Good God Almighty Chris! How old are you? 12? Where did you learn your history? Elementary school?
What do any of you know about "movements"? Does anyone here honestly think that a contemporary U.S. political campaign qualifies as "movement"?
Ye Gads. It's a pitiful day in the history of western civilization.
The Labor Movement was a movement. The Communist Revolution was a movement. The Reformation was a movement.
Tell me, Chris, just what social and/or political ideology or philosophy is the basis for your life's goal of being "an active member of the small clique, coterie or circle that identified the possibility for massive change and precipitated its manifestation"? Jesus H. Christ! The netroots? The election of 2008? How truly and awfully pitiable.
Will you pay for your "movement" with your blood, Chris? Are you willing to sacrifice your life, all of your property, all of those whom you hold dear for your nameless, incoherent "movement"?
True, you are like young Wordsworth. It is easy to wax poetic when its not your neck on the guillotine, isn't it?
Tell me, please, Chris, just what is there absent in this society today for which you are willing to hang? For what shall you submit to being tied to a stake and burned?
Fuck you for your grandiose pomposity. Grow the fuck up.
BlahBlahBlah. Buncha nonsense. Read one A list blog and you've read them all. Same takes on the same topics utilizing vaguely dissimilar phraseology. Ho-hum.
Read 12 little bloggers and hear 12 vastly different viewpoints on a wide variety of topics.
Go ahead, A listers. Continue your incest and heads up one anothers assholes mindsets. You've pissed off a world of bloggers who are removing links to your "big" blogs en masse and are refusing to emmbed links even in reference. We'll just type in your address if we even bother to take note of you. Then we'll see how far your takes on matters will travel. You might get mentioned on CNN and continue your journey toward membership in the MSM you so ironically profane. Big deal. Study after study has been done showing how info travels across the blogosphere, and without little bloggers, your stories will become more and more insular.
You think you can attempt to disembowel little bloggers wholesale, negatively affecting their income by lowering their ratings and readership without a backlash? A backlash that will, ultimately, do you far more harm than any you attempt to inflict, because we will be linking to one another across a broad spectrum, while your A Listers readership will become more and more static.
The only way to win a war is to attack. No war was ever won by falling back to a defensive position. And this is war, not a PTA meeting, as I keep saying.
The Republicans clearly understand this fact. They are constantly on the attack. They interrupt, misinform, twist facts... oh hell, they just plain lie and they do it with an attitude of full, unquestioning, conviction. Democrats are seen as weak because they look weak. They sit meekly and wait their turn, then go on and on about their agenda instead of taking the battle to the Republicans and pounding away at their multitude of weaknesses. It's so freakin' boring, no wonder they are being tuned out.
It's time to be snarling dog Democrats.
The decision whether to give birth or not belongs only to the woman who must bear that burden or that blessing, dependent solely upon her own situation and belief system and completely independent of any other person in this universe... including each and every one of you.
The only responsibilities of society are to not interfere with this most personal of decisions and to make all possible resources available for either outcome for the good of any individual involved and the benefit of society at large.
Your opinions are irrelevant. There will be abortions regardless of what anyone thinks, of what anyone legislates, or what any court rules. There always have been abortions, there always will be abortions. The only debate is whether many females will die having abortions.
As for Taylor Marsh's comment, "because in this age of medical advancement there is no excuse whatsoever for an unplanned pregnancy", please excuse me but I can think of at least two immediately and off the top of my head.
Yeah, yeah, yeah... all of this is very good. Great ideas. Very noble, reasonable and intelligent. But, when are we going to learn, people??? The Republicans win because they ATTACK, ATTACK, LIE, ATTACK, MISREPRESENT, ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!!!
We could nominate Jesus Christ with the Buddha as his running mate and the Republican smear machine would (conceivably) squash them into the mud. We have to ATTACK BACK!! We have to take the battle to them.
We cannot win by taking a defensive stand of any kind. We can only win by destroying our opponents. This is war, not a PTA meeting.
If you are inquiring as to opinions on how progressives should address the abortion issue, I'll give you my opinion.
The decision whether to give birth or not belongs only to the woman who must bear that burden or that blessing, dependent solely upon her own situation and belief system and completely independent of any other person in this universe. It is the responsibility of society to not interfere with this most personal of decisions but to make all possible resources available for either outcome for the good of any individual involved and the benefit of society at large.
I think its interesting that the very title of your entry is disingenuous. You would have to take the perspective of a moderate in order to even surmise why moderates may or may not resent progressives.
Can you not title your piece with truth? Why not something like Why Progressives think they are the "real" Democrats and Moderates are not? Isn't that what you're doing? Or Why far left extremists who have co-opted the title of Progressives are superior to Moderates or any Democrat who doesn't wholeheartedly agree and endorse their every viewpoint?
Or maybe Why the far left is determined to keep Democrats out of any real power by doing all they can to divide and cause splits within the Democratic party until they can indoctrinate all with their own narrow (yes, narrow) ideology by which time the Republicans will have either destroyed the country or become so entrenched that the Democrats will never rise from the grave, just like they've been doing since the sixties?
Bottom line, if you believe that business/commerce/capitalism can be trusted to only and always do what is in the best interests of the people, then vote Republican, because you are one. If not, you're a Democrat. Welcome to the party. Please vote.