In Wes Clark's speech to The New America Foundation he spoke about many, many things yet the only headlines here and on other blogs were about two words...'single payer'.
Again my strain of 'Practical Politics' is frustrated at the simple, overwhemling use of 'single issue'/'personal issue' tests to determine what worthy of reading, considering, who's going to get our vote or contribution etc. Clark himself in April 05 in a video still up, and an audio too, at The Political Dogfight made the point that until we stop judging everything through our personal issues lenses we will miss the bigger picture of unity and progess.
You can take the time to read what is, in my opinion, a brilliant speech at The Political Dogfight or at the Securing America website.
But take the time to learn more about the speech than simply two words. Practical Political Action means having at your disposal all views and all thought lines so that when you are in discussion you are capable of real discussion...not just argument.
more real content on the flip
on 6-17-05 I wrote about 'Political Listening...to Other Democrats'
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Listening, true listening.....in the Political Context has always been difficult and minimal. By definition, most come to Politics with a pre-disposed reaction to certain issues.
Without a well rounded view of all leaders and their thoughts then how can you or I understand the opposing view of another?
The Democracy Corps came out today with a new Memo and poll that backs up their assertions and conclusions. Many will dismiss it outright because of it's authorship.
But what if they are right? How would you know unless you've read it? Here's a link to their conclusions from the polling. This pulls it up in .pdf format.
Read it. Maybe you'll agree with their central thesis that
"Corruption is at the Center of Case for Change", maybe you won't. But until you read it you have no valid place to have an informed opinion.
Here's two pieces of many to read and digest. And hopefully you'll hold your reaction to their content until you've read both.