We need to organize and do it quickly. I have suggested an umbrella group called a Federation for Democratic Reform based on the Christian Coalition model. The purpose would be to organize a voting bloc, to lobby effectively, to vet candidates and to promote the policies that we want to see. Since we are as uncooperative as cats, I suggest we adopt the “12 Word Platform” and make holding the line on the social insurance programs as our first goal.
What is lacking here right now is the ability of the new deal proponents to coalesce and say FUCK THAT SHIT! That is what is needed. I would like to hear a discussion in the left blogosphere of how we intend to get the band back together. No more discussion of Third Way boogiemen. There are all kinds of boogiemen out there. What I want to hear is how many of us are going to grab our weapons, join together and go out of the mead hall to fight the Grendels out there. Anyone who starts wordsmithing and getting in a snit about who they will and won’t stand next to should be offered the opportunity to go out into the night by themselves to fight the monster alone.
In case you were wondering, here’s that 12 word platform:
The 12 Word Platform
1. Medicare for All
2. End the Wars
3. Tax the Rich
4. A Jobs Guarantee
But wait! There’s more!
lambertstrether, on November 15, 2012 at 11:18 amsaid:
RD, this is a super post. “Federation for Democratic Reform” really has a nice ring to it. Like you, I’m not an organizer, but I can see this idea having legs. One thought I had was “teach in.” Another thought I had was a question: Do all McDonalds have WiFi these days? If the one up here in the great state of Maine does… (The two thoughts are related, obviously. Remember Dean and Meetups?)
That’s right, two of the most notorious prima donne in the blogosphere are once again talking in grandiose terms about starting a new political movement. Riverdaughter and Lambert have probably banned or chased off enough people to fill a small stadium, and that’s not counting the lurkers who just drifted away.
I will be honest – I don’t exactly have a warm fuzzy personality either. But then again I’m not trying to organize a voting bloc or pull together a lobbying effort. (I blog because I can’t afford professional therapy.)
Seriously, if you want to build a large group you have to be inclusive, not exclusive. When you periodically ban people you disagree with and declare that people who mostly agree with you “do not belong” in your clubhouse, that’s not very inclusive.
Bless their hearts, but Lambert and Riverdaughter are Small Tent Democrats (STD’s). They are not alone – there is an epidemic of STD’s in Left Blogistan. Some of them claim they aren’t even Democrats.
Here are five common characteristics of STD’s:
1. They espouse a far left-of-center ideology.
2. Their minds are closed to alternative ideas.
3. They keep trying to start mass movements.
4. They can’t get along with anybody for long.
5. They all think they represent the majority. (a few of them think they are the “99%”.)
Take my advice – avoid STD’s!