I've become disillusioned with the whole "netroots" thing when the biggest and loudest voices on "the left" who claim to represent and lead the "netroots" are pushing so hard to move the Democratic Party rightward while vilifying the real grassroots.
I feel attacked not only by religious nutjobs, misogynist MRA types, and martinet neo-fascists, but also by the so-called opposition that claims to be "liberal" and/or "progressive" while attacking anyone who actually defends any liberal or progressive values.
I am very disillusioned by the apparent eagerness to abandon reproductive rights. Despite the fact that most American support a woman's rights over her own body -- and that many, if not most, "pro-(fetal)-life" folks seem to consider abortion bans should not apply to themselves ("I'm an exception," she says to the Planned Parenthood counselor) -- I see the Democrats embracing more and more of these anti-choice folks, and I see the biggest Ã¼berbloggers scolding us repeatedly for objecting to this.
Look at the new ads featuring Barack Obama and Wes Clark plugging for anti-choice, homophobic Tim Kaine (Dem candidate for governor of Virginia). Look at the "Democrats for (Fetal) Life" who endorse TRAP laws and are about to make their big push for a new "95-10" anti-choice bill that, among other things, bans parents from taking their daughters across state lines to abort a pregnancy. Look at all the apologists who say such hate should be embraced in "the big tent." Look at all the "liberal" men who say it's only "reasonable" to claim ownership of their women.
While some of this can be chalked up to mere determined ignorance, most of this comes from people who very much know what they're doing.
I smell bullshit.
I can tell you I'm not the only one. We are waking up to this shit. And we are not pleased. My 69-year-old mother, who has never ever voted Republican and maybe once or twice voted for a third party candidate in a minor election, and who has given thousands of dollars to the Democrats every national election, has vowed to never give the Democratic Party a dime ever again.
That's money, for all you "money is the only important thing" types.
I'm disgusted. And now going online to many of the bigger SCLB sites has become an exercise in getting my teeth kicked. That's not a pleasant way to start the day. It ruins my coffee. It's bad enough having to face up to all the fucked up things the Republicans are doing, all the corruption, all the welfare for foreign corporations, all the pseudo-Christian dominionist fascist rhetoric, all the lack of accountability....
And yet so many big voices who have audiences, who get attention from the MSM, are pushing for the Democrats to be more like Republicans. If I want someone like a Republican, I'll vote for a Republican! Yet these voices of hubris, who grew up under Reagan and know scant history, bang the drum against progressive values -- while calling themselves progressive.
And I feel I'm witnessing the death of the Democratic Party. These asshats and fucktards are destroying it by pushing ever harder to have it represent nothing.
I'm disgusted and angry and in despair.
I am a very political person, but right now the voice with the most appeal to me right now is Timothy Leary's. And any readers who don't get that reference need to crack open some history books and learn about the days when liberal and progressive values not only flourished in government policies, but also dominated -- DOMINATED -- all political discourse. If you don't know it happened before, no wonder you don't believe it's possible.