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  •  This is a really great diary! Thank you. (none)
    •  Just read it a second time. (none)
      This is one of the best essays I've read. Highly recommended.

      We're not the party of personal responsibility. We're the party of social responsibility.

      Yes. That is the VERY core of it.

      And damn does that resonate with my Catholic social justice genes.

      •  How about just the party of (4.00)

        The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

        by RedDan on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 06:49:13 PM PST

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        •  I could certainly live with that! (none)
          If we had a champion to push it hard, making the points above.
          •  I believe in both (none)
            the big (and fair) critique of social responsibility was that it reduced the personal kind, it reduced the moral hazard and created dependency. And sometimes it does.

            Now we have neither. No one gets fired in the Bush administration, not even Bush, for all their catastrophic malfeasance. And no one feels the slightest compunction to give anyone else a fair shake.

            We're the party of responsibility.

        •  Why I would disagree with this (4.00)
          Its important to reintroduce the notion of social responsibility, the notion that there are collective actions that are what democracy is.  That's the progressive piece and it is what the New Democrats purposely gave up. That's also what the republican revolution attacked. It needs to be reinvigorated. It is what has been missing from our public political culture since the 1980's. And until its part of that culture, the culture will always be out of balance and the "out of balance"ness is what keeps the Repubs winning.  That's what this diary is highlighting, even though it didn't identify the particular puzzle piece.

          In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

          by a gilas girl on Wed Nov 10, 2004 at 07:12:06 AM PST

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      •  Slightly Amend That (4.00)
        For Democrats, social responsibility IS a form of personal responsibility.  I don't see any contradiction between the two.  Stewardship--taking charge of society--is at one remove a way to take charge of one's own life.

        I never rode shotgun on a hearse before.

        by angry blue planet on Wed Nov 10, 2004 at 07:07:22 AM PST

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