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June 10, 2004


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I know what you're saying but I think I understand her argument as well. Conservatives like to talk about values a lot. Liberals on the other hand are afraid of the word "values" and try not to use it. I think the left should use the word "values" and we need to start talking about compassion again. The thing about the Civil Rights Movement was that we stood for something then and right now our rhetoric just doesn't show people what we're about anymore.
Taking back the Bible is a fine idea as long as you use it right. Taking it back is better than getting hit over the head with it during every election cycle.

Taking back the Bible ... is better than getting hit over the head with it during every election cycle.

Oof. Good point. Forget I said anything.

Hmmm. I wonder what the lingo needs to be to be judged "compassionate" or to have "values". When exactly did the left stop having both of these in spades? And standing for things? While I agree that the leadership is skating a thin line around some things, when it comes to very basic issues there is no question that these are democratic issues. Abortion? Gay marriage? A working wage? Health care? Education? The environment? Human rights? The ongoing battle for civil rights?

These are values, and it seems like they are constantly talked about in democratic circles in that way. It certainly seems as though Kerry has been playing up the whole "values" thing in his latest series of commercials.

Frankly, I agree with Digby that what seems to be more likely is that most democrats seem to have internalized the propaganda of the right. We don't stand for anything anymore? Again, I can list off a dozen without even taking a pause for thought.

But one of our values which kind of gets in our way is the whole diversity of religion thing. The right is solidly behind the Christian ethos and so can speak freely of their values. The left is hamstrung on this issue because it encompasses far more beliefs than that.

Taking back the bible is a fine and worthy goal. It's high time these jokers start sharing. But the case for taking back the bible shouldn't be argued by claiming the left doesn't stand for anything any more, nor does the left speak of "values".

It's simply shooting yourself in the foot to do so. It's framing the entire debate precisely in the way the right wishes it to be framed.

Aren't we the wimpy, tree hugging, bum supporting, global warming worried, metro sexual bunch of people who believe in the dream that government can do positive things for us all?


You seen this yet?

The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the
CIA on June 3rd and 4th"

Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming

Michael C. Ruppert

I believe you had a theory a few weeks back that the backlash against Bush could be traced to him pissing off the wrong people. This lends some credence to your theory.

I suspect that if today's religious right were around in the early days of the religion they so adore, they'd be carting their kids down to the Colusseum to get the best seats at Christians vs. Lions.

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