And The Process Starts Anew

You didn’t think the Republicans could go two whole days without starting a new line of attack on the Democrats did you? Apparently you are crazy. The new black in the punditry world is that “the Democrats stood for nothing and that’s why they lost.” Jesus, these fuckers can’t even be gracious in winning, can they.

Well, the utterly awesome Digby quotes The Poor Man and adds a bit himself:

I don’t think there is all that much question about what we stand for. However, as The Poor Man points out, that has almost nothing to do with how we are perceived by millions of Americans who tune in the Mighty Wurlitzer for their “news.” There has been a decades long attack on liberalism that has demonized us into a party of stoned slackers and caffeinated porno consumers. (More projection. They don’t call Delay “Hot Tub Tom” for nothing.) This character assasination made it possible for a president to be elected with a totally incoherent set of “values” that could only have been designed by someone cobbling together a governing coalition of deaf, dumb and blind people who cannot read.

They didn’t win the campaign because they have a coherent ideology and we didn’t. Rupert Murdock and Jerry Falwell are not pursuing the same goals. “Democracy” and Ilyiad Allawi do not belong in the same sentence. Radical tax cutting and running wars to the tune of a billion a day is not fiscal responsibility. Bigotry is not compassionate and destroying the safety net we’ve depended on for more than half a century is not conservative.

These people aren’t united by a common ideology or set of values. They are united by a common hatred of Democrats, fueled by a massive propaganda machine. They won this campaign by putting on a trash talking spectacle starring George W. Bush as Commander Codpiece. (Those who wanted to ban gay marriage got in two for the price of one.)

As is the case most of the time, I agree whole-heartedly with Digby. Democrats stood for, at the very least, democracy. Open government. A reputation of Abu Ghraib. An international coalition. Civil rights to all who just want to live peacefully.

Even in defeat, I stand proud that we are not the party of these pathetic excuses for human beings:

Lisa Dupler, a 33-year-old from Columbus, held up a rainbow-striped John Kerry sign outside the Nationwide Arena on Friday, as Republicans streamed out after being rallied by George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A thickset woman with very short, dark hair, Dupler was silent and barely flinched as people passing her hissed “faggot” into her ear. An old lady looked at her and said, “You people are sick!” A kid who looked to be about 10 or 11 affected a limp wrist and mincing voice and said, “Oh, I’m gay.” Rather than restraining him, his squat mother guffawed and then turned to Dupler and sneered, “Why don’t you go marry your girlfriend?” Encouraged, her son yelled, “We don’t want faggots in the White House!

The throngs of Republicans were pumped after seeing the president and the action hero. But there was an angry edge to their elation. They shrieked at the dozen or so protesters standing on the concrete plaza outside the auditorium. “Kerry’s a terrorist!” yelled a stocky kid in baggy jeans and braces. “Communists for Kerry! Go back to Russia,” someone else screamed. Many of them took up the chant “Kerry sucks”; old women and teenage boys shouting with equal ferocity.

All emphasis is mine. I cannot fathom a world that would raise a child like the one quoted above. Literally, I am left speechless when I think about the values instilled in someone like that. Who his parents are. What they talk about at the dinner table. Who his friends are, and what they do after school. Speechless.

Those are the people who handed Bush his second term. That is the mentality that we must overcome if we are ever to walk the Nation’s halls as a majority again. We won’t kill them, though they profess to want to do it to us should they get the chance. We won’t sterilize them, though our blue state tax dollars will pay for their welfare and religious school vouchers. We won’t shout them down, but they will continue buying media companies until we are not heard at all. Many blogs are calling for peace with the red staters; that we will not win without them and that we need to conduct a war for the “hearts and minds” of the midwest and south. But as much as I think about it, I return to one word over and over again: how? How do you attempt to win the heart or mind of someone who will not even let you speak?

I suppose as soon as we do that we can get right on the hearts and minds of those Iraqis that hate our guts, too.

–whazz for humanity, not for bigotry

12 thoughts on “And The Process Starts Anew

  1. I love Sex & the City. “Is it possible that we’ve gotten so spoiled by choices that we’ve become unable to make one?” I just love it.

  2. A wise woman in my torts class said: Sometimes the only way to prove a fool wrong is to give him exactly what he wants.

  3. Jen, you aren’t the only one who feels this way…from boingboing.net:

    MY MODEST PROPOSAL: THE U.S.A.R.
    By C. B. Shapiro

    I feel bad for the Red States.

    Yes, they won the White House, Congress, the
    Supreme Court and most of the state houses. But
    they still can’t have the country they really
    want because the last few Blue States won’t roll
    over. So I am making a simple proposal:

    Secession. Divorce. Splitsville.

    Personally, I think we made a huge mistake not
    letting them go when we had the chance back in
    1862. Well, no time like the present to correct
    an old mistake.

    Then, they would finally be free to have the
    kind of society they’ve always wanted; church
    and state can be fused so they build the kind of
    theocracy they’ve dreamt of, with Jesus at the
    helm. Then the new USAR (United States of
    America Red) can ban books, repeal civil rights,
    persecute gays and have all the wars they like.
    They want prayer in schools? More power to
    them. They can ban abortion and post the Ten
    Commandments in every federal building in their
    country. Bring back slavery, if they want.
    We’ll be free to live with our like-minded
    countrymen who believe in science, modernism,
    tolerance, religion as a personal choice, and
    truly want limited government intrusion in our
    personal lives. Why should each side be driven
    mad by the other any more, decade after decade?

    Call the Culture War a tie and everyone go home.

    Of course, we in the U.S.A.B. get the Gross
    Domestic Product, businesses and universities of
    California, New York, Massachussetts —
    basically the whole Northeast and Northwest
    (plus Illinois and Michigan if they want to come
    along). They get Wal-Mart and Duke and most of
    the Nascar tracks. But they can feel free to
    import movies, TV shows, financial services,and
    defense technology. We’ll import country music,
    bibles and Confederate flags.

    The two countries will by necessity have open
    immigration policy: anyone who feels they are
    living in the wrong country can just move across
    the border, no questions asked.

    Ultimately, why should I have to convince my
    fellow countrymen that Darwin may have had a
    point and that the word “liberal” is not
    equivalent to “godless communist?” And why
    should they be forced to live in a country with
    morally corrupt non-believers? I’ll stay in the
    messy, free-thinking U.S.A.B. And to the
    U.S.A.R. I say…

    God bless you all, and see you at the U.N

    I hope I didn’t just break any law by entertaining the idea of secession

  4. Really, whatever. I’m not taking that shit about the fat lady and her homophobic kid as representative of the happenings inside the Republican rally: I’m viewing them as a sample of bigotry set forward by someone wanting to show bigotry.

    If you listen to that bullshit Air America left-wing radio network you hear the same biased bullshit involving racist republican children and if you listen to AM620 you hear the same pointless anecdotes about the left. Dumb.

  5. wirkus: it’s true, the fat lady story does not epitomize the republican party. they are not all hissing meanies. what does epitomize the republicans, however, is their stance on the denial of basic rights to homosexuals. it can be argued that this single issue decided the election. they came out to deny homosexuals the right to marry and in the meantime check one off for God’s candidate. this stance on homosexuality is bigotry and they are bigots. and unfortunately there are a lot of them and the bigots won.

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