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    Yes, there is plenty of dissatisfaction and disappointment around, and I have plenty myself. But I think it is important to go into this with an attitude of appreciation of who we are. Yes, we. If some of you don't think others of us are good enough or cool enough or rich enough to associate with and support, that is fine. You don't have to marry us. But there is still a lot for all of us gain from remaining we. The political left and the Democratic party have always suffered from fragmentation (called “silos” – Single Issue Liberal Organizations – by George Lakoff – Whatever happened to him, anyway?). Nonetheless, it amazingly seems to come through with good works at several points in history.

    Some would argue that we are not a “we” at all, and many of the views currently classified as being on the left are incompatible and hopelessly irreconcilable. My most important political sentiments are not shared by the wider liberal population, and my most dear causes are not even on the radar. Obama has done little for me, and the political dialog coming out of the left is more antagonistic to my fundamental beliefs than ever. In fact, Obama has actively and purposely harmed the prospects and efforts of my community. But, I always come to the same conclusion. It is still best to support those who we have something in common with over those we know seek our common destruction, who lump us all together, and who seem to believe things that just aren't true and are willing to bring grave harm to large numbers of people to promote their views.

    We are we, and we must keep our priorities aligned as we approach another decision point which will have profound effects on history.

    My appeals to the left:

    1) Try to remember the Supreme Court and what the right wing majority that currently controls that branch of the government has done, and what they will continue to do if a Republican can make the next appointment. I went through twenty years of trying to make young people aware of the issue of LIFETIME appointments. Many of these young people were basically reasonable, but were caught up in the idea that capitalism was cool, that they were “superior organisms”, and that they would likely benefit from social Darwinist policies.  The biggest and most destructive misunderstanding they had about our government was the underlying sense that they could easily reverse the craziness of neo-conservativism if it got out of hand by simply voting for someone different in the next election. They did not fully comprehend the lasting damage of bad Supreme Court appointments and the somewhat permanent legacy of electing bad officials.

    2) Make it a point to try to understand the points of view, the needs and the goals of someone on the left who is not part of your own specific interest group and not enamored with your most favored causes. Try to think of reasons why you should help support the causes of people other than yourself, and learn about the needs of people who are different from you. Respect for the dignity of ALL people is a common thread in our underlying political philosophy. Put it into action.

    3) Set aside some time to think about your lifestyle and your political priorities, and try to identify three things that you do (whether it be speech, behavior, or decisions) which actually cancel out the efforts of someone else who falls under the Democratic tent. How could you change those three things to stop our waste of political resources and will and to make the hope of liberal resurgence more possible?

    I am proud to be a your political colleague. If you need my vote, I am there for you.

    Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
    Mark Twain

    by phaktor on Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 01:27:07 PM PDT

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