Thursday, October 20, 2005

What's A Democrat?

Molly Ivins:

Uh, how about we address the problem that our entire political system is corrupt, that it has been corrupted by corporate money, and that we have government of corporate interests, by corporate interests and for corporate interests -- and that we really need to change that, instead of trying to raise more corporate money than Republicans?
David Sirota, a stout liberal attacking from the other side, decries Partisan War Syndrome, which he defines as beginning with the assumption that substance is irrelevant when it comes to winning elections and "far more damaging to actually building a serious, long-lasting political movement." I like people who think like that.


Blogger The Donkey said...

She wrote:
"the only way to respond to Republican statements and implications questioning the patriotism of non-Republicans is with a good swift blast of venomous anger."

Yet some want to chastise the Donkey for doing the same thing.

And so it goes.

9:45 PM, October 21, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Molly!! IF the "liberal" media did its job of providing the people with the information they need to make informed decisions rather than focusing on "spinning" information in a way that makes it a more titillating story, candidates would be more likely to win on merit rather than because they have blanketed the airwaves with more misleading 30 second soundbites.

In an informed electorate, substance would win over image.

The public needs access to information about the candidate and his/her positions on policies. That should be easy enough and CHEAP to do. Unfortunately, the public is so ignorant they base their vote on whichever candidate has enough money to spread the most effective 30 second smears against the other candidate.

That G.W. is president is the most infamous example yet of the efficacy of smear campaigns and because of the ignorance of the voting public image manages to win over substance most of the time. Whoever has the most money usually wins.

How sad!! And what a sad commentary that people are content to be so ignorant they end up voting for the best liar and against their own best interests!!


12:41 AM, October 22, 2005  
Blogger The Donkey said...

To Lonna;

Why do most people have little desire to see what is going on? The donkey has pondered the ideas of your post and can not understand why people act as you described.

Ignorance is strengh?

Daniel Boorstin said;

"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge."

1:13 AM, October 22, 2005  
Blogger Ron said... said a good swift blast..not a constant pounding. Blasts,methinks, have more effect when used prudently.

12:29 PM, October 23, 2005  
Blogger The Donkey said...

To Ron:

The donkey will consider this. The lame game's Argumentum ad ignorantiam irritates. Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit - Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill. (Cicero) The game's subject seems to how to be a pain in the neck. Some people have a lower opinion of him. The Donkey knows the Lame game has a choice here: Aut disce aut discede.

7:08 PM, October 23, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Well, Ron ya gotta admit that even tho, Donkey name calls with The Game, at least he does it with style! Smile Face. (That's more than can be said for Game. Has anyone managed to locate the latter's missing sense of humor, yet?)

2:23 PM, October 25, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

:) = "Smile face"



9:30 PM, October 25, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Thanks, Dedanna. :)
Will Ron remember "name calling with style"? He didn't comment on this, yet. I, myself, LIKE Donkey's clever remarks. Game claimed to have no emotions so names will never hurt him, right?

4:15 PM, October 28, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Also, Molly's columns can be read in The Texas Observer which is now available at the RPL. Also online at the Creator's Syndicate, etc. The RPL has quite a few if not all of her books. She's MY favorite columnist and always knows what she's talking about. The Game should start reading her stuff instead of the anal cyst guy's.
That was a great column and YES we should respond with anger and not the passivity that the GOP insists upon. It probably is more effective to not batter these people individually, tho. That just desensitizes them to our anger and they end up ignoring us. (However, in Roswell, it is needed and frequently because the Bushies are cloaked in such thick layers of denial frequent "battering" (protests) are needed to penetrate their shells and get thru to them. L is planning to do this often. Kudos to her!

3:43 PM, October 30, 2005  

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