I have to say that I don't spend much time on DailyKos anymore; it's noisy, messy, and the front-page posters tend to be pretty long-winded. Besides, I've got my own garden to tend to. But two recent posts struck me as important.
DarkSyde pointed out that the Republicans have failed pathetically at anything they promised or were elected to do, and botched most other duties of government in the most ghastly way.
Can someone tell me what it is conservatives are so afraid will happen if Obama wins? They sure sound angry and terrified about the prospect, but why?
…It can't be that they're afraid women will be suddenly awarded the right of reproductive choice; women already have it and the GOP did nothing to change that when given the chance of a lifetime. Fuel prices have tripled under the Republican reign, they seem fine with it, and so we have to assume that that worry is not a factor in the conservative calculus. Nor can they be legitimately concerned that democrats will vastly increase federal spending, or enact horrendously expensive new entitlement programs supported by taxes socializing healthcare costs and bar the government from benefiting from the cost saving magic of the free market. Nope, those horses have all fled the barn, no use closing the door now.
And so forth. Seriously, what could one possibly be afraid of from Democrats, that hasn't already gone wrong in the last eight years?
People generally elect Democrats for certain reasons, and Republicans for different reasons. Very generally, if you prioritize protections from certain excesses of the free market, you vote Democratic; if you prioritize less government and to crush enemies abroad, you vote Republican. Well, how's that working out? And let this be a warning to Democrats: If you fail at what you're elected to do, or compromise to some useless mush, people may well wonder why the hell they elected you.
And today, PlutoniumPage gives us a chance to relive those heady days of … 10 days ago:
The DNC left so many people excited, focused, and motivated. Even the Denver airport felt festive, with convention-goers tired but talking about Obama's speech and what they were going to do when they got home.
But, that very same day that we were all buzzing from Obama's speech, the inevitable happened: the Republicans stole the show. Their choice of a running mate for John McCain triggered a seemingly endless media frenzy of shallow speculation, which took the focus away from Obama's positive – and realistic – message. Nobody was talking anymore how Democrats offer a vast improvement over the last 8 years. The Republicans, as expected, went into the typical culture-war style attacks because they have no record to stand on.
Pretty much. I still have to digest and write up some of the interviews I've done, because they deal with some of the most important things in the world: Global warming, energy, energy/food prices, housing … stuff that really hits home, that is as real as anything in politics, far more real than anything the vaporous Governor of Alaska has to say.
And yet, I'm a junkie. We're all junkies to some extent if we're on this site. And we go chasing the next fix, looking for the next fight, the next political adrenaline rush. And we got one — Hot Dog! Thanks, hockey mom!
But it's not the same as tending to our own gardens — either local politics here at BMG, or the parts of national politics that we feel strongly about, because it impacts us directly. That's the critically subjective angle that the blogs can bring to the discourse — and which the mainstream/professional media simply cannot do, because they're trained out of it. And if we continue to push our own issues, we can bring the conversation — or even part of it — back to our home turf.
Anyway, consider this a public memo-to-self. Gotta quit that Sarah Palin …