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Do the Right Thing

I and many others think, after Bush’s 8 years – the Republican Party deserves to die. Its popularity is at an all-time low as NPR reports that now less than 25 percent of the country identify themselves as Republicans, which is good news except . . . the Republicans are DESTINED for a comeback. Sure it may not be this midterm, and Obama will most likely serve two terms, but they are DESTINED to come back eventually . . . no matter how badly they lie and rape this country up the ass . . . why?

Simply because there is no other choice! Of course!

Now, even though the number of Americans who know how goddawful Republicans are is at an all-time high, the entire country lives in the shadow of their inevitable return. And it IS inevitable.

Let’s say for argument’s sake Obama stops moving at a snail’s pace begging for Republican assent at every goddamn step of the way (I can see him in an old folk’s home decades after his last term has ended, ‘I’m THIS close to bipartisanship!’), and accomplishes at least a handful of great things . . . eventually the same old script is going to call for ‘change’ and the voters will turn the levers for ‘change’ and what will come back up will be the only other option: the GOP. The GOP then will not tarry for Democratic assent on anything they do, and will once again set world records for raping and pillaging and murdering brown people overseas before plundering their assets, stealing from the poor, eating babies and snapping old people’s bones to use as toothpicks. [Republicans work on coke. They will look at Bush’s record with a head full of Bolivian marching powder and say, ‘How can I top that?’] All of Obama’s potentially good work could be thrown out in nanoseconds. So what is the long-range plan?

How does progressive America get out from the shadow of the inevitable Republican return?

And a related, but separate question: how does progressive America keep the Democrats as a whole from not turning into Lieberman-like douches? How do we convince those Democrats who believe in the ‘left-right spectrum’ and try to stay in the ‘middle’ of that idiotic faux-metric to instead ignore that b.s. and do the RIGHT thing and what the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN, and take a stand for healthcare for all, clean air and clean water, social justice and all that general flower child actual humanist hullabaloo? [Do not be afraid of the label ‘from the left side of the Democratic party’ or the ‘radical side of the Democratic party’ when what you will be doing with healthcare for example, is saving lives. You have corporate profits on one side and American lives on the other – it’s that fucking simple. As always the public forum has been gassed with mass corporate b.s. and the conversation flounders.]

Why don’t we stop using this odd direction-based analogy in describing what kind of society man wants to live in? Ditch ‘left’ and ‘right’ and start talking about doing the right thing. Saving lives at the expense of corporate profits is doing the right thing. That’s not an opinion. That is a fact tinged with just the smallest scintilla of human compassion.

Several Progressive Ads That I Like

There have been a number of progressive ads out there that I kinda like. Here’s the short version of the Obama presidency so far. He tends toward evil but he’s not a completely relentless flood of darkness and blight. Or: a center right person is better than the republican right center out and out fascism persons that we had to choose from. There are some bright spots in his policies. He’s personally put several hundred dollars into my pocket as an unemployed person. So its hard to get my hatred up for him.

For me and in the long term there are three issues that he has to deliver on: health care, EFCA and carbon caps. If he delivers on health care, or manages to put 60 million Americans onto the path of health coverage, then I think he wins reelection quite easily. I say that because I would be one of those 60 million people who would receive health care. I’m making an assumption here that the public option will pass with teeth. If not, and I have to depend on my friendly neighborhood health care insurer then nothing really changes. If he doesn’t deliver on health care, then I agree with Howard Dean that Obama won’t be reelected and that Dems will start losing ground starting in the 2010 midterms. He can strike out on EFCA and carbon caps, but not healthcare. I really think he needs all three to secure the dem base.

There have been some great ads running on the Youtubes concerning the public option for healthcare. First up is Howard Dean:

You might have also seen those awful insurance industry ads featuring insurance lobby hack Rick Scott (Did you know that Canadians really really hate their health care system? Yeah neither did I. Check out this response from The Real News.). I won’t show those here. But here’s a great counter ad:

I also think that labor’s EFCA ads are stunning. They really hit home.

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