Why We Are Liberals

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

Over the past several years I've become convinced that the ways we classify political beliefs and ideologies (or perhaps the very definitions themselves) are in dire need of revamping. For instance...

What's a "conservative?" Used to be there was a standard reply to that query, one that included the paeans to "small government, low taxes, laissez-faire" portraits of the federal government. Nowadays, however, when I think of a "conservative," I think of a bizarre hybrid, a "free trader" crossed with a would-be Puritan, whose ideal federal government micromanages the individual's private affairs, but still uses a hands-off approach in dealing with corporatism...

The same could be said of "Republican" -- is there a shorthand descriptor of a Republican today? Aside from the fact that people like me use it as a one-size-fits-all epithet, I cannot think of anything that remains of the old definitions of Republicanism. Certainly there are, as there have always been, different subsets among the whole -- but if you had to distill its essence, how would you describe a "Republican?"

And how about a "Democrat?" What does a Democrat stand for? Is there a quick sound bite that aptly summarises what it means to be a Democrat? ("Not a Republican" seems to be it, nowadays.) How about a "liberal?"

Here are some of the definitions of "liberal" that I'm happy to claim:

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Patriotism & Taxes: The Big Lie

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

It's time for someone to tell Republicans to stop lying to the American people about taxes, and maybe Joe Biden is the perfect man for the job.

Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act
WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. The Republican campaign for president calls the tax increases their Democratic opponents propose "painful" instead of patriotic.

Under the economic plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less -- the vast majority of American taxpayers -- would receive a tax cut.

<"We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people," Biden said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Noting that wealthier Americans would indeed pay more, Biden said: "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."

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The Democrats Actually Got It Right On the Drill Bill

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

House Adopts Plan to Ease Offshore Drilling Ban

Like Rachel Maddow, I am frequently disgusted beyond belief at congressional Democrats' seeming perennial willingness to cravenly cave on issues that cause them electoral fear.

However, though it appears yet another of those cowardly Democratic crumbles in the face of political intimidation, today's vote on offshore drilling is actually one of the most brilliant pieces of political jujitsu I've ever seen from a Democratic House of Representatives.

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Call the Spade a Bloody Shovel

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

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To call a spade a bloody shovel means more than speaking plainly; rather, it means saying something that is true but unpalatable -- or impolitic.

During an otherwise stellar appearance on David Letterman's show last night, Barack Obama missed an opportunity to deliver a kidney punch to John McCain. In my view, this missed opportunity vividly exemplifies a weakness in the election style Democrats have used over the past three decades.

(I'm not saying Obama's campaign exemplifies this style; to the contrary, despite a few missteps -- and who among us could do better? I submit that, given the fact that Barack Obama has steamrolled over every obstacle thus far, this man just might know better than anyone how to correct the Democratic Party's mistakes of the past and finally, FINALLY beat these bastards in this rigged game. But I'm making a point here, so... bear with me.)

Letterman asked, and I'm paraphrasing,

"If you'd been able to pick your Vice-Presidential running mate after McCain picked Palin, would you have chosen differently?"

Obama answered -- and again, I'm paraphrasing:

"I chose the person I want in the room with me, giving me wise advice and different points of view..."

Intelligent, cogent and sincere.

But I think he should have phrased it thusly:

"Maybe this is another difference between Senator McCain and me:

I didn't pick my running mate because I thought he would help me WIN; I picked him because I thought he would help me GOVERN."

Stark, simple and true. Did John McCain pick Sarah Palin because he thought she was the best of all possible candidates for the role of Vice-President in a McCain Administration?

The very suggestion is a joke. Nobody could make that suggestion wit a straight face unless he worked for McCain or Fox News. McCain picked Palin to help him win the election.

Just one more in an endless series of proofs that John McCain's campaign slogan of "Country First" is an empty, shallow and insulting lie.

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Throw Joe Into the Volcano

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

So Lieberman got a cool reception from Senate Democrats yesterday

The motherfucker is lucky I wasn't there.

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Absit Omen

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

"I have a dream that my four little children
will one day live in a nation where they
will not be judged by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character."

This election marks a potential turning point in American history. The American people will either elect the first black President, following the dictates of logic, self-interest and absolute common sense... or they will elect John McCain and prove that at least a slim majority of the voters in this nation are ignorant fools, religious extremists, blind believers of the partisan propaganda of the right wing, outright racists -- or some horrifying combination of those descriptors.

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On Olbermann & Matthews

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

So... MSNBC "dropped" Olbermann and Matthews as anchors.

Well... Olbermann, for one, has NO BUSINESS being a news anchor.

He might as well be wearing an Obama t-shirt on the air every night.

He knows it, we know it and everyone else knows it.

I'm pretty sure that's why he excused himself from Minneapolis.

Matthews CANNOT anchor a news desk; he doesn't have the skill set, and I'm pretty damned sure he knows it -- god knows the rest of the world does. God knows the person who washes his drool-covered shirts does (I'm sorry, Tweety; I do sort of like you, but you DO sort of drop spittle more than an arthritic halfback drops shovel passes.)

This wasn't a fucking FIRING.

The one who should be fired... is Tom Brokaw.

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Conversation with a Mental Defective: Or, Talking to A Republican Online

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

His first comment:

How can Obama juggle being president and a Black Man?

Intersted (sic) in hearing comments on this issue!

I mean really how can a black man handle being president?

We all know that it would be IMPOSSIBLE for a mom to be VP...right?

A My Left Wing regular responds:

what do you think
the problems would be that need juggling? What is it about being a Black man that you think conflicts with being president? Is there some job or policy about which Obama will have to say, "You know, Joe, I'm a Black man, so i can't do this one.  You'll have to take it?"

Give us a guideline by outline the problem as you see it for us.  Please.

To which I respond, with my usual irrepressible aplomb:

That giant swinging cock will get in the way, of course.

Everybody knows that.

And the possibly syphilitic troll comes back, using those tactics they probably teach in Seminars for Conservatives Who Blog:

Giant swinging cock

Well it might be more pleasing to the interns!! But see that's a positive...this thread is here to explore the negatives of being a black man and trying to juggle responsibilities.

Could it that black men are inferior to the rest of the population? You know similarly to being a women and having children...women can't multitask and juggle responsibility like a white man can..as this has been pointed out so very well in the media since Sara Palin has come on the scene.

Now... here's my response to THAT...

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Taking McCain's POW Experience "Lightly"

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

My Father Before His Death
at Khe Sanh
on February 8, 1968

Someone on a this blog accused me of borrowing from the Republican playbook by "making light" of McCain's POW experience and torture with the phrase "...languished, lamentably, tortured in a POW camp, while John Kerry earned those Purple Hearts in combat."

My response was as follows:

As the daughter of a man who was killed in Vietnam, I do not take lightly ANYONE's service in war. Ever. As the daughter of a man who was killed in Vietnam, I do not take lightly ANYONE's service in war. Ever.

I do, however, take seriously and personally the outrageous mockery and derision THEY heaped upon John Kerry's bravery and honourable service in that same war.

LANGUISHING in a POW camp is NOT something to be taken lightly.

Please note the definition:

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John McCain's Speech: It's About ME

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

My fellow Americans,

I me my,  I, I, I Me my; I. I. I, I, I -- I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my, I, I, I.  I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. P.O.W. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. P.O.W.  I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. I, me, my. P.O.W. I, I, I. Me, My, I. I, I, I.

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