now, you will look back at this time and think, what was the problem? Why were we dragging our knuckles like apes?

Place yourself in any one of those historical struggles I mentioned and ask yourself, whose side would you want to be on?

Progressives are so named because we favor progress towards a more equitable and just world, not just change for change sake. To be anything but a liberal progressive is to be regressive.

George Bush is a war criminal. The disparity between the rich and poor in not acceptable. Health care for all, while cutting out the profit based insurance companies- is a non negotiable. Expensive, illegal wars of aggression must end.

On these and so many more issues, there is no middle ground. There is no compromise. And unless you look at the world through confederate flag lenses or clutch to your dashboard Jesus so tight that you are not willing to say with certainty whether the world is 6 thousand or 6million years old, you know this.

It is time to start fighting for it.

Democrats, who in 2006, 2008, and 2010 tried to find a middle ground between the two parties – a middle ground that keep drifting further and further right- need to energize their base of liberal progressives or their base needs must flock to a third party.

Slacktivism or Activism? What Was The Rally To Restore Sanity?

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The Rally to Restore Sanity and or Fear was a collection of educated, self-consciously ironic, snarky left of center or politically apathetic individuals most of whom I would learn had never been to a rally or protest of any kind.

So what was this?

A reaction against reactionaries? A protest against protests? Was this the largest collection of Slacktivists ever assembled in one place?

Or was it possible that Stewart and Colbert had succeeded in creating a kind of gateway drug a slippery slope into a deeper engagement with politics?

Full of Irony and Wit and Signifying nothing?

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This is Not MoveOn.Org’s Bulls**T Campaign Ad

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Sam Stein, reporting for the HuffingtonPost, writes:

In the last round of ads it will run before the election, the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org is going back to the well, raising the specter of well-resourced corporations overwhelming the vote of regular citizens.

Airing in 28 different races, the spot took obvious, painstaking effort to produce, featuring actual voters in that specific district reading portions of the script. But by getting authentic narrators to deliver the message there is some additional resonance.

Here is the MoveOn spot:

Cute.

To bad MoveOn.org ignores the Democrats complicity in the clusterfuck of our current 2 party duopoly.

No Cure For That has responded withthe following ad:

TEXT:
This Ad is not paid for by the corporate front groups, oil billionaires, or foreign entities that are trying to buy this election for the Republicans.

And this Ad is not paid for by Wall Street Hedge Fund managers trying to ensure that finical regulation remains a dirty word for Democrats.

And this ad is not paid for by the military industrial complex, who have ensured that not matter which of the major parties are in power, we will continue to spend and kill well past our economic and moral limits.

This is our ad, made by hard working, independent Americans.

This November 2nd, let the GOP know that they are batshit crazy. The left wing lost the culture wars of the 1990s, but we welcome the opportunity for CW2. (4 continued)

This November 2nd, let the Democrats know that they have taken your vote for granted for to long. You gave them 2006. You gave them 2008. They failed you in every way.

This November 2nd, go to the ballot box and vote Green, 3rd party, or cast a protest vote by writing in: “NO CURE FOR THAT”.

The 2010 Mid Term Elections: The Progressive Dilemma (redux)

by Davis Fleetwood
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With only 14 days remaining until the mid term elections Democrats, liberals and progressives are either unmotivated or completely defeated. We no longer stand for anything, it seems, save the restoration of sanity.

Not that the Jon Stewart siren song is without seduction. If the 2006 and 2008 elections have taught Democrats and those on the left anything at all it is that your new boss is much like the old boss, with game changing differences notable not in foreign policy (we still kill first and ask questions later) nor in domestic policy (Even in the face of the biggest wealth grab and upward redistribution of wealth in the history of the world, the white house still answers to Wall Street first, the people 2nd). With that said, there is plenty of insanity to go around. The GOP, heavily favored to lay down an ass whooping on the Democrats on November 2nd, has been successfully hijacked by a radian regressive christian conservative movement.

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