I’ve been waiting a long time for someone on the left to get a clue about political basics. The truth is, I could wait forever, because it seems to me that the left has been waiting for lightning to strike them or something, because even the self-proclaimed "smartest" of them seem to have no clue when it comes to politics.
Do you know WHY the neocons have pretty much dominated politics for the last 30 years? It’s not because they’re so smart, or because of anything special they’ve done. It’s because our side has been so stupid, by and large.
This blog is about to go into overdrive, folks, and it really will do what the title says, without regard to political leanings. This blog will be about right and wrong, not left or right. Of course, since the left is more often right than the far right is, you can be sure the wingnuts will not like it a bit. Real conservatives — people who actually believe in what the Constitution actually says — will like it a lot more than the far right.
I lean to the left on most issues, but I’m a progressive on ALL issues, and I think it’s time progressives took back the goddamn government from the idiots who have run it into the ground for the last 30 years.
Yeah, you read right; this isn’t all Bush’s fault. The current predicament we have found ourselves in has been in the making since Nixon was president. George W. Bush is the ultimate insult to the American people, but we shouldn’t be surprised; the left has been handing elections to the right for 30 years now. This is the year we take it back.
This blog will discuss all sorts of issues, with its grand design being to create a framework for building an actual progressive movement, that encompasses all views. And I’m talking about a REAL progressive, not that fanciful, nonsensical one that many on the left imagine, in which all bad corporations are wiped away by a a mighty sweep of a righteous hand, where all people live in peace and harmony, and where bad guys will simply see the error of their ways and submit to the right hand of justice; in which all people eat only vegetables, shoot no guns, driving only electric cars, and where no one cares about what anyone looks like, or what personal habits they have.
We need to build a progressive movement that reflects the real world, in which most people work for corporations; that recognizes the reality that bad guys will occasionally have to go down in a blaze of gunfire; that recognizes that guns, for better or worse, are part and parcel of who we are; that understands that politics is the art of compromise, and that the key is to get people to compromise more in your direction; that is not just about gays who want to get married should be allowed to, and vegans who hate the thought of killing animals for food, but also rednecks who like NASCAR, and people who think a steak dinner is the ultimate taste treat.
Enough with this "my way or the highway" bullshit that has marked progressive politics in the neocon era. We have to stop microanalyzing everything every politician does in terms of how it fits into our perception of what should happen.This blog will specialize in clearing up bullshit, to put it bluntly. And it will probably piss off the far left just a bit less than it pisses off the far right. In other words, this blog will deal in fact, not "truth." If you don’t understand the difference, look up those words in the dictionary, because they are not the same thing. And keep reading, because you need this blog.
Here’s your first lesson. If you like this blog, or any of the other progressive blogs out there, show it. If you like progressive radio, then dammit, write the stations that carry it and let them know you listen. If you see or hear an advertiser on a blog, web site or on a progressive radio or tv show, buy something from that advertiser. Like it or not, we all live in a capitalist society, and people have to make a living. Buy my book, buy Kos’ book, give a few dollars to Act Blue when you go to Howie Klein’s Down With Tyranny site, or click a link. Every single dollar matters, whether you send it to me, or any of the other hundred or so progressive blogs out there. This stuff doesn’t just appear.
And by all means, comment. As long as it has to do with the topic and isn’t personally defamatory to anyone, all comments will be welcome.
Let’s get started…