Liberal Democrats backer$ in the US

I just got out of DC and am over to the west coast for a week. I wish I were there Thursday though, because I'd attend the "war chest fundraising dinner in downtown Washington on April 21" (that's the news on it, here's the link to attend) that the Liberal Democrats are holding. Sure, I resonate with the Liberal Democrats being the only party in the UK that said no to invading Iraq, but it extends further than that position-- that position is an extension of a worldview which prospers such political resonation. Among what we here in the US call the cultural creatives or the secular warriors (which makes up the new netroots-based backbone of the Democratic Party), it's the transactional practice of politics by Democrats that enabled conservatives, which we revolted against within the Democatic Party. As such, I find myself with the same reaction toward Tony Blair that I hold for Joe Lieberman, and I tend to believe (as the post Iraq-invasion elections in the UK have borne out) that there are those in the UK who feel the same. Backing the invasion of Iraq was more than just a political issue-- it stems from a worldview.

I'm not predicting an electoral shift toward the LD's (the cards are stacked against that sort of thing), but it's plain to see that in terms of holding a worldview that believes in things global, inclusive, fair, and yet libertarian in principle, the Liberal Democrats of the UK share our transformational worldview.

Now, some of the more astute might say that whole statement above is too simplistic, and it is-- worldviews are very simplistic. And yet, in their simplicity, they hold the power to sway the masses-- ask Ronald Reagan (btw, I'm reading "Reagan's Revolution", about his '76 challenge to the Ford. It's good stuff for the race junkies, if from a believer's pov). What John Kerry and Al Gore lacked in '04 and '00 wasn't just a narrative. True, they could have just went with an attack-narrative, as the Republicans practice, and Begala advocated, and that might have worked. Deeper than the lack of a narrative though, the problem stems from the lack of a coherent worldview, and I firmly believe that the basis for the next political worldview is global in vision-- yes, there is a 'global test', and in the UK, the Liberal Democrats pass that test. So yea, I'd gladly chip in to send a few dollars to help elect the democratic wing in the UK.

Tags: Foreign Elections (all tags)



Just saw a Lib Dem commercial...
last night on c-span.   Yeah, I could support them.  The Conservative add I saw sounded like our Republicans talking about voter I.D.'s, though they were talking about it in terms of immigration.

Speaking of disgusting Conservatives on this side of the pond, TIME has Ann Coulter on the cover and asks "Does Ann Coulter make a positive contribution to
American political culture?"

Please help by saying, "No!" at

by John in Cincy 2005-04-19 08:19PM | 0 recs
The Lib Dem Con Game
I think you're misreading the Lib Dems. Their opposition to the Iraq war was purely opportunistic, and the British Left distrusts Kennedy almost as much as Blair. This devastating post by a British Blog, Dead Men Left, indicates just how slippery the Lib Dems are.
by Yuval Rubinstein 2005-04-20 08:16AM | 0 recs
Re: The Lib Dem Con Game
Well, Dead Men Left doesn't provide much of a context. I mean, comparatively, the bar really isn't that high for the LD's to be seen as authentic.
by Jerome Armstrong 2005-04-20 09:13AM | 0 recs
Lib Dems -- a party of conviction?

Jerome, I'm not altogether convinced--based on a very intelligent summary I read in the last chain on the subject--that the Lib Dems have an identifiable niche to fill in the UK party system. Do they?

For all the benefits of proportional rep, the rise of TV-and-personality-based campaigning (largely due to US cross-pollination) seems to have created a 'pro-Blair' and 'anti-Blair' vote instead of votes on clear substantive differences.

The Labourites' Clintonesque shift to 'New Labour' also muddied the ground where the Lib Dems may have rightfully stood: the moderate, internationalist center. Are there real distinctions anymore (putting Iraq aside, which most of Blair's party doesn't really support anyway)?

As I said before, I spent a year in Scotland, grew to like Kennedy quite a bit, but never really figured out what drives his party.

(As a PS, I'll also admit Blair won me over a long time ago...he triangulated his party to great success like Clinton, but unlike Clinton, had no zipper problem and had to defend his triangulations every week in front of a critical and boisterous House of Commons... he may be a little slick, but WHOA the man has skills.)

by CT Lex 2005-04-20 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Lib Dems -- a party of conviction?
"that the Lib Dems have an identifiable niche to fill in the UK party system. Do they?"

They've got a 20% niche pretty secure, and I think the Labour movement to the right is what makes possible a drive up of LD support, by more progressive libertarian influences. That's libertarian impulse, amidst the hegemonic impulses of Blair-Bush, that's the niche to fill. Hoepfully, same here in the US for the D's.

by Jerome Armstrong 2005-04-20 09:16AM | 0 recs
by shzgcs 2005-09-11 08:41AM | 0 recs


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