Tuesday, October 04, 2005

No more Mr. Nice Guy

Richard Cohen wants the Democrats to play nice (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/03/AR2005100301492.html). They shouldn't kick DeLay (hey isn't that a FRENCH name?;-) while he's down. His logic amounts to "That's the tactics of the Republicans and look where it got them" [Let's see: the House, the Senate, the Presidency and now increasingly, the ability to "legislate from the Judiciary"].

And enough of this crap that the Democrats don't have any ideas except criticizing the Republicans. I'm am so tired of that song and of the press playing it over and over as if repetition makes it true. I agree most people don't know what the Democrats stand for because their positions aren't hot topics that sell papers. Being anti-gay is a hot topic. Being for universal health care is not. Yes, I know, those Democrats and their same old ideas that we've never even tried.

Cohen also insists that William Bennet has the right to say that "you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down" and that it's OK as long as you conceed that it is a bad thing to call for. Well of course he has that right, and the KKK has the right to march down Main Street but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be criticized for it. This isn't about being politically correct, it's about being racist (regardless if you have statistics to justify your position - that more blacks are convicted of crimes). And since he wasn't the first to say it it's ok for him to cite it? I DO expect the Democrats to come out against Bennet for saying that even though he DOES have a right to say it.

Let's face it, the Democratic party has gotten where THEY are at in this country by being the nice guys; by compromising and by going along with the Republican agenda. Some of them seem to move to the right faster and more often than Frist does, thinking that being Republican-lite is going to get them votes. It just makes them look weaker. Folks, don't be afraid of the right-wing calling you a liberal. They're going to smear you anyway so you might as well get a backbone and stand up for what you know is the right thing to do.

My message to the Democrats is: "It's time to draw the line in the sand and refuse to move any further to the right." This country is already so far towards facism (<==Look it up), it doesn't look anything like what I thought this country might look like now based on the potential I saw 35 years ago. In fact the Republican party has been pushing to gut the EPA and other entities which exist for the common good, since they took the reins of power.

I'm sure the next Democratic presidential candidate will call for healing and uniting which is surely what this country needs, but not at the cost of catering to the religious zealots who want to return science to the dark ages, to the "moralists" who want to imagine we are back in the 50's when gays hid in the closet, to the extreme anti-federalists who want to shrink and then drown the federal government in the bathtub, and to the corporate elite who want to not pay taxes while plundering the treasury.

Fuck'em I say. No more Mr. nice guy.

Hobbes.

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