Thanks but no thanks
by bluemoon, Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 06:32:31 AM EDT
I'm moving over the next few days & it seems as good a time as any to have a sort of final reckoning with the Democratic Party.
I'm leaving a big tray of strawberry pie with real whipped cream & fresh squeezed lemonade. The lemondade isn't bitter, just a hint of sweet, the way I like it, but lots of pulp & so frosty that you can blow a little fog off the top.
I'm going to be using my voice, my creativity, my critical thinking skills, my time & what little influence I have on events around me to serve me, instead of frittering & squandering it away on the Democratic Party & maximizing my stress level. I came into the Democratic party as an indie in 2000, and I will shortly return to same. I came in because of a coup & failure to count votes, sadly, I leave for the same reasons. I came because the Presidency was handed to a puppet/prime minister "movement" type of Reagan/Blair "charismatic" propped up pretentious corporate (but positioned as anti-corporate) candidate, I leave for the same reasons. I came because of rightwing radio hoppped up hate & continuous non-stop propganda, I leave because of leftwing blogosphere hopped up hate & continuous propaganda. Well, and a little rightwing for good measure. And I say that as a jerk who went to both of the yearly kos conferences, etc. For what? I now ask myself. What was all of this for? To see a person installed in office by gaming the system & being the beneficiary of some kind of scorched earth media attack that was so pervasive, so accepted, so every day normal so endemic so unquestioned so blatant... A person who has ties to extremely questionable entities- and honestly, I don't even have the heart to type out the list one last time.
There's a comforting symmetry in it, in a way. I've now bookended my American political experience. I'm leaving the library & going outside to the garden. Let me be clear- this is not soley or even primarily (no pun intended) about the treatment of Hillary Clinton. Let me say I like Hillary plenty, always did & always will. It's what the treatment of her revealed about this sorry excuse for a "party." I thought the elevation of John Kerry was ridiculous beyond all measure. Little did I know.
Driving up to our new house we whizzed by some kind of billboard - it might have been a multi-service branch ad, but it was a young man wearing armour. It made me think of the Marine Corps marketing that I grew up somewhat with- swords drawn, etc. What struck me was the metaphor of the armour we've all had to don these last years in our individual & collective attempts as citizens to right our ship of state. Sometimes we all have to do things or take positions that are anathema to us. I'm not saying Wes is doing that, I'm saying my will to do so has been completely eroded.
I would do this one last time if I hadn't witnessed what I have witnessed over the course of this campaign, but I think this time I'll believe my own lying eyes, thanks.
Good luck. I really really really really really don't know what to say except- enjoy the pie.
Wes Clark, who is the figure who brought me into politics in a big way, will always be bigger than The Beatles to me & my sense is that the political process is far far the better for his involvement in it. My life has been greatly enriched by my forays into Clarkville. On the other hand, I've deemed that my involvement in the Democratic party to be, on balance, corrosive to my own spirits & quite possibly contrary to my own enlightened self-interest.
I survey the inevitable "Unite" arguments and all I can say is that to spare myself from frothing at the mouth like a mad dog, to save myself the stress of attempting to to refute a thousand poisonous blame the victim arguments eschewed by bullies, or even the application of mere reason, I am outtie.
I am offended to the bone, to the quick by the machinations of the Democratic party apparatus & now that they have decided the ends justifies the means to me that makes them exactly like... the other guys. I appreciate the we want to win mentality but I question the criteria the power brokers used to come up with their "winning" candidate & I submit to you that we are a long way from "winning."
Again, it's not about Hillary per se. Was she unwittingly positioned to lose from the moment she hired Mark Penn? Probably. Did she run a general election campaign that guaranteed she would not make it through the primary? One could argue that with the new NCLB math... Was she outfunded, outfoxed, outspent? yada yada, again, it's not about that. It's about manufacturing consent. It's about having watched those 22 debates & noticing that she really had her shit together & was great on her feet, with good instincts & a pitbull's grasp on policy but then being saddled with the vague starry eyed wet behind the ears guy instead who brings dozens of questionable associations to the table.
Like I said, good luck. My sense is that the corporate power brokers & professional Democratic party crashers have done a bang-up job. I never thought my one vote counted for much in the matrix of the ones & zeroes of the machines but I thought my voice mattered.
And it does. But I'm just not lending it out to the Democrats this time.
I'm trying to leave on a sweet note, even though it may be coming out mangled. Again, the pie is fresh, the whipped cream is homemade, the lemonade is fresh squeezed.
Enjoy your summer. Good luck with this whole thing.