Thursday, December 15, 2016
What To Read Today: Democrats Don't Have To Fight Like Used Soggy Tissues
This is a good take on something I have written about for years.
Imagine a political debate on American television: The number of conservative participants almost always exceeds the number of Democratic participants, the number of extreme right-wing participants vastly exceeds the number of extreme left-wing participants, and that role is given to some neo-liberal politician.
In the debate itself, fire spouts out of the conservative mouths, while the progressive or liberal participants look at their feet and mumble something inaudible.
Or imagine a political quarrel where one side uses anything to win, including fraud, corruption, threats and utter disregard for democratic principles or rules, while the other side consults a book on etiquette and then decides to have a parallel fight with its own base.
Or imagine a president (Barack Obama) who wants to be bipartisan so very hard that he is willing to let the Republicans win, because the only "bipartisanship" Republicans acknowledge is their complete victory. And yes, that president has been accused by the very same Republicans for not reaching a hand across the aisle to a sufficient degree, even though they themselves reach hands across the aisle only to throttle someone.
And have you ever wondered why the ghastliest acts, the most disgusting comments and the sneakiest plots are perfectly fine, in the eyes of the media, but only when they come from the Republicans? I hope that I'm correct when I spot a slight change in this, but for years all Democrats have been held to different and higher standards of behavior. It's as if you had two children, one can kick, punch and yell at the other child who, in contrast, is expected to only whisper and never hit back. Except that the well-behaved child has for some odd reason decided to act that way, even if it means that the other child has taken almost every toy and hidden or broken them all.
Indeed, I agree with the writers. We need Democrats with spine, Democrats who know that politics today is not a polite tea party with cucumber sandwiches but a Republican heist of the country.
You might wonder if Democrats-with-spines would necessitate the creation of a parallel political Mafia organization. But the assumption of only two options (be decent or be like Republican corrupt and crooked politicians) is false. There are many other alternatives, but the ones I prefer include speaking up and active resistance.