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  •  A lesson to heed (8+ / 0-)

    This whole path from Reagan's anti-liberal speeches to D'Souza's call for anti-liberal has been walked slowly and steadily for the last 30 years.

    The march toward violence could have been stopped early on by democrats and others standing up for liberal morals, speaking out loudly, proudly, and consistently in defense of one another instead of running from the label.

    By distancing themselves from the label, they implied that there was some legitimacy to absurd claims of the opponents of liberal concepts.

    Now, we have reached the point where the defense of liberal concepts is literally a defense of the right of liberals to live. Nice.

    What should we run away from next?

    The idea that women are adults capable of making their own decisions? Oh, wait, we're already walking away from that, it's too politically polarizing. We need to take those red state votes no matter what the cost.

    How about the rights of gay people to, well more than 1000 legal rights that heterosexuals gain the moment they put a ring on their finger? Oops, we're already working on that, too.

    The right to a trial? It's already gone, but who wants to be called "soft on terror"?

    The right of the Congress to balance the Executive branch? Running, heck, the lemmings have leapt off the cliff.

    Can you tell I'm finding myself frustrated by the cautious triangulation I keep seeing among those who are supposed to represent us?

    I firmly believe that we are in the current political situation because of the fear of some to stand up for others.

    I don't know whether that fear is due to a severe aversion to being painted with the same brush, or is due to the desire to let one's opponent be crushed for personal political gain, and I don't care. I do know that it's wrong in both cases, and leads to exactly where we are now.

    Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

    by mataliandy on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 12:32:48 PM PST

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    •  We need a lateral switch (2+ / 0-)
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      We should attack neoliberals. Neoliberalism is the force doing harm to the world under the guise of multinationals and our coyotes and military.

      If we liberals were to attack neoliberalism, we would be going after the core of what surrounds D'Sousa, because, in essence, his attack on liberalism is much more a defense of neoliberalism, a preemptive defense as it were.

      Illumination is cheap around here.

      by walkshills on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 02:58:34 PM PST

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