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Thursday, March 25, 2004 | The Demonization of the Moderates
Do you even know what one is? In recent years, the US has shifted so far to the right that true moderates are regularly called extremists, far left fringe, and a variety of other labels intended to smear, to discredit, to dismiss.
An argument can be made that before any real adjustment can take place, it will be necessary to first splash a little cold water of reality on the situation.
Unqualified and categorical opposition to imperialism, to colonialism, to feudalism, by whatever name is not extremist.
Equal protection under the law is not extremist.
Requiring that ALL nations abide by international laws and conventions is not extremist.
The principle that a day's labor should be at the very least, worth a day's survival is not extremist.
That a nation should provide health care to all its citizens, without qualifiers or profiteering or exceptions is not extremist.
The recognition that a nation where only a small percentage of the population participate in the political process is not a democracy, nor is its government legitimately elected is not extremist.
Demanding the application and enforcement of a single universal standard of human rights is not extremist.
These are all moderate postitions, yet expression of support for any one of them will trigger a storm of invective, even by self-proclaimed "leftists," who with an extraordinary feat of ledgerdemain, manage to twirl their ideology into a gnarled teratoid that would frighten the Gipper himself, and send Barry Goldwater screaming into the desert night.
It is time to de-program, time to call things by their real names, to reclaim the lost art of independent thought, and put that first muddy foot on the step that leads out of the pit, and from there, possibly to civilization.
Monday, March 22, 2004 |
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Sheik Yassin and the others martyred a few minutes ago. Hopefully, the Palestine news headlines will return shortly.
In a democracy, the idea is for everyone to have a voice. The political process is not intended to be a shouting match between two small (relative to the population) groups of people arguing over which sales associate will display the same bolt of cloth to the people standing out on the sidewalk.
Over the years, both Democratic and Republican parties have done some shifting around, some binging and purging, but they have consistently agreed on a handful of things, the most significant as far as politics is concerned being that there shall be no other parties.
At the same time, like the two leetest sororities on a small Alabama campus, they have moved closer together ideologically. The Deltas toes are painted the same pink as the Rhos, the Rhos are now serving the same little sandwiches at their teas that the Deltas do, and while the Chapter presidents of each may extoll, with wide-eyed charm, that oh, no, they are soooooo totally different, and while they may be sincere, one is still surrounded by the toes, and munching on the sandwiches, while nodding politely at one's enchanting hostess as she gushes an instant replay of what the other Chapter President just said about HER sorority.
It does not matter whether this inexorable fusion into one big Delta Rho is intentional, or if so by whose intention.
The effect is the same: both parties have become stagnant pools with few fish.
Most people in the US do not vote. About 25% do, and that is generally the top 25% income tier, although as the gap between rich and poor widens, and the middle class is phased out, it may be down to the top 20% already.
While the system is designed to prevent the poor from voting in large numbers, it is not true that all non-voters are poor. One thing they share with the poor is the knowledge that whether they vote, and if so, for whom, does not make a hell of a lot of difference.
And if truth be told, most voters know it too. They just like the process, the excitement of campaigns, they fall in love with this candidate or that, they cry when he "loses," and exult when he "wins," they send him money, they wear Tshirts with his face, they hand out buttons.
Anyone who does not like the Delta is by definition an evil Rho, and vice versa.
Issues, policies are secondary. It is understood that there will be no substantive change in policies. People who call for that are anti-social and dangerous elements who have no business in the political process at all and thank God there aren't many of them.
The result is an ostensibly democratic nation that is anything but, a government of a very small segment of the people, whose valuable time is consumed with coming up with new ways to prevent the remaining majority of the people from taking too seriously the fact that in the United States, the people have the power to change their government, or at least understanding that it does not apply to THEM.
Within the parties themselves, there is strife. Every time the gap between the two closes, a few more are purged out, and some resist. There is talk of bases and dialogue and bringing issues to the platform, all every bit as meaningful to the average disenfranchised American as the heirloom dishes used by both Rhos and Deltas at the Initiation Supper.
It is often noted, that of "western Democracies," the US tends to lag behind somewhat in areas of social progress, despite being the wealthiest country on earth. This would not be possible without the concerted effort to minimize the number of people who participate in the political process, the "duopoly" as it has been called recently, although a more accurate term would be a semi-bifurcated monopoly.
Thus the Democrats (and the Republicans) are in a constant state of turmoil and agiation over their bases and their hearts and their spades and acids and diamonds and tents and identities.
And the people are left without a choice, or a voice, and how many among them want a Theocracy, or want a Socialist Democracy, or want Adam Smith's capitalism or classic medieval feudalism or federalism or multi-ism lo-carb snack bar is not known.
Nor is it known when, at what "tipping point" they will decide to overrun both Delta and Rho houses armed with nail polish remover and anti-tea sandwich spray.
A multi-party system, a Sorority Row, just like on the big campuses, would benefit both Deltas and Rhos and all the voiceless people for whom both claim to speak.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill