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Friday, October 28, 2005

   How the Left Has Lost

Yesterday, Craig Aaron at InTheseTimes.com posted a critique (How the Right Has Won) on the Republican Party and its successes (how do you criticize success??).

His recommendations to the Democratic Party?

Wait for it.

He’ll be waiting a long time...

My rebuttal:


HOW THE LEFT HAS LOST should be the title.

Everything Aaron talks about is exactly why Democrats haven't made any gains in ten years.

The solution will not be to hope “that the masses will wake up and suddenly take an interest in politics,”

No, of course not. Because that is indicative of a Party in denial. In fact, the masses are awake and are flocking to the other party because the Party is 1) asleep, 2) stuck in Back to the Future, 3) fantasizing of past glories, 4) take your pick.

Medicare, Social Security, welfare, all good ideas, in their time. They were infinitely better than what they replaced, because there was nothing to replace.

But they weren't the best and greatest. They are showing their age. Social Security has become any but secure, mortgaging children's futures for their grandparents. Welfare created the permanent (and expensive) "nanny state". Even the other party is afraid to touch the out-of-control Medicare costs.

And to roll out the unions as an example of pure Democratic principles while chortling about gross Republican indiscretions is funny. I guess Aaron isn't old enough to remember the union corruption and links to the underworld in the 60s and 70s.

Most Americans do remember. Especially the union membership. Maybe the recent rendering asunder of the AFL-CIO that we are hearing is an aftershock of intransigent union leadership that (still) isn't listening to its rank-and-file.

hmmm.. Replace "union" with "party" and "AFL-CIO" with "DFL" in that last paragraph, and maybe we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Republicans have sure seen the light.

In these times, the progressive faction of the Republican Party, pioneered by Kemp and Gingrich and personified by the Bushs' "Thousand Points of Light" and "Compassionate Conservatism" has stolen the Democratic thunder. Laugh all you want at George & Son's simplistic phrases, but they are the ones laughing all the way to the White House.

The Democratic Party has got to stop being so conservative in their political actions.


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