The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 May 2005

A bigger tent than you thought

So I looked in the mirror, and what did I see? Matt Rosenberg:

I will define whether I am a Republican or not; and I am one. Some party hack isn't going to tell me I don't make the team because I'm not outraged over federal funding for stem-cell research, because I'm pro-choice, or because I don't lie up nights plotting Arlen Specter's demise. I think Republicans need to reach out to those who simply call themselves "conservatives," and be ready to talk to self-declared, unaffiliated "moderates" as well. "Leaving The Left" doesn't necessarily mean Embracing The Right.

And just to emphasize the point:

Republicans, with whom I am allied on many issues — including strong suppport for President Bush, the war in Iraq and the war against terrorists, and hostility to "identity politics" and "victim politics" — nonetheless need to understand that their own "litmus tests" are a form of political correctness, no less odious than much of the thought-policing that comes from The Left.

Keep this in mind next time you read my stuff and wonder "How in the hell does he get away with calling himself a Democrat?"

Posted at 6:32 AM to Political Science Fiction

Gotta love those divider issues. I just Looooooove being a card carrying liberal that wouldn't mind if we mandated issuing grenade launchers to everyone upon reaching majority status.

This is what I get from being a Democrat from Texas. We like our guns down there.


Posted by: aldahlia at 11:58 AM on 27 May 2005

And God knows I have enough bones to pick with W. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 1:14 PM on 27 May 2005

I'll vote for the party that a) best represents my views and b) is allowed on the ballot. Most times that means Democrats, but give me more options and I'll look into them.

Strangly, more than before I associate Republicans with "victim" and "identity" politics, what with all the "media is out to get us" whining.

Posted by: bruce at 4:48 PM on 28 May 2005

"Allowed on the ballot" is sometimes tricky in this state.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:52 PM on 28 May 2005

Everybody's gotta find what works for them.

Personally, while I have a lot respect for many Democrats, I find it impossible to respect the Democratic party as an institution. They've sold out working class Americans too many times to count (most recently with Bankruptcy "Reform")

Give me a good democrat who I don't think is a liar (i.e. Brad Henry) and they'll get my vote. Give me a sell out corporate whore, and I'll vote for the lesser of two evils (i.e. Sheila Bilyeu in the last US Senate race)

Posted by: J. M. Branum at 10:36 PM on 28 May 2005

I meant to say in that last comment, (i.e. NOT Brad Henry)

Also I would add Dan Boren to that list. Besides doing nothing worthwhile before the US House besides being David's son, he is a giant sell-out. How he can call himself a Democrat and vote with the corporate whores on bankruptcy is beyond me.

Posted by: J. M. Branum at 10:38 PM on 28 May 2005

That bankruptcy bill had nothing to recommend it, unless you happen to be a bank. I am surprised at how easily it passed.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:04 PM on 29 May 2005

I'm not surprised, republican majority and all. You get what you pay for, or what others paid for.

I too have a love/hate relationship with the dems, there's so much potential but they always seem to squander it in search of that pot of campaign cash.

Posted by: bruce at 1:13 AM on 31 May 2005