This ain’t one of them fancy places. There are no cover charges, litmus tests or loyalty oaths required to hang out here. You just have to be able to agreeably disagree.
We lean to the left but we don’t wear labels. I see too much time being wasted over definitions and labels.
“You’re not a liberal unless you support x.y and z!”
So if I support x and y but not z where does that leave me?
The first time I voted it was for Bill Clinton in 1992. Back then I thought he was a liberal Democrat but now I hear people saying that he was a conservative Republican. All I know is he seemed to do a good job. Whatever it was he did worked.
I think if people are hungry you don’t waste time arguing over theories of the best way to cure poverty, you FEED them. When you have problems you try different things. If they work, you keep doing them. If they don’t work you try something else. And you should never reject an idea just because the “wrong” people thought of it.
Is pragmatism an ideology?
The blogosphere was supposed to be a place where grassroots movements could be organized. Instead we see the organizers looking out for their own interests while people are becoming increasingly compartmentalized based on minor ideological differences and ego conflicts.
How the hell do you create a mass movement when you can’t even get along with people you agree with 99% of the time?
I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck but it’s not because I’m afraid that if I do I’ll turn into a mindless zombie. I read a few right-wing blogs every day. I also read a few pro-Obama blogs and some far-left blogs. Then I make up my own mind.
In the real world we all deal with people who we disagree with politically. We work with them, go to school with them, live with them. In the blogosphere there are too many flame warriors who like winning fights but have no interest in winning hearts and minds. You don’t win a debate when the other person stops arguing. You win a debate when the other person changes their mind.
Don’t let the scowls and surly expressions fool you. This is a friendly place. Even when we tell someone to fuck-off we do it with love and affection. In real life we have all told someone we love that they were full of shit. We have also been told by someone we love that WE were full of shit. That’s because everybody is full of shit sometimes.
You can drop in anytime and stay as long as you like. We don’t care if you hang out other places too. This isn’t junior high, it’s a place for grown-ups. Act like it.
Feel free to shoot off your mouth. Just don’t get upset when people shoot back.
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