November 13, 2004

"Sa-mar-ter than the av-er-age bear..."

N.Z. Bear types for me in Memo to the Left:Time's Up

Alright kids. It's been over a full week now. I left you alone and let you have your pity-parties. Hopefully you've had a good long sulk and gotten it out of your system.

But now, it's time to get your asses back to work. You might not expect me to be saying this, but here's the bulletin: this country needs you.

We need intelligent voices to criticize the policies of this --- of any --- administration. We need differing viewpoints; different ideas about how to deal with the tremendous challenges that history has decided to toss at this generation. We need the balance that a liberal perspective can bring to the debate about where this country is going.

We do not need you sulking in a corner, muttering darkly about homophobic theocrats.

But the first thing you have to accept is that opposition in itself is not a policy. You've skated along for the past year by presenting "Bush screwed everything up, Kerry will fix it" as your sole platform. That's no longer a viable answer (in truth, it never was).

George Bush is President, and he is going to keep being President for another four years. That's not going to change. So telling us how much he sucks is irrelevant. Telling us how stupid the portion of America which voted for him is: also irrelevant. Discussing secession and to hell with those red states: well that's just plain stupid, forget about irrelevant.

What is relevant are answers. Solutions, not a list of problems. Declaring that Iraq is a mess is easy, and worthless. Telling us what we should do to fix it is harder, but far more worthwhile. Don't like the operation in Falluja? Fine: how else would you stop the terrorists? Think we should involve allies more in Iraq? Great. How?

Posted by Vanderleun at November 13, 2004 5:15 PM
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What a line of BS. We need liberal ideology like we need screen doors on Trident Subs. You want to extend an olive branch TTLB, fine, they'll slap it back on your hairy paws. You want intelligent discourse? Try the nearest liberal wall.

Posted by: Ron Deaton at November 13, 2004 7:00 PM

Ron, based on the garbage that got spewed during the election campaign, your comment is on point. However, in a less partisan sense TTLB has a point. On a micro scale, in my experience, diverse opinion arrives at a better solution than homogeneous opinion. I believe the same can be said for the macro scale of governing this country and its subdivisions.

Posted by: Bill at November 13, 2004 8:03 PM

No. We need to fund a mass exodus of Liberals into Canada. I'd personally am willing to see to it that MI Governer Granholm gets her paperowrk cleared in record time.

Then, the Democratic Party needs to utterly detach from it's whacky constituents, and give us a moderate candidate. And I don't mean someone who campaigns as a moderate and policies as a liberal (/me gives Slick Willy Clinton a dirty look), but a real moderate. I look at it this way: the US collectively is moderate with a strong lean to the right. A liberal candidate won't counterbalance a conservative candidate as effectively as a true moderate candidate.

Posted by: Justin Moser at November 14, 2004 1:03 AM

Geez, RR, how many Iraqi women and kids do the "insurgents" have to kidnap or car bomb before you graduate them as "terrorists?" And how about their "consultants" from out of town?

Posted by: slimedog at November 14, 2004 12:18 PM

what slimedog said. to not call them terrorists does a disservice to their Iraqi civilian victims. Heck, i don't even think we should call them "insurgents," because that name grants more honor than those snivling turds deserve.

Posted by: Justin at November 14, 2004 5:43 PM