Bloggrrrl: Bye, Blue? (redux)
Shakes Sis has a good follow-up to her March post on whether it makes sense for progressives to continue supporting the Democratic Party and whether to go Green or Independent.
Why the hell are we sticking with the Dems?
I don’t know about you, but I invested time, energy, and money into the Democratic Party during the last election, and I’m not getting much of a return on my investment. In fact, lately I’ve been feeling like the party to whom I’ve been loyal for my entire life is giving me the finger.
The confirmations of Condi Rice, Alberto Gonzales, and Michael Chertoff … the slow response to broaching voting accountability legislation … the passage of a measure to limit class-action lawsuits … the bankruptcy bill … the constant move toward the center … and on and on and on. I complain about the idiocy of the Dems almost as much as I do the Republicans, and I’m starting to get more than a little pissed off.
If you are, like me, a true progressive, you’re being let down by the Democrats. They can’t pull together an effective opposition, they can’t deliver a concise message, and they sell out liberal interests in a heartbeat as they make a break for a muddy middle, which they inexplicably remain convinced will help them win elections. I’m finding myself increasingly required to defend positions (such as gay rights or legal abortion)—to other Dems—that shouldn’t even be in question. And to boot, many career Dems are just as beholden to special interests as the GOP and are motivated little by the needs of the people they are meant to represent.
Good rally, Sis. I think a third party can allow some voices to rise above the focus group, poll-loving Dem establishment talking points addiction, but I think the most effective tactic is to very publicly (gay folks and allies, are you listening?) withhold raising money for and giving time to Dem candidates that refuse to publicly support progressive issues with the vigor that they ask for dough.
Money talks. Be loud about asking for our rights and sound policies — they need our progressive dollars and foot soldiers to turn it all around. And they use the Right Wing Boogeyman to scare us into supporting them. For all the coddling and head-patting (and accepting of our money) in terms of solidarity, what do we have to show for it? Repug control of the House, the Senate and two appointees by a dumb*ss, corrupt, not-so-dry drunk president to the Supreme Court.
I don’t like getting patted on the head and told to be patient while the Dem buggers have their hands out looking for cash to try to win over “soccer moms” and Joe Six Pack, playing to their fears instead of educating them. We’ve made it easier on Dems to suck up to these demographics than to explain that it’s more relevant to their lives that corporate greed, malfeasance (and dare we say unpatriotic actions) — Bush’s “base” — are ripping them off. That’s certainly more important than a gay couple that wants to marry. The Dem establishment is too f*cking lazy and spineless.