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This is a response to those that say the people who spoke up at the funeral of Mrs. King were out of line. This is a rebuttal to people who say Democrats should be polite, watch what they say, and always appear soft, fluffy and respectful.

I scream "Bullshit!"

The time for being polite is long gone. This is not "Leave it to Beaver" anymore, this is "24".

Polite is why why we lost the last election and why we will lose the next one if that attitude doesn't change.

People want leadership. They want values in action, not just in words. They want decisiviness, strength and honesty. They don't care about polite. John Kerry was polite, very polite. It killed his chances of ever being president and our country has suffered immeasurably for it. Polite is a proven failure.

When the right wing hate machine starts spewing out its calculated mantra's, being polite will not do a thing to counter it. They cast us as indecisive wimps and being polite fits right into that mold. We need more Howard Dean's and Paul Hackett's. We need people who will stand up at the microphne and say it like it is. I want Democrats who will go on national T.V and say things like:

  • "No, Mr. O'Reilly, that is a lie, and you damn well know it."

  • "Bill, did you know that a recent study showed that 70% of Bush supporters are racists? They're not Christians, they're righteous bigots! Where did I get that study? The Paris Economic Review. It's a great read. They say that Loofah's are the next best investment, but you already knew that."

  • "This President can't face the truth. He lied to the American people to get us into a war we had no business getting us into, wait, I'm sorry, there was business getting into it, Haliburton ad Exxon. Haliburton and the oil companies are making record profits during the reign of two men, one who has deep ties to the oil industry and the other has deep ties to Halliburton, are you telling me that is a coincidence? They profit from the blood and tears of the American people and it makes me sick."

  • "Rush, let me finish this thought please, before you respond. Why is it that the Republican party has stood idly by while corporations get rich, civil liberties erode, the economy downspirals and American lives are being wasted in Iraq on war that was based on lies. What does this party stand for and when will they start to stand up for the American people instead of standing up to take cash from lobbyists"

  • "The truth of the matter is the Republican party is mired in its own fecal matter of corruption and incompetence. They are a disgusting party of fascist hypocrites, liars and thieves, and this president is their king. America cannot take another day of this regime".

 Enough said. We need more Hacketts and Dean's and less Lieberman and Mr. Maggoo-ish strategies.
Want some slogans, I got two for you, free of charge:

"Less Lieberman, More Hackett."
"Less kiss-up, more smackdown"

We need more fire, truth-telling and righteous anger.

What would YOU like to hear someone say on National T.V? I'd like to hear it.

Originally posted to librarianman on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 09:05 AM PST.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Hackett and Lieberman??? (none)
    Those are the only alternatives?  Those are the only models you can think of?

    Jeeze, what a lack of imagination...

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 09:08:21 AM PST

  •  Ever notice (none)
    how rethuglies whine & pewl when they get smacked down?

    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 09:17:20 AM PST

  •  I like the third one except that (none)
    My mama is so far to my left that on a foggy day I can't even see her.

    -9.0, -8.3. The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

    by SensibleShoes on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 09:21:21 AM PST

  •  Except (none)
     I don't think how people spoke at the funeral should be called a strategy.  This sounds like it was an opportunity to exploit for a cause.  It was an opportunity to pay tribute to Mrs. King in the way she would want.  I hope everyone who spoke, spoke from the heart, and didn't calculate a strategy, Rovian style.  
  •  More Wellstone (none)
     Seems just like yesterday the right attacked Democrats after Paul Wellstone's memorial service.  
     I think it is funny how Republicans had no qualms about using the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans for their political gain. But they have the gall to attack passion at a memorial service as being improper?
    •  What about Reagan's... (none)
      ...cannonization -- sheesh what a wholesale rewrite of history that was.

      Nah, Republicans would never use a funeral as a grandstand for their political cause.


      Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.--Philip K. Dick

      by Randomizer on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 09:57:04 AM PST

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  •  Ugh... (none)
    ...why do so few people understand that there is a lot more to leadership than simply being as loud and pissed as the opposition?

    Someday soon, some third party candidate is going to have major success with an ad featuring an elephant and a donkey hurling feces at one another.

    No one is saying we have to be sweet.  But we have to be smart, not merely more pissed off.

    •  we have to be truthful (none)
      and right now, calling the Republicans a bunch of liars is the truth.

      Calling them a bunch of criminals is the truth.

      Calling them people who put party above country is the truth.

      Calling them people who deserve to be put in jail is the truth.

      One can speak the truth calmly and rationally.

      Calling Joe Lieberman a man who doesn't deserve the label of Democrat is also the truth and is something that should be spread around.

      Lieberman has betrayed the Democratic party.  That is inarguable.

      "Nordic, one of the most obnoxious people at Daily Kos." -- DHinMI

      by Nordic on Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 09:40:51 AM PST

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      •  Uh? (none)
        Hey, how about that.  That's nice.  It doesn't have anything to do with my post though.

        I'm not saying we don't speak the truth.  I'm saying we don't win simply by getting angrier, and that we don't win by simply saying "Those guys are assholes".

        •  not so sure (none)
          I personally would be delighted in some good old fashioned outrage and anger. I think there is much to be angry about, and the only way to wake people up to this is to be angry yourself and tell them why.
          One of the reasons people distrust the Democrats is because they use words that say Bush and Co. are doing horrible things to the democracy of our nation, but say them so calmly and so politely it makes it sound like some sort of academic exercise.
          I'm damned angry that this bunch of criminal bastards is destroying my country and I want the people who claim to represent me to be angry too.
          This is a fight damnit, and the leaders on our side have to demonstrate more of a sense of urgency, and yes, well founded anger and passion.
        •  Excuse me? (none)
          My post nevere said anything about being an asshole. I talked about NOT being soft, sweet and polite.
          We can be direct, assertive and truthful. That is far, far from from being a Republican asshole. They can't be direct or truthful, so when they are "assertive", they are just being assholes.I'm not saying we make shit up, just hold them accountable for their lies.
          I'm not advocating hurling feces at each other, just taking thier heads and sticking it in their own feces, like a cat that has pissed on your new carpet, rub their faces in it for so long they'll never do it again.
          •  Fair enough (none)
            And I'm not trying to put words in your mouth in my response to Nordic.  But there is a huge chorus driving us to rub the Republicans noses in it, and to resort to stealing their tactics to do so.  
            •  There's a difference.... (none)
              ...between lying, cheating, and stealing, which is basically the GOP s.o.p. and being tough and telling it like it is. I don't think anyone's suggesting that we stoop to those levels. At the same time, we shouldn't worry too much if Republicans and people like Tweety howl over us being mean to Republicans because we're telling the truth. Or because we're not all like Lieberman.
  •  While I agree with your sentiments (none)
    I don't believe this is a diary of much substance or thought.

    Plus, I'd like to reach through the screen and rip the apostrophe key off your keyboard.  Dude, you're abusing it.

    Contractions and possessives.  Try to remember that.

    Dean's scream.  Vs.  We need more Deans.
    Loofah's roughness.  Vs.  Loofahs for everyone!

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