Started by arch warmonger, April 18, 2021, 04:59:09 PM
QuoteRockefeller was willing to be a righteous champion for the public option as long as it had no chance of passing (sadly, we just can't do it, because although it has 50 votes in favor, it doesn't have 60). But now that Democrats are strongly considering the reconciliation process -- which will allow passage with only 50 rather than 60 votes and thus enable them to enact a public option -- Rockefeller is suddenly "inclined to oppose it" because he doesn't "think the timing of it is very good" and it's "too partisan." What strange excuses for someone to make with regard to a provision that he claimed, a mere five months ago (when he knew it couldn't pass), was such a moral and policy imperative that he "would not relent" in ensuring its enactment.
Quote from: arch warmonger on April 19, 2021, 04:15:02 PMI guess if there's any point to take from this, it's that the left has to mind its own house before it can get anything done, especially with a 50/50 Senate balance and a weakening hold on the House.
QuoteAn old article, but worth re-reading: The Democratic Party's deceitful game: They are willing to bravely support any progressive bill as long as there's no chance it can pass
Quote...it's that the left has to mind its own house before it can get anything done...
Quote from: arch warmonger on April 19, 2021, 08:59:55 PMIf you don't realize that they're basically both one party then you haven't been paying as close attention as you thought.
Quote from: Hydra009 on April 20, 2021, 04:28:18 PMLiberalism: a theory in crisis/s
QuoteI share with the majority of American Jewsâ€™ disgust toward Trump and Trumpism, which has normalized bigotry and cruelty in ways that have crippled American society. That truth doesnâ€™t detract from another: There is another danger, this one from the left. And unlike Trump, this one has attained cultural dominance, capturing America's elites and our most powerful institutions. In the event of a Biden victory, it is hard to imagine it meeting resistance. So let me make my purpose perfectly clear: I am here to ring the alarm. Iâ€™m here to say: Do not be shocked anymore. Stop saying, can you believe. Itâ€™s time to accept reality, if we want to have any hope of fixing it.To understand the enormity of the change we are now living through, take a moment to understand America as the overwhelming majority of its Jews believed it wasâ€"and perhaps as we always assumed it would be.It was liberal.Not liberal in the narrow, partisan sense, but liberal in the most capacious and distinctly American sense of that word: the belief that everyone is equal because everyone is created in the image of God. The belief in the sacredness of the individual over the group or the tribe. The belief that the rule of lawâ€"and equality under that lawâ€"is the foundation of a free society. The belief that due process and the presumption of innocence are good and that mob violence is bad. The belief that pluralism is a source of our strength; that tolerance is a reason for pride; and that liberty of thought, faith, and speech are the bedrocks of democracy.The liberal worldview was one that recognized that there were thingsâ€"indeed, the most important thingsâ€"in life that were located outside of the realm of politics: friendships, art, music, family, love. This was a world in which Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be close friends. Because, as Scalia once said, some things are more important than votes.Crucially, this liberalism relied on the view that the Enlightenment tools of reason and the scientific method might have been designed by dead white guys, but they belonged to everyone, and they were the best tools for human progress that have ever been devised.Racism was evil because it contradicted the foundations of this worldview, since it judged people not based on the content of their character, but on the color of their skin. And while Americaâ€™s founders were guilty of undeniable hypocrisy, their own moral failings did not invalidate their transformational project. The founding documents were not evil to the core but â€œmagnificent,â€ as Martin Luther King Jr. put it, because they were â€œa promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.â€ In other words: The founders themselves planted the seeds of slaveryâ€™s destruction. And our second founding fathersâ€"abolitionists like Frederick Douglassâ€"made it so. America would never be perfect, but we could always strive toward building a more perfect union.I didnâ€™t even know that this worldview had a name because it was baked into everything I came into contact withâ€"my parentsâ€™ worldviews, the schools they sent me to, the synagogues we attended, the magazines and newspapers we read, and so on.I was among many millions of Americans cosseted by these ideals. Since World War II, American intellectual and cultural life has been produced and protected by a set of institutionsâ€"universities, newspapers, magazines, record companies, professional associations, labor unions, cultural venues, publishing houses, Hollywood studios, think tanks, historical museums, art museumsâ€"that aligned, broadly, with those principles. As such, they had incredible powerâ€"power that demanded our respect because they held up the liberal order.No longer. American liberalism is under siege. There is a new ideology vying to replace it.No one has yet decided on the name for the force that has come to unseat liberalism. Some say itâ€™s â€œSocial Justice.â€ The author Rod Dreher has called it â€œtherapeutic totalitarianism.â€ The writer Wesley Yang refers to it as â€œthe successor ideologyâ€â€"as in, the successor to liberalism.At some point, it will have a formal name, one that properly describes its mixture of postmodernism, postcolonialism, identity politics, neo-Marxism, critical race theory, intersectionality, and the therapeutic mentality. Until then, it is up to each of us to see it plainly. We need to look past the hashtags and slogans and the jargon to assess it honestlyâ€"and then to explain it to others.