Dignity's Apostle: My Interview With Author Robert W. Fuller

The diary below was originally posted earlier today on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.

Progressives are struggling to synthesize a movement that can rise above identity politics and mobilize people under a unified theme. Robert W. Fuller, Ph.D. argues in his newly published book, All Rise (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.), that simple dignity is an elusive need that cuts across demographics of race, gender, age, and class. Fuller attributes this void to a culture of "rankism" which he defines as "abuses of power associated with rank." In his writings Fuller advocates for a grassroots effort to establish a "dignitarian society."

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Murtha: GOP Is Going to Get Slaughtered in 2006

Jack Murtha says what I like to hear.

Rep. John Murtha, the hawkish Democrat who stunned Washington last year with his call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, said Thursday that American forces will come home next year - either because of public pressure or a Democratic-controlled Congress.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker predicted a political tidal wave in November, comparable to the post-Watergate class of 1974 - when he was first elected - or the Republican rout in 1994 that will give the Democrats control of the House.

His estimate: Democrats will win 40-50 House seats - far more than the 15 necessary to take charge from Republicans.

``They're not going to understand how bad it's going to be,'' Murtha said in an interview with The Associated Press. ``They're going to get shocked.''

Ed Patru, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, dismissed Murtha's prediction, saying Republicans will maintain a majority.

Not that I know anything of Murtha's predictive abilities, but it'a always nice to have politicians come out and put their credibility on the line on something I like to hear.  Yeah, it's not rigorous analysis.  On the other hand, a pony told me that Murtha never tells a lie.

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GOP: Mommy and Daddy Are Fighting

Now this is interesting:

State Sen. Adrian Smith's (R) primary victory in NE 03 Tuesday night was a big win for the Club for Growth.

They raised $300K for him, and their IE pumped in $70K worth of TV ads in the campaign's final days. But his success was hardly a foregone conclusion. The moderate Main Street GOP Partnership launched a radio attack ad against Smith and the Club, accusing them of calling farmers "welfare recipients."

That's a toxic charge in NE 03, one of the country's most ag-dependent CDs.

The Main Street GOP Partnership?  They are actually moderate.  I guess we're starting to see a moderate Republican group get involved in brass knuckle primary politics.  That can only be a good thing.  Of course, they lost.

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Brezhnev Republicans

The diary below was originally posted on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal on January 8th. Although it reflects the news cycle of that period, recent events such as Karl Rove on the hot seat again and an emerging GOP prostitution scandal compelled me to re-post it. I'm also struck by how pessimistic I was about the future of American society following the GOP's inevitable demise. Today I'm far more optimistic that a true progessive reformation can be achieved.

The metastasizing Jack Abramoff scandal exposes the Republican Party as a centralized cabal of apparatchiks and commissars. They are a monolithic greed factory oozing with corruption and contempt for public service.

Once upon a time Republicans were guided by firm ideological convictions: reduce the size of government, strengthen national defense, and develop a culture of personal responsibility. Those convictions are now mere slogans designed to preserve the party's brand label and maintain power.

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Those damned media consultants: GOP does it right?

Just reading Joe Klein's latest effusion - on how consultants have squeezed the life out of US politics.

One point intrigues me:

He's talking about how Gore and Kerry were made to do unnatural acts (not those, more's the pity!) by their paid puppeteers, and how the GOP doesn't work quite that way:

Maybe it was because Republicans were more businesslike and saw their consultants as employees, rather than saviors (and paid them accordingly--with a flat fee, rather than a percentage of the advertising buy).

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