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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Reagan Democrats

Let me just say one thing to all you Reagan Democrats out there. Go fuck yourselves. I am tired. I am so tired of having to listen to you whine on TPM about being in reddish states and that you can’t run on certain positions on “Hot-button” issues. Considering the Dems stand for next to nothing today, that could only mean one of a few things: Abortions, Gays, Blacks and the Grand Iraq Adventure.

So, the rest of us, in places like California and New York (you know the ones with all the people and the economies) have to swallow our values so that the toothless hillbillies in dumbfuckistan don’t get riled up. Cletus, there’s a fag under the bed!! Get yer gun. Screw that. I would rather take my 7th largest economy and go home. We only get 92% of our federal taxes back. What the hell do the rest of you bring to the table anyway?

Look, you stand for something or you don’t. That is it. I am in this for the long haul. Electing some god-awful Republican Light is not going to solve the country’s problems. All it will do is get your ass kicked 4 years later. And spare me the Massachusetts liberal crap. God help us if we can’t look past where someone comes from. What’s next, Sunni’s and Shiites? Are you saying that the northeast can’t ever have a candidate again? Do I have to name them all for you? Since Kennedy, we have had 2 from MA (and 1 of those was a total sacrificial lamb) and 2 from MN. More from Arkansas than NY and CA combined! Must I endure the hideous spectacle of Ivy League men pretending to be ranch hands every four years for the rest of my days?

Let’s be honest here. I think Hillary’s baggage is too great to run. But how much of it is Hillary and how much is that she is a woman? What about Obama? Will the red states let us run him? Robert Byrd would be OK, though? Just wanted to be clear on this.

I am sorry, but I want better. I still want to win on ideas and values. Ours our better. And just maybe if our tactics were, say, competent, we could win. I know it is not all ideas and values, but that doesn’t mean we shift with the wind.

The list of Reagan’s evils is too long to list in this space. I will say this much, to tie his name to the Democratic Party in any way is to kill the party. His presidency was based on division and turning the poor and unfortunate into the enemy. He is diametrically opposed to what I think the Democrats (Roosevelt’s party) stand for. Welfare queens and trickle down economics. Crap on a fucking stick.


Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

"Reagan Democrats" are Exhibit A in the power of Republican marketing. Fear and divisiveness was packaged as sunny optimism.


And it is also Exhibit A in the bankruptcy of social conservatism. That's where Reagan won his Democratic voters, not so much on economic terms. A lot of those voters were union members who always voted Democratic specifically because Republicans acted inimically to their pocketbooks. But they were persuaded that their problems could be scapegoated onto someone else. It was the blacks, it was the special interest abortionists. it as the gays.

Whatever "it" was - it was certainly not your fault. It was someone else's. So vote for the sunny optimist who will enable your self-deception.

Reminds me of Memento, one of my all time favorite films. It's a devastating testament to the human power of self-decpetion. That's what Reagan Democrats were.

And this was how I always saw Stephen King's book "It." "It" was always appearing as different things to different viewers, but it was what terrified the shit out of you. I loved that book because it was about the power of friendship and love among children who were of a very particular age. The age when they are old enough to understand tragedy and feel pain, and see realistic harms humans do to other humans, but still young enough not to be jaded.

In essence, it was a story about the cost of giving into fears of the demon, and about the choices we have between fear and hope. It was a powerfully written and wonderfully observed work that moved back and forth between the children and their adult selves who must return home to re-confront a monster they believed vanquished.

That is the stuff of human nature, and no less the stuff of politics. Ronald Reagan was Pennywise the Clown.

1:30 AM  
Blogger TubaOnFire said...

I love the idea of Reagan as Pennywise the clown. I think it is important to label - to brand and sell. It is all marketing. Bush is Yertle the Turtle.

Oh yeah, to all those union guys who voted Reagan - hows that working out for 'ya? Hear me play my tiny violin.

9:08 AM  
Blogger TubaOnFire said...

What the Dems should do to the "Pennywise Democrats" is what the GOP does to pro-choice taliban. Just fucking lie to them.

9:16 AM  
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