More Civility Please…

Well, I have to chime in here.  I was just watching a brief, channel-surfed moment of CNN and find some raging right talking head screaming about how the MSM may want to paint all the right with the same brush but none of them (the MSM) are going to respond so the people who are on his website screaming (in comments I presume because he showed a computer screen with giant type) for Sarah Palin’s head – literally.

Honestly, I don’t know of too many websites that allow a comment like that go through much less blow it up in type size and advertise it on TV.  Basically, most people will either just delete a maniac’s comment or, if they find it credible, turn it over to law enforcement.

As a “left leaning blogger” I want to stand up and say:  “No threat of violence against another human being is justified.”  I do not care if you don’t like someone else’s politics…I certainly do not like Sarah Palin’s politics.  I continue to think that she is unqualified for most jobs, but especially World Leader… whether that world leadership is as President of the US or just a talk show host.  She has a right to her opinion just as I have a right to mine.  She even has a right to be irresponsible in her choice of graphics on her website – I do not believe that the use of cross-hairs is a credible threat, I simply believe it is irresponsible of the un-coronated queen of the National Rifle Association to to put cross-hairs on a map of “targeted” seats.  For anyone to blithely suggest that those cross-hairs were symbolic of a surveyor’s sight is disingenuous at best.  We all know what the symbol meant and it was not that Palin, et. al. were surveying those seats.  They were targeting the seats – the irresponsible part – because obviously they do not know how to evaluate responsibility – was that a maniac could look at that and think “kill”.  I do not for one minute believe that Sarah Palin et. al. were advocating murder.  Nor do I believe that the Maniac of Tuscon saw the cross-hairs and took it as a message – since his politics were decidedly leftist, he came to that conclusion without Sarah Palin or any other right-leaning talking head’s urgings.

What I want today almost three years after starting this blog is the same thing I wanted then:  civility in politics, responsibility of action by our politicians, and for those politicians of both sides – or now – all sides of the aisle to remember who they work for… WE the People!

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Community Organizers and American Values

Sorry, I changed my mind about posting on Sarah’ budget cuts.  This particular Daily Kos diary is so wonderful I am just saying go there now and read it.  Hurry.  We’ll wait for you.

Ok now do you feel better?  I have been depressed all day because of the sarcastic snarkyness displayed last night.

So I have another place for you to check:  on Tikkun.  Again, I’ll wait here.

Ok.  Now that you are up to speed, let me say this, and my apologies to anyone who already read my comment on Mudflats:

the upshot of the article is this:

“Democrats, being Democrats, will mostly talk about the realities nonstop without paying attention to the dimensions of values and symbolism. Democrats, in addition, need to call an extremist an extremist: to shine a light on the shared anti-democratic ideology of McCain and Palin, the same ideology shared by Bush and Cheney. They share values antithetical to our democracy. That needs to be said loud and clear, if not by the Obama campaign itself, then by the rest of us who share democratic American values.”

People, this is a call to action… we are all smart and articulate writers. Perhaps we do not have the platforms that some have, but as this particular blog (Mudflats) shows platforms change, even when they are built on mudflats. If you don’t have a blog, get one. Write about McCain & Palin = Bush & Cheney. Write about their assault on the democracy we all hold dear. Forget the “FACTS” for a while. Facts like the US is a republic and not a democracy, or that Palin and McCain lie when the truth would do better. Hammer in to the symbolic worth of our shared Democratic Values, cry out “Extremist” when you see an extremist. Ask who would better serve the American Dream? Sadly, it is not “facts” that win elections – otherwise Al Gore would just be leaving office and this would be a vastly different race, not to mention country.

We have a voice. We must use it. Not just here [on Mudflats], where it is safe and we mostly all agree… but, to use the Alaskan vernacular we’ve all learned so recently, “outside” (NB: Alaskans refer to out-of-state as “outside”.)

We must keep at this.

As another commenter on Mudflats said:

“Jesus was a Community Organizer, and Pontius Pilate was a Governor.”

© 2008
Vote Obama/Biden 2008
Vote for CHANGE!!!

MWF, 55 Seeks Presidential Candidate, Prefer Experienced, But Will Train.

I am a life-long Democrat. My Mama was a Democrat; my Daddy was a Democrat; my Grandmama and Granddaddy were Democrats. Hell, I was even a Texas Democrat – although now I am that even rarer bird – a Kansas Democrat. I have NEVER voted for a Republican candidate for President and I am not about to start now.

I need a candidate. Right away. The Republicans have chosen theirs and we Dems are still in the midst of squabbling. This is not good. The Talking Heads are saying that Obama and Clinton are going to just keep at each other until one of them comes out with enough delegates… no… don’t do it guys! Really. We, Your Party, your Constituency, cannot take it. More damage to the Democratic Party will be done in the next few weeks than the Republicans can do between now and November. I realize that I am just an aging Boomer from the Midwest but here’s my suggestion:

Stop sniping at each other. Stop saying that one of you is qualified and one of you isn’t. Stop saying that one of you represents the “same old thing” and one of you represents change. The truth is BOTH of you are qualified and BOTH of you represent change. The guy that DOESN’T represent Change is John McCain and his Merry Band of Republican Brothers who want the war to continue, want to sharply curtail our rights and will continue the conservative “Values” that we have been subjected to for the past 8 years.

Please start campaigning against the REAL opposition. Frankly I’d be happy with either of you. It so happened, on the day of our caucus here in Kansas, I stood for Obama. I could have just as easily gone for Clinton. As I stood, crammed together like sardines in our neighborhood National Guard Armory, I saw a heck of a lot of middle aged and senior white women, along side the younger women and black women of all ages standing for Obama. We outnumbered the middle aged and young white women standing for Clinton by about three to one. Now, I don’t know if they made their decisions out in the sleet waiting to get in or if they had decided earlier. I do know that in talking to the people around me, what we of all ages and colors wanted was change.

Ms Clinton, Mr Obama, if/when either one of you get elected, a radical change in American leadership will occur – not only because of your gender or color, but because you stand for a different set of values than our loyal opposition. Please make sure one of you gets elected because both of you campaign against Mr. McCain. Start Now. Right Now.

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