I’m talking about a nominee so far to the right that conservative populists get their fondest wish—and the Republican Party is forced to learn from the result. Namely, that there is such a thing as too extreme.
But if someone like Rick Santorum gets the nomination in an upset, the party faithful will get to experience the adrenalin rush of going off a cliff together, like Thelma and Louise—elation followed by an electoral thud.
Giving conservative activists everything they want in a presidential nominee would ultimately be clarifying for the Republican Party. It would break the fever that has afflicted American politics turning fellow citizens against one another. It would restore a sense of balance, recognizing that it is unwise to systemically ignore the 40% of American voters who identify themselves as independent or the 35% who are centrist. After all, a successful political party requires both wings to fly.
There’s nothing like losing 40 states to refocus the mind.
Education is a marvelous thing. Education by Experience can be devastating.
by Ben Hoffman
The ruling by Judge Harry A. Jefferson of Federal District Court dramatically changes the political landscape in America.
Before the judge’s decision, right-wingers disrupted the hearing with outbursts about socialism, communism, and fascism that seemed to have no contextual relevance. It was found that most of them didn’t know what those words meant. That prompted deputy marshals to order the right-wingers out of the courtroom. Several complained that their First Ammendment Rights were being violated.
It remains possible, legal experts said, that prohibiting right-wingers from voting could have Constitutional issues. “Our goal has always been and always will be allow all sane people to vote,” said Benny K. Mount, a United States attorney, speaking to reporters outside the courthouse. “Allowing insane right-wingers the right to vote, however, is not what our founding fathers had in mind for our country.”
Right-wingers looked haggard and confused after the decision. “The judge is obviously a Marxist,” commented one. “Sarah Palin will save us. She’s really smart,” remarked another. “Where is the Denny’s,” asked another.
Now I feel much better.
- Right-Wingers Predictably in Denial about NY-26 (firedoglake.com)
- Right-wingers believe Obama hates flags now (salon.com)
- Palin to embark on national bus tour this weekend – First Read (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- 7 Things to Do When Right-Wingers Attack (alternet.org)
What we can do to preserve Liberal/Progressive standards and information in the growing Right-Wing Oligarchy…
My wife asked me, as we watched the news about Keith Olbermann’s firing at MSNBC, the House of Representatives’ attack on necessary human services – especially in Health care, and the limiting of the commercial media to control by 6 right leaning corporations (excuse me… “citizens”, according to the SCOTUS): “What can we do?”
Well, here are a few things to remember right now:
1.) The Internet, especially the blogosphere on the WWW, is an overwhelmingly Progressive place, with left oriented sites far outnumbering those on the right. As long as technology moves forward, it will remain Progressive… “Conservative Technology” is a backward concept that will not bring us into the kind of social network that we are only recently becoming aware if.
Therefore: get out there on these blogs (start with mine and the list of others you’ll find on the right side of this page)… make your comments seen… start your own blogs and make your opinions stand up with the rest of us. I look forward to cross-linking ith you.
2.) Get anything you can onto other media. I’m particularly fond of Radio and I participate on a very liberal morning radio show (I’m on every Friday and I sub on other days when the regular host is on vacation) called “Winners and Losers” on WSHC FM 89.7, in Shepherdstown, WV. For folks not in our local broadcast range (limited to the WV Eastern Panhandle area) this station at Shepherd University has a large local listening population and more and more people who listen On Line.
If you live in a college town, you may find other stations like this one who allow locals to broadcast (you do it for Free as college stations have very low budgets.) Check it out.
In Summary… GET INVOLVED. And when you come up with things, click on my little mailbox and let me know what you’re doing. Or leave a comment.
- More on why American Competitiveness is NOT a good model (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Why Keith Olberman’s Ouster Is Good for Progressives (hustleknockin.com)
- Excerpt: How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth (chelseagreen.com)
- A coaltion that breaks things up to change society can’t stop at the state | Julian Glover (guardian.co.uk)
- Was Olbermann a “victim of his own success”? (hotair.com)
- Howard Dean Views Tea Party As “Last Gasp Of The 55-Year-Old Generation” (mediaite.com)
- Howard Dean: Tea Party is racist or something. Also warns Palin can win (riehlworldview.com)
- Howard Dean On Morning Joe: The Tea Party Leadership Is “Fraudulent” (mediaite.com)