I keep hearing about how the Democrats need a single, strong message and to stick with it, like the Republicans have been doing for the past ten years. To just focus on one core message and hammer it home until people swallow it as the partisan dogma bullshit that it is. There's just one problem with this method, and it's, I believe, a key difference between the Left and the Right.
Democrats and liberals aren't sheep.
We are allowed to think for ourselves. We are allowed to have our own views on issues and don't need to fall into lockstep with partisan party leadership. We can have more than one concern at a time.
I'm tired of hearing about how we need to dumb ourselves down to convey our ideals and ideas to the masses. Americans are not stupid (most of them, anyway), and I firmly believe they have the capability to understand and comprehend more than one issue at a time, to grasp the importance of both, let's say, the dangers of global warming and our idiotic reliance on foreign oil. Or supposed terrorist threats and why everyone should receive national heathcare coverage. Or the fact that the war in Iraq and the so-called "war on terror" are two vastly different, unconnected things.
The ability to think and to reason used to be part of what separated Man from other animals. Now, it seems, it's also what separates progressive, forward-thinking liberals from conservatives who'd rather we were living in the 19th century instead of the 21st.
To steal a quote from my favorite monkey, "Everybody who wants to live in the 21st Century over here. Everybody who wants to live in the 1800's over there. Good. Thanks. Good luck with that."
To do things the way the Republicans have been doing things means widespread corruption and cronyism running rampant through our elective offices. It means having people in charge of very important departments who are extremely unqualified, thus putting us in more danger instead of keeping us safer. It means having the integrity of a wet paper bag.
It means caring more about money and power than about people.
I don't know about you, but those aren't exactly (to steal the favorite conservative buzzwords) the morals and ethics I grew up with.