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Some Thoughts For Democrats This New Year

We’re now in a new year, and once again it’s a presidential election year.   After what promises to be a long, exhausting primary election season, we’ll be electing a  new President.   One thing that seems to be rather conspicuously missing from most of the coverage I’ve been seeing on the news and political blogs is that there are other offices on the slate.  We’re going to be selecting members of the House of Representatives, and a number of Senators.  Along with those national races, there will be governor and state legislature races, ballot propositions, and even local races.  While the presidential race will be fodder for the media, it’s those other races which will be much more influential.

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Where Have I Been? Busy.

As long-term readers of this blog may attest, this was the year that I seemed to disappear.  In terms of blog posting, this has been the least productive I’ve ever been.  While the circus that is the Republican debates rolls on, as various Republican governors around the country demonstrated that their adherence to the conservative ideology they’d touted while running was real, and as various other things took place, I was sitting on the sidelines when it came to offering up my opinion.  To an extent, my lack of posts was due to a case of “been there, done that, got the t-shirts.”   Not that that has stopped me in the past, but this year that wasn’t the only reason.  This has been a very busy personal and professional year, with some good and some bad.  While I had the urge to write something every now and then, it just wasn’t one of my priorities.

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“Liberals” Keep Pushing The Wrong Way

This past week, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced that he would enter the Democratic primaries to run for President.  Given the amount of buildup, leaks, and hype before this in various sectors of the press, it was one of the least surprising announcements since Hillary Clinton’s announcement.  In the build-up to this, and now after the announcement, various “progressive” sites have been swooning over it.  One of the common threads through them is that even if – and they’ll admit it’s more likely than not – he doesn’t win the nomination, he’ll “push Hillary (or whomever is the nominee) to the left.”  There’s also a lot of chatter about the need to keep pushing the nominee to the left, to make sure they stay there.  All of which is fine, except for what they ignore:  It doesn’t really matter how far to the left a presidential candidate is.

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Progressives? Don’t Expect Your Issues to be My Issues

One of the first blog posts I wrote here was titled “No True Progressive,”  which looked at the ever-shifting goalposts used to determine just who (or what) was “progressive.”   I said back then that

You can see this on various left-wing blogs, if you look at the posts and comments.  “President Obama is not a progressive, he hasn’t” – fill in with whatever the writer thinks is the progressive stand.    “Senator (name) voted for this bill, they’re not a progressive!”     When it’s pointed out that on other issues the given politician is progressive, the goalpost will be moved to a new position which excludes that particular issue.     “No true progressive” would do/vote for/say this!

I was reminded of that reading a recent post by Milt Shook over at his blog, “This is why we lose, Progressives.”  He’s taking on a Daily Kos diary that supposedly takes to task some Senators for not being “Real Democrats.”

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Cargo Cult Politics

In the South Pacific, there’s a set of beliefs which are known as “cargo cults.”    While they may seem ridiculous at times to Westerners, they make sense in terms of a society attempting to explain something in terms of that society.

Since the modern manufacturing process is unknown to them, members, leaders, and prophets of the cults maintain that the manufactured goods of the non-native culture have been created by spiritual means, such as through their deities and ancestors. These goods are intended for the local indigenous people, but the foreigners have unfairly gained control of these objects through malice or mistake.[9] Thus, a characteristic feature of cargo cults is the belief that spiritual agents will, at some future time, give much valuable cargo and desirable manufactured products to the cult members.[9]

Many of the rituals mimic what they saw during various times, particularly World War II.  There are “airfield,” “control towers,” and so on, all designed to influence the gods to redirect the cargo to them.   So what does that have to do with politics?

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