Topic: Out of Flyover Land
As I was reading a post over at Eye of Polyphemus it occurred to me how "definition of terms" can radically alter a perspective.
The passage that caught my attention and reminded me of some concepts I had been let build towards a posts starts:
According to George Will, it's the party base's embrace of Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, and MoveOn.org. Most of America couldn't care less about that trio, but the rank and file Democrats are all for such Leftist radicalism. That may spell trouble for the democrats in 2008.
"According to George Will, it's the party base's embrace of Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, and MoveOn.org."
In time that COULD be true of the Party's "base" I am not certain if it is now, and I am pretty certain it has not been in the past.
Of course we can get down to a "definition of terms" here.
I think of the Base as being the Broad population of people who think of themselves as Democrats the bulk of the Party in terms of voters going to the Polls.
If you are talking about the ACTIVIST Base, those who do the nuts and bolts work of the Party it would be correct that it has been coopted by The Michael Moore and Moveon.org crowd, for after all didn't Moveon.org say they OWNED The Democratic Party now because they had PAID for ?
Picture the public reaction of an org tied with a Republican Party said that they had BOUGHT the GOP. LOL
I have been mulling over a few concepts, for instance, the idea that Zell Miller broached when he said.
"I did not leave the Democratic Party, they left me."
I keep hearing that the Nation has moved to the Right. I am not certain that is accurate. I am wondering if the Democratic Leadership has moved so far to the left that they have abandoned a large portion of what I considered the Democratic Base.
How else can one explain the radical shift in Politics in what used to be called the Solid South? This has created such things as the Neo-Con movement which I perceive as former liberals who no longer feel at home in the Democratic Party.
It is certainly true there seems to be far more spleen directed against Neo-Cons than against old time Republicans. It is the sort of vehemence often directed at a former Lover after being spurned, it contains not just opposition of philosophical ideas, but the the hysteria of betrayal.
Not how could you think THAT.
How could YOU think that.
Or at least it seems so to me.
We live in interesting times. One of the Brightest orators or the Left, Christopher Hitchens is now a Neo-Con. Had you told me 20 years ago that I would eagerly read and agree with a life-time Trotskyite?
I would have told you, that is insane the World could NOT change to that extent.
On September 11, 2001 it did change to that extent.
Though despite claims that Hitchens has abandoned his Leftist principles he maintains that he has been consistent and loyal to them, it is the others who have abandoned them.
Those he maintains who support fascist thugs cannot point their fingers at those fighting to defeat fascist thugs, and use that epithet.
Zell Miller and Christopher Hitchens saying almost the same thing? I did not abandon my Party it abandoned me? Weird. A World Turned Upside Down indeed.
Now EVERYONE knows that the Nation has taken a turn to the Right and become more Conservative, but sometimes I wonder.
Did WE THE PEOPLE change or did the Leadership of the Democratic Party change?
Who was it said, "It ain't what folks don't know, it's what they do know that ain't so."???
In any case I think everyone has this situation all backwards. Though as time goes on it will create its own reality, as more and more former Democrats get driven out of the Party and register and start thinking of themselves as either Republicans, Libertarians or Independents.
The rank and file Democrats will become increasingly for Leftist radicalism.
And that folks will doom them to Political
Oblivion, because they will have abandoned
their TRUE base for MONEY.
MoveOn: "We Bought" the Democratic Party
By Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | December 10, 2004
A standard ?action alert? has provided a rare glimpse inside the mind of the Shadow Party.
In a December 9th e-mail signed by ?Eli Pariser, Justin Ruben, and the whole MoveOn PAC team,? the Soros front group stated: ?In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it's our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back.?
To clarify, the hysterical Left believes not only that America?s oldest political party is for sale, but that George Soros has already made the down payment.