Oppression for the Greater Good

Reform is NOT about throwing overboard women, minorities, labor, gays...yunno the Democratic base.

Reform is NOT about getting rid of special interest groups or even having them to suppress their issues for the "greater good" (ie as defined by Al From)...

It is about creating a common value within all of these interest groups.Reform must be about reframing liberal and progressive values and policies into a coherent whole: what affirmative action has to do with progressive taxation, what abortion has to do with affirmative action, what environmentalism has to do with feminism, what labor has to do with education etc.

Democrats must reweave the safety net so that those who walk the straight and narrow path, who defend this country in battle, who work, who pay taxes... will not be left to drown if they slip and fall.

This is reform.

Asking that we put aside our differences to work for a greater good

Is bullshit and is really called "Oppression".

In fact when you have a STRONG leader this happens naturally. It is only in the case of weak leadership... that restrictions and limitations are imposed. As in the case of CASEY he is weak therefore the leadership calls for weakening of issues and ideologies from the base instead of just finding a more suitable and appropriate candidate.

On the other hand in the case of Dean there was never any mention of suppression and oppression of issues and ideologies. In fact, there was an intrensic sharing and learning from each other since many where newbies.

For instance the labor guys and gals like SEIU opened all of our eyes to the world of labor. I remember one distinct blog entry from a feminist who was driving home and saw a picket line infront of a groecery store and said to herself "Those are my people"and she pulled over and asked how she could be of help. She admitted that before the Dean campaign picket lines and unions where invisible to her... now as an active Democrat they became "My people".

This is what the faux notion of "Oppression for the Greater Good" ....keeps everyone invisible...

I too learned alot and cheered whenever I saw a picture of a beefy union guy standing next to gays, women, peirced kids and grandmothers at a rally. It was beautiful and Dean did not have to declare that they MUST get along nor did he ever say that in order to win... he would suppress the issues of certain groups...

That is why the DLC folks aimed both barrels at Dean... now they are in the process of taking over the blogosphere and spewing that same "SYFPH" crap...

Tags: (all tags)

Comments

7 Comments

Well tpm cafe
definately appears to be such an effort to get their feet onto the blogging world, but it isn't taking off. I don't know what to make of Kos anymore.  He is just not on top of things if his intention was to provide an alternative to the dlc rather than home for them.  All of the high rank posters are associated with the Last Hurrah, and that is a pro Lieberman blog.  He is uncommunicative to all but this elite group of posters and they are territorially abusive. Always crowing about having been frontpaged, or having joined earlier than everyone else. If they write a trollish post and you troll rate them this is considered ratings abuse.   You'll likely get banned eventually too.
by Dameocrat 2005-09-17 10:23PM | 0 recs
Rosenbergs's NDN millions
Mega bucks at work...

It was ludicris to even imagine that somewho the NDN was ahorse of a different color than the DLC.."Old wine ,in new bottles"... and it seems the plenty of blogs are intoxicated with this issue-less crap... which is just self-oppression for a better word.

Typical DLC triangulation: If you oppress your self and elect politicians who will not represent your interest... you are better off than Republican that do not represent your interest.

Meanwhile, Democrats are happily going to confirm Roe, LIEberman is trying to find a way to backstap the party and do away with Social Security... and the blogging elite says we should elect more of the same...

by Parker 2005-09-18 03:46AM | 0 recs
Single Interest Groups
"It is about creating a common value within all of these interest groups. Reform must be about reframing liberal and progressive values and policies into a coherent whole: what affirmative action has to do with progressive taxation, what abortion has to do with affirmative action, what environmentalism has to do with feminism, what labor has to do with education etc."

_____

The thing is, these are single-interest groups for a reason.  Their focus is on their issue.

A common value would be good.  But it is also up to the single interest groups to get involved in a common value to make this work.  

by v2aggie2 2005-09-18 11:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Single Interest Groups
Bullshit...

Look at California... it is ONLY the single issue groups banding together fighting Arnold... from unions to code pink...while the issue-less Democrats sit on their butts.

by Parker 2005-09-18 02:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Single Interest Groups
I would hardly use the habitually underachieving California Democratic Party as an example.

The unions are far more powerful in California as a rule than in many other parts of the country.  And remember, Arnold is the one who pushed the issues that impacted the single issue groups with his ballot initiatives, and he is paying the price.  When you are directly threatened, you tend to react the strongest.  The trick is sustaining this effort

by v2aggie2 2005-09-18 04:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Single Interest Groups
Point is the Democratic leadership refuses to fight for ANYTHING...unless it is corporatly financed
by Parker 2005-09-18 11:48PM | 0 recs
I would use this as a perfect example
This is how ti is done and with out these "Special interest" groups Arnold would still be polling 70% not in the 30's.

So where can you point out the opposite of the Democratic party challenging the GOP like this... NO WHERE!!!

by Parker 2005-09-18 11:50PM | 0 recs

Diaries

Advertise Blogads